Friend & Foe

Adult
Rated 4.30/5 based on 40 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

I am sorry to say that i don't get involved with media or self promotion, which is why my book hasn't had any exposure since first self-published in 2012.
I simply want readers to like my books and obtain a degree of satisfaction or even inspiration from them. Providing i manage to gain some publicity (for the book), i would expect to donate a significant proportion of the profits to charity; which would be the ultimate satisfation for me.
As book 1 is the first of three, any constructive feedback would be welcomed for improvement to book 3; book 2 has been written and being assessed by the Indie Reviewer club, so i hope to have it available soon.
No print versions are currently available, apart from my own copy, but should there be a demand it is something that can be dealt with at the time.
Thank you for taking the time to read my boring 'bio'.

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Reviews

Review by: NicolaFlood on May 02, 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)

Review by: Jhonni Parker on May 02, 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)

Review by: James Masters on May 02, 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)

Review by: LeoG009 on May 02, 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)

Review by: Sophia Renee on May 01, 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)

Review by: JTHACK on May 01, 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)

Review by: Carla Biggins on May 01, 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)

Review by: MarcellaGonzo 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)

Review by: Anabella Johnson 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)

Review by: Jesse Thomas 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)

Review by: Steph Coleman on April 30, 2016 :
wow, what a crazy, mind-bending novel! This was a totally unexpected for me, to be honest… from the description I was a little confused just what to expect, but I was intrigued by the quality writing sample and decided to dive right in. Well I wasn’t disappointed at all, in fact I think that “Friend & Foe” is by far one of the more well thought out and relevant books I’ve read in a while. I like how it felt like we were so involved as each different character showed us their story and I loved how Nik Olsen writes very descriptively and with great passion. I kept wondering how it would all wrap up, and if it would work… but it totally did. Now we just need the next one!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Stacy Decker on April 30, 2016 :
oh wow, I enjoyed this book and read the whole thing in one week, which is fast for me, especially considering I have no free time at all to read these days, But it just seemed to go by so fast and I never wanted to stop reading it, even late into the evening. I was mesmerized by the world Nik Olsen creates, one so realistic and authentic, yet something a city gal like myself from California will never experience. But it shed so much light on several topics that do affect us today, and even though I’m not a huge ‘political or ‘war story’ reader, those elements added the flavor and authenticity needed to really bring the characters and story to life. Too much happens in this book to cover properly in a short review so you really just have to read it for yourself… you will not be disappointed!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nicole Hastings on April 30, 2016 :
a beautifully written and richly evocative examination of life, love, loss, and the ravages of war, and the different ways people react to unthinkable situations. This powerhouse of a story is equally packed with action and emotion, and is sure to please even the pickiest of literary readers. I felt a great connection with the characters, and thought the narrative was clean and crisp, descriptive, but not overdone. Great writing and a bold attempt at capturing many important elements made Friend and Foe a powerhouse hit for me. Hope this author continues writing these types of books because he certainly has a knack for it. Eager for the next one as the journey of Ben and Joe continues on!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Karen Matthews on April 19, 2016 :
This book seems to have something of everything… seriously. Action, drama, politics, struggles, deep issues that divide us as people, but I thought the background of the middle East and the turmoil there in a way tied it all nicely in that it is just such realistic way, and all these events (even the overseas ones with the wars) just felt so relatable even to an American. I was impressed by the seamless narrative transitions, and while I’m not usually a fan of dense prose with little dialogue for stretches, it didn’t bother me here much as I enjoyed the Mr. Olsen’s skillful word-play. Always found myself reading for longer than I planned to, as there was never a good place to just “stop”. This is good too. This novel will have wide ranging appeal, but is probably best suited for adults due to some mature themes.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: JohnGoldman on April 19, 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)

Review by: Cale Owens on April 15, 2016 :
4.5 stars
I personally think that this book would make an excellent book club choice as there are just so many topics we can talk about and dissect deeper (war! Politics! Religion! Etc, Etc….) There are so many different angles and subjects to talk about, not even getting to the dynamic characters who bring the book to life. I liked how the author utilized multiple points of view so we are able to experience the different characters worlds and be really inside their head. A great find… I love discovering new authors, and Nik Olsen will certainly be one to watch!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: SherriWarner on April 15, 2016 :
4 1/2 stars
For me, author voice is almost everything, and it will make or break a novel and my enjoyment of it. I need to hear originality and know that the author is not trying to sound or write like someone else, but is telling HIS story in a while new way, whatever that story may be. I feel like I can smell a fake a mile away, and believe me I’ve read my fair share of books from authors who are ‘trying’ to emulate better, more accomplished authors. What impressed me the most here was that I thought that Nik Olsen’s writing style has the confidence and delightful quirkiness of a much more seasoned pro… was a bit surprised to see this is his first novel. The characters had that elusive ‘flavor’ that only comes when they are fully realized and fleshed out, something that is not easily done, especially in a novel of this depth and complexity.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jean007 on April 14, 2016 :
to say “Friend & Foe” is totally unlike anything I’ve ever read before would be an understatement! I’m not sure how to even describe this book as SO much happens, and it seems to touch on so many elements, themes, and subjects. Smooth pacing, plenty of action, and diverse characters, along with current-day issues makes this a definite winner in my eyes. I think that you need to take your time while reading it to really grasp everything the author is saying, as it will require some deeper thought and reasoning, and might even change your perspective on some things. Very interesting, and recommend to fans of modern literary world fiction.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Samantha Ryan on April 14, 2016 :
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was excellently written (a few minor editing things but nothing too major) and kept my attention from the interesting opening to the satisfying ending. It is not a quick read … nor should it be. There are too many important themes here to gloss over (war, soldiers, politics, religion, capitalism, family relationships….) so the author takes his time in carefully developing the various storylines so that we the readers are thoroughly invested the whole way through. I liked Mr. Olsen’s writing style very much, and found myself completely lost in this world he created night after night. Was almost disappointed when I was done, but the ending gave the emotional satisfaction I look for in a great book and leaves the door open for more in the future. Well done.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: MaxGgg on April 09, 2016 :
4.5 stars
what a gorgeously crafted story. Each character is developed and each story is full of rich details that I feel as if I know these people. Far reaching, sweeping, and heartfelt, I did think the beginning was a tad too slow, but second half of the book was much stronger than the first. The characters seemed to settle in a bit, like they finally knew who they were. The stories became much more realistic and believable. I do wish it could have been more pared down some and there wasn't so much time wasted getting to the real meat and potatoes of the story. Because once we get there it’s unlike anything I’ve read. Highly recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: StephanBeacher on April 09, 2016 :
this book was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing, but obviously that was impossible because this is one long epic tale! It was all I could do though not to rush it… this isn’t a ‘quick-easy beach read” by any stretch, but more like something you sink back with for a while and let it take over your soul. I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were intelligent, well-developed and not predictable, and the element of middle eastern politics and religion was a new angle for me. I really enjoyed it! The characters were all genuine and interesting in their own right and well-written, and my only real complaint was some editing/formatting errors. But nothing that lessened my enjoyment any, and I’d love to read more from this author in the future!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Cory Banyan on April 07, 2016 :
I oved Nik Olsen’s “Friend & Foe”. He has captured many interesting slices of life with wonderful details and drama. But what I loved most about the novel was the relationship between the various characters and especially what they do in moments of great challenge or adversity. Do we rise to the occasion or fail? Are we heroes or cowards? Are we loyal to the people we love most or do we betray them? What is right and what is wrong, and who really decides? What is truly important to us, and are we doing the right thing? Olsen explores these questions with probing finesse and great heart. Great pacing and an interesting setting. A definite recommended read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: ElizaB9988 on April 07, 2016 :
from the opening pages of “Friend & Foe” I knew it would be different from the books I’ve been reading lately and I was right! Mr. Olsen sets of the scene and characters in a skillful way that not only draws us right in, but creates great visualizations (like we are watching a mini-series on TV as all the events play out)and elicits a genuine emotional investments. I truly cared about the characters’ fates, and was shocked and saddened at certain things (no spoilers). An interesting and diverse cast of characters, along with several intriguing plotlines interwoven against unique, dynamic setting makes this a memorable read for me. Highly recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: CVasquez50 on April 06, 2016 :
I read this book and found myself completely transported to the story, completely forgetting where I was. A modern day novel with more tangents and sub plots than many others I’ve read, with a large cast of characters each of whom have their own stories to tell and conflicts to overcome. Never read something from this POV before and I found it to be really enlightening. Way too much to delve into here, but Nik Olsen’s skill with story, complex and enduring family ties, and passion—will captivate readers looking for the next big thing. There is much discussion on ‘hot-button’ issues that may leave some readers divided, but I thought the author did a wonderful job of keeping things in perspective.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: CamJones on April 03, 2016 :
I found FRIEND & FOE to be absolutely riveting! I started reading it one night after supper with every intention of reading just a few chapters for that evening and could not put it down. Not only is it an emotionally inspiring story with well-drawn characters whom you grow to care about deeply, but it is also informative on various aspects of life that we might not think about in the day-to-day….Read this book. It will open your eyes to things that you might not really think about, or even just take for granted in the world around us because we are so far removed from it (unless you live in a Middle Eastern Warzone). Yet it is things that affect all of us and our lives, whether or not we realize it. Deeper, profound questions and scenarios that examine life beneath the surface, and raises questions that make you think.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: April Dawn on April 03, 2016 :
4.5 stars
Nik Olsen has an incredible way with words; his descriptions are vivid; you see what the characters are seeing, you feel what they are feeling; you feel like you are there. I felt like I was experiencing what they were; fear, deprivation, cold, separation from a loved one, confusion, pain, etc. I found the book very hard to put down, as I had to know what the outcome for each of these characters would be. Each time I did have to stop reading, I found myself thinking and pondering on what I had read, and what might happen next. This is an excellent book; it makes you feel, it makes you think, and it makes you grateful for what you have.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Darla Ortiz on April 01, 2016 :
I’m not one for rehashing the plot (that’s what the summary is for on the book description page), but trust me when I say you’ve never read anything like this before! It’s not a fast and easy read by any stretch, but it will take you through new concepts and perspectives that you’ve never thought of before. I felt a connection with each of these characters that I didn’t expect, and I thought the author’s narrative prose was some of the best I’ve read in a while, the way he brought the scenes to life, and the attention to details, from being in the middle of a warzone to being in the middle of a prison chatting with a fellow prisoner. Very cool!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Brenda Maxwell on April 01, 2016 :
It took me some time to get into this book, and at first I wasn’t really sure where it was going. But the more I read the more I got into it, and thoroughly enjoyed this world and characters Nik Olsen created. It’s weird to think it’s actually fiction as parts really seem real, and are relatable to current times. I have a feeling that this books and the characters and their fates will stay with me for some time. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Olsen in the future as he is truly a gifted storyteller AND writer (not necessarily the same thing…)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: DarleneCupp on March 31, 2016 :
It does take a lot to really impress me these days, but there were at least several times in this book that I was caught off guard and surprised, or moved by what happened. Some things were a bit predictable, but still an engaging page turner. A few minor editing things, and some conversations and scenes could have used more focus, but overall a captivating and unexpected experience. A great read that some might find controversial, but I found it to be refreshing and eye-opening. Recommend this one, probably most suited for adults.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: GillianHancock on March 31, 2016 :
For me “Friend & Foe” by Nik Olsen was a bit convoluted at times, and took a while to really get going and get me hooked, but I do think it kept getting better as it went along. I am a big fan of the genre, I appreciate the lengths the author went through to make his book stand out from much of the typical fare out there these days, even if for me it seemed to lose a bit of its focus at times. I liked the eclectic and diverse cast of characters, the complex, intelligent plotlines, and the overall message. I felt that reading this was time well-spent.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: MegKing on March 31, 2016 :
"Friend and Foe” is wonderful book in which Nik Olsen sweeps the reader away into each of the characters. He also has the ability to keep the reader totally engaged throughout the entire story, and that is no small feat considering the various of multi layered plotlines, diverse set of characters, and wildly fluctuating scenery and events... You want to keep reading it but at the same time you have to stop to think about it as it is intense in the subject matter at certain points. The ending is nice, although I was sad when it was all over. Good characters… good writing… good plots. Ready for more!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: LauraClarke on March 30, 2016 :
4.5 stars
Wow, “Friend & Foe” by Nik Olsen was awesome! I finished it a few weeks ago and am still digesting it. I haven’t read anything like that in a long time, if ever. For once it seemed like the characters were anything but the stock, ordinary typical hero/protag guys, but instead all had demons, motivations, secrets, obstacles to overcome, flaws…and I don’t want to focus too much on it, but I thought the whole prison aspect was pretty cool too. I was totally into the scenes and feel like I learned something and have a new appreciation for what it’s like over there for people in combat zones in areas of heavy military and political upheaval. Really makes you grateful for what you have. But there are just so many elements to this book, it is truly on an epic scale. But impressively it doesn’t get too convoluted, and all came together to create a fresh-feeling novel that was out of the ordinary and kept me hooked throughout. This appears to be the first in a series and I for one can’t wait to see what Ben and Joe will do next! Recommend for adults and mature teens.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: LeoG009 on March 30, 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 the day of purchase)

Review by: Essieh on March 28, 2016 :
how to describe this book, other than say it is by far one of the most surprisingly interesting novels I’ve read in a long time! I have already loaned it to my mother to read, and my brother is right after her (it is right up their alley!) The author Nik Olsen pulls us in to the story right from the beginning pages, and skillfully narrates a wide-ranging storyline full of complex and deeply emotional issues. In my opinion it really is the characters (Ben and Joe) who made this story so good, each so original and conflicted in their own way, and we pull for them throughout their personal journeys and how they connect to each other. A memorable read and a keeper for sure. Recommend for fans of political/military/literary fiction. Would love to read more from Nik Olsen in the future.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Claire Middleton on March 26, 2016 :
"Friend & Foe” by Nik Olsen is hands down one of the most original and well-crafted novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the opening pages, and absolutely loved the author’s use of description of the different scenery and locales, and attention to detail. We feel transported not only into the various characters’ heads, but the places they are, and it was an interesting escape from reality. This novel covers so, so much it’s impossible to sum up, but it felt like I was reading several slices of real life, and it was interesting to see how it all tied together. An epic literary feat, to be certain. I was really impressed and would recommend this book with the highest of praise.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: CodyB77 on March 26, 2016 :
this was the first book I’ve read by this author Nik Olsen, but I certainly hope it’s not the last. He has a gift for writing descriptive and life-like scenes that bring the characters to life with natural sounding dialogue and good action, even if told in the form of memories or flashbacks, and not ‘present time’. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative of anything I’ve ever read before. It is a hefty read that covers a lot of territory, but does so with remarkable depth considering the heavy subject matters. It is humorous, quirky, jaw-dropping, surprising, sad, and inspiring… all the qualities I look for in a good novel, and it delivered an emotional win. Recommended.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jenna Brewster on March 26, 2016 :
this is an excellent novel that captured my attention from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go. Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and flowed smoothly from one to the next… never a “dull part” where you get bored or want to skip ahead… in fact almost the opposite with the various interweaving plotlines and going from one character and event to the next. The descriptions were very strong, and I mean with the author’s word choice… unique and powerful. I felt like I was genuinely inside the characters’ heads experiencing the world through their eyes, for better or worse. I would love to read more from this author in the future as the series continues (this is just book 1). He has a natural gift for creating a well-thought out story and developing deeply memorable characters.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kaylee Stevens on March 26, 2016 :
make no mistake, “Friend & Foe” is definitely a compelling read, and one that will appeal to a wide range of readers due to its far-reaching plotlines… from friends and enemies, right and wrong, good and evil, this book covers so many things, yet it all fits well together in a unique blend of politics, religion, culture, life, and drama. The story itself was fairly even-paced, but I thought the beginning was a bit slow personally but then it picked up and flowed well. One thing I particularly liked was how we really felt like we were part of the story as it unfolded, instead of it just being “told” to us, on the outside looking in.. We feel like we are a part of the book and I recommend for fans of literary fiction who’d like a new twist on a different view of a foreign life.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: TabithaParks on March 26, 2016 :
great book! This was a very original take on ‘fiction’ for me, and at times it seemed like I was reading a recounting of something “real” that had happened, to “real people”, even though that is obviously not the case. I know that all fiction novels are like that (realistic-feeling stories that are made up), but this one was exceptionally so…. It starts off with some considerable backstory to set up the scene and ground the reader in the world-building, which the author does a wonderfully convincing job of creating a believable backdrop, wherever the scene is happening. The author also has a great “voice” in spinning these thought-provoking and intelligent plotlines all together. Well done.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: LaylaM1 on March 26, 2016 :
I personally thought “Friend & Foe by Nik Olsen was totally amazing, and this is really not normally the type of book I’d gravitate to! And in the beginning, I admit that I really wasn’t sure where the story was going but once I was about 25% in I was totally hooked and didn’t want to stop until I’d reached the end. I would describe this as a drama, but there is LOTS of action and crazy plot twists, so you will definitely stay interested. And I like how the author writes in a way that you can totally picture everything, almost like we are watching a movie. It’s told in 3rd person, so you see a lot of perspectives, and even though the head-hopping was a bit confusing at times, I think for the most part it worked well. Very happy with the ending as well and would like to read more about Ben and Joe and what is going to happen with them.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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