The Awakening of Abraham Brown

Fiction - Military
198 Pages
Reviewed on 02/21/2015
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Author Biography

I was born in Exeter in January 1957.
My father Freddie died eighteen months later, unfortunately I have no memory of him.
During WWII he saw action in North Africa and was mentioned in despatches for bravery.
He was also badly wounded with shrapnel wounds to the head.

My mother Trena served with military intelligence, sadly two of her brothers were killed in action. The family home and business was destroyed in bombing raids on Paris St, Exeter.

I dedicate this book to their memory and to all those who gave their lives during WWII.

    Book Review

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.

J A Holvey

I was really impressed by this novel. At first, and particularly given the cover I thought it may be the usual war story, however it had a very unusual supernatural, spiritual twist throughout. This unusual and original theme running through the book was in my opinion inspired. I would recommend this book and not just to war story fans. I would suggest anyone who likes a story with a real difference gives it a go.

Mr Philip Bird

I don't read often but really enjoyed this mystical touch on the second world war time and was an easy read for anyone not a great reader. Looking forward to more from this author.