[Book Review] Baen Books: ‘My Enemy’s Enemy’

My Enemy's Enemy


In September 1939, Nazi Holocaust mastermind Heinrich Himmler conscripts brilliant physicist Peter Winter to devise a secret weapon of supreme power, and to create a revolutionary aircraft to deliver it. Peter, and his Jewish wife, Rachel, know they may only be able to slow Himmler down, and not stop him from developing the ultimate weapon.


In modern-day Pakistan, the elite terrorist known as the Asp survives a U.S. drone strike, then undertakes a solo mission to penetrate America’s heartland to wreak destruction. Meanwhile, ambitious aircraft historian Cassidy Gooding and irascible Colorado cowboy Frank Luck unlock an aviation relic’s secret and discover the terrible truth the Asp may be closing in on.


Now high atop North America’s backbone, old secrets collide with new, and Cass and Frank must prevent the possible massive devastation of an American city—or die trying. If they fail?


Spoiler-Free Review 3

Science fiction is a genre that has seen many fantastic books over the years, many that have taken slices of history and built up a story around them to tell an alternate tale of a “what if”-style adventure.

Yet with Robert Buettner’s compelling novel ‘My Enemy’s Enemy’, the history is not only real (to an extent), the science involved is as well.

An adventure that had this reviewer on the edge of their seat with every page turn, the story takes place both during the modern age and throughout the timeline of WWII. A drama that has characters Cassidy Gooding and Frank Luck racing the clock to track down one of the remaining military secrets of Nazi Germany, combined with the excitement of physicist Peter Winter’s attempts to breach scientific barriers, all while stalling Heinrich Himmler and his goals to win the war.

The book itself was utterly enjoyable and engaging, so much that this reviewer has read it through five times now.

Buettner is a brilliant writer, well-versed in military history. He has a gift for crafting science-fiction that is grounded in reality, yet does not shy away from telling a story that is equal parts sci-fi adventure, military thriller, with just a dash of Zane Grey thrown in for good measure.