I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
When I received the pitch for Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson, I was ecstatic. My mom had recently read this novel (having been coerced by a B&N employee to give it a chance) and raved about it. I was glad to have the opportunity to read the book for myself.
And it didn’t disappoint. I read this book in less than 24 hours, having picked it up one morning and finishing it the next. I actually could not put this book down. Once We Were Brothers was addicting!
Ben Solomon charges into a prestigious event in order to confront remarkable citizen Elliot Rosenzweig of being a Nazi named Otto Piatek. The accusation is out of line, as Elliot has an Auschwitz tattoo and is a Holocaust survivor.
But as Ben’s attorney, Catherine, dives more deeply into Ben’s story, she realizes that things may not be as they seem.
Is Elliot Rosenzweig a former Nazi? Is he really Otto Piatek? And even if he is, can anyone prove it?
I love how Ben explains his story during the Holocaust without dumbing it down for the readers, while Catherine (the lawyer) plays the voice of the average person who knows little or a normal amount about the Holocaust. She asks questions the readers might need the answers to, which is a good way to go about writing so that the readers (and the characters) are informed.
The only drawback to the story that I found was that as Ben is telling his story, he uses a LOT of direct quotes. Can he REALLY remember everything that his family members and so on actually said? Maybe he can, because he really does seem to, at times, be transferred back in time to the scene in question. Either way, it didn’t detract from the story in the least, just gave me something to think about.
Once We Were Brothers is a moving tale about obtaining justice no matter how distant the crime. It is a book that I highly recommend.
Do you think that war criminals have the right to live the remainder of their lives in peace, or should they have proper justice served?
Interested in getting your own copy? Today’s the day the book is released!!!