Patrick W. O’Bryon

Beacon of Vengeance, A Novel of Nazi Germany

Beacon of Vengeance, A Novel of Nazi Germany
Published: August 17, 2014
Summer 1941. As America edges closer to joining the struggle against Hitler, reluctant operative Ryan Lemmon returns to Nazi Europe. Although his undercover assignment targets the Reich’s covert operations in Paris, the rescue of close friends from a fascist internment camp takes top priority. Ryan finds in Occupied France a cauldron of deception and unbridled cruelty. Torn by German exploitation and French collaboration, the country now teems with unforeseen dangers: A dying British intelligence agent whose help may prove deadly. A beautiful partisan whose cold heart could make or break his mission. A former lover trapped between Nazi operatives and the violent Parisian underworld. And deep in the shadows, a ruthless enemy playing a treacherous game of cunning and subterfuge. Lethal confrontation looms in this powerful sequel to the IPPY award-winning thriller Corridor of Darkness.

Life Under Nazi Rule – No Holds Barred!



Ryan Lemmon, a former US State Department staffer turned OSS spy, tries

to get his lover, Erika Kredow and her son, Leo, out of the clutches of her

Gestapo husband, the evil Horst von Kredow, but things go horribly wrong.

Rene Gershinger, a Franco-German who leads a resistance movement against the

Nazis, helps Erika and Leo get to France, thinking Ryan has been killed in the

operation. They leave Kredow wounded and his face disfigured – but nursing an

obsessive desire for vengeance.


Beacon of Vengeance: A Novel of Nazi Germany by Patrick W. O’Bryon is the

second in a trilogy of Lemmon’s adventures during World War II. This story,

which covers the period 1938 to 1941 and is set primarily in occupied France.

O’Bryon has created a remarkable cast of believable characters and placed them

in a setting that seamlessly melds his fictional characters with the events and real

characters of the era. His descriptions are colorful without being overdone, and

he gives the reader just enough to make the sounds, smells, sights – and fears –

come alive. Reading this epic adventure, one can imagine that the conversations

with Reinhard Heydrich and William Donovan actually took place.

What O’Bryon has done particularly well in Beacon of Vengeance is show the

inhuman cruelty of the Nazis, while still portraying them as humans – flawed, but



I give this book a resounding five stars.

Corridor of Darkness – A Novel of Nazi Germany

Corridor of Darkness – A Novel of Nazi Germany
Published: October 28, 2013
Two desperate fugitives face a nightmarish pursuit across the Third Reich, where violence and deception are tools of the trade, and torture and death wait at every turn… 1930’s Berlin – unrestrained, decadent, torn by political and social strife – and dashing Ryan Lemmon intends to make the most of every moment. The young American reporter loses himself in the dark underbelly of the capital, only to have a violent death bring him face-to-face with the growing menace. As Hitler’s stranglehold grips the nation, Ryan becomes involved with a spirited German blonde, but her relationship with a sadistic Nazi powerhouse puts them both at risk of an agonizing end. Having already lost one friend to Nazi brutality, Ryan and his former flame must now escape the all-powerful Gestapo. And she agrees to steal intelligence which can save the lives of millions, but only if it reaches the right hands in Washington. Inspired by the contemporary journals of the author’s late father, Corridor of Darkness evokes the cruel heart of pre-World War II Germany, where any missed beat could be the protagonists’ last. Corridor of Darkness features an excerpt from the second novel in the Ryan Lemmon series, Beacon of Vengeance.        

5 Stars.

1930’s Berlin–unrestrained, decadent, and torn by political and social strife–and dashing Ryan Lemmon intends to make the most of every moment. The young American reporter loses himself in the dark underbelly of the capital, only to have a violent death bring him face-to-face with the growing menace.

Inspired by firsthand accounts, Corridors of Darkness by Patrick O’Bryon tells the gritty tale of Lemmon’s experiences during the reign of terror enabling Hitler’s rise to power. Germany was a country consuming itself with its own decadence, anger, greed, and the ultimate hatred that would drive a stake in the heart of world history for decades to come.

Well written in the very effective old style prose of noir thrillers, I was in a 1930’s black and white film alongside Lemmon. O’Bryon’s detailed descriptions allowed me to see the streets of old Berlin, taste decadence everywhere, feel imminent dangers around every corner, hear the march of the storm troopers, and literally smell fear on the citizens as they ran.

A well-constructed plot intertwines tense words and wild actions as the Nazi regime relentlessly pursues Lemmon and his girlfriend. The characters are real and believable, with a clear delineation between good and evil. Corridors of Darkness is a fast paced, suspenseful tale with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader on edge. The writing is immediate and engaging as the pages fly by.

I recommend this book to both thriller fans and history buffs. You will have fun with it and O’Bryon will leave you wanting more.

I received a free copy of Corridors of Darkness in exchange for a fair and honest review.