5.0 out of 5.0 stars A tight action thriller
Past and present are intertwined in this quick read which keeps you riveted. World War II makes its way into the 21’st century and the personal lives of family and friends. Afterwards your mind wanders about your own life, family, friends, and war stories, how intrigue and romance are bound together. Kudos to the author.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent.
Start reading and you won’t be able to put it down. It keeps you in suspense all the way. Based on factual experience.
“Code Name Sonny was an amazing journey! The characters are endearing, and the story suspenseful, keeping the reader on the edge and wanting more! Can’t wait for the next book!”
A chance meeting with author Ken Pottie resulted in this TERRIFIC and suspenseful thriller of a novel keeping me awake the same night, thoroughly and blissfully engrossed, reading it cover to cover. This rarely happens with me – the last author who’s novels I found impossible to put down was none other than Tom Clancy. I’m reading Code Name Sonny AGAIN and am waiting for more from Ken Pottie. Coming from a ‘military’ family, and being an old Cold Warrior myself (U.S. Army 1981 – 1996) I can appreciate the history and suspense on several levels. I don’t think I can add much to some of the other reviews here other than to add my own enthusiastic endorsement, and yes, these other great reviewers are right on, this is a ‘Must Read’. Thank you Ken!
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read!
“This is a book that’s difficult to put down once you’re past the first few pages. The author wonderfully describes the scenes and gives the characters their personalities. It made me feel as though I were a character in the book. I recommend it for some good reading time!”
Having enjoyed Code Name Sonny, I could not wait to begin reading Mountains of Fire. Although I majored in History and have read much about World War II, this book introduced me to a part of the war that I knew little of — the French Resistance’s Freedom Trail to Spain. That alone was fascinating. Coupled with the dual story lines between past and present, I could not put this book down. Looking forward to The 13th Cohort!
Mountains of Fire honorable mention!
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, riveting, and suspenseful…a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed Code Name Sonny. I took it on an early morning flight with me and thought I would read a few chapters during my regular naps…but once I started, I just couldn’t put it down until I was finished. The book provides a captivating story that takes the reader back and forth between a young man’s adventures that eventually take him on a secret mission behind war time enemy lines, and present day where his son tries to discover the truth behind his father’s past. Eventually, the past and present collide. Always interesting, and often riveting and suspenseful, the book is a great read. I’m looking forward to this author’s next book.
An Extraordinarily Insightful Book – In Code Name Sonny, Ken Pottie, in this amazing book, chose to give readers an insight into one of the really less written about subterfuges,which allowed the allies to overcome the all powerful German war machine during the 2nd World War. In this book he opens up the silent war fought behind enemy lines in France. Ken Pottie uses great artistry to run the story in two parallel paths – alternating between the young heroes in France in 1940-42 and the same heroes now much older in the years 1999-2000, and Ken Pottie introduces tense action in both threads chapter by chapter, making this book a riveting one session read because he maintains live wire tension throughout – I read it at one go and am the happier for it.
A Tale of Espionage in the First Degree! The author seamlessly weaves the times of WW2 and the present. His descriptions of events and characters encourage the reader to see and feel the scenes. The “Operations” that the agents and members of the underground forces undertook are related in a manner sure to keep the reader engrossed, and wanting a sequel. For a taste of the past that catches up to the present, read Code Name Sonny.
This was one of the best books I’ve ever read. The author almost physically puts you into the scenes and you feel the characters’ emotions. It was a wonderfully patriotic work, showing how ordinary people contributed to the war effort. Sorry when the book ended.
Code Name Sonny winner in General Fiction!
My wife brought home Code Name Sonny after visiting with the author and his wife on a business trip. Not knowing what to expect, I started reading, hoping that this author’s first novel would at least be bearable. Before I knew it I was on the last page, wanting more! I was hooked. I love the characters and the story, as well as the connection between events in World War II and the present. The 13th Cohort picks up where the last two books left off — with our erstwhile hero and his wife fighting evil in the present day much as Sonny and his compatriots fought the Nazis. With intrigue and plot twists, the story keeps the reader hanging on every word through the last page. A great story that would make a fantastic movie! I am definitely looking forward to more from this author.
Code Name Sonny Rating: 5.0 stars “Code Name Sonny” is a brilliantly written story of World War II and the valor of people in the French Resistance.The suspense is first-rate as the plot unfolds to the story’s end and will have the readers on the edge of their seats. “Code Name Sonny” should be on everyone’s reading list as it is a remarkable, memorable book that will stay in people’s minds for a long,long time.
K. E. Pottie’s tale of intrigue and espionage tells of Sonny’s daring adventures behind enemy lines. As a songwriter, I was inspired by this compelling tale and I even wrote a song about it called “Charlene”.
The book will draw you in. Spies and war and caring souls looking out for one another.
I have read both of Author K.E. Pottie’s books the first Code Name Sonny and this one, Mountains of Fire. I give both books 5 stars. Ken’s story line engages the reader as you turn page after page trying to figure out what is going to happen next and which of the spy’s goes where he or she shouldn’t…. Highly recommend this author. Can’t wait for the final book of this trilogy.
Code Name Sonny Rating: 5.0 stars This is a superbly written book. You can’t put it down. Every action in the story is believable and carried out by rounded, persuasive characters. Ken Pottie shows great flexibility in creating both a contemporary and a historical setting so impressively for this story. The plot is complex and compelling, and the ending is both inevitable and unexpected.
Code Name Sonny Rating: 5.0 stars I really enjoyed this story. It is a simple tale, not exactly a mystery but more of an action adventure. The plot is filled with deception, action, and an interesting conclusion. The author has woven an intriguing story that will keep you, as it did me, looking forward to the next chapter, whether it is behind enemy lines in war-torn France or on the apparent calm of a small American town.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
“I’m not usually a fan of history novels, but I VERY much enjoyed this one. It’s a suspenseful modern day murder mystery with an unexpected twist. Very enjoyable and very addicting. Had a hard time putting it down.”
5 Stars: The 13th Cohort is a very well developed story of a group of people desperately trying to end an era of evil once and for all. The tale moves rapidly along through two different time periods. The cast of characters is large and memorable. The author has cleverly woven the characters together, both past and present, to show just how intermingled they really are. It is full of action, adventure, intrigue and suspense, plus an interesting ending as well.
Mountains of Fire Rating: 5.0 stars “Mountains of Fire” is both a good story and a remarkable one at that as it tells of the bravery of those in the French Resistance whose lives were threatened almost on a daily basis and who chose to escape. It is also testimonial to those brave souls who reached out and offered assistance to the people, young and old alike, who stood up to the cruelty of the Nazis. This is a series that readers everywhere will love to follow.
I enjoyed the unexpected twists and turns of this historically based book. I have ancestors that also fought in WWII so I enjoy reading about other family experiences. I’m looking forward to reading the next one!
Mountains of Fire Rating: 4.0 Stars “Mountains of Fire” by K E Pottie follows on from the excellent “Code Name Sonny”, the first in this series. The juxtaposition of the two time-periods continues the pattern from the previous book, which helps accentuate both the relationship between the two novels and the characters within them. It is a gritty, exciting novel, with plenty of breathless action that captures the atmosphere and setting of both 1940s France and contemporary America.
I know his niece. It was a good book that combined fact and fiction.
Wonderful how the book was put together~~ A true experience !!!
This book kept your attention from the first sentence till the last. It is a story about a young boy wanting to do his part to help fight the war at the start of WWII. I think everyone would enjoy this book, from teenage boys to retirees. Thank you for your wonderful story. Looking forward to more books from this author.
Code Name Sonny Rating: 5.0 stars Code Name Sonny is an excellent read; it has mystery, suspense, action, intrigue and romance all combined to make one incredible plot. K.E. Pottie successfully intertwines two strong plot threads to create a book that I could not lay down. Pottie captured the essence of the WWII era and the mindset of many of the young men at that time. Kudos to this author.
Code Name Sonny winner in Military Fiction!
Mountains fo Fire Rating: 4.0 stars In the introduction to this book author K.E. Pottie shares an amusing story about a French couple and red ink. The story brought a smile to my lips; I knew this book would have more than a dark tone. I very much enjoyed this book. The author has handled the time transitions well. I felt as if I too had been transported back to the era of WWII and assisted in the fight for freedom.
The book, an engrossing spy thriller, masterfully interweaves past and present with the story of “Sonny” who idealistically joins up in 1944, the experiences he encounters and the fictional story of Sonny’s son Jack who discovers surprises and pursuers from his father’s past almost too late to save himself and his family.
Mountains of Fire, 5 Stars, The Spirit of Sonny Prevails For those who fell under the spell of CODE NAME SONNY be alerted to the fact that the second volume in this series, MOUNTAINS OF FIRE, is every bit as good, and if that first book is still in your memory back (which doubtless it is) then this novel has the same sense of watching a special series like HOMELAND or NEWSROOM on television. Author K.E. Pottie knows how to create and build suspense and thrills that makes the decision to put the book down once started a challenging one!
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it!
I love the way the story goes back and forth in time. It is hard to put down…made me smile and it made me cry! The author has done his job, beautifully! Read it, you will be glad you did.
Mountains of Fire twists and turns through a complex and riveting plot rife with period wartime action and stories and subplots of the human faces that grappled with the conflict.
5 stars The 13th Cohort by K.E. Pottie takes us into troubled times when we are introduced to a group who wish to see the rise of the 4th Reich. The way that K.E Pottie is able to transition back and forth between modern times and the era of 1944 while keeping the story interesting and not overly muddled is very impressive. The cast of characters we are introduced to are compelling and the heroes to me are truly heroic. The writing is interesting and evokes a deep sense of emotion for not only the mystical properties of an item like the Spear of Destiny, but simply because of the source material; the Nazis in any form are not an easy topic to write about, but K.E Pottie uses a deft hand in weaving the tale of adventure here. I love a good adventure and the 13th Cohort delivered. I would highly recommend this book for a good read.
4.0 out of 5 stars great read!
I really enjoyed this book. I’m a fan of war and suspense novels so this fits both genres. Nice weaving of WWII behnd the lines documentary with a suspenseful modern day murder mystery.. I look forward to more by this author.
Code Name Sonny, Excellent! The plot is rife with duplicity, action, and an ironic twist at the conclusion. The author has woven an intriguing story that will keep you looking forward to every chapter, whether it is behind enemy lines in France or on the quiet streets of this small American town. Bookreview.com rates this book excellent fiction.
CODE NAME SONNY is a movie waiting to be made. It is difficult to believe that this is a first book by K.E. ‘Ken’ Pottie because it so successfully captures the reader’s interest from the first page to the last. Few writers have described the French underground resistance is so real a manner. This is a strong book and one that hopefully will become a film.
I really enjoyed (Code Name Sonny) this historical novel based on the experiences of the author’s father during World War II. That story, interwoven with present day events, made for a real page turner. I am looking forward to more from this author.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Interesting book, good read on some factual information. The author did one chapter actual, then the next fictional and so on. He could of gone into more detail about some characters (thus the 4 stars), but overall it is a good read. Not bad for this writers first book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read Really enjoyed Code Name Sonny. Very engaging story and a page turner to keep finding out what’s going to happen next. Would make a great movie.
Mountains of Fire, Book 2 in the Code Name series, Honorable Mentio New York Book Festival!
Honorable mention for Code Name Sonny and Mountains of Fire!
5.0 out of 5.0 stars Highly recommended.
Start reading this book and you won’t want to put it down. A very interesting and intriguing novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
“This was a great book to read. I read it on the train to and from work everyday until it was finished. I loved how the chapters switch between two different time periods and each ties together with the characters. It all comes together with a great ending and very interesting war facts. Can’t wait to see if there’s more stories to come from this!”
“Honorable mention” Take a World War II spy novel and combine it with a murder mystery to arrive at the formula for “Code Name Sonny,” the impressive debut novel by K.E. Pottie. This is a fun, beach-y read, and the time spent with its characters will be enjoyable for all ages, but particularly those who relish well-told tales of World War II.
“Honorable mention” A deep respect for elders and veterans is evident throughout the story, and the vivid descriptions of activities in occupied France makes for riveting reading. It would be easy to see a film adaptation of “Code Name Sonny,” and while the story is neatly wrapped at the end, there is enough back-story hinted at in the novel that has yet to be told. We look forward to more from this promising author.
Few writers have described the war and its permutations as well. The 13th Cohort, another fine story. K.E. Pottie weaves all the characters who have survived the first two novels of the series into the action of this third episode and there is the same mixture of intrigue, genetic connection, historical persistence, love, and strange medical situations.
When I read the first book Code Name Sonny, I almost didn’t sleep that first night because I wanted to finish the book in one sitting. I have always been a big fan of espionage novels and this one delivered. I devoured the second book in the series, Mountains of Fire, in the same way. I couldn’t wait for this one to come out, but was worried about how can the author continue the crazy plot twists and driving story. When I finally got around to reading this book, I was not disappointed. Ken continued to deliver the great story and crazy plot twists. I felt like I was right there in the story – he has a vivid way of describing the areas this group of heroes goes to. He brilliantly ties together the past and the future! I truly loved this book, The 13th Cohort (as well as the others in the series). I recommend this book to anyone who loves thrillers and crazy plot twists.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
“It’s a book you can’t put down. I love the war genre, this is in my top 5. Great first book from the author. Definitely anticipating more of his work!”
The 13th Cohort wins in the Military Fiction Category!
The 13th Cohort: K.E. Pottie has written an incredible double story of espionage, dedication, and the fight of good against evil. Excellent realism along with believable supernatural elements make this story highly entertaining and exciting. The 13th Cohort combines an excellent war story with espionage, passion, and dedication that keeps the pages turning and the reader cheering for the good guys.
“Few writers have described the war and its permutations as well” – Grady Harp for Literary Aficionado
“Really enjoyed Code Name Sonny. Very engaging story and a page turner to keep finding out what’s going to happen next. Would make a great movie” – Steve Broderick
“The author has woven an intriguing story that will keep you, as it did me, looking forward to the next chapter, whether it is behind enemy lines in war-torn France or on the apparent calm of a small American town.”– Paul J. For Readers’ Favorite