“Great Books You Might Have Missed This Year” – Reader’s Digest
“Once We Were Brothers tells a great story.” Chicago Tribune, Printers Row.
“This self-published debut novel, with more than 100,000 copies sold, has now been picked up by a major publisher, and it’s not hard to see why…Balson does a number of things superbly: he crafts a highly readable plotline and makes great use of the Chicago backdrop…many will enjoy this gripping novel for its narrative drive and its emotional storytelling.” Booklist: Review Ran in 9/15 Issue
“…Readers will be riveted by this novel’s central question: Will justice long delayed be denied?” —Kirkus Reviews: Review 9/15 Issue
“Ronald H. Balson’s first novel is well worth reading and it is a legal thriller — but with a twist.” – Huffington Post.
“Starred Review – Library Journal – “VERDICT A self-publishing best seller, this novel is uplifting and moving, intelligently written and featuring historically accurate context and an unusual insight into human character and motivations. Highly recommended for all readers.” Vicki Gregory, Sch. of Information, Univ. of South Florida, Tampa
“Hunting For Nazis Hidden Among Us” a feature interview in Vanity Fair Italy, January 2014.
“This is a book that you can definitely immerse yourself in.” Princeton Book Review
“Once We Were Brothers is the compelling tale of two boys struggling to survive in war-torn Poland and a young love that survives the holocaust. After sixty years two lives converge in an explosive race to redemption in an enthralling tale of love, survival, and the triumph of the human spirit.” Moment Magazine
Hadassah Magazine’s Top Ten Jewish Bestsellers. Number four.
“Highly recommended” Midwest Book Review, Choice for December 2013.
“This author his concentrates his extremely apparent skill and talent on a suspenseful and heartfelt story that will resonate long after the book is over.” Suspense Magazine.
“Once We Were Brothers is a perfect, satisfying, delightful read that should appeal to many tastes. It has history, adventure, romance, intrigue and even courtroom drama. I read much of it through tears, both happy and sad.” Jewish Exponent – Philadelphia (2nd Oldest Jewish Newspaper in US)
“This novel touches the heart of the reader because essentially it is a love story surrounded by the atrocities and miseries inflicted on the populations of the occupied territories… I believe the novel would make a great screenplay. Highly recommended.” Crimespree Magazine
“Holocaust survivors and attorneys, 1930s and ’40s Poland and contemporary Chicago combine in Once We Were Brothers, an historical novel that is also a legal thriller.” Chicago Jewish Star
“If your legal battery needs a recharge or your moral compass needs a reset, this novel is just what you need.” The Champion, periodical of the Nat’l Assn of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
“Balson has debuted with an outstanding historical piece of fiction and we hope to see more of him in the near future. Readers will not go wrong by picking up this book. Four stars.” The Record, periodical of the Chicago Bar Assn.