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Children of War: A Bruno Courrèges Investigation Paperback – 5 Jun 2014

4.6 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848664028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848664029
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 594,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Martin Walker is a prize-winning journalist and the author of several acclaimed works of non-fiction, including The Cold War: A History. He lives in the Dordogne and Washington, DC.


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A topical and quite credible story of a young autistic man who has been enviegled in helping Islamic fundamentalists and then escaped with deadly consequences when he returns home to St Denis. In the background is a story based on fact of the hiding of Jewish children in remote farms in France during WW2. There is also a nice reference to a recent scandal involving sexual abuse by a highly placed French official.
Yes, it's unlikely that a small town in the Dordogne has quite as much deadly crime as St Denis, but they are good stories. Bruno is a very sympathetic character (though I do wish he would get his love life sorted out), and other characters are interesting and well drawn. The people and places ring true from the time I spent in the neighbouring department of Charente.
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By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 Aug. 2014
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Martin Walker's Bruno series goes from strength to strength and this one involves the chief of police getting involved with muslim fundamentalists whilst trying to sort out his increasingly tangled love life. I like the way that Walker manages to mix the homely day to day life of a small town Dordogne cop - including recipes - with some very up to date social concerns. Some of the action does need to be taken with a pinch of salt as some of it is too good to be true but nevertheless as a quick, satisfying thriller for the holidays, this is just about perfect
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As usual I love the combination of the homely perspective as Bruno polices his community, cooks for his friends and takes care of his animals, with the international plane where his becomes involved in epic struggles of world significance. This is a winning formula, as seen in many writers fro Tolkein to J. K. Rowling. It speaks to the realities of the human condition and means we are both moved and excited. As usual this is well-researched but the historical and political knowledge is totally integrated into the story. The setting in the Perigord is so atmopspheric we feel we are there and are sorry to leave. The characters are likeable and reasonably well-drawn and the recipes are delicious. There is a wide of contexts. As always the Resistance to Nazism, but new aspects such as the Jewish scouts and Protestant church's role. The complexities and challenges of Islam. The abuse of power in various forms including rape and its cover-up. I have a couple of niggles. One is that there are so many plot threads here that some things get forgotten, from Bruno's chickens on the homely level to a serious danger of virulent infection on the grander scale: it simply gets lost. Another is that Bruno longs for a wife and children but instead the author saddles him with yet another dead-end relationship with a woman out of his league, this time an American perhaps to keep US readers happy (sigh!). But overall this was a deeply satisfying read.
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Possibly my least favourite Bruno yarn. Nevertheless, it is still a diverting read and newcomers to Bruno will probably be enchanted. However, those more familiar with the format might be disappointed and feel that the "Bruno project is running out of steam.
The implausibility of the storyline is compensated for by attention given to the details of milieu Perigord. One is amused by the characters and empathises with the hero. The goodies win and the baddies get theirs There is a hint if controversy and tragedy but not enough to spoil the feel good factor. One to read on the plane .
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Not his best book I felt, too many things happen that can only happen in books and not in reality. I do like my reads to resemble life as near as possible. I dont know why it is but many authors write a small section in a book that would be almost impossible to happen in life, but unfortunately, this book is full of them. Disappointing!
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I had stopped reading this series which had started out so well - as it had become rather tired and repetitive. One day needing a new book to read and with little time for choice I downloaded Children of War. A good choice. Martin Walker has perhaps got his enthusiasm back, because here again was a book with a decent plot, indeed plots plural. Yes all the same characters are there and yes we have the slightly whimsical view of the French countryside - and Bruno who does rather seem to good to be true. And yet once again it is all a complete delight from start to finish.
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This is the same book as "The Children Return" which is very annoying - I recall Donna Lyon's Publishers doing exactly the same thing.
BOOK: Possibly the most complex of the Bruno novels to-date, and somehow (consequently?) less charming. Nevertheless, locations (less so) food (more so) and characters all behave as you would hope.. Overall an excellent read.
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If you have not read any other Martin Walker book, you are so lucky...because once you read this you will buy the whole series, personally I would buy the first one now too - read it - then buy them all .....a wonderful writer with a gentle style that turns into intrigue in a small town in France.....you will not be disappointed..
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