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My Brother Michael (Mary Stewart Modern Classic)

My Brother Michael (Mary Stewart Modern Classic) [Kindle Edition]

Mary Stewart
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The contemporary thriller at its very best . . . for sheer entertainment MY BROTHER MICHAEL is going to take a lot of beating. (Guardian)

Mary Stewart is magic (New York Times)

Book Description

Suspense and fear surround the mysterious temple of Delphi

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 415 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0380820757
  • Publisher: Hodder (26 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WJRUE4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mary Stewart, one of our most popular novelists, was born in Sunderland, County Durham and lives in the West Highlands. Her first novel, MADAM, WILL YOU TALK? was published in 1955 and marked the beginning of a long and acclaimed writing career. All her novels have been bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic. Her book for younger readers, THE LITTLE BROOMSTICK, LUDO AND THE STAR HORSE, and A WALK IN WOLF WOOD, quickly met with the success of her other novels. In 1971 she was awarded the International PEN Association's Frederick Niven Prize for THE CRYSTAL CAVE, and in 1974 the Scottish Arts Council Award for LUDO AND THE STAR HORSE.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Best 27 May 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of Mary Stewart since discovering her when I was 16 (many years ago.) Of her romantic thrillers, this has always been my favourite. Her physical descriptions of Delphi and the surrounding areas take you there, her grasp of the horrors of WW2 and the ensuing Greek Civil War gave me my first interest in that terrible period.

A great book which entertains (and educates without you even realising it!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars for Greece lovers 23 July 2004
By A Customer
From the start to the end of this book , the sun beats down on you as you move with the heroine through the Greek countryside,tension building up in you as well as her. That's Mary Stewart's writing for you.Feisty heroines, excitement murder and usually brave but ordinary heroes, all in vividly drawn locations.Everything comes to life. Read this and then search out her other books. You won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Nothing ever happens to me..." 3 Aug 2009
By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As Camilla Haven sits in a cafe in Athens and writes those very words in a letter to her sister, she has no idea the twists and turns her life is soon going to take. A strange man comes and gives her the keys to a rental car, telling her she must take it to Monsieur Simon in Delphi right away - a matter of life and death. Since she had wanted to go to Delphi and no one comes to claim the car Camilla decides on a lark to take the car and go and she soon finds herself mixed up in a mystery involving Simon Lester. Simon has come to visit the scene where his brother was murdered during WWII, and to discover the secret behind his death that has laid buried under the rubble of an earthquake.

And that is all I'm going to tell you. In true Stewart fashion, Camilla and Simon's story take many twists and turns along with the prerequisite nail biting life and death conclusion. While plot wise I didn't enjoy this quite as much as The Moon Spinners (things got a bit slow in the middle), I very much enjoyed Stewarts magical descriptions of the Greek countryside, and most especially the ruins at Delphi. Wow, just wow, I was all over the net looking for pictures and seriously considered booking a trip to see for myself. Nobody but nobody in this genre does it better, it's like being there.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The problem with historical novels 22 July 2014
**Contains a spoiler** (not very significant)

Like many others, I discovered Mary Stewart as a teenager, when the combination of romance, adventure and reasonably good quality writing had a lot of appeal. A number of her novels have a strong sense of place and this is particularly true of My Brother Michael, with its wonderful setting of Arachova and Delphi up on Parnassus. Even more poignant if you have visited the area.

As an adult one might look for more in literature, in terms of complexity of character, theme and plot, but I have never forgotten the pleasure Stewart's books gave me when I was young.

Simon has come back to Greece to find out what happened to his brother Michael, who was a British Liaison Officer during World War II, and had been sheltered by a Greek family in Arachova, near Delphi. When he was betrayed, the Germans killed the son of the Greek family as a reprisal, but Michael himself was murdered by Angelo, a member of ELAS, Greece's principal resistance movement. Angelo apparently modelled himself on the 'sadist' Ares, initiator and leader of ELAS.

The problem with this particular novel is that the historical setting plays a major part but it is completely lacking in historical veracity. While there were British soldiers being hidden in Greek homes when left behind after the Battles of Greece and Crete, the British Liaison Officers (who arrived later) were safely located with the resistance forces, well away from occupied towns like Arachova. Much more serious, however, is the picture given of the main guerrilla organisation ELAS, and its leader Ares. In towns and villages throughout central Greece, such as Arachova, 80-100% of inhabitants supported ELAS.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delphic 16 Sep 2013
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This was my first Mary Stewart, and I must say I did enjoy it. We're in a sort of female Eric Ambler world, here, without the politics: Europe in the 1950s, with the War looming large in the collective memory; this plot, though, is wholly personal.

Told from the point of view of the accidental heroine, the story gets off to a rather tediously drawn-out start (perhaps it's just old fashioned, this idea that driving a car is such a big deal!), but soon gathers a pretty good momentum, picking up some nicely unpleasant characters on the way. I loved the whole mental landscape: pure young James Mason as directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Greece in general, and Delphi in particular, are rendered beautifully, and credibly. Apollo, too, makes a welcome appearance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, but not her best 11 Dec 2012
By Kim
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I love Mary Stewart, and have been re-reading all my old favourites as e books. My Brother Michael was the only one which left me feeling slightly disappointed. The descriptive passages are superb, and evocative, the hero appropriately heroic and sexy, and the villain unspeakably evil and frightening. So what's missing? Perhaps it's just that Camilla, our heroine, is such a limp rag. And a rotten driver. And I found her epiphany (or at least, Simon's epiphany on her behalf, as she can't quite manage her own) deeply irritating.

Still, it's a totally gripping tale, with a very satisfying ending, Just how a Mary Stewart romantic thriller should be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Long-time favourite; really well-developed characters and interesting situations
Published 2 days ago by SusieQ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read if a bit dated
Published 4 days ago by Patricia Hughes MBE
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Published 1 month ago by J A Frost
5.0 out of 5 stars makes me want to go
I love Mary Stewart's books In general and this one makes me want to do the classical tour of Greee
Published 1 month ago by Celia E. Shires
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Love Mary Stewart's books, especially her modern classic selection. This book continues the excellent series so far. I have a number of her modern classic books.
Published 4 months ago by Helen McWilliams
5.0 out of 5 stars As good now as it was when it first came out.
Have read all Mary's books years ago, and re-read them from time to time. This is a well written book, fast paced, with a great ending which I had forgotten!
Published 8 months ago by sunnisider
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting
I read this book years ago and decided to buy a copy to re-read it. I was not disappointed. Stewart is a wonderful writer with a rare gift for story telling. A charming romance.
Published 10 months ago by Mj Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars A great story well told.
Story good and kept me guessing the truth right to the end. One of the author's longer stories and hard to put down.
Published 11 months ago by Robert, Cleethorpes
5.0 out of 5 stars My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart
I love this book, having visited Delphi in Greece a few times, usually driving there I can picture every step of the way and sympathise with the heroine, who is perhaps a little... Read more
Published 15 months ago by mymou
5.0 out of 5 stars Novel itself
Love all Mary Stewart's novels. Plots good, well researched locations, intrigue, romance and thriller combined.
Her North Country The Ivy Tree the best in my view.
Published 16 months ago by jennifer
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