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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
The Awakening of Abraham Brown is a military fiction by Graeme Richard Smith. Renegade Nazis in France capture American soldiers, Abraham Brown, Patch Hancock and Indigo Templeton. A Nazi, who looks into his unsettling eyes before committing suicide, stabs Abraham. An unseen person murders their captors and the soldiers find refuge in a monastery. These events bond the trio, changing their lives and those they meet, both spiritually and physically. Abraham has developed visionary skills triggered by the stab wound. Klaus the Giant, a psychotic Nazi, and his dogs, Death and Destruction, track the soldiers and harm Patch, who has an unusual dream that Abraham sees. They escape to a village with the aid of the Resistance, where their lives take another twisted turn in the horrible war they bravely fight.
The Awakening of Abraham Brown is one of those books that you will remember long after reading, mainly from an emotional and spiritual viewpoint. Graeme Smith writes an engaging story depicting how World War II affected many lives, with very good descriptive action and details. He addressed racism from several interesting angles as it relates to people and their war-affected countries. One of my favourite scenes takes place at the monastery, but the entire story is lovely. The three main characters are admirable and courageous, and I think Graeme Smith highlights the qualities of real soldiers, and the harsh treatment and conditions they endure through these strong characters. The Awakening of Abraham Brown is a fast paced, intriguing military fiction I recommend reading.