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Surrounded by Enemies: A Breakpoint Novel Paperback – November 3, 2015
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"I have some experience with shattered timelines and altered realities but this one kept me guessing every page.”―Damon Lindelof, writer/producer of LOST, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
“Plausible development, building from what we know about what really did go on, and a whacking good story…SURROUNDED BY ENEMIES delivers on both, big-time. So hold on to your hats, folks. You’re in for quite a ride.”―Harry Turtledove, alternative history author, HOW FEW REMAIN
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Zabel has no such illusions. He takes the struggles of the first years of Kennedy's presidency and projects them ahead, continuing JFK's ham-fisted foreign policy and battles with J. Edgar Hoover and the intelligence establishment. The bulk of the book is based on an idea that has been examined elsewhere: that, had Kennedy lived, the eventual exposure of his many extramarital affairs could have led to a presidency-threatening scandal. (Unlike Bill Clinton's exploits, JFK's affairs constituted a legitimate threat, given some of his paramours' connections to East Germany and the Mafia.)
While any alternate history offers just one possible path, Zabel's version, aside from a few outlandish asides, is plausible and interesting.
"Surrounded by Enemies" is honest enough to avoid sanctifying President Kennedy. Hardly a saint, he and Robert Kennedy are portrayed as only too human, possessed of less-elevated passions and a palpable desire for revenge. The strategies and events play out with a strong sense of verisimilitude. You can believe in events that could not happen.
That is the beauty of "Surrounded by Enemies." In many regards, it just feels right. A fictitious newsmagazine Zabel creates to relate this reimagined history brilliantly helps readers suspend any nagging disbelief. As a work of written art it stands apart from the shrill and paranoid that populate the genre of speculative literature.
Buy this book. Read "Surrounded by Enemies" and, like me, wonder: What if.
Ever since I first was able to grasp the enormous implications of the assassination when I learned about it in grade school I have been fascinated by what happened that day in Dallas. That combined with my love of alternate history has led to down the path of reading many books on the subjects of JFK’s actual murder as well as the many “What if…” scenarios.
Bryce Zabel’s, Surrounded by Enemies is one of the finest and most fun works I have read on the subject of JFK surviving the ambush in Dallas. Mr. Zabel has done his research and has made the book a worthwhile as well as entertaining read. The author has blended fact and fiction so effortlessly that the reader will find himself saying, “Yes, it could have happened this way.” Without giving away any plot or theme I will say that I found the cameo by the Beatles surprising and fun!
This is a great book to lose yourself in the fantasy world of “what if…’’ for a few hours. I would recommend it to any fan of JFK or alternate history.