Friend & Foe

Adult
Rated 4.33/5 based on 39 reviews
A slightly controversial novel confronting conflicts at local level and around the world through two men brought up in opposing religious backgrounds. They have unknowingly fought against each other, but come to recognise their similar ideologies whilst in a bestial cell in Iran. Their lives are recounted through flashbacks where they begin to sense some external force has been manipulating events More
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About Nik Olsen

NB I have just reformatted the text in 2o34 to make reading easier for the few that actually read it. I think that at 103,300 words it is good value and a compelling plot; my only criticism is that it doesn't flow as smoothly as i would have liked; however, it has received a rave review from 'Team Golfwell' who gave it 5 stars. See Goodreads or Amazon for details.
I simply want readers to like my books and obtain a degree of satisfaction or even inspiration from them.
Book 1 of Friend & Foe is the first of the trilogy; book 2 has been assessed by the Indie Reviewer club and is now available. Book 3 is now complete though no reviews to show; would be very pleased to receive some.
Whilst trialling some promotional avenues, I have collated seven short stories including one novella, and have now added it to my collection, FREE, but reviews would be welcome.
Print to order versions are currently available on Amazon.co.uk of the books, where my latest novel Set in Stone is on sale, but exclusively through them for now.

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Reviews of Friend & Foe by Nik Olsen

NicolaFlood reviewed on May 2, 2016

when I read books, usually I either like the dialogue, and the narrative seems flat (or too telling and long-winded) or the prose is good, but the conversations seem contrived and stiff. But I loved how seamlessly everything flowed in “Friend & Foe” with the balance between the two nicely as this made it feel authentic and well- paced, like we are watching a movie or something. It had it all, seriously…love, war, sports, politics, family life, friends, enemies… takes us on an unforgettable, and ultimately fulfilling rollercoaster ride that I won’t soon forget.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Jhonni Parker reviewed on May 2, 2016

well, “Friend & Foe” by Nik Olsen took me a long while to read, but in the end I’d say it was worth it! I like how everything came together, and I enjoyed every page! Anyways, the themes and events that happen are relatable to modern day, yet with a new spin – a fresh voice. The author writes VERY well… very descriptive and strong and we feel like we are there almost like watching a movie or something. The editing could use a little cleaning up, but it wasn’t that bad. Ben and Joe are dynamic protagonists who really shed light on so many subjects and pull you into their world. The takeaway is satisfying, and overall a complex, almost surreal novel that pushes the boundaries of typical literature. Recommend!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
James Masters reviewed on May 2, 2016

I really enjoyed this story and could not put it down. As I read this book I really began to care about the characters and was anxious to see how things would turn out for them. I thought sometimes the narrative went on too long though and would have liked to see more forward progression through dialogue instead of just reading about everything. And sometimes I didn’t feel like we needed to know “everything” about ‘everything”… beaning sometimes I felt there was too much backstory for the characters and events and felt like overall the focus was looser than I like. I prefer to have books have a more distinct arc, and I don’t feel like this one really did. But I did enjoy it for the writing and the characters and would recommend to others.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
LeoG009 reviewed on May 2, 2016

I am of somewhat mixed feelings on this novel, “Friend & Foe” by Nik Olsen. On one hand it is brilliantly written with some of the most interesting and compelling characters I’ve read in a long time, and I liked how each of them had their own unique set of circumstances. But on the other, at times I felt almost like this book was too much at once, and seemed to lose focus of the arc and kept going off in different directions. I feel like it would have been better if it were shorter and more focused, with fewer subplots. But that is just my opinion, other people may disagree. I just like to feel like I’m reading 1 book at a time, and with this one I often felt like I was reading 5. The formatting makes it hard to read but it is a great story, and I can see people liking it.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
Sophia Renee reviewed on May 1, 2016

"Friend & Foe” by Nik Olsen is the most entertaining, deep, and interesting books I have read in a very long time! From the moment I picked it up and read the first page I was hooked, as the characters are so real and loveable and the descriptions are so vivid and full of life, it is impossible to put down. The author has painted a picture of life which at times is very moving, sad, stressful but it is done with humour and remarkable attention to detail it is certainly a story that will stay with the reader for a long time. Don't miss this wonderful book that will challenge your thinking and your view of the world – and for the better. Recommended for ages 18 and up.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
JTHACK reviewed on May 1, 2016

It has been a while since I have found a book that I wanted to read slowly so that I could soak in every detail in hopes that the last page seems to never come. When reading the synopsis of this novel, I never imagined that I would feel so connected to a book about prisoners or war or the Middle East! This novel was so much more than the above states. The idiosyncrasies of each individual character is so well defined and expressed in such ways that come across the page almost lyrically. I was invited into the pages and could not only imagine the atmosphere, but all of my senses were collectively enticed from the very first page until the last. An emotional journey not soon forgotten, full of danger, conflict, tension and drama… and one I will recommend to my family and friends.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Carla Biggins reviewed on May 1, 2016

4.5 stars
I knew by the 20% mark that I would really love this book and it would go on my “favorites” shelf, and I was right! I admit I had no real expectations when starting it, seeing as how I’d never read the author before and the description felt a bit “wide-reaching” to me. Wondered if he’d pull it off, and I truly believe he did! I was so immersed in this book and impressed with the level of detailing on almost every single aspect. A lesser author would have glossed over some of these scenes that Nik Olsen carefully and masterfully brought to life in a memorable way. The characters of Joe and Ben felt real, and the way they tell their stories we really see it through their eyes and feel like we are there. Liked the twist at the end, and will like to read the next one when it’s published. Recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
MarcellaGonzo reviewed on April 30, 2016

first, I have to say that I don’t normally read books like this, but I was looking for something a little out of my comfort zone and this book sounded intriguing. Well, I am most certainly glad I took the chance on Nik Olsen’s “Friend & Foe”! This was a captivating novel and very impressive for a debut. There is such strong, vivid writing, and the characters are all fascinating, flawed, and going through their own transitions. GREAT character development, (even if the developing situation is rather sad) and everything just felt “authentic” for lack of a better word. Dialogue, interactions, scenes, descriptions…The formatting is messed up (all left justified) and it could use some proofing. But all in all a very good read that I’d recommend even to those who don’t normally read this sort of thing…try it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Anabella Johnson reviewed on April 30, 2016

just a fair warning…when starting “Friend & Foe” make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! The book starts off unforgettable beginning and just keeps going from there. The characters of Ben and Joe and Beth (and really all the others as well…) are so well-developed and fully fleshed out. I think what I liked the most about this book was just the overall feel the author managed to create where it felt intimate, like a close friend was telling me these really awesome stories that I didn’t want to stop listening to. There are some surprising twists and some parts that really catch you off guard… but that just made the book even more amazing. A great start to a promising series, and I’m ready to read the next one when it’s available. Recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Jesse Thomas reviewed on April 30, 2016

at first I admit I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into in deciding to read this book. Because admittedly I do tend to lean towards the paranormal/fantasy elements of literature because I enjoy the make-believe parts. And a book about prisoners? The Middle East? Soldiers? Not my usual fare. But I was intrigued by the writing sample and the way that I felt an almost immediate connection to not only the characters (especially Joe and Ben), but with the way that Nik Olsen was writing them, and I found myself just wanting to read more… and more… and more… and I couldn’t believe it when I realized I was totally hooked, and even totally enjoyed the exciting war scenes! But seriously, I felt transported to another world just by experiencing the lives of these incredible characters who are so true to life and authentic, yet unlike any I’ve met before. Really glad I took a chance on this one…
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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