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Fear Itself Hardcover – International Edition, March 7, 2011
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Fear Itself is a well-written novel that captures issues of the era, particularly those involving the identity struggles of replaced Germans adapting America while still having old country loyalties. With the inclusion of several historical personages and events of the time, the book makes for an enjoyable and fast-moving read. I particularly liked the development of the main character Jimmy Nessheim and he may be a reappearing hero for this author.
This book doesn't have the depth of a John LeCarre spy thriller, but it is historically interesting and fits together well. On a side note, I was surprised to discover several editing errors (spelling errors and misplaced words). Those, however, are publisher's mistakes that shouldn't distract from the author's efforts.
The story itself centers largely on the frustrations of a hapless F.B.I. man in the pre-war confusion of Washington. Agent Nessheim performs as a cog in a machine of plot, counter-plot, and political power. His German roots contrast with his mission of pursuing Nazi sympathizers; he is very human and portrayed very much as of the prewar era. The invention of this individual balances nicely against the larger international and political forces of the time; as historical fiction, the story seems to take relatively few liberties with historical events.
I picked this book up on the assumption that is was light "airplane reading" -- the sort of semi-mindless read that would fill the time endured in a cross-country coach seat. Such an appraisal was, quite frankly, an underestimation. While "Fear Itself" accomplishes that task, it is a bit more serious. It demands a bit more attention than the average thriller: that is a compliment, not a complaint. Still, it is an enjoyable read, and even a bit more rated "PG" than most in the category.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rosenheim's novel moves quickly from scene to scene with out real development of the characters. This is not unusual for relatively new authors. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Super Dave
Step back and immerse yourself in the era that was the lead up to WWII. A compelling hero character moves at the highest levels of German power machine. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by S. Jackson
I really enjoyed the book's accurate picture of the late 1930's in the US. Also I like the fact that the character actions and motivations seemed to be quite realistic and... Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by L. Brodie
I will probably be reviewing "Fear Itself" for the Washington Independent Review of Books (I have a publisher's copy), but I just wanted to weigh in with my thoughts here,... Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Lawrence J. Demaria