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Blood of Vipers [Kindle Edition]

Michael Wallace
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When fighter pilot Cal Jameson is shot down in enemy territory at the end of the war, his only desire is to find his way back to American lines. But as Cal hides from a Waffen-SS death squad, he stumbles into a family of German refugees fleeing Soviet shock troops. Soon, he finds himself in an uncertain role as the family’s protector. Together, they must stay alive while under attack from partisans, Russian soldiers, and the last, dying struggles of the Nazi regime, which is determined to throw back the enemy, even if it means the final destruction of the German people.

Blood of Vipers is a shorter work of 26,000 words, or about one hundred book pages.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1716 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Balsalom Publishing (October 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SF5H9W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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This is a fairly short work, and took me about an hour to read - in that short period of time, the author did a great job of quickly pulling you into the action as well as his characters. Without having a spoiler, I think he did an even better job of having you mentally picture the surrounding countryside and events taking place, which is impressive as compared to a full-length novel due to the limited amount of words on the Kindle. You feel like you are right there instead of an observer reading along with the story. I could see this one being expanded from the shorter format to a full-length novel.

I picked this up for free during a Kindle promotion and, as I write this review, I see the pricing has reverted back to 99 cents: you will certainly receive more than 99 cents worth of entertainment value out of this one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Side of Michael Wallace November 21, 2012
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"Blood of Vipers" isn't your usual Michael Wallace thriller, but it's a spell-binding novella that starts fast and doesn't let go. An American pilot goes down behind enemy lines in Nazi Germany and has to avoid capture, a difficult task in itself. But it's made tougher as he gets attached to a local family, and before long he's the American savior to a group of innocent Germans who fear Russian invaders as well as their own relentless Nazi leaders who refuse to admit the war is lost. Wallace carries the pilot through one layered war-is-hell complication after another, trying to sidestep Germans and Russians, sometimes winding up in or near the paths of battle. With exhaustion the unseen additional enemy as he dares not give in to his need for sleep, the pilot hopes to reach his fellow Americans to save himself and his newfound followers. Lots of twists, and the reader can get lost in the pilot's point-of-view, through which the entire story is told. Well worth the read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Michael Wallace! October 18, 2012
By Lauren
Format:Kindle Edition
Blood of Vipers is a bit shorter than the other books I've read from this author (the Righteous series) but definitely no less quality and no less interesting. Mr. Wallace is a great story-teller, putting in just the perfect amount of details that help you to really get to know the characters. Even in this shorter-than-average work, the characters were well-developed - even though I was surprised, at the end, by one character's actions. Not in a bad way, just unexpected. That same character dropped a very thought-provoking line to the main "hero" and it is one that I think will cause readers to really stop and think... IS there really a "Good" leader when it comes to war? Is each country (and their leader) really what they appear to be? Or is it possible that there may have been less-than-noble intentions even from the (supposed) good-guys?

The main character in this story, set in Europe near the end of WW2, is facing overwhelming odds... almost impossible odds, and his choices will decide the fates of several POWs. I found myself cheering him on, and hoping he made "the right" choices. I can't really say much more without spoiling the story, but suffice it to say that you will not want to put the book down until you know how it all ends.... (just like every book I've read from this author, who is now one of my all-time favorites.)

This is not the type of book I would have typically chosen, as I'm not normally drawn to war stories, but I really truly enjoyed every single chapter. I received this book free from the author, with an optional request for an honest review, which this is. I really loved the book! (and finished it in one afternoon) :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast read, great read December 5, 2012
By Olympe
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I am not sure why, but there is something about this writer that keeps me reading. Second book I read from him, he knows how to captivate me, I can not put his books down.
No, I am not a friend of him or I do not personally know him, so do not think I get anything for writing this. I just want to tell you all that if I see a book from him, it doesn't matter what it is about I know that I will enjoy it, his writing is superb. This is my honest opinion.
Blood of Vipers was a great read, I like the way the main character is torn between treating the germans he met like enemies or like human beings. It's a tough call for him, but you can feel his hesitation all the way trough.
Devil's deep was a great read too, so interesting and so different.
I bought the Red Rooster and The righteous too, so I will let you know too later when I will have read them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets February 16, 2013
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As an avid military fiction fan I really enjoyed this book. Too bad it was so short. I really would have liked to find Cal seeking out Greta afterthe war.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one! October 28, 2012
By Beary
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Wow! Mr. Wallace's books keep getting better and better. I am so glad I read his first one and have been addicted ever since. The hero in the book get the roll thrust upon when he really would prefer to walk the other way. The hero, Cal, is never "too" good to be true, as doubts about what he is doing and choices arise. Nothing is ever just black and white as there are many shades of gray and Mr. Wallace brings this out through his characters. Definitely worth the price and the time to read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK April 9, 2014
By ilbob
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A book i got for free a while back and just got around to reading.

Its a short work (maybe a novella) about an US pilot shot down in Europe near the end of WWII.

It tells the story of him escaping both the Germans and the oncoming Russians while trying to help some German civilians survive.

It was more or less believable other than his interactions with a Soviet colonel.

It had a lot of potential, much more than it actually attained.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of Disappointing
I've read and enjoyed one of Wallace's fantasy type novels but this one was kind of boring and not very believable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tom O. Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars Prime Michael Wallace
This story has just about everything. Suspense, surprise, action all set at the end of WWII. The good guy hero who, even when over matched, sticks to his principles and ideals.
Published 6 months ago by Mike Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood of Vipers
As usual this outstanding novel kept my attention for the entire time that I spent reading it. I recommend this outstanding novel without any reservations.
Published 11 months ago by CpC
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding!!!! couldn't put it down
Mr Wallace makes his characters come to life.As I read his prose, not only can I see each and every one, hear what they are saying and experience their emotions. Bravo Zulu. Read more
Published 12 months ago by mary m saylor
3.0 out of 5 stars ending should have been clearer
like to know what happened to young girls dad, did C and pretty young girl get together later or what happened to their potential relationship. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Brooke N Sykes, Sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling story!
A good WWII story, it had suspense and told of the horrors of war. This was just the right length.
Published 15 months ago by Jimmy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
Seriously boring. I was hoping for some twists and turns... something to make this different. Instead, good soldier refuses to give up Germans he doesn't know, shows bravery goes... Read more
Published 17 months ago by elizabeth boisvert
4.0 out of 5 stars Consistent character and well-researched
As a voracious reader of WWII non-fiction and especially the Nazis, I can say that Michael Wallace did a great job of researching the history of the last days of the war. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Brian V. Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read that makes you want more.
Really liked the overall plot, but was confused and disappointed that the author elected to end this interesting story in only 100 pages. Read more
Published 19 months ago by JJY
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story
I grew up in the fifties,sixties and early seventies. While in school history did not interest me. In my later years I grew more interested in the wars. Read more
Published 21 months ago by sonja cunningham
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