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Three men. Three armies. One letter. One destiny. When World War II hits Walter Brewer's family in the worst possible way, he is torn between his love for two women, his family, and his country. A rural postal carrier in his hometown of Jamesville, North Carolina, Walter struggles to look after his brother’s wife and family as well as his own while his brother is stationed Three men. Three armies. One letter. One destiny. When World War II hits Walter Brewer's family in the worst possible way, he is torn between his love for two women, his family, and his country. A rural postal carrier in his hometown of Jamesville, North Carolina, Walter struggles to look after his brother’s wife and family as well as his own while his brother is stationed at Pearl Harbor. He has no idea his life is about to become entwined with a Nazi officer and a Royal Navy commando. Heinrick Schultz is haunted by his participation in Kristallnacht against the local Jews, but he is honored when called to serve in the German Special Forces. He leaves his wife and two daughters at home to serve in Africa under General Rommel. Darwin McCloud strives to make his father, a Royal Navy captain, proud. After participating in the invasion at Dieppe, Darwin’s true character is evident to all. The duty falls on Walter to deliver a letter that will tie all three families together. Will Walter survive his mission over France as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne on D-Day, or is the ultimate sacrifice Walter's destiny? This much-anticipated prequel to Don Brown's acclaimed Navy Justice series is packed with the ravages of love and war, romance and family, and ultimately the power of faith.


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Three men. Three armies. One letter. One destiny. When World War II hits Walter Brewer's family in the worst possible way, he is torn between his love for two women, his family, and his country. A rural postal carrier in his hometown of Jamesville, North Carolina, Walter struggles to look after his brother’s wife and family as well as his own while his brother is stationed Three men. Three armies. One letter. One destiny. When World War II hits Walter Brewer's family in the worst possible way, he is torn between his love for two women, his family, and his country. A rural postal carrier in his hometown of Jamesville, North Carolina, Walter struggles to look after his brother’s wife and family as well as his own while his brother is stationed at Pearl Harbor. He has no idea his life is about to become entwined with a Nazi officer and a Royal Navy commando. Heinrick Schultz is haunted by his participation in Kristallnacht against the local Jews, but he is honored when called to serve in the German Special Forces. He leaves his wife and two daughters at home to serve in Africa under General Rommel. Darwin McCloud strives to make his father, a Royal Navy captain, proud. After participating in the invasion at Dieppe, Darwin’s true character is evident to all. The duty falls on Walter to deliver a letter that will tie all three families together. Will Walter survive his mission over France as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne on D-Day, or is the ultimate sacrifice Walter's destiny? This much-anticipated prequel to Don Brown's acclaimed Navy Justice series is packed with the ravages of love and war, romance and family, and ultimately the power of faith.

30 review for Destiny

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    This is definitely one of the best books I have read in a long time. I have always enjoyed stories about war time, as it gives us a chance to see and feel a little of what those who went through those times might have experienced, but this book was so much more. This story is not just a story, but stories within stories, and all knitted together extremely well. There are three major characters all from different countries: USA and the Brewer brothers, Walter and Billy, Britain-Darwin McCloud son This is definitely one of the best books I have read in a long time. I have always enjoyed stories about war time, as it gives us a chance to see and feel a little of what those who went through those times might have experienced, but this book was so much more. This story is not just a story, but stories within stories, and all knitted together extremely well. There are three major characters all from different countries: USA and the Brewer brothers, Walter and Billy, Britain-Darwin McCloud son of divorced parents, British Destroyer Commander Edward McCloud and Baroness Juliana McCloud and lastly, Germany-Heinrick Schultz. We get to meet the families prior to being called to duty, feel their joys, their pains and take the characters into our hearts as we read on. It's not long and you will feel as you are sitting at the supper table, the tension between old lovers, the struggle to do the right thing, and more. As each heads off to do his duty, we again are met with emotions and situations that make you feel as you are right there. On a ship deck all alone, doing what you can against all odds, killing in the name of Adolph Hitler and dealing with the emotions especially when one hits so close to home, needing to stand up and be counted as one whom can be trusted, relied upon, wanting to be loved and recognized by father, but not at the cost of his faith in Jesus Christ, and then some. The author did an incredible job with the history of WW2 and the different battles faced, allies, and with such incredible detail you feel as if you are right there. This is one book that I struggled with because I didn't want to put it down, but also knew that it would have to end and didn't want that to happen either. This is a 5 star book in my opinion, and I would highly recommend to any one whom likes history, but also to any whom enjoy a well written book. This definitely is a book worthy of your time and attention. Don't believe me? Pick it up for yourself today and check it out. I dare you! I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by bookfun.org.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Inger

    I chose this book, because some of it takes place in my hometown of Jamesville, NC. Even though the story takes place during WWII, I am very familiar with many of the places that Brown describes in Plymouth, Jamesville, Williamston, and "Little Washington," because many of those places are still there. The story line is fantastic, and I love that it is Christian fiction, but not over-the-top so much so that it deters people from reading it. It's very relatable to Christians and non-Christians al I chose this book, because some of it takes place in my hometown of Jamesville, NC. Even though the story takes place during WWII, I am very familiar with many of the places that Brown describes in Plymouth, Jamesville, Williamston, and "Little Washington," because many of those places are still there. The story line is fantastic, and I love that it is Christian fiction, but not over-the-top so much so that it deters people from reading it. It's very relatable to Christians and non-Christians alike. I can clearly see that Brown has a military background, and he is very familiar with WWII and military jargon in general. There are three different characters, from three different countries, who are all enlisted. One is from the US, one is from Scotland, and one is from Germany. I think that my favorite character is Heinrick who made the greatest and most difficult change from a German Nazi officer to...well you'll see if you read it. :-) The book is nearly flawless, and the story flows beautifully. The writing is simple, yet intriguing in my opinion. The only issue I have with the book is that Brown failed to include any African Americans in his story line. I know that the US was very segregated at the time, so maybe he chose to not include any to avoid offending readers or he just didn't know how to fit African Americans into the story line without being harshly realistic or completely unrealistic. Either way, there are many African Americans in Jamesville, and especially in Plymouth even back then, because my mother was born in 1947, and the beloved doctor who appears in the book, Dr. Ernest Papineau, helped to deliver her and was her PCP right on until the 1980's. I actually met him once when I was a little girl in the 1980's. My dad's entire family is from Plymouth, NC. Anyway, other that, the book was superb!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jane

    An intense book This book was my interest completely until the last page. He locations, the characters, and this time in history were so captivating, I did not want to leave. I am sure I will read more by this author in days to come. Thanks for the journey.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hal Kauts

    Summary The moment I started reading novel I knew I had finish it quickly. It was written similar to W.E.B. Griffin style. Once you start you can't put it down. Thank you Mr. Brown. Summary The moment I started reading novel I knew I had finish it quickly. It was written similar to W.E.B. Griffin style. Once you start you can't put it down. Thank you Mr. Brown.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carmi Henderson

    Just finished reading this book for the second time. This story is set partially in set in my home state of North Carolina. I enjoy WWII fiction and Christian fiction so this was a win all the way around. Well written story with characters I could relate too. Looking forward to rereading all of Don Brown’s books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Destiny, the prequel to The Navy Justice Series by Don Brown, is an impressive novel that shows how men and women of faith can respond to war. The spiritual lessons throughout will stay with and encourage the reader long after reading the last page. This is a genre that I typically would not read, automatically assuming that it is a book about war by men for men. In recent months, my appreciation for WWII Christian novels has been kindled, and I am so glad I read this one! While there was much wi Destiny, the prequel to The Navy Justice Series by Don Brown, is an impressive novel that shows how men and women of faith can respond to war. The spiritual lessons throughout will stay with and encourage the reader long after reading the last page. This is a genre that I typically would not read, automatically assuming that it is a book about war by men for men. In recent months, my appreciation for WWII Christian novels has been kindled, and I am so glad I read this one! While there was much within its pages that I could learn about World War II, it was also a relational novel that might appeal to many women as well as men. There are three primary characters and their families – one German (Nazi), one American, and one British. Heinrick Schultz and his wife, Ingrid, had two young daughters. He was a factory worker when recruited to work for the Party, killing for the first time on the Night of Broken Glass in Nuremburg. Heinrick believed that he would bring “glory to the Fatherland in service to our Fuhrer”. The young girl who died accidentally as a result of his actions tormented his dreams for years, but could the Lord have plans for him through those dreams? Walter Brewer and his wife, Jessica had several children. His brother Billy, who married Walter’s first fiancé, Ellie, had two children before he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Both men were good fathers who loved their wives and children. Due to a potential heart problem, Walter could technically have taken a health deferment when he was drafted and had a letter to that effect. Coming from a family history of military service but having a wife and children, could Walter in good conscience take that deferment? Darwin McCloud was the only child of a Royal Navy Captain and a baroness. Darwin was a devout believer, a student of the scriptures. He wanted to be an actor, and he wanted his divorced parents to get back together. His father wanted him to serve in the Royal Navy, but Darwin was a pacifist and struggled to understand how a Christian could serve in the military and kill the enemies of his country – could he be a Christian and still enter the Royal Navy? Character developments were excellent! This reader felt as if she had been given a more than a glimpse of these men and their families, their faith (or lack thereof), and the challenges their families faced. With each change of life circumstances, the novel became more and more compelling. The plot had many unexpected twists. The joys and grief, faith or doubt, and life and death decisions each faced in light of the war was well-defined. While one man served under Hitler and two against, and each came from different countries and backgrounds, World War II had a profound effect on each. The way their lives or the lives of their family members spilled over into the other men’s lives and families was astounding! This novel is about much more than family relationships – it is about the relationship between God and His people, about His will for their lives, and how such varied lives could be intertwined with others for lasting change – including the eternal salvation of a soul. I highly recommend Destiny to adults of any age who appreciate Christian novels about World War II, the decisions and challenges faced as a result of the war, and how those who believe in God respond during wartime. It is an exciting and impressive work, one that shows how the Lord can work all things together for good, even when it doesn’t seem possible. Within its pages are circumstances that can impact the reader’s faith and life long after the last page is finished. With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    Destiny by Don Brown Publ: Mountainview Books c.2014 Series: Navy Justice - prequel What do an American Army officer, a Royal Navy commando, and a German SS officer have to do with each other? How are their lived tied together? Of the three only two of them met in life, then only briefly. But God used the willingness of two of them to touch the life of the other and ultimately the lives of his family. We are introduced to these three men and their families beginning in the early 1930’s. We then Destiny by Don Brown Publ: Mountainview Books c.2014 Series: Navy Justice - prequel What do an American Army officer, a Royal Navy commando, and a German SS officer have to do with each other? How are their lived tied together? Of the three only two of them met in life, then only briefly. But God used the willingness of two of them to touch the life of the other and ultimately the lives of his family. We are introduced to these three men and their families beginning in the early 1930’s. We then follow them through the years of World War II. Heinrick Shultz is the German. He is married and the father of two daughters. He is ruled by his fear of what will happen to him and his family is he crosses the Nazi Party. His fear of the Party takes him to a place in General Erwin Rommel’s senior staff. Darwin McCloud is the son of Captain Edward McCloud and Baroness Juliana McCloud. He is an actor. Darwin is a devout Christian who wonders what his part in the war can be since he is a pacifist and a Christian. Having never met the expectations of his military career father, when he decides to sign on for Naval Commando school he doesn’t tell his father and asks his mother to not tell him. Since his parents are divorced this isn’t hard to do. Before he goes into combat he is given a copy of the Bible in German to carry with him in the hopes that he will be able to witness to any Germans that the Lord leads into his path. Walter Brewer is an American mail carrier in rural North Carolina. He is married with 4 children. He is exempted from service because of his job. As the war progresses he losses his exemption because of the need for more men. Because his brother was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and Walter is helping raise his brother’s children as well as his own, a well-meaning family friend feels led to help him with a medical deferment. Walter doesn’t feel right about this, tears up the letters and goes to war. As his life in the Army progresses Walter finds himself in OCS and training to be one of the first paratroopers in the 101st Airborne. Darwin is killed in a military assault on the French coastline. After his death Heinrick finds the German Bible on his body as he processes the scene. Against protocol he keeps the Bible. Walter parachutes into France as one of the first wave before the soldiers hit the beaches at Normandy on D-Day. With assistance from members of the French Resistance he takes out the communications hub manned by Heinrick, killing him in the process. One of the members of the Resistance takes a letter from Heinrick’s body and gives it to Walter the next morning. Because of the nature of war and a surprising event that sends Walter rushing stateside, he forgets about the letter for awhile. After he finds it and gets it translated his is unexpectedly allowed to give the letter to Heinrick’s widow. It is also arranged for him to meet Capt. McCloud and Juliana McCloud and tell them of their son’s influence. This book is an up-close look at the lives of three very different men and the lives led by diverse people in a turbulent time in world history. It paints a realistic picture of a time many of us alive now didn’t live through. The picture of war is not painted with a light hand nor is it so graphic that the story of the people is lost in the story of war. You see the hand of God move in the lives of Christians and non-Christians. You see His care for all men. This book will touch you with poignant moments, make you laugh at the antics of children, encourage you that even in the worst of times God is in control and entertain you with a well laid out story. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through The Book Club Network for my unbiased review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Victoria - txreadingnook

    A hard book to put down .....

  9. 5 out of 5

    Derinda Babcock

    DESTINY is author Don Brown's prequel to the Navy Justice Series. The story is powerful and moving as it follows three men whose lives are turned upside down by World War II. Though they are soldiers from three different armies, American, British, and German, their lives have been divinely orchestrated to intertwine and to impact many others. Walter Brewer, a small-town mail carrier loses his brother when the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. He feels responsible to care for not only his wife and fou DESTINY is author Don Brown's prequel to the Navy Justice Series. The story is powerful and moving as it follows three men whose lives are turned upside down by World War II. Though they are soldiers from three different armies, American, British, and German, their lives have been divinely orchestrated to intertwine and to impact many others. Walter Brewer, a small-town mail carrier loses his brother when the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. He feels responsible to care for not only his wife and four children, but his brother's two children and wife. Tensions lurk under the surface, because Ellie, his brother's wife, was his ex-fiancee. With eight other people to care for, the draft letter Walter receives is a shock. He is torn between caring for his family and fighting for his country. He makes his decision. Because of his abilities, he moves from the rank of lowly soldier to captain of paratroopers. Under heavy German attack, the plane is hit as Walter and his men prepare to jump into Nazi-occupied territory in France. He alone of his men survives. He is picked up by members of the French Resistance. His goal is to knock out communication centers and disrupt Nazi supply lines in preparation for the invasion of Europe by Allied forces. Darwin McCloud, the pacifist son of Baroness Juliana McCloud and British Destroyer Commander Edward McCloud, skirmishes with internal pain. He wants his father's recognition and love, but not at the cost of his faith. When he reconciles his own conflict between being a Christian and being a soldier, he proves that a man only five-feet-four-inches tall can overcome adversity to the point that he earns the right to wear the insignia of an elite British Commando. He and his team are sent to take Dieppe, France, from the Nazis who are entrenched and waiting. Heinrick Schultz is given the opportunity to prove his loyalty to Adolf Hitler's Nazi party. Though he is given tasks that turn his stomach and bother his conscience, he rises in rank and is rewarded for his faithfulness by being assigned as intelligence officer to military genius Erwin Rommel. His duties with The Desert Fox keep him in the North African desert, miles and months away from his wife and daughters. Time has passed, but he is still haunted by a ghost from his past. When Rommel is finally pressed out of Africa by Generals Patton and Montgomery, Henrick is stationed in France to man a critical communication center. Knowing that he is now on the same continent as his family is little comfort. Allied forces continue to push the Germans back, though the process is slow and deadly. The first words on the back cover of this book truly encompasses its theme: Three men. Three armies. One letter. One destiny. I received this book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    Destiny by Don Brown really tells us three separate stories that take place during World War II; told from an American perspective, a British viewpoint, and a German storyline in different segments, at first I was wondering how it would all connect, especially as the men have very brief meetings about midway through the novel. Once the author linked them all together in a beautiful picture, however, not fully revealed until the last few chapters, I thought it was a nice parallel to life in that Destiny by Don Brown really tells us three separate stories that take place during World War II; told from an American perspective, a British viewpoint, and a German storyline in different segments, at first I was wondering how it would all connect, especially as the men have very brief meetings about midway through the novel. Once the author linked them all together in a beautiful picture, however, not fully revealed until the last few chapters, I thought it was a nice parallel to life in that we never know how our lives will change the lives of those who seem so far removed from our sphere of influence. Our primary character is Walter Brewer, a man of honor and integrity. We are also introduced to his growing family over the years, as well as his brother and his family. The British perspective comes from Darwin McCloud, a young man struggling to find his place in the world. The German protagonist is Heinrick Schultz and he is largely an unlikeable character, but with a few redeeming qualities that prevent him from becoming a caricature. One of the reasons I like this book is that it did a good job of humanizing who we perceive to be the enemy. Take Heinrick, for example: at the beginning of the novel, he attacks who he has been told is his enemy. But something happens in that attack against a Jewish family that changes who he is because he can now relate to his “enemy.” In the same way, we learn to relate to Heinrick as he grows and changes through the novel, and he is no longer just a Nazi, but a human swept up in events beyond his control as he struggles to figure out what the right thing really is. The other thing I really appreciated was the strong message of redemption, that no matter the horrible things we have done, we are never too far gone for God to redeem. And He will do it in ways that will surprise those who are watching, maybe even drawing those spectators to Himself as well! There is one very good theological discussion between Darwin and a pastor as he seeks counsel about how being a military man and his Christian faith can be compatible, and as part of a military family, I found it a beautiful passage. I would recommend this novel to fans of Dan Brown, especially of his Navy Justice series, which this is a prequel to, and to fans of historical fiction that takes place in World War II. This would be a great book for men as well, as the romance portion is not overdone, merely part of the lives taking place within its pages. I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for this honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Janice Garey

    Review Title: Go with Destiny/Read this book! (review of Destiny by Don Brown) Reviewer: Janice S. Garey *****5 Stars Destiny is a mighty story that encompasses the ways that war affects individuals and families. Specifically, the book tracks several families and singles through the beginning of WWII through the end of the war and a bit beyond. The characters are well developed with the good showing their flaws and the not as good showing their potential to be better with maturity bolstered with n Review Title: Go with Destiny/Read this book! (review of Destiny by Don Brown) Reviewer: Janice S. Garey *****5 Stars Destiny is a mighty story that encompasses the ways that war affects individuals and families. Specifically, the book tracks several families and singles through the beginning of WWII through the end of the war and a bit beyond. The characters are well developed with the good showing their flaws and the not as good showing their potential to be better with maturity bolstered with new found trust in God. Without detailing the story, my take-away value from this book is that war creates an alternate experience of life where people make quick life and death decisions that can haunt them for the rest of their lives. The pressures at home and in battle require inordinate strength and stamina, both physically and emotionally. I saw in this book that war demands weak people to be trained to become tough. Those who start out tough are forced to connect with weaknesses within themselves that they did not realize they possessed. I appreciated seeing these facets of personality developed in the characters. Because this is Christian fiction, you will not find the typical coarse language that spills out in the military. I was relieved to get the story without all the profanity. Other than that, I found the book to be very realistic. By necessity, because of the time period covered, the book is long, but it is never dull. The length gives a chance to develop several themes such as choosing between love of family and duty to one’s nation; choosing to honor one’s marriage vows and how Christian beliefs foster the ability to do that; and, choosing to honor one’s parents even though past differences have severed the relationship. On the grand scale, the overriding theme is redemption of relationships through sacrifice, on the human level as well as the divine. I am thankful to the author for writing and sharing this story. I am thankful to bookfun.org for giving me the book in exchange for reading it and posting an honest review. Truly, this is an excellent historical fiction book. My husband enjoyed it as well, and it is a great book for a couple to share by reading it aloud.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: Destiny Author: Don Brown Pages: 462 Year: 2014 Publisher: Mountainview Books, LLC My rating is 4 out of 5 stars. As a prequel to this author’s Navy Justice series, this novel hooked me from beginning to end. Now, I want to read the series to see how this prequel fits into the scheme of things. Walter Brewer is a postal carrier in rural North Carolina when the stirrings of WWII begin. He is married to one woman, but also has feelings for a former girlfriend, so that is at work in his life as wel Title: Destiny Author: Don Brown Pages: 462 Year: 2014 Publisher: Mountainview Books, LLC My rating is 4 out of 5 stars. As a prequel to this author’s Navy Justice series, this novel hooked me from beginning to end. Now, I want to read the series to see how this prequel fits into the scheme of things. Walter Brewer is a postal carrier in rural North Carolina when the stirrings of WWII begin. He is married to one woman, but also has feelings for a former girlfriend, so that is at work in his life as well. His brother has married his former girlfriend, complicating things. His brother volunteers for the Navy while Walter is drafted by the Army. During his service, Walter becomes a paratrooper with a mission in France. Meanwhile, in Germany, a young rebel commits an act of violence that leads to a death that he will never forget. As time goes on, this German rises in the ranks of the Nazi party, but at what cost? Then, in England, a young man loses a close friend to a German bombing of London. He is devastated. His relationship with his father is distant at best, but he longs to make his father proud of him. He enlists in the Royal Navy and uses his remarkable faith to live a life like Christ. He is not afraid to show anyone of his love of God. If you have an interest in WWII, then this fictional drama is for you. It will also please those romance lovers and Christian faith finders as those elements are in this story, too. I am astounded when I think about the sense of duty and self-sacrifice this generation exhibited through their volunteer efforts and service during WWII as depicted in this book. The viewing of each of the three families involved, seeing their heartache, determination, angst and how they dealt with the situations life handed them was eye-opening. The way the author pulled these three storylines together was seamless. I enjoy history and learned some things about this time in our country’s history, so I know lovers of historical fiction with be entertained with this novel. Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Meagan Myhren-Bennett

    Destiny By Don Brown Destiny opens in 1938 on a night when the world once again found itself on the brink of an all encompassing war. We are then taken back to 1931 - Walter Brewer is returning home with his new wife. World War II has yet to make rumblings of its coming threat to America or Jamesville, North Carolina. Destiny follows the lives of 3 different men and the paths that their lives follow as war slowly engulfs the world in its fever. Walter Brewer is a simple country postal worker who is Destiny By Don Brown Destiny opens in 1938 on a night when the world once again found itself on the brink of an all encompassing war. We are then taken back to 1931 - Walter Brewer is returning home with his new wife. World War II has yet to make rumblings of its coming threat to America or Jamesville, North Carolina. Destiny follows the lives of 3 different men and the paths that their lives follow as war slowly engulfs the world in its fever. Walter Brewer is a simple country postal worker who is about to experience war and its costs. Meanwhile in England, young Darwin McCloud is faced with his desire to make a difference and earn his father's respect while dealing with his pacifist ideals. And then there is Heinrick Schultz a German who is among the early members of the Nazi party. Destiny covers a period of nearly 15 years - years in which war links 3 lives in ways no one would expect. And these links would have a profound and lasting effect that would span national boundaries and touch many lives beyond. This book is a prequel to Don Brown's Navy Justice series and introduces us to Zack Brewer's grandfather - a man of honor and integrity who finds truths and strengths within himself that he never expected to need. Fans of World War II historical fiction will love this book and fans of Don Brown's previous work will not be disappointed in this step into the past. This is a moving story that will leave you with a greater appreciation for what those who served during this time of uncertainty gave. I was provided a copy of this book through BookFun/TBCN in exchange for my honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robin Willson

    Excellent book! One of those stories that would really make a great movie that guys and women both love. It's historical fiction set during WW2, with a message of salvation. There's romance throughout the book, but it's not the frilly kind - it's the real kind. Secrets kept, secrets revealed. And there's an interesting twist to this one. This is told from more than one perspective. It follows the lives of men from different geographical areas and sides of the war - an Englishman, a German and Am Excellent book! One of those stories that would really make a great movie that guys and women both love. It's historical fiction set during WW2, with a message of salvation. There's romance throughout the book, but it's not the frilly kind - it's the real kind. Secrets kept, secrets revealed. And there's an interesting twist to this one. This is told from more than one perspective. It follows the lives of men from different geographical areas and sides of the war - an Englishman, a German and American brothers, how they are pulled into fighting the war and what became of them. Their families are included in the stories; how they cope with the circumstances and all that they face. It goes to England, Scotland, Africa, France, Japan, Germany and America. It also tells of the British invasion in France before Normandy, which I didn't know about. They're all entwined - each has an influence on the other men and their entire families. This was a page turner for me - I had a hard time putting it down. A strong message of faith and redemption follows through, full circle. Aptly put from the promo for the book: This much-anticipated prequel to Don Brown's acclaimed Navy Justice series is packed with the ravages of love and war, romance and family, and ultimately the power of faith. I received this book from Mountainview Books LLC and http://www.bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.

  15. 5 out of 5

    ChrisGA

    This is a prequel of the Navy Justice Series by this author. It follows the lives of an English actor, an American mailman and a German factory worker in the 1930s and 1940s. We meet them at home with their families and agonize with them as they are drawn into the war years. Each man has his struggles over fear, guilt over leaving his loved ones behind, and the emotional trauma of killing in the name of their country. The men are changed by their experiences but so are their families. I am looki This is a prequel of the Navy Justice Series by this author. It follows the lives of an English actor, an American mailman and a German factory worker in the 1930s and 1940s. We meet them at home with their families and agonize with them as they are drawn into the war years. Each man has his struggles over fear, guilt over leaving his loved ones behind, and the emotional trauma of killing in the name of their country. The men are changed by their experiences but so are their families. I am looking forward now to reading the Navy Justice books waiting on my bookshelf. This is historical fiction so there are many military details that drew in my nonfiction-only husband; but as a woman, I most enjoyed the human frailties and inner conflicts of the characters. I especially enjoyed seeing how the war changed Ellie, Darwin, and Billy. The hardship of leaving the comfort of home for the harsh reality of the battlefield is poignantly portrayed. Darwin’s counseling session with his priest was a humorous episode of miscommunicating and mistaken assumptions. I enjoyed this story and found myself worrying about the characters as if they were family and mourned the losses. The ending tied together all three storyline is a very satisfying manner. I received this book through The Book Club Network, but the opinions expressed are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    5 stars ***** out of five Historical Fiction With another war being fought across the ocean, and with the fact that it is 100 years since the First World War, it seems like every bookstore has books on war. So why would I choose one over the other? Well, first of all, I like to try authors that I have not read before, and although Don has a series of novels published called The Navy Justice series as well as one called The Pacific Rim series, I have not picked up anything by him. Then, I found out 5 stars ***** out of five Historical Fiction With another war being fought across the ocean, and with the fact that it is 100 years since the First World War, it seems like every bookstore has books on war. So why would I choose one over the other? Well, first of all, I like to try authors that I have not read before, and although Don has a series of novels published called The Navy Justice series as well as one called The Pacific Rim series, I have not picked up anything by him. Then, I found out that this book is actually a type of prequel to Treason (of the Navy Justice series) and had actually been written, though not published first, I thought this was the perfect time to start. Don writes a compelling story of a young mail carrier who wants to do his part for his country in the war of 1938. Through the characters eyes, we learn so much about what made the world we live in today, the hardships, the friendships forged and the reasoning especially of the young Germans. Well done, and I really enjoyed it. I'll be looking for Treason to continue the story, albeit two generations later. Thank you to don Brown, Mountainview Books, LLC, and Fred at the Book Club Network for the opportunity to read this great novel. I received the Ebook free in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions stated are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Three Lives – One Destiny This historical military fiction follows the lives of 3 men during World War II – 3 very different men, but tied together in ways that they could never know. Although this is a work of fiction, the details and story line make you experience what war is like, not only for the men fighting but for the families left behind. I loved the similarities that came to light between these 3 men that are so very different and are fighting for different reasons. It shows how God draw Three Lives – One Destiny This historical military fiction follows the lives of 3 men during World War II – 3 very different men, but tied together in ways that they could never know. Although this is a work of fiction, the details and story line make you experience what war is like, not only for the men fighting but for the families left behind. I loved the similarities that came to light between these 3 men that are so very different and are fighting for different reasons. It shows how God draws us all together as one and although we might have different beliefs or live in different cultures, families still deal with the same issues and struggles. I don’t want to give away any of the story line, but be assured that Mr. Brown has packed lots of twists and turns into the story to keep you reading. Anyone with an interest in military stories or great dramatic human interest stories will love this book. Although it is a fiction, I felt like I got a better understanding of what my own family must have experienced during World War II. There are lessons to be learned from those years for our present day society, if only we would listen. Embrace your own life and the destiny that God has prepared for you. I received this book from BookFun.org and Mountain View books in exchange for my honest opinion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Destiny is the powerful and inspiring prequel to the Navy Justice Series. In this book there are three characters, one American, one English and one German. Each faces the war in their own way. Throughout this book, Brown is able to express the family and individual perspective of facing war. Walter, the American, was drawn in by loyalty and love for his brother, Billy, who served on the USS Arizona, which was located at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack. Heinrich, the German, joins a grou Destiny is the powerful and inspiring prequel to the Navy Justice Series. In this book there are three characters, one American, one English and one German. Each faces the war in their own way. Throughout this book, Brown is able to express the family and individual perspective of facing war. Walter, the American, was drawn in by loyalty and love for his brother, Billy, who served on the USS Arizona, which was located at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack. Heinrich, the German, joins a group who acts in vengeance after a government official's assassination. He was then placed under Rommel in Africa. Darwin, an English actor, was the son of a Royal Naval officer who wanted his son to follow in his steps. Darwin, though was a pacifist. To try to receive recognition from his father he joins the reserves and then the Royal Naval Commandos. Each of these men face death in various battles as they make their way to the Normandy Invasion. Each is unsure of their destiny. This is such a powerful book that is rich in details and facts, while it brings the war to a personal level of each of the men involved and the families that surround them. I was given this book by the author, publisher and bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Donna Mcginnis

    This is an amazing and well written historical fiction novel set in WWII. Don has given us insight into how the horrors, fears and struggles affected the lives of the soldiers and their families during these dangerous years of war. His description of the time period and information of military action is very informative. Well written and realistic characters. A story of three men from three countries that involve one letter and one destiny. The author has done a great job in weaving the lives of This is an amazing and well written historical fiction novel set in WWII. Don has given us insight into how the horrors, fears and struggles affected the lives of the soldiers and their families during these dangerous years of war. His description of the time period and information of military action is very informative. Well written and realistic characters. A story of three men from three countries that involve one letter and one destiny. The author has done a great job in weaving the lives of the three men into a surprising and powerful ending. Walter Brewer a mail carrier looses his brother in the attack of Pearl Harbor. He is torn between taking care of his family, his brothers family and fighting for his country. Darwin McCloud small in statue but strong in faith wants to gain his father's love and recognition and to earn the right to wear the insignia of a British Commando. Heinrick Schultz is a intelligence officer for the great Rommel and has proved his faithfulness to the Germany army. However he struggles with the tasks he is asked to perform. Don Brown is a very talented writer. This book is a great read and I highly recommend it.There is so much in this story. I received a free copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Marks

    I may be converted. I rarely read books about war, so Destiny was an exception. Don Brown cast a well balanced, thought provoking picture of WWII. He added in layers of relationship from 3 different countries and how the war changed them. He also showed multiple points of view of the war. I enjoyed the characters’ letters, which showcased how, in actuality, they had to have been a lifeline to those serving and waiting at home. Destiny made me think of real people who were part of this time in his I may be converted. I rarely read books about war, so Destiny was an exception. Don Brown cast a well balanced, thought provoking picture of WWII. He added in layers of relationship from 3 different countries and how the war changed them. He also showed multiple points of view of the war. I enjoyed the characters’ letters, which showcased how, in actuality, they had to have been a lifeline to those serving and waiting at home. Destiny made me think of real people who were part of this time in history and a generation that is about to be no more. I wish I knew someone to talk with—to hear their story. It is common for veterans to not want to talk about their memories, which makes perfect sense. That being said, Destiny gave us a window into what may have been people’s lives and portrayed some of the challenges, devastation and heroics that had to have been involved on both sides of war. Tom Brokaw called this “The Greatest Generation” and Don Brown will make you a believer. I received a complimentary book from the Book Club Network at bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Family Oriented

    Destiny is the prequel to Don Brown’s Navy Justice series of books. This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I must say that I didn’t know what I’d been missing. As the book description says, the lives of three soldiers – an American, a German Nazi officer, and a British Royal Naval commando – become entwined, and it is absolutely amazing how the author does the entwining. I received this book in eBook form from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion, and I was planning t Destiny is the prequel to Don Brown’s Navy Justice series of books. This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I must say that I didn’t know what I’d been missing. As the book description says, the lives of three soldiers – an American, a German Nazi officer, and a British Royal Naval commando – become entwined, and it is absolutely amazing how the author does the entwining. I received this book in eBook form from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion, and I was planning to finish it in four weeks after starting. However, I had trouble putting it down, and ended up finishing it in less than two weeks (which for me, being a slow reader, says a lot about the story). This is a historical novel set around, and during, World War II. So, in addition to being an exciting read, it also was a history lesson. Here, again, the author did some amazing entwining, weaving the story around actual World War II events. This novel’s title definitely suits it. The page before the Table of Contents begins with: “Three men. Three armies. One letter. One destiny.” You will be kept on the edge of your seat, so to speak, as you read how that all comes to pass.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Family Oriented

    Destiny is the prequel to Don Brown’s Navy Justice series of books. This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I must say that I didn’t know what I’d been missing. As the book description says, the lives of three soldiers – an American, a German Nazi officer, and a British Royal Naval commando – become entwined, and it is absolutely amazing how the author does the entwining. I received this book in eBook form from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion, and I was planning t Destiny is the prequel to Don Brown’s Navy Justice series of books. This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I must say that I didn’t know what I’d been missing. As the book description says, the lives of three soldiers – an American, a German Nazi officer, and a British Royal Naval commando – become entwined, and it is absolutely amazing how the author does the entwining. I received this book in eBook form from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion, and I was planning to finish it in four weeks after starting. However, I had trouble putting it down, and ended up finishing it in less than two weeks (which for me, being a slow reader, says a lot about the story). This is a historical novel set around, and during, World War II. So, in addition to being an exciting read, it also was a history lesson. Here, again, the author did some amazing entwining, weaving the story around actual World War II events. This novel’s title definitely suits it. The page before the Table of Contents begins with: “Three men. Three armies. One letter. One destiny.” You will be kept on the edge of your seat, so to speak, as you read how that all comes to pass.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    "Destiny" is the prequel to "The Navy Justice Series." It is a well written book that takes place during World War II. The book switches between the stories of many main characters. I found it occasionally difficult to keep up with who everyone was and which family they belonged to. Author Don Brown definitely did a great job giving his readers a feel for the times and attitudes that were prevalent back then. I was impressed with the loyalty each man had toward his country and his family. They "Destiny" is the prequel to "The Navy Justice Series." It is a well written book that takes place during World War II. The book switches between the stories of many main characters. I found it occasionally difficult to keep up with who everyone was and which family they belonged to. Author Don Brown definitely did a great job giving his readers a feel for the times and attitudes that were prevalent back then. I was impressed with the loyalty each man had toward his country and his family. They each believed they were doing the right thing as they obeyed their orders, although sometimes their consciences would bother them. It was thought provoking to read about the struggles and heartaches they each had to face. As Don Brown wraps up this story, you will see how each main character ends up impacting the lives of the others during their military service. I enjoyed finally understanding how they all fit together. This book covers very serious topics, without being graphic. It is a great historical fiction based on truth. I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    A fantastic Book! One of the best stories I've read in a long time! I enjoy historical fiction, especially stories about past wars, so this was "right up my alley"! This author was unknown to me, but, after this book, I want to read everything he has ever written! That is how much I enjoyed this book. The story was set during World War II and followed 3 main characters and their families, in both their native countries and their military countries. There were so many different relationships inte A fantastic Book! One of the best stories I've read in a long time! I enjoy historical fiction, especially stories about past wars, so this was "right up my alley"! This author was unknown to me, but, after this book, I want to read everything he has ever written! That is how much I enjoyed this book. The story was set during World War II and followed 3 main characters and their families, in both their native countries and their military countries. There were so many different relationships interwoven among the characters, which added to the story's intrigue. This was also the first time I read a story that followed the family life of a high level Nazi officer and portrayed the human side of his life. This story was so moving that I found myself with tears just rolling down my face! It was so well written and took you right into the area that was being relayed, that you forget you are reading a book, but feels as though you are right there at the location! I highly recommend this book. I received this book from the author through bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anne Rightler

    Don Brown author of the Navy Justice Series has written a much awaited prequel to give background to his previously written JAG series. This WWII adventure unfolds around three brave, heroic and very human soldiers from three different countries. Brown tells a realistic story filled with love and romance, sorrow and death and matter of fact battle scenes. As these main characters tell their perspectives of war, Brown weaves their experiences together to an unexpected and powerful ending. Destiny Don Brown author of the Navy Justice Series has written a much awaited prequel to give background to his previously written JAG series. This WWII adventure unfolds around three brave, heroic and very human soldiers from three different countries. Brown tells a realistic story filled with love and romance, sorrow and death and matter of fact battle scenes. As these main characters tell their perspectives of war, Brown weaves their experiences together to an unexpected and powerful ending. Destiny is a compelling novel that shows the importance of family on the home-side as well as the heroism on the battle-side of war. A continual theme throughout the novel is how faith in Christ can sustain through devastating experiences and can change the hearts and destinies of men through His Word and the lives of others. If you like war stories you will not want to miss this one. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review. I have posted reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Deeper Shopping.com, Christianbook.com and GoodReads.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Brown had written this book before the Navy Justice series was published. We get some history of Zack Brewer's life in this novel, as Walter Brewer, Zack's grandfather is drafted into WW II. This novel gives the background of three men whose lives intersect in the war. It was interesting to read the backgrounds of each and what caused them to go to war. The Nazi was pressured into doing acts that haunted him. The Brit wanted the approval of his military father. The American was drafted and decid Brown had written this book before the Navy Justice series was published. We get some history of Zack Brewer's life in this novel, as Walter Brewer, Zack's grandfather is drafted into WW II. This novel gives the background of three men whose lives intersect in the war. It was interesting to read the backgrounds of each and what caused them to go to war. The Nazi was pressured into doing acts that haunted him. The Brit wanted the approval of his military father. The American was drafted and decided to go, even after his brother was killed at Pearl Harbor, even after being given a potential deferment. The Brit had a German gospel with him and that changed the destiny of the Nazi who tool it and the American who would battle the German. The strength of this novel is how the lives of these men intersect. It is evidence of God's grace and providence. Those who like WW II novels will like this one. See my full review at http://bit.ly/1AzYm95. I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    What a fabulous, gripping book! I have not read Don Brown’s other books – the ones that this is the prequel to – but cannot wait! I never felt I was missing some nugget I should have known by reading the others. I loved it – military action, romance, history – it’s all in there! And it isn’t just American sailors – Don Brown writes about a German officer; his family and how he came to serve under Rommel. The author also writes about an English commando – and I really enjoyed the section where he What a fabulous, gripping book! I have not read Don Brown’s other books – the ones that this is the prequel to – but cannot wait! I never felt I was missing some nugget I should have known by reading the others. I loved it – military action, romance, history – it’s all in there! And it isn’t just American sailors – Don Brown writes about a German officer; his family and how he came to serve under Rommel. The author also writes about an English commando – and I really enjoyed the section where he tells the priest why he doesn’t think he should serve in the military! But ultimately this is the tale of an American soldier/officer and how he moved through the ranks and his experiences. And the question is how do their lives connect? This book was well written, engaging, and easy to follow. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to all – male and female alike! I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gophergirl58

    What a great story! I love good historical fiction set during WWII, and this book by Don Brown did not disappoint. Brown's description of the time period and information about the military actions for the areas covered in this novel was spot on, and it brought back memories of was covered in a naval and military history course I took in 2007; in fact, I wish all college students had to take such a course so they would know more about the sacrifices those before us have made during the different What a great story! I love good historical fiction set during WWII, and this book by Don Brown did not disappoint. Brown's description of the time period and information about the military actions for the areas covered in this novel was spot on, and it brought back memories of was covered in a naval and military history course I took in 2007; in fact, I wish all college students had to take such a course so they would know more about the sacrifices those before us have made during the different wars. But I digress. Anyway, through this story Brown weaves a tale of how the lives of three men, an American, a Brit, and a German, intersect, and Brown's novel provides a glimpse of how bad things can have positive outcomes. Christian historical fiction fans should especially enjoy this read as it stays true to what a Christian fiction story should be like: in my opinion. I look forward to reading the rest of the Navy Justice Series and hope the rest are as good as this one.

  29. 5 out of 5

    C.J. Darlington

    Destiny is a novel that will change how you view WWII. I learned things I never knew about the struggles the men and women living during that period faced. This is a novel about so much more than one man's journey from his small town roots to being a leader in the 101st Airborne. This is also the story of a guilt-ridden Nazi officer and a Royal Naval commando desperate to please his father. Faith, romance, and sacrifice all fight for time in these pages. Fans of historical fiction will find much Destiny is a novel that will change how you view WWII. I learned things I never knew about the struggles the men and women living during that period faced. This is a novel about so much more than one man's journey from his small town roots to being a leader in the 101st Airborne. This is also the story of a guilt-ridden Nazi officer and a Royal Naval commando desperate to please his father. Faith, romance, and sacrifice all fight for time in these pages. Fans of historical fiction will find much to enjoy, but even if you aren't a fan of the genre, you'll want to pick this book up to catch a glimpse into a pivotal time during our country's history. 2014 is the 70th anniversary year of the D-Day invasion, and this book gives you a different perspective on the battle that changed the war and our country.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robbi Bourne

    I loved this book! It followed the lives of four men during World War II – two American brothers, an Englishman, and a German. The story begins with the background information as it follows these soldiers from their hometown life, their training, and then their deployment. The reader becomes wrapped up in the action as he/she sees and feels what wartime was like in these three countries during this period in history. Don Brown weaves this fictional story alternating between the four men and event I loved this book! It followed the lives of four men during World War II – two American brothers, an Englishman, and a German. The story begins with the background information as it follows these soldiers from their hometown life, their training, and then their deployment. The reader becomes wrapped up in the action as he/she sees and feels what wartime was like in these three countries during this period in history. Don Brown weaves this fictional story alternating between the four men and eventually ties their lives all together in the end. Added to the plot are the wives and girlfriends which make this book even more interesting. I highly recommend this story of the anguish of war, the lift of family and romance, and the power that comes through faith. I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

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