Die Liste

Revenge on the Black Sun

Fiction - Intrigue
324 Pages
Reviewed on 02/11/2021
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Author Biography

Tom Gauthier began his serious writing career after nearly forty years of corporate work that took him to twenty countries, immersing him in a variety of cultures. While writing for a number of commercial publications, and creating and producing four stage plays was gratifying, Tom was waiting for retirement and the chance to dive into the deep end of the writing pool - the novel.
Tom Gauthier’s novels have won acclaim by Writers Digest, earned Five Star reviews in Readers’ Favorites, and received praise in many forums.
His in-depth knowledge of geography, love of historical research, decades of personal experience, and extensive worldwide travel, working on four continents, is reflected in his books.
Tom served in the military in such diverse roles as Combat Intelligence analyst, as a member of a flight crew, and as a professor for the US Navy College Afloat.
A firm believer in life-long learning, he has earned a BS in Management, an MBA in Organizational Development, Certificates in Creative Writing, and a Doctorate in Behavioral Psychology.
Tom lives with his wife of 46 years, Marlene, in Reno, NV.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.” -- Ernest Hemingway. Die Liste: Revenge on the Black Sun is an intriguing novel by Tom Gauthier. WW11 has ended, but Amos Mead, a former Marine and OSS agent, constantly relives the memories. A military friend, Harmon Wentmore, requests his help in a dangerous, secret CIA mission. Amos re-enacts the thrills of war when he goes in search of a serial assassin who is executing Nazi war criminals brought to the United States by the government for a project. His wife, Brigit, a psychologist, develops a case profile that could help identify the killer and save the lives of the war criminals. There are, however, top-ranking government officials who are willing to do anything to keep their names out of the scandal that is no longer easy to contain.

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” Die Liste: Revenge on the Black Sun is definitely intriguing and absorbing. Tom Gauthier's writing is a wonderful combination of compassion, nostalgia, empathy, and espionage with a dash of humor. This is seen in the well-developed characters and numerous descriptive settings in the story. The ending was a bit unexpected and the twists were great. Brigit is one of my favorite characters and I can see why she and Amos make a great couple. I always have a deep admiration for the brave men and women in the Armed Forces who have to risk their lives to defend their countries and the author gave great insight into activities that soldiers often do. Die Liste is recommended.