So far so good! I entered Grey Wolf in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition for this year and I'm pleased to announce that the novel has made it to the quarterfinals! That means out of 2500 Fiction entries, Grey Wolf A Novel In History is in the top 250. I'm not trying to jinx myself in the ongoing contest, but I thought I'd post the Amazon Expert Reviewers comments. Thank you all for your interest. Wish me luck!

What is the strongest aspect of this excerpt?

Grey Wolf tells the story of the beginning of WWII from the perspectives of a Royal Navy Lieutenant and a German U-Flotilla Captain. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the stories of these two men, similar in temperament, skill, and courage but on opposite sides of the conflict.

What aspect needs the most work?

As with many works of historical fiction, there is a significant amount of explanatory detail. This can become over whelming or confusing.

What is your overall opinion of this excerpt?

The excerpt of Grey Wolf has clear, descriptive, high quality writing. The setting of the start              of WWII viewed through the eyes of two military men on opposing sides was interesting and   original. Although I don't usually read historical fiction, Grey Wolf was interesting and engaging, and is something that I would have liked to read in its entirety.

 

What is the strongest aspect of this excerpt?

Terrific setup, descriptions and historical accuracy from both British and German points of view which also broadens the story's perspective. The writing style is excellent and the dialogue well done.I've read quite a bit of historical fiction and the way this is setup, at least from the excerpt, gives it several possible plot lines and all of them strong.

What aspect needs the most work?

Some of the prose needs a little work as there are certain words overused. There are some awkward sentences that have structure problems. It is a bit jarring to have the young Scotsman killed right off but still that is war so understandable.

What is your overall opinion of this excerpt?

I believe if the writing is as good throughout the book as in the excerpt that this could be an exceptional historical novel in spite of the non-original idea. I believe this author has either notes or conversations or his own imagination that has lent a strong flavor to this novel so it would be something I would read.