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Blog Tour: Wehr Wolff Castle by Bentley Summers with Excerpt and Giveaway

Today’s stop is for Bentley Summers’s Wehr Wolff Castle. We will have info about the books and author, and a great excerpt from the book, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway. Happy Reading :) 


 

During the rise of Nazi Germany, Hagen Messer joins the Royal Air Force as an American soldier who specializes in tracking. He’s attached to British commandos and given a seemingly simple mission—to find a captive and destroy a dam—but everything goes awry. Hagen’s plane crashes into Germany’s Wehr Forest and he has to use his extrasensory abilities to track the captive to nearby Wehr Wolff Castle, a secret Nazi base where vile experiments are being conducted.   Hagen and his surviving team members must sneak into the castle and devise a way to destroy the experimental labs creating diabolical creatures. Hagen is horrified to find Nazis and scientists with no scruples, and at the most inconvenient time, he learns that he may be in love with one of his teammates, an Irishman named Liam. In order to protect his love and his friends, Hagen must feign nonchalance amidst pure degeneracy and suspicion. Hagen soon discovers, though, that he is in over his head.   What may not only redeem him, but also save his lover and friends, is a childhood past and a darkness lurking deep inside him, just waiting to be engaged.

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After a morning of grueling physical training, Hagen and Liam were given a brief period of free time. The Irishman took Hagen on a hike from the airfield to a local hole-in-the-wall Irish pub as promised and bought both of them a Guinness, along with fish and chips. Hagen bought them a second round. Liam got them a third. Hagen and Liam returned from their beer and meal, both of them tipsy from one too many pints. They walked close to one another as Liam spoke of his home and the girls he'd slept with or turned away. The Irishman was a natural storyteller, and Hagen laughed several times at the clever turn of words he chose. Liam's thick accent had a calming rhythm though Hagen did get distracted when he used peculiar words for commonplace items. Hagen had to explain that Americans referred to breakfast pork as sausages, not bangers; and that it was kiss, not snog; nude rather than nip; and Americans said trunk, not boot. Reaching the edge of the airbase, Liam suggested they climb up onto a hangar that was in disuse and watch the planes fly overhead. On the rooftop Liam pulled his shirt over his head and Hagen gazed at his flat stomach with a trail of light colored hair extending from his waistline to his chest. Hagen looked away as Liam glanced towards and he followed Liam's lead by removing his top as well. Liam had lay down and his attention was fixed on Hagen; he patted the surface next to him. "Come on boyo." Liam did not have the pale white skin like the English. It was olive, and he'd tanned recently. He had a well-formed chest; his hands were under his head and his biceps bulged. Hagen laid down next to him and the Irishman turned to him, and his emerald eyes met Hagen’s. A crooked smile formed and Liam said, "I'm zonked after that beer. You?" Hagen chuckled and gazed up in the sky. "I have no idea what zonked is, but if it means anything like being sleepy, then yes." Liam did not say anything so Hagen glanced over. Liam stared at him with intensity, and some emotion lurked deeper. What, Hagen did not know. But it reminded him of a hungry man who just spied a fragrant pot roast. The corners of Liam's mouth curled up. "Your eyes. They're peculiar." "How's that?" He rolled onto his back and closed his eyes, speaking in a soft voice. "They're like the Irish Sea on a stormy night. An ocean-green one moment, then blue the next. Very peculiar." He then fell asleep, and Hagen stared at him for a few more moments before lying on his back and taking his own afternoon nap. Upon waking, they went to dinner. Hagen was surprised by the uncertain new feelings that he’d noticed during the afternoon. He wanted to spend more time with the animated young Irishman and listen to that soothing accent. He didn't want the time to end, and wished to postpone whatever mission was coming. After dinner, Liam said it was time, so they grabbed their gear from their bunks and headed to the hangar to be briefed on their mission. It occurred to Hagen that, within a few hours, he would be flying over the English Channel and on to some mission that would take him into Germany. The hangar was vacant when they arrived, and the Night Angel faced them with the belly gun turret having been completely installed. Liam took a cigarette from his pack and offered Hagen one, but he hesitated. Father would disapprove. He looked at Liam's face and took one, though, and Liam lit both. "You have any girls back home?" Liam asked, his jade gaze aimed at him, his lips pursed over his cigarette. Hagen drew in smoke, coughed, and shook his head; his eyes watered and he said, "Dated a couple. But no takers." Hagen put his arm up to his mouth, feeling another fit of coughs coming. Liam leaned against the hangar door and stared up into the sky. The sun was starting to set. "Broke a couple lasses' hearts meself. A couple of them had some knockers." Liam looked over to Hagen and laughed. "Oh, right, you call them boobs." He inhaled and spoke after exhaling. "And please, Jaysus, I hope I never put one up the pole." The ends of Hagen's mouth turned down, and he slid his hand through his blond hair. "The what?" Liam chuckled and took a drag on his cigarette. "Oh, you Yanks say pregnant." "Oh, right."  
 
  Bryce is a psychologist, author, and the founder of Queer Sense Theory.   Bryce writes popular fiction genres meant for all audiences under Bryce Bentley Summers, and pens gay fiction under B. Bentley Summers, although he'd argue that anyone would enjoy his gay fiction pieces.   Bryce's full time work is at the Veteran Affairs where he has been employed for five years. He has extensive history of working with people diagnosed with PTSD and he used these experiences when writing Fresh Meat.   The novel, Fresh Meat, recently won Dan Poynter's Global eBook Awards for best gay fiction. This piece is more than just a book, but embraces gay identity while deploring the hateful violence that happens in the U.S. prison system, and across the world. The book parallels the vicious Man-Punk prison system to the long ago abolished American Slavery System. However, Fresh Meat is not non-fiction, but fiction, and it's genre is best described as Supernatural Horror.   Rotville and The Zombie Squad, are two of Bryce's recent completions. The Zombie Squad is a teen Post-Apocalyptic Thriller that recently received Reader's Favorite 5-Stars. This novel has humor and is fast pace, that follows four teens in New Orleans who find themselves not only chased by psycho gangsters, but in the middle of zombocalypse. Rotville is a new adult/ adult Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic Horror that takes place in the near future, in a city called Rotville where people with a rot disease are quarantined. Inside this city is the mega prison Colleseo, where inhumane experiments are carried out on inmates. It's also the birthplace of Dylan, a super soldier who must fight his way out, save a couple of youths from the new deadly mutants, and keep from being re-caught by the greedy director.   Bryce is also the author of the fiction Young Adult Dark Fantasy/ Sci-Fi series AMEN TO ROT. The novel NYTE GOD is the conclusion to this series. The Amen to Rot series and Nyte God pit Ace and his friends against alien invaders who are turning humans into mutant creatures.   Bryce authors popular fiction with a style that entices readers of all backgrounds to consume, and makes every attempt to make his characters diverse.   As noted, Bryce does dabble in gay fiction, and pens it under B. Bentley Summers, though in truth, these works are meant for everyone to read. Bryce is the founder of Queer Sense, a theory that describes how people form attitudes. The theory provides insight into how specific components in cultural contexts shape our beliefs and values, which ultimately form our attitudes. The nonfiction book, QUEER SENSE: How Are Attitudes Formed? A Revolutionary Guide for Teens, Parents, Mental Health Professionals and Anyone Interested in Queer Theory, is due out by 2016.   Links
 
 
 
 
 

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Wehr Wolff Castle
Wehr Wolff Castle - B. Bentley Summers Wehr Wolff Castle - B. Bentley Summers Book – Wehr Wolff Castle (Wehr Wolff Chronicles #1)
Author – B. Bentley Summers
Star rating - ★★★★★
Pages – 331
Cover – Stunning!
POV – 3rd person, one character
Would I read it again – Yes!!!
Genre – LGBT, Horror, Paranormal, Historical


** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
Reviewed for Divine Magazine


Wow! This was incredible!

Now, let's get the warnings out of the way. The book comes with the following warnings: this book contains scenes of graphic violence. Well, yup it does. It's a Horror/Thriller story and it's fitting that it has some squeakish scenes, such as beatings, attempted and off-page rape, torture, the pulling out of fingernails, as well as some of the more experimental tortures undertaken. This is all part and parcel of the military theme and the Nazi regime of torturing prisoners. Having read a lot of horror/thriller stories, I can say that although some of the things made me feel uncomfortable, due to the realism and the knowledge that these tortures were used in real life, by the Nazis, there was nothing that really turned my stomach.

When it comes to the writing style, it's perfect for me. There is a singular POV, but it's always clear at the beginning of every chapter who the POV is for, without having to wait for half a page or more for confirmation. The timeline is similarly well labelled, giving us a rundown like this, at the start of relevant chapters, alongside the chapter heading:
“May 10, 1940
Somewhere over the border of Switzerland & Southern Nazi Germany”
This is brilliant! I can't say how many books I've read where the timeline or the place setting isn't clear. I was never lost, confused or bothered by the way this was explained. It really helped that there was an added benefit of “two days earlier” and such, when necessary, making sure there was no confusion.

For me, reading this was like watching an old classic war movie, with a supernatural twist. Which, I know, never existed, but it should. This would make a fantastic movie! I had it all in my head, with the start showing us something exciting and intriguing, before the next chapter took us back to see how it had all started and what led up to it. I love that it kept that feel throughout the novel, adding a great pace and storytelling style that felt natural and comfortable. I definitely saw hints of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade to it, with the feel and the Nazi aims concerning the occult, yet it was still highly original and brilliant.

I loved the characters. Hagen was the perfect character to have his POV, allowing us to see all the important events and how they affect him throughout the adventures these guys go through. I loved that he was a badass right from the start, didn't really believe in himself and had a bit of a confidence complex. He only got better as the story went on. Liam was a little spitfire and I loved everything about him, from the quirky attitude to the teasing and the strength of character that meant he was able to drag Hagen through some impossible situations just because of their feelings for each other. Their chemistry was brilliant and I loved how they slowly progressed from friendship to a relationship. Everything about it was natural and logical; it wasn't rushed or over emphasised at all.

Justine was highly curious and intriguing; I loved the way that she was such a feisty character, yet knew all the things that they needed to know and didn't always tell them. She was just one character who helped add a little mystery to the plot and gave Hagen the confidence to find out who he really was inside. Similarly, I wasn't sure what to make of Sgt. Collins at first. He was a real pain in the ass and offered some moments of hilarity (particulary in the fart in the car scene) but the more the story progressed, the more I grew to appreciate the subtlety of his character. He really provided some great mood-breaking moments of fun and relief. I'd love to see more of him in future books, the same as Justine.

Rolph, in particular, was brilliant! I mean, it really added another level of confusion, of curiosity and intrigue to the story, while adding a personal touch that Hagen struggled to deal with, at times. I loved all the parts that he appeared in and how he managed to manipulate events. He really progressed and pushed the story into what it became and it was great.

I absolutely loved and appreciated the equality of a woman being a paratrooper and a professor in a time when equality wasn't something that most women got to experience in that era. It was beautiful to see, although it was sad the ways that Roesia had to suffer in the hands of the Nazis.

The inclusion of Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler was a great twist, because it showed us just how these two would have a part in the overall arc of the story. It made sense, it was logical and it suited the story perfectly.

I'll admit, at the start, there were few of the Night Angels that I really liked and enjoyed reading about, but they all grew on me eventually. Some were brave, strong and faced adversity with pride and a strength that was great to see; some were annoying and frustrating, only to become sweet and amazing. I loved that they all had their part, that they had a two-fold mission that some people in the team didn't know about, while others did. It made the reveal of each individual aspect all the more interesting. Especially when we're finally introduced to Euan's situation and all that it entails.

There is a lot that I can't talk about, plot wise, because of so much of it being important to the plot progression and final reveal. I don't want to give any spoilers so there's a lot I won't be talking about. However, I do want to mention the completely genius creativity that this plot involves. Not only from concept to progression to execution, it was a perfect blend of careful planning and attention to detail that made the paranormal elements of werewolves feel completely natural within the Nazi era. It's well known that Hitler was obsessed with the occult and that he and his people conducted heinous experiments on their prisoners, so it was more than just rational and logical to link these two together.

The flashbacks were brilliant at showing us things we needed to know, just when we needed to know them. They really helped the psychological thriller aspect of the story that was spine-tingling at times and helped move the plot along in other places. Just as the curiosity of how the wolves reacted to Hagen left us getting, so did the constant action and suspense. All of it combined really showed us how much Hagen had protected himself from memories and the truth, all this time, while giving all the right revelations at the right time, for us to piece the truth together on our own.

Unlike some books in the paranormal genre, I really loved that these characters got hurt. They went into impossible situations, including torture, and came out with serious injuries. They didn't end up miraculously unscathed at any point, which was awesome. Because, sometimes, seeing the badass guy have to stumble through injuries and worry about his mortality is way more interesting than just waltzing through it without a worry. At the same time, the realism of Liam being untrained to handle a gun, being an Airman, was genius! It was a great little tidbit that had a big impact, because it was so realistic and natural. The way that he keeps shooting until there are no bullets left just goes to show the fear, the anticipation, the nerves and how untrained he really is. It's those subtle details that I loved the most. Just as they get hurt, people die and don't make it out of the situation alive. That's real and logical and the way it should be. It added an extra depth to the characters, to see them mourn and fear for their lives, each time they lost one of their own.

At the same time, the punishments were brutal and honest, with a realism that definitely made me feel squidgy inside, but didn't go so far as to turn my stomach. Thankfully, most of the worst stuff was off page or not done in detail, but there was still attempted sexual assault, a golden shower used as punishment of a prisoner for the guards entertainment, imprisonment and torture, such a fingernails being pulled out, all on page. It was hard to read, at times, because I know a lot about the Holocaust and what people suffered there, so I knew some things were a little too real and were plucked from history itself, but that was part of the genius; rolling together fact and fiction until it blended into one believable story.

Overall, I could gush about this book all day and back again. But, I won't. Just go read it. You won't be sorry. Between the world building, the characterisation, the pace and uniqueness of the plot and the attention to detail, to the ending and that Epilogue...it was perfection. Everything I could have hoped for and wanted when I started reading it.

I can't wait to read more!

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“How was one to know when they went completely insane? Did it just happen and you never knew any better? He wanted insanity, or better yet, to live in a world of fantasy rather than what he thought he would be forced to live through for his remaining few weeks or months.”
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