Daily Review: A Drumbeat Too Near by Bill Flynn

Bill Flynn deftly weaves his stories of U.S.families and Germans dealing with the horrors of war and duty.

Junie, Iggy and Allie are teenagers in East Bay, on Cape Cod during WW ll in 1942. The atmosphere of war hangs over that seaside town like a winter fog. Its men go off to join the fight and the women left behind wait for their return while trying to stay faithful.

The three boys do their part by patroling the beach as volunteers. German U-boats are manacing American ships very near to Cape Cod. One is captained by Karl Heineke who is not enthraled by the Nazi regime and is in love with a French woman..

When Heineke’s U-boat launches two spies one of the boys on beach patrol is there to confront them.

Bill Flynn

Amazon Review

By James A. Anderson

This book languished for almost two years on my lengthy TBR list — far too long and if I’d known it was this good I’d have moved it up.

It is a World War Two tale — a mixture of fact and fiction, but a very interesting read. I liked very much how the author juxtaposes two parallel stories of three teenage boys patrolling the beaches of Cape Cod and the captain and crew of a German U-boat off the shores of Massachusetts sinking ships headed to England with food and war supplies.

The author does an excellent job in bringing his characters to life, including the Germans. He portrays them with humanity doing a nasty job for their country and also points out that not all Germans were Nazis. In fact, some in the military were opposed to Hitler and his policies. Bill Flynn gives an accurate and sympathetic picture of Admiral Karl Donitz, commander of the U-boat fleet, who sometimes opposed his Nazi masters where the welfare of his men was concerned.

This is not a Young Adult novel per se, but it is suitable reading for teenagers who can learn something about the war.

Bill Flynn deftly weaves his stories of U.S.families and Germans dealing with the horrors of war and duty.

An added bonus and a very nice touch is an Appendix with some of the food recipes used by the book’s principal characters. You can try out the recipes for Gina Posada’s Baked Stuffed Quahogs, Barbara’s recipe for Wiener Schniztel (which I can personally attest is excellent), Scott Lee’s mom’s recipe for Hush Puppies,and Mrs. Lee’s Creamy Grits (I’ll pass on that one).

I can highly recoemmend this book.

Amazon Review

By J. Chambers

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Bill Flynn is one of my favorite indie authors, and World War II is one of my favorite reading topics, so I figured I would enjoy “A Drumbeat Too Near,” and I did. “Drumbeat” successfully weaves together two WWII threads, one the story of a German U-boat commander and his crew, the other the story of several families living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The story begins in December 1941, a few days after the United States has entered the War. Karl Heineke is a German U-boat commander who attacks cargo vessels leaving east coast ports for England and the Soviet Union.

In those early days of the war, anti-submarine warfare was still in its infancy, and the U-boats had easy pickings. On Cape Cod, the story focuses on three families whose teenage sons – Junie, Allie, and Iggy – are best friends. While fishing on his father’s trawler, one of the boys, in an unforgettable incident, comes face to face with Karl Heineke.

As the submarine war escalates, the people of Cape Cod are inescapably drawn into the war’s brutality, as bodies of sailors and debris from the torpedoed ships wash ashore. Junie, Allie, and Iggy volunteer for beach patrol, which almost costs them their lives when German agents land on Cape Cod’s shores.

The author does a marvelous job of depicting civilian life and the wartime hardships on both sides. The events of the story are fictional, although they’re based loosely on actual historical events during the war.

One added bonus and a very nice touch was to include an appendix with some of the food recipes used by the book’s principal characters.

Five stars and two thumbs up for “Drumbeat.”

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