Book Review: The Tenth Witness by Leonard Rosen

August 7, 2013

The Tenth Witness by Leonard Rosen is a novel featuring Henri Poincaré. My understanding is that this is the second in the series, however this is a standalone book and is a prequel to the first in the series.

  • 288 pages
  • Publisher: Permanent Press
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579623190

Book Review The Tenth Witness by Leonard Rosen

My rat­ing for The Tenth Witness — 5

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I did not know what to expect from The Tenth Witness by Leonard Rosen (website | Facebook | @len_rosen), I knew it was World War II but that’s just about it. What I got was an exciting globetrotting mystery, ex-Nazis, Interpol and a love story to boot.

This is a very well written story with engaging and realistic characters. While the novel takes place several decades after World War II, the plot hangs on the zeal, secrecy and ruthless fascist mentality of the Nazis. The plot unwinds very fast and the author captures the atmosphere and exotic locals masterfully.

Even though the book does not take place during World War II, but refers to it in hindsight, it does deal with the aftermath of the war and the many moral issues which it brings up. The author links the Nazi slave camps with 1970s third world factories and facilities who exploit workers much like the robber barons did to the Chinese immigrants in the US, when workers got paid a salary which was not even enough to rent a room from the company’s hotel or buy food in the company’s store. Instead of looking to please Hitler, these same type of people are looking to line their pockets on the backs of those who work simply to make a few pennies a day if they’re lucky.

The book deals with difficult subjects, whether it is evil, racism, or greed. The pragmatic protagonist learns some difficult lessons during his journey and discovers that the human race is not easy to judge.

Engineer Henri Poincaré works hard to try and bring up the frigate HMS Lutine which went down almost 200 years before with millions worth of gold in its belly. As a reward for his hard work, Henri takes a break and hikes at low tide across the Wadden Sea. Henri gets to know his guide, Liesel Kraus who is a director at Kraus Steel and is still haunted by a violent history and corrupting wealth.

The close Henri and Liesel get, the more Henri realizes that his recently deceased “uncle” had a sad history with Krauss Steel during World War II.

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  • Ashley August 7, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    There isn’t an e-book version of this? I didn’t see it on Amazon. This sounds like a great book and exactly the kind of book I would love. I put it on my TBR list, hopefully an e-version is coming. I don’t know if my shelves can hold another hardcover book.

    • Zohar - Man of la Book August 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

      I looked, I couldn’t find one either.

      • Ashley August 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

        It’s ok. I’m going to add the paperback to my wish-list and pick it up soon. I am not particularly fond of the cover so it’s one I would have preferred in ebook but the story fascinates me enough to buy it anyway.

        • Zohar - Man of la Book August 8, 2013 at 10:13 am

          I actually like the cover a lot, it what prompted me to look at the book, I think once you’ll read the story you’ll appreciate the cover.

          • Len Rosen August 30, 2013 at 12:38 pm

            Amazon and nook eReader versions now available. Thanks for the look.

          • Zohar - Man of la Book August 30, 2013 at 3:14 pm

            Thanks, I updated the post.

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