Veiled in Shadows

Veiled in Shadows

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1937, Ebi Gausel is riding high as a member of Germany's elite guard, Hitler's SS.An unexpected romance arrives in Ebi's life in the form of the fiery Katharina. Even with Europe teetering on the brink of war their happiness seems assured. But Ebi's certainty comes crashing down as Katharina disappears, leaving hints of a dark secret.In a war fought in the shadows...those who live may do so at the cost of their humanity.Two lovers united by passion...and divided by hate.As they fight for survival...their most ruthless foe might be one another.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 434 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 28mm | 680.39g
  • Xantharea Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0646529013
  • 9780646529011
  • 761,664

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Russell's characters evoked emotions from me on several levels, often requiring me to lay the book down and savor my own tears. I enjoyed the ride through the characters' journey of love and war, and seeing multiple sides and viewpoints along the way. The story is told in first person, though through several people, which can get confusing over time. The most central character, Katherina (or Victoria), seems to be the only person who doesn't make a narrative appearance, keeping her "veiled in shadow". One character gives his side of the story in present tense--a writing choice I didn't understand and which kind of bugged me, but that's a minor point. Overall I enjoyed the story. It goes through several unexpected twists and turns, especially at the end. If you like period or war fiction and you're looking for an emotional ride, you should read this book.show more
by Rosie Connolly
'Veiled in Shadows' is the first book by Australian Allan Russel. It is the story of a half-English half-German 'Princess' who calls herself "Katharina..... My second name, it seems less pompous and more German than Victoria. My daddy calls me Victoria Chesterfield, but I prefer Katharina von Brunnenstadt." Bold, beautiful and intellegent, we first meet her through the eyes of a young Nazi officer who thinks he is saving her from a wild boar, but ends up having his head chewed off for destroying a breeding boar. She proceeds to fall in love with the Nazi officer remarkably quickly, but just before the outbreak of World War II abruptly breaks off their engagement and moves to England. In England, she meets a young fighter pilot, and despite loving him, turns down his proposal because she loves another. She follows her cousin into the English Secret Service, and defects to Nazi Germany under very mysterious circumstances. To say much more would be to give the plot away, but her ambivalent actions keeps you guessing till the very end. Allan Russel knows a thing or two about creating and maintaining suspense. Who is Katharina/ Victoria? What does she stand for? What is she fighting for? Who is she fighting against? You get conflicting pieces of evidence and despite the prologue seemingly having told you everything, nothing falls into place till the last chapters. What made the book even more engaging was the fact that the story emerges through multiple points of view, none of them Katharina/ Victoria. She is 'Katharina' to her German lover, and 'Victoria' to her English lover. Her subjects in Baravia call her 'Princess', and her cousin calls her 'Vikki'. She is different things to different people, but all of them love her. I am not a fan of war fiction, but I am glad I read this book, and I would without hesitation recommend it to anyone. Al has already started work on his next book- can't wait.show more
by Rayna Iyer
This is the first and hopefully not the last book by new author Allan Russell. "Veiled in Shadows" takes place in Germany and England in the years before and during WWII. The book centers around the half German, half English Princess and all the lives she touches. This book tells the story of the beautiful Bavarian Princess known as Victoria Chesterfield to her English friends and family, and the Princess Katharina von Brunnenstadt to all those who know her mother's family in Germany. The book is a fast paced narrative from the view of the two men who love her, the young handsome German SS officer, and the English RAF pilot. Her faithful servants the gamekeeper at her Bavarian Estate, his wife and a young Jewish girl, all who would not hesitate to give their lives to help their beloved Katharina. Her English Cousin and others. This multiple point of view narrative is very hard to pull off, but Allan Russell does it. He all allows us to see all sides of the war and how it affected the people caught up in it. If you are looking for a good fast pace adventure, I highly recommend this book for yourself or as a gift for someone on you gift list.show more
by Pamela Jo
This is the first and hopefully not the last book by new author Allan Russell. "Veiled in Shadows" takes place in Germany and England in the years before and during WWII. The book centers around the half German, half English Princess and all the lives she touches. This book tells the story of the beautiful Bavarian Princess known as Victoria Chesterfield to her English friends and family, and the Princess Katharina von Brunnenstadt to all those who know her mother's family in Germany. The book is a fast paced narrative from the view of the two men who love her, the young handsome German SS officer, and the English RAF pilot. Her faithful servants the gamekeeper at her Bavarian Estate, his wife and a young Jewish girl, all who would not hesitate to give their lives to help their beloved Katharina. Her English Cousin and others. This multiple point of view narrative is very hard to pull off, but Allan Russell does it. He all allows us to see all sides of the war and how it affected the people caught up in it. If you are looking for a good fast pace adventure, I highly recommend this book for yourself or as a gift for someone on you gift list.show more
by Pamela Jo
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