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Constant Fear "firmly places [author] Palmer alongside the likes of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner." — The Providence Journal

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Retired U.S. Army colonel and law professor Smith makes an awkward fiction debut with a thriller set mainly in 1960s West Germany. Maj. Tom Cooper, U.S. Army, and Capt. Simon Berwick, of the British SAS, join forces to track down a neo-Nazi movement called the Fatherland Party after terrorist attacks take the lives of their wives and children. Desensitized by their loss, the pair easily take to their new purpose and mercilessly cut down their targets in an effort to discover the secret behind Fatherland, which is somehow connected with the mysterious death of Hitler's mistress Geli Raubal in 1931. Jarring anachronisms, like a Muslim terrorist blowing up a 747 over the Atlantic in 1965, don't help a predictable plot and an implausible premise. (Oct.)
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About the Author

Robert Barr Smith is a professor of law at the University of Oklahoma who lectures extensively on military and western history. He is the author of nine books, including Daltons!: The Raid on Coffeyville, Kansas; Last Hurrah of the James-Younger Gang; and Tough Towns: True Tales from the Gritty Streets of the Old West. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Medallion Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933836105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933836102
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,745,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Coleman on June 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The idea of the storyline was good, but the time line errors such as the 747, which wasn't around during the time noted in the book and the reference to the movie "Dirty Harry", which also wasn't around during the time noted in the book made it hard to digest and about half way through I'd lost interest in the characters and gave up reading it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tanja on June 19, 2013
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Being a longtime fan of WWII genre, I was terribly disappointed with this book. It had a lot of potential, if it could have held my attention more. I was more than a little disgusted with the overall theme of sex that shaded every aspect of the story. I have nothing against romance or sex thrown into the mix, but the characters were obsessed with sex, and it seemed could barely draw breath without obsessive thoughts or overtures of sex taking control. Very weak plot and characters. Author seemed to rely on, you guessed it, sex to carry the very flimsy story. As another reviewer mentioned, certain aspects did not align with the period setting,such as the 747, and references to Dirty Harry. I was prepared to overlook that in lieu of a good story, but it really was more than just a couple of blunders with the timing, it was glaringly repetitive. Generally, a waste of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. J. on June 15, 2013
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This was a really good read that kept me turning pages. I don't normally read books about the Nazis but this was definitely not the run-of-the-mill Nazi thriller that I expected. The plot was refreshingly different and the story line kept me wondering. It was well-written and edited and I had no trouble relating to the characters. I read the other reviews that nitpick on historical errors. I must confess, I was so engrossed in the story that any historical errors didn't register and I think that's the whole point. This is a novel, after all, not a factual account, and novels should be read for the enjoyment of being absorbed in a fantasy. I think it was very well done.
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Format: Hardcover
The story is well written from the standpoint that it is a gripping tale of espionage in the cold war, however what makes this book a 2 star is the authors complete disregard for historical accuracy.  The first notice I took of this was the Boeing 747(circa1969) being blown up by a stereotypical FOX news terrorist in 1965.
Sorry but that just ruined it.  Also For some reason Mr Smith decided to equip one of the hero's with a desert eagle (circa 1983) "just like Dirty Harry"(circa1973) Many of the other reviewers say the same thing.  It's too bad that His Editor was asleep otherwise it would be a pretty good book
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This book was good enough to make me research the author to see what other enjoyable reads he might have created. I found several documentaries but no other fiction. However, this book seemed well researched and held my interest throughout. The end was a bit weak but acceptable. All in all, a good read.
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By A lifelong fan on February 15, 2014
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One character talks of having his Dirty Harry gun and loving Clint Eastwood in late1966, when the first movie was not made until 1971. Another talks of Vietnam war,as if it's long dead history in 1967 these flaws ruined the book.
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By Steve on September 13, 2013
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Liked the book. Author seemed to know his stuff when it came to post/neo Nazi Germany. Plot moved quickly and was page turner/
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By poo on August 26, 2013
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Blood Eagle is a well written suspense novel. I couldn't put it down. I hope to see more novels from Robert Barr Smith.
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