Children of War

Children of War

Book - 2014
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Bruno, chef de police in the French town of St Denis, is already busy with a case when the body of an undercover French Muslim cop is found in the woods, a man who called Bruno for help only hours before. But Bruno's sometime boss and rival, the Brigadier, doesn't see this investigation as a priority - there are bigger issues at stake. Bruno has other ideas. Meanwhile, a Muslim youth named Sami turns up at a French army base in Afghanistan hoping to get home to St Denis. One of Bruno's old army comrades helps to smuggle Sami back to France, but the FBI aren't far behind. Then an American woman appears in St Denis with a warrant for Sami's extradition. Bruno must unravel these multiple mysteries, amidst pressure from his bosses, and find his own way to protect his town and its people.
Publisher: London : 2014. Quercus,
ISBN: 9781848664029
Branch Call Number: AF WALK

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Nov 16, 2018

My earlier experiences with Martin Walker's novels were soft and almost sweet: Bruno, the village cop didn't even carry a gun unless he was expecting real trouble. He never expected real trouble in St. Denis. This time around Martin's Bruno must contend with more than a squabble between villagers. This time he's up against Islamist terrorists who don't play nice. This time, not only is there gun-play but there are even RPGs. You can see author Martin has turned up the shoot-em-up heat considerably.
None the less, Walker's writing is as crisp as we've come to expect. There's a romance-story angle that, as usual, is awkwardly fumbled (the romance, not the story, that is). And for sure there's the mandatory cooking class; a virtual staple of Martin's Bruno novels. One of these days I'm going to try one of his recipes: Bruno makes the cooking seem all so simple.
All in all, as we've come to expect, Walker has crafted another engaging novel featuring engaging characters and set engagingly, again, the engaging backdrop of an engaging part of France. Engaging. Bien sur.

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Smitty
Sep 25, 2018

Another gripping tale of Bruno, with more than a touch of terrorism thrown in. I continue to enjoy his cooking descriptions, woven into the plot seamlessly.

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terryt
Sep 20, 2017

Note the alternative title above as this same book is also on the shelves as "Children Return"

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Dub
Jun 08, 2015

This book and series are thoroughly satisfying reads. It is obvious that Martin Walker loves the Dordogne and the people that live there...their history, their culture, their lives. He has taken the time to research issues that are important to those who live in the Dordogne region of southern south-central France and I can tell from having personally visited the area of which he writes...he has nailed it.

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randalljay
May 25, 2015

This is one of Bruno's best. An interesting and very contemporary case and the usual great characters. I recommend that you read this series from the start as there is much character development over the series.

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