Between These Walls

He can’t help but think that there’s something important within the envelope. But what?
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May 1945

In the dying days of WW II on the American occupied side of Germany’s Elbe River, US Army Medical Corps Colonel Samuel Singer comes upon the shot-up wreck of a smouldering SS Staff car, with a badly injured driver, nearby a dead German Army officer carrying the ID of a Nazi war criminal, and a young blonde woman, also dead in the back seat.

July 1988

Art curator Daniel Singer, the adopted son of Colonel Singer receives a mysterious package—a large brown envelope, sealed with security tape—from West Berlin. He can’t help but think that there’s something important within the envelope. But what?

Daniel’s quest to learn about the package’s contents leads him on a surprising voyage of discovery about his own roots, including an encounter with the Mossad, Israel’s top secret spy agency. As he searches, he unlocks the history and secrets of three families—one American and two German—following them through tumultuous times, from the dying days of WWI to the rise of Adolf Hitler, WWII, the Holocaust, the birth of the State of Israel and three Middle East wars.

As Daniel learns about duty, honour, sacrifice, and the familial ties that bind us all, he will be faced with a life-altering choice—and the opportunity to right the most heinous of wrongs.

I have found myself reading outside of my norm as of late. Genres that I would not typically read have been finding their ways into my ‘to be read’ pile. Between These Walls was most certainly one of those ‘out of my norm’ reads, but I have to admit – I was intrigued from the very start. I have to admit, I did get a little confused with the dates as several chapters would go back and forth between dates, and on occasion would confuse characters as the date changes also meant character and story changes. I did not find this to detract from the story, but did take me a little longer to read. At times I found myself having to refresh my memory of who was what and at times, recall who was linked to who. Again, I did not find that this detracted from the overall story, just made me slow down to better recall who I was reading about at a given time. The story starts out with quite the start and leaves me hanging on every word to figure out the beginning. The book itself follows a unique set of different characters, going back and forth from past to a more current setting, intertwining lives and stories. I never found history to be entertaining or something that interested me, but I did find historical information inside the story that had me reaching to Google and chasing history down a rabbit hole. Overall, this book was a surprisingly (for me because it is unlike my normal genre) good read that I enjoyed.

-- Leels

Michael Newman (Author)

Michael Newman has always had an interest in the Second World War. The son of Holocaust survivors, he has received first-hand accounts of what happened during WWII in the concentration camps, particularly Mauthausen, where his father was imprisoned. Newman had the opportunity to travel, surreptitiously, to Israel during the Second Lebanon War, an experience that was written about in the National Post and the Toronto Star. ​Michael lives on Toronto’s waterfront with his wife, Dixie, and their cocker spaniel, Sandy. They have five kids and eleven grandchildren. For more information, visit: Facebook: @michaelnewmannovelist Twitter: @michaelnovelist

He can’t help but think that there’s something important within the envelope. But what?

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