Once We Were Brothers

Once We Were BrothersOnce We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on October 8th 2013
Pages: 378
ISBN: 1250046394
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**Received from GoodReads first reads giveaway.

I really enjoyed this book about Ben Solomon, a Polish Holocaust Survivor who goes to the opera and puts a gun to the head of Elliot Rosenzweig whom he really believes is Nazi Otto Piatek. Ben and Otto have a past – they once lived in the same home. Otto having been taken in my Ben’s family. The story is told in a series of flashbacks and during interviews with attorney Catherine Lockhart who is listening to Ben’s tale to see if he has a case against Rosenzwig/Piatek for stolen property.

This book was extensively researched and I learned quite a deal about the invasion of Poland by both Germany and Russia. This book was rich with details but essential ones- they did not bog down the story but for me enhanced it. The writer is also an attorney and it showed in the legal battle.

This book was enthralling and hard to put down at times. This book is part history book, part legal thriller, part love story and full of drama. I highly recommend this book.