League of Night and Fog (Brotherhood #3)


League of Night and Fog

Brotherhood #3

Author: David Morrell

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars


Multiple men from the WWII era have disappeared inexplicably. At the same time, Saul and Erika (from Brotherhood of the Rose) are attacked while Erika’s father disappears. Also, the man and woman from Fraternity of the Stone (I simply can’t remember their names, they are so forgettable) are attacked. Everything ties together in one big mish-mash.

My Thoughts:

WWII, Nazis and Jews. And covert ops, black ops, invisible ops, you name it.

I enjoyed this more than the other 2 books mentioned [and they’re necessary to understand this book], but it was kind of funny to be honest. Whenever someone uses Nazis* as  the badguys in modern times, I just have to roll my eyes.

There is a twist revealed partway through when you realize there are 2 groups of disappeared men instead of 1 and that throws everything for a loop. Suddenly, some of the people you were feeling sympathetic towards, you simply don’t anymore.

So while this was supposed to be a thriller, I found it more comedic than the author probably intended.

*whenever I head “nazi’s”, all I can think about is the scene from the movie Ratrace where Jon Lovitz accidentally impersonates Hitler in front of a whole group of WWII vets. Here’s the clip:

Ratrace Jon Lovitz is Hitler Clip (dead link pruned)

Crossposted on Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot.wordpress.com

Fraternity of the Stone (Brotherhood #2)


Fraternity of the Stone - David Morrell
Fraternity of the Stone

Brotherhood #2

Author: David Morrell

2.5 Stars of 5


I found this to be a better story than Brotherhood of the Rose, but not nearly as engaging.

You have the same elements, 2 bestfriends/brothers, 1 girl, an older mentor, betrayal, paranoid assassins.

But it was draggy. Mr Killer/Assassin man feels bad, goes to be a monk and it isn’t until almost 1/3 of the way through that his past catches up and the plot begins to move forward.

So while I’m all for secret societies, and assassins and religious overtones, this book just fell shy of being a good book. A plodding time filler.

I’m not so sure I want to read the 3rd Brotherhood book now.

The Brotherhood Of The Rose

The Brotherhood Of The RoseThe Brotherhood Of The Rose

Brotherhood #1

David Morrell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I read a scanned copy on my Nook, and the format was something awful. So I KNOW that affected my reading. Mainly because with all the jumping around the story does I had to pay over-attention to make sure which/who/what storyline I was following.

I saw this as a movie/miniseries for tv back in the early 90’s when it was a rerun. I don’t think I saw the whole thing, just enough to burn the idea of it into my mind.

The idea is awesome! 2 orphans, now brothers, superbly trained as the best of the best, carrying out covert missions for their father figure. And then, betrayal, backstabbing and the harsh reality of the intelligence gathering world.

Sadly, I wasn’t as enamoured of the carrying out of this idea in this book. It was pretty cool, but there were quite a few times where I was wondering when the action would start up. There is a sequel, The Fraternity Of The Stone and I’ll read it to give Mr. Morrell another chance.