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It has been an amazing week for my books. THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS received

5 reviews in 3 days with a staggering 24 out of 25 stars, bringing it to a total of 39 reviews on Amazon.com with an average score of 4.82

It also entered the US charts on Amazon.com for the first time
#90 in Kindle Store / Kindle eBooks / Literature & Fiction / Jewish


Oleg Medvedkov is one of the Top reviewers on Amazon, a successful blogger and renowned writer himself. His praise and the unexpected 5 star review has made my day.


as has this one by Ashley Lee


MY NEW WEBSITE is also getting in shape nicely

quotes from the last 5 reviews:

The history in this novel was very rich and as it’s an area I studied it complemented what I already knew perfectly and I really felt like I could have been there and a part of it all. The suspense at several key points was masterfully done and I found myself holding my breath, tensing up and being unable to stop reading until I knew everyone was safe.

a really good book.


absorbing and utterly convincing

a writer completely confident in his material and research.

Christoph is meticulous in his approach and has the gifts of a natural story teller. I suspect that this is only the first in a long line of must read books.


an important historical rendition of wartime Eastern Europe that will continue to haunt you for a long time after you finish reading it.
…characters are all strong fictional creations that give life and credibility to the historical backdrop.
It is a touching story of courage, love and heroic endurance in a time of abject cruelty and terror.
The players in this drama are far from being two-dimensional; even the cold, unfeeling characters will at times show a glimmer of warmth.
Be prepared for emotional upheaval while reading this– you cannot remain untouched.


What this book reminds us of, is that the “quiet” and “acceptable” racism, just like the veiled racism we can often see just by looking outside of the window, is NOT acceptable. All it takes is one crazy ideology or an opportunistic politician, and we could still relieve the horrors of concentration camps and mass graves. Still, this is not a political book. It’s a human story, with love, betrayals, and hope. I don’t want to give away the spoilers, so do pick up this book and read it. You won’t be disappointed.


This story will captivate readers immediately and hold them mesmerized until the final page.
It is a gripping tale and incredibly thrilling. Among all World War II historical fiction novels I would certainly place this within the must-read books.

I appreciate the care that Fischer took to verify the accuracy of history and the details of the time. The embellishment came from the personal stories of the characters themselves; the details of the countries, the political culture and the moral attitudes were all grounded in proven fact and historical accounts of Eastern Europe during World War II.
I was enamored with this story
I encourage any reader who decides to follow my recommendation and read The Luck of the Weissensteiners to read it slowly and over at least a week to really focus on the story, connect with the characters and savor every moment.


In other news:

at the http://www.theindietribe.com/category/top-fiction-books/

and my second book

Sebastian cover

SEBASTIAN is at No. 2


Mt reviewing has also had some highlights this week.

First I received this email:

On behalf of the Goodreads team, I want to say thank you. You’re in the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! Your many thoughtful book reviews help make us a vibrant place for book lovers.

And our community has been growing! We now number more than 20 million members on Goodreads.

And then one of my preview reviews is now featured on netgalley.com:

“This is a very powerful and stimulating read and rewarding with its intellectual depth . . .” Said Christoph Fischer, UK author, freelance editor and professional reviewer. “McGonall’s command of language is superb; whether it is casual conversation or speech between the gods and legacy members, he always finds the right tone to draw [readers] into that specific sphere or world . . . This is unlike other books I have read.”