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The New Yorker" calls it, "a thriller in the purest cliffhanger vein. The technique is flawless. It could only have been learned in a thousand Saturday afternoon movie matinees."  Publisher's Weekly adds, "Writing in the vein of Forsythe and Follett, Brown has produced a fast paced thriller." Others  have compared his writing to Clancy, Ludlum, Deaver, and Alistair MacLean. 
5-Stars!  "Bond Meets Indy Jones! The settings were real and the characters believable --  esp. the cynically incompetent officials above Thompson. I was left wondering, actually, if this was based on some actual incident or similar situation. I'd buy more books by this author."     Ralph Glaser, Amazon Reviewer.
5-Stars!  "A non-stop energizing plot!   Thursday at Noon is a thrilling, adrenaline rush novel by terrific author.  I read and reviewed his earlier novel, Amongst My Enemies, and thought it was spectacular.  He pens a thrilling espionage adventure that will capture the reader from page one.  I could see the events unfold like you would in a movie, with great character depiction, vivid backgrounds and a non-stop energizing plot.    Wendy L. Hines, Minding Spot Book Reviews on Amazon.
5-Stars!   "Another Winner! Brown has penned another great read! This story pulls you in and won't let go -- taking you through twists and turns you could never predict.  Though it was set in the early 1960s, the reader might easily imagine it happening in today's world.  References to the Bay of Pigs and the Kennedy administration create a brilliant historical slant. I am looking forward to the next book Brown will share with Kindle readers!"     GinnyReader, Amazon Reviewer.

From the Author

If you like Thursday at Noon, you might also like Burke's War, where The American Sniper takes on The Godfather, or The Undertaker, a contemporary thriller told in the 1st person with action, ,adventure, suspense, romance, humor, and stark terror. You might also like Amongst My Enemies, set against the backdrop of WW II, and the Cold War, Winner Lose All, a spy vs spy espionage thriller set in the closing days of WW II, as alliances begin to shift and no one can be trusted, and Aim True, My Brothers, a contemporary suspense thriller when Middle East terror visits the shores of America. Check them out on their Kindle Pages!

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  • File Size: 8196 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publisher: William F. Brown (January 12, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AMSH00
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,349 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am the author of six mystery all of which have been released as Kindle Select e-books, five of which have also been released as audio books on Audible, the Amazon and ITunes subsidiary. Half of these are the e-book editions of my successful, hardback and paperback books, published by St. Martins, Beaufort Books, Harlequin Gold Eagle and others, in US and foreign editions. The other half are original e-books.

My newest thriller novel, 'Burke's War' - think 'The American Sniper' meets 'The Godfather,' or 'Bob Lee Swagger' takes on the Gambinos. What would you do if your airplane was coming in to land, you looked out the window, and saw a murder taking place on a rooftop as it flashes past below? And who would believe you? That might stop you or I, but not Bob Burke. An ex-Army Ranger and Delta Force Commander, nothing much could.

'Aim True, My Brothers,' is a contemporary, American political action thriller, as Middle East terrorism explodes on American shores. Ibrahim Al-Bari is a skilled Hamas commander who has battled Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan and now takes his private war to the heart of the American government itself -- and the clock is ticking.

'The Undertaker,' is a snarky, fun, fast-paced domestic thriller with a slug of humor, romance, and stark terror! Someone with a sharp scalpel and an embalming table is planting bodies und other people's names. If Pete Talbott doesn't stop them, he'll be next on the list.

Amongst My Enemies, with a 4.3 rating on 179 Kindle reviews, including and 100 Five-Stars, is a fast-paced Cold War action adventure story filled with international intrigue, espionage, revenge, and an old German U-boat filled with a fortune in gold bars, treasure, and a secret that will tear NATO apart. You can find it at

'Thursday at Noon,is a Joan Kahn Book originally published by St. Martin's Press in hardback, in paperback by Harlequin's Gold Eagle, is set in Egypt in 1962 and deals with murder, espionage, an Army coup, and new rockets aimed at the heart of Israel. Reviewed favorably in the "New Yorker" and other major publications.

Finally, 'Winner Lose All,' is set in the closing months of WWII. As one war winds down, all eyes are on the next one, it is a tale of fast-moving international suspense and espionage. As alliances begin to shift, old enemies become tomorrow's friends, and everyone wants their piece of the revolutionary new German weapons technologies.

In addition to the novels, I've written four award-winning screenplays. Preview Chapters from all six suspense novels, can be found on my web site

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By BrianB VINE VOICE on June 17, 2012
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This is an entertaining spy story, set in Egypt circa 1962. The dissipated but principled CIA veteran Richard Thompson is on the case, at first reluctantly, then ever more doggedly, as he is warned off by the police, the American ambassador, and just about everybody else. He has few friends and many enemies, but he wants to find out why there are German scientists in Heliopolis, why the embassy is covering that up, and why someone wants him dead.

The writing is not great. The description is repetitive and overheated, the dialogue clumsy, and the action sometimes lost in a jumble of adjectives. An example will explain better than I can: "The colonel's voice cut through the thick, hot air inside the small room like the flashing blade of the scimitar hanging above the Colonel's desk."
Nevertheless, the author creates some genuine characters, and he paints a memorable portrait of Cairo in the early Nassar years. I was caught up in the story, and I stayed up late at night reading to the end. I was satisfied with an entertaining read. I only wish Mr. Brown had an editor.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Glynn Young VINE VOICE on July 8, 2012
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Richard Thomsen is a CIA agent, sitting in a backstreet British bar in Cairo in 1962. He's been sent away from Damascus after a failed operation, and no one in Cairo, especially the American ambassador, wants to have anything to do with him. An Egyptian comes into the bar and wants to give him an envelope of photographs. Thomsen refuses, and a short time later the Egyptian is found - beheaded.

Something is going on, and the more Thomsen tries to avoid it, the more ensnared he becomes. Captain Hassan Saleh of the Cairo Metropolitan Police suspects him of involvement in the beheading. Colonel Ali Rashid of Egyptian state security would like to see him dead. The American ambassador would like to see him out of the country. And a few former SS officers are hunting him.

Something is going on, all right, and it's happening at an old British air base at Heliopolis, 15 miles south of Cairo. It may well change the Middle East forever. And it's happening within a few short days - on Thursday, at noon. Elements of the Muslim Brotherhood and former Nazis have two targets in their sights - Tel Aviv and Haifa.

William Brown, author of "Amongst My Enemies" and several other books, has written one terrific, action-packed story in "Thursday at Noon." While it's set in 1962, it feels as contemporary as the protests in Tabriz Square and the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. The passion, the politics, the explosive combination of personal ambition and religious fervor all sound straight out of today's newspaper headlines.

The author uses historical figures like Gamel Abdel Nasser, Egypt's president at the time, along with fictitious characters to create a riveting story if intrigue and duplicity.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wooley in PSL VINE VOICE on June 19, 2012
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This is my second William F. Brown book, the first one 4 and a half stars and this one THURSDAY AT NOON, one star less at 3 and a half. Set in Egypt in the early 60's this is a spy spy story. CIA agent Richard Thomson is drawn into a mystery revolving around an old military base filled with Nazi's. It is a nice read but just misses the mark. Brown sometimes is too verbose and often trips with the words. I also didn't accept the instant love affair with Ilsa and without it the story stumbles. Mr. Brown is going to write a real winner one day. This one isn't it. But...recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Viviane Crystal VINE VOICE on August 11, 2012
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Richard Thomson is in big trouble with the CIA for whom he works. He flubbed his last case and now has been assigned to Cairo, Egypt where he is treated like a virtual pariah. One night while he's drowning his sorrows in a bar, he's approached by an Arab fellow who says he has some significant information that he needs to get to a particular person. But Thomson thinks he's part of a grand trap to finish off Thomson's career for good and tells him to scoot. The Arab is petrified but Thomson's not buying the story. So imagine his thoughts and feelings when he later finds that the man has been decapitated and that Thomson is believed to be either the murderer or the one responsible for his murder. Here the terror really begins!

This is a story where Arabs and former SS Germans are seeking one goal, the destruction of Israel. How will they do it? When will it happen, if at all? Why?

Are the Arabs and Germans cooperating? What do they think of each other? Readers will be riveted as the skills and depths of cruelty vie with each other for these two groups. And add to that there are Arab groups with different motives and goals and the same for the Germans. Thomson who has been previously pickled in his own alcoholic pity party, now awakens to find out why the Israeli Landau has disappeared and perhaps been killed and more what he was after that seems to have caused his demise.

William F. Brown never disappoints! His espionage/spy/political thrillers are very different and so very well-written. A thrill to read and deserving of best-seller status! Thursday at Noon is no exception!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NLE on August 22, 2012
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A worn-out, alcoholic CIA agent, the ruler of Egypt, Abdel Gamal Nasser, two of his best friends, and English bartender, a Germn scientist and his daughter make up the main folk in this thriller about rockets, loyalty and the next Cold War. A total study in contrasts in the early 1960's of Egypt as the Moslems want it, as the Us Ambassador thinks he wants it and as Thomson, the agent knows it really is.
Something is in the works and several men have died for it. Thomson was nearly on of them but his body recalls maneuvers his mind has forgotten and, while he does manage to take his share of hits and kicks; he manages to survive. A Metro Police Detective thinks he has the answers but doesn't, the idiot Ambassador knows he does, but doesn't. In fact, the only person with the real answers is no of Nasser's boyhood friends, the Colonel Ali Rashid, whom Nasser trusts completely and Thomson, whom no one believes.
What a ride this book was! Reading about this time in our past was worth the reading but the plot - what a plot! It could have happened, it may have happened. We don't really know but it is one heckuva good tale and it all becomes scarily clear - Thursday at Noon.
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