- Series: Breakpoint (Book 1)
- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Diversion Publishing (November 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626818290
- ISBN-13: 978-1626818293
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 104 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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.
The book is extremely well researched and the tone and pacing of the story is just perfect.
The scenes of Jack and Bobby in conversations with each other, as well as other people are stunning (and verisimilitudinous). This is exactly how they would speak.
As a creator of Dark Skies, he has already explored some of those what ifs (JFK and to a greater extent Bobby were central figures in Dark Skies). He carries on that part of the tradition here, with wonderful cameo appearances by Marilyn Monroe, astronauts, The Beatles (with a wonderful faux magazine cover of JFK with The Beatles), Muhammed Ali/Cassius Clay. It really does feel like the 60s. This is not a fantasy retelling of the JFK story (e.g., no one travels through time to save him), but a reimagination of history. I don't think "what if?" books will ever be the same after this.
I liked this book so much that I tried to read it slowly. I didn't want it to end. I blew through in about three sittings.
One thing that struck me as I was reading this is what an amazing film can be made from this story. Step up Hollywood, make a deal, and get Bryce Zabel writing the screenplay. Highly highly recommended.