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Shadow Soldiers [Kindle Edition]

John Bushby
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 1939, as war descends on Europe an American becomes involved in trying to save refugees from the Nazis. From Havana, to Berlin, to Lisbon, ship owner Rick Kasten outraces the Gestapo to get his passenger safely into American waters. With the help of a mysterious Hungarian woman and members of the newly formed OSS, Kasten weaves his way through a tangled web of intrigue and danger to find that he and his friends have become Shadow Soldiers in a new kind of war.

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Editorial Reviews


"Espionage on the ocean waters--a novel that, with a pre-World War II timeline, promises a buildup of pure suspense, which it more than delivers." - Kirkus Reviews

From the Author

I have always been intrigued by the period just before the Second World War.  It was a time of increasing danger and yet so many people were oblivious to the coming storm.  For those of us whose lives were formed in the aftermath of the war this time seems particularly poignant.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1141 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466403640
  • Publisher: John M. Bushby (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Q0CP98
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,248 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical fiction July 26, 2012
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The setting is the late 30's prior to America's entry into WW2. Excellent and very accurate historical fiction. Every situation could have been and probably did happen at some point. I rate historical fiction by: Accurate to the period? Could this have occured? Are the settings and individuals possible? Is the plot believable? A+ on all accounts. Some espionage, refugee smuggling, love interest, should be something there for everybody. I'm sure there will be a sequel which I will certainly read. A bit of a format problem but after a chapter you'll get used to that. Formatting does detract but the book is worth the format problems which aren't that bad.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow Soldiers-Paperback March 22, 2012
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For those who like spy novels, especially one with a World War II setting this book is for you. It was easy for me to envision the spying, bribing, and killing that went on during those years in our history. The story captured me and I stayed up very late one night because I just had to know how it ended. The ending was a complete surprise to me. A Good Book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable November 17, 2012
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It's a testament to the author's disdain for his readers, that this Kindle book, published in 2011, still has the formatting errors noted by other readers. Every other line is broken up, making this the equivalent of one of those emails you occasionally get. A long, long, long email. Hey, the book is only 99˘, but he's had over a year to correct it, yet hasn't bothered. You shouldn't bother either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing January 1, 2013
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A good story with a weak ending. The formatting is the worst of any ebook I have seen.made it difficult to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars To drawn out December 23, 2012
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I could not even get half way through the book, the story seems to be going nowhere. It is a hard read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Slow Moving Read December 18, 2012
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I have arrived at the point that if I am having trouble concentrating or losing interest, I stop reading the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, poorly formatted for Kindle July 22, 2012
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As an author and fan of WWII era novels, I was excited to find Shadow Soldiers available on Kindle. I enjoyed the plot, characters and story. However, I must comment on the poor formatting for Kindle. Sentences were so broken up on lines that it was very hard to follow the story. A line may have only one word of a sentence. Also, there were many times where there would be a double spacing between sentences, indicating where a paragraph break should be, but it was just the next sentence in the paragraph or even the completition of a sentence. There was no break between chapters. Having produced books for both print and e-format, I believe that with some format editing, it would make the book easier to read and more enjoyable. The author tells a good story and I look forward to reading his next book; hopefully better formatted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end July 3, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I can not wait to read other books by the same author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars WW2 novel
It was refreshing to read a fictitious novel, however, it seems very real. It was very hard to put it down!
Published 7 months ago by Susan Bohdan
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read
This is an enjoyable between the wars spy story. It isn't complex and it has a lot of cliches, but still a good read. It is much closer to W.E.B. Read more
Published 7 months ago by TJL
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Tension builds progressively, alongside personal and historical insights of a turbulent time. Characters and plot both well drawn. Events are realistic. Read more
Published 8 months ago by richard frost
4.0 out of 5 stars Ending?
Great read until the end. Completely abrupt. The story just stopped. There should be a sequel. The formatting was horrible, with spelling and punctuation errors, as well. Read more
Published 8 months ago by elidoyle
3.0 out of 5 stars whoa!
This was a well written and well thought out book. I'm just amazed with the ending. I can't believe that it just stopped. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Where was Humanity
Very interesting presentation of the horrific battle Jews faced trying to escape Hitler’s “Final Solution”. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Drayer
4.0 out of 5 stars A rip-roaring good spy yarn on the high seas.

Havana, Berlin, Lisbon, what's the connection? This good book by John Bushby. WWIIs breaking out. Hitler's Wehrmacht is attacking Poland. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Joseph Donigian
1.0 out of 5 stars Never got to read...
I have never seen a Kindle book so poorly formatted. Never got to read on my "non-kindle" android reader... Read more
Published 19 months ago by TJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept your mind going until the end
Pretty good reading and with some twists. I would recommend this to anyone interested in spy's and the military for reading.
Published 19 months ago by lisa6801
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I really enjoyed this book. A time frame right before WWII started. Very exciting snd well written. Was sorry to get to the end.
Published 19 months ago by Jeff Brown
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More About the Author

Author John Bushby draws his inspiration from the classic spy films of the forties. He was introduced to the film noire genre while in grade school. Beginning by watching grainy films on a1950s black and white television he began to satiate his taste for the genre by reading everything he could find. He soon became a regular at the bookstore and library. Bushby has drawn on the experience of over thirty years of global business experience, traveling in and out of Europe and Asia to set the background for his books.

His characters come from the people he has met along the way. Heroes and villains are drawn from casual and close acquaintances, often a mixture of both. His stories put the reader in the place where they ask, what would I do in a situation where life or death might hang in the balance? Bushby's characters live in the years between the two world wars caught in the swirl of action and intrigue as spies try to best one another and evil and good position themselves for the catastrophe to come.

John's new book, The Rhinemaiden's Song, is now available on in print or for Kindle. It is the second of the Harry Braham series of espionage novels. The Rhinemaiden's Song Bushby draws on his experience as a pilot and combat aviator, as well as his years of experience in business on four continents. The characters Harry Braham and Rick Kasten are based on real people who fought against the Nazis.

Bushby was born in Westfield, NJ. He earned his pilot's license at age 16 flying out of what was then Hadley Airport in South Plainfield,NJ. A 1966 graduate of Westfield High School, he has a BS from Rider College and an MBA from the Wharton School. He is a retired US Navy Lieutenant Commander with 67 combat missions over North Vietnam.Bushby lives in Flanders, New Jersey. During his business career he has worked in over 30 countries and is an expert on emerging securities markets. He is divorced and has 5 children. He enjoys travel, fly-fishing and writing. is now working on the next titles in the Harry Braham and Rick Kasten series. John is an NAIBA Regional Author. You can learn more at his website; or follow me on Twitter @JbushbyBu.

John released Prowler Ball in December 2013. This is the story of a young Naval Flight Officer in combat in the skies over North Vietnam. It is based on his experiences flying in the last days of combat in the skies over Hanoi and Haiphong.

Look for John's next release, The Last Voyage of the Paramaribo Queen, coming in Autumn of 2014. In this tale set at the beginning of World War II Rick Kasten returns to thwart Hitler's plans to dominate the Caribbean.

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