Book Review | “IN THE MOUTH OF THE LION” by J. Guenther

J. Guenther

I was privileged to receive this novel brilliantly authored by J. Guenther.  This book transports you back to the days many of your relatives lived through – to the European Theater of WWII – the war that changed the world.

You will find easy reading and rest assured, no previous military or secret service experience or knowledge is required.  This work has been tirelessly researched by the author and it shows.  You’ll find characters you recognize, and should you not be familiar with their history, there are short bios in the rear of the story.

Allen Dulles: being in charge of the OSS, (predecessor of the CIA), at the Bern, Switzerland office.

Mary Bancroft: employee of the OSS and girlfriend to Dulles, after reading one of the agency’s handbooks, felt qualified to set off into the excitement and danger  of being a spy.  In my opinion, she was perhaps an exaggerated example of how that generation went above and beyond for the sake of trying to correct what was horribly wrong with the world.

Dr. Carl Jung

Just imagine driving eminent psychologist, Carl Jung, into Germany to meet with and psychoanalyze Adolph Hitler himself!!

Just when you feel the suspense is over, more questions arise to intrigue you – you stay riveted, turning page after page,  as even more familiar names come on the scene in this well-paced adventure.

I’ll say no more of the story for fear of divulging too much – and it’s up to you, but I couldn’t help but have an Ah-Hah moment at the very end.

I should add, that at the very end of the book is also a psychological explanation of Hitler’s “voice”, of which I found very interesting.

I recommend this book to all.

“IN THE MOUTH OF THE LION”, by: J. Guenther

To reach J. Guenther or simply purchase a copy of “IN THE MOUTH OF THE LION”, or any of his other books _____HERE @ WordPress or @ Amazon HERE

OR:  Here at Goodreads

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Current News – 

The Navy has announced the names of the cruisers that it wants to decommission as part of the latest budget proposal, as well as confirming that all the Freedom-class littoral combat ships — including one that is less than two years old — are headed for scrap.

USS Bunker Hill (CS-52)

A Navy spokesman confirmed that the five cruisers slated for the cut are: USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), USS San Jacinto (CG-56), USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) and USS Vicksburg (CG-69).

The Navy also confirmed that all of its Freedom-class littoral combat ships — the USS Fort Worth (LCS-3), USS Milwaukee (LCS-5), USS Detroit (LCS-7), USS Little Rock (LCS-9), USS Sioux City (LCS-11), USS Wichita (LCS-13), USS Billings (LCS-15), USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) and USS St. Louis (LCS-19).

11 of the ships slated for decommissioning are less than 10 years old and singled out the USS St. Louis as being less than two years old and two of the 24 ships as “currently in modernization.”

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Military Humor – 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Emile Alito Jr. – New Orleans, LA; US Navy, WWII, USS Mt. McKinley, radioman

Rockwood T. Benjamin – New Haven, CT; US Coast Guard, WWII  /  US Army, Korea, Sgt.

OUR FLAG
Courtesy of: Dan Antion

La Vern Buist – Mendon, UT; US Army, WWII, PTO, 1879th Aviation Engineer Battalion

Michael W. Caldwell – Quincey, IL; US Army, Vietnam, 82nd Airborne Division, Silver Star

Aubrey Churhman – KS; US Army Air Corps, WWII, C-46 & 47 pilot

Joseph F. Coda (103) – Lodi, NJ; US Army, WWII, Bronze Star

Norman C. Glenn – Garden City, SC; USMC, WWII

George Kittel – Brooklyn, NY; US Army, WWII, ETO

Verl E. Luzena (100) – Bradford, OH; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, Signal Corps, cameraman

Nehemiah Persoff – brn: ISR; US Army, WWII, Special Services (Entertainment unit)  / Beloved actor

Elvin L. Phillips – Salt Lake City, UT; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, Sgt. # 19011888, B-24 gunner, 66th BS/44h BG/8th Air Force, KIA (Bucharest, ROM)

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on April 11, 2022, in Book Reviews, Current News, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 111 Comments.

  1. Certainly sounds like a great read, thank you for the tip.

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  2. An excellent review GP! Sounds like an interesting read.

    It is sad to hear of ships being scrapped, especially ones so young. I guess the technology is changing rapidly.

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  3. Happy Easter! 💝

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  4. Thanks for the review. I’am going to check it out.

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  5. Did Carl Jung really interview Hitler? If so, that must have been something. The book sounds fascinating, GP, and I appreciate books like this that are well-researched. Thanks for sharing your review and congrats to the author. 🙂

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  6. Sharing and downloaded a copy.

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  7. Thanks for the review

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  8. Thanks for this very interesting recommendation and review, GP! Nothing else is more interesting these times, as to enlighten possible psycical things behind this “Puntinesce”. Happy Easter! Lets hope we only will find the eggs.bombs. :-/ xx Michael

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  9. Excellent review, GP. And, sad news that the Navy is decommissioning ships.

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  10. This sounds like a really intriguing novel. Great review!

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  11. Americaoncoffee

    A great review GP. I hope to read this one. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I did not know Dr. Karl Jung had a meeting with Hitler. I suppose there are a lot of other details that happened during those war days. Interesting! 💗

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    • The good doctor did not meet with Hitler, but did analyze him from observations and published Heart’s International Cosmopolitan discussing Hitler and Mussolini. IN THE MOUTH OF THE LION is a work of fiction, but highly researched. Thank you for your interest.

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  13. Great book review. It’s a must on my reading list. Thanks GP

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  14. I loved “In the Mouth of the Lion.” Another I really enjoyed was “A True Map of the City: Lost in Dystopia.” Guenther’s short stories are treasures as well.

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  15. Many thanks for the review, GP. I’ve been coming here since December 11, 2018, and was so wrapped up in your content, I only recently thought to send you a copy of my book. My best buddy is a WWII vet who served in both theaters of operation as a radioman. If you’d like, I can ask him a few questions on his experiences in the OSS.

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  16. Thanks for the great book review, always interested in recommendation for WWII ‘good reads’!

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  17. That’s another good review from you, GP. To be honest, I probably won’t read the book myself, but I’ve passed your review on to a couple of friends who are greatly interested in WWII in all its aspects. Thanks! (And isn’t that inflation cartoon just the truth?)

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    • That’s the way inflation is going it seems. Being on a Social Security budget, I could just cry every time I go to the market and the prices are higher than the week before. I remember back when Nixon put a price freeze on. That sure helped things!

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  18. My dad would have loved In the Mouth of the Lion. He was a WWII history buff, as well as a big fan of Carl Jung.

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  19. Ooh, this sounds like a fascinating read GP. Thanks for sharing!
    The Navy news is interesting. I wonder what the reasoning is for retiring so many “young” ships.

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    • The government is so in debt, yet keeps spending, this will save about 3.5 Billion dollars over 5 years. My point is – those ships will no longer be around to help protect us or any one else. Thanks for your interest, Anne.

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  20. Sound interesting and definitely will find..🇺🇸

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  21. Thanks for the review. Sounds interesting. Put it on my To Read list.

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  22. An excellent review! It isn’t too long so it’s never boring, yet you managed to tell us a lot about the events portrayed. A gold star too for managing to have your own enthusiasm for the book so obvious to every reader.

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  23. An excellent review, GP. Thank you for the introduction to J. Guenther.

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  24. A compelling review indeed. Thanks, GP.
    Do you remember the TV series ‘OSS’, starring Ron Randell? It was shown on TV in the US and UK and I was a big fan of it as a young child.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O.S.S._(TV_series)
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  25. I’ll order this…the Jung involvement sounds fascinating.

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  26. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen you review a book. I’ll definitely check this out, GP.

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  27. A fabulous review, GP. This sounds like a gripper. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  28. Thank you for recommending this book, GP. Sounds like something I’d want to read.

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  29. You sold me on it, this sounds very, very interesting.

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  30. An enticing review, GP
    (No need to apologize, I edited it myself. No one does more typos than me!!)

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  31. Fascinating review, GP. I loved the comment about our sailors helping out in Australia. American servicemen have been doing that for decades and I’m proud that the habit continues. Orphans, natural disasters, abandoned pets, on a less virtuous note–working girls, our troops help wherever they can. 😉

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  32. Great review, GP. This sounds really interesting and is now on my list. 🙂

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  33. This sounds great. Thanks for the review!

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  34. This sounds like one I need to add to me to-be-read pile. Thanks for the info, GP.

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  35. You may not be aware GP that the east coast of Australia has suffered major flooding over the last six weeks with lives lost and much property destroyed. A supply vessel, the USS Frank Cable, arrived in Brisbane just at the tail end and when the sailors disembarked for their first day of shore leave, 100 of your countrymen and women volunteered their time to help our Mud Army with the clean up – removing debris from houses, chopping down fallen trees, loading trucks with rubbish that floated down swollen rivers etc. It was a wonderful thing, much appreciated, and I hope you guys over there heard about the spirit of co-operation and friendship between our countries. Respect🙏

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  36. I am always in the market for a well researched WW2 Fiction novel! One of the titans of the genre, Jack Higgins (The Eagle has Landed) passed away yesterday at 92 so we need more authors to carry the torch!

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  37. I had to look up the actor Nehemiah Persoff. I wonder why, when he was drafted, this electrician was assigned to an acting company!

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  38. Thank you for the heads up. As an armchair shrink, I’m eager to read about the Jung scenario. I’m sure the remainder of the book will be equally fascinating.

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  39. Thank you for sharing this, Ned.

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  40. Glad you came by. I hope you’ve read all the comments, they keep coming in!

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  41. Thank you for sharing the review of this very interesting novel!

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