Book Review: In the Mouth of the Lion

The stalwart GP over at Pacific Paratrooper Blog has posted a review of my WWII historical novel, In the Mouth of the Lion. As the German blitzkrieg stalls in Russia, Hitler’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic. The German High Command (OKW) suspects he is becoming mentally unbalanced and approaches Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung for an evaluation of the Führer’s sanity.

The OKW doesn’t realize that Jung’s close associate, Mary Bancroft, is an OSS analyst working for Allen Dulles in Bern, Switzerland. Dulles asks Jung to bring back Hitler’s darkest secrets, making the trip much more dangerous.

In the Mouth of the Lion contains information and conjecture not found anywhere else, including a new candidate for Hitler’s mystery grandfather, why Hitler murdered his niece/girlfriend, and how he got away with it. The psychology behind the Holocaust is also revealed.

Read the review,

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10 Responses to Book Review: In the Mouth of the Lion

  1. GP says:

    I’m glad you approve of the review. I sincerely enjoyed your work!!

  2. GP says:

    Just thought I’d let you know that the Berchtesgden is highlighted in the WWII History magazine, June 2022 issue. Very interesting.

    • jguenther5 says:

      Thanks, GP. I’ll have to take a look. Hitler’s mansion described at Bludenz is actually “The Eagle’s Nest,” moved from near Berchtesgaden to a point closer to Jung’s Zurich residence. From a film standpoint, Kehlsteinhaus would be ideal. It’s closed to tourists from September until spring., and might be rented for shooting a film version of “Mouth of the Lion,” complete with that 400′ tunnel with the lights that “fail.”

      Another location in the book is Schattenburg, literally “Shadow Fortress.” What student of Jungian psychology could ignore a chance to put the action in a place of that name? Especially since it’s on the route back to Switzerland.

      • GP says:

        Outstanding news and info! I wish I had known about the movie! Let me know how that project progresses.

      • jguenther5 says:

        The story started as a two-act stage play, based on a what-if: what if a psychiatrist uncovers during a therapy session that his client is a murderer and has the weapon with him? Many flashbacks would be needed, and each of them would require a change of attire, on-stage, in the dark, so I added multimedia in the form of grainy, projected flashback material. There were so many of these scenes, that clearly, the correct medium was film, so the stage version of “Mouth of the Lion” was rewritten as a rather long film. Still, the level of complexity made film impossible; there were too many details, such as Geli’s story, the machinations of the July 20th conspiracy, the relationship between Jung and Mary Bancroft, and so forth, to fit a 120 minute script. So I adapted the film version to a novel, which is where we are now. I’ve looked at back-adapting the novel to film, but it requires omitting a lot. I figured the cost at between $45 million and $60 million and have shelved the project for now. Wim Wenders says, “Don’t adapt novels,” and he’s right.

      • GP says:

        I would have thought that that such bits of information, such as Geli’s story would all be part of the therapy session, in words rather than flash-back. Leaving these scenes up to the viewer’s imagination just as it is in the book?

      • jguenther5 says:

        The general rule in fiction is “show, don’t tell.” Movies are very much a “show” medium. (There are exceptions of course, like Quint’s monologue in Jaws.) Also, the patient doesn’t want to tell Jung anything much at all, other than a little bragging, posturing, making himself look like someone he’s not. He’s an actor IRL, above all else. The flashbacks include what AH doesn’t say, wouldn’t say, and the viewer needs those key revelations. Turning them into pure dialogue would take a lot of the energy out of those scenes.

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