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In My Brother's Shadow [Kindle Edition]

Peter D Campbell
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Book Description

In My Brother’s Shadow is an absorbing and skilful story, exploring the attitudes of a younger brother who has grown up overawed by the image of his elder brother. In his attempt to break away from a monotonous middle-class lifestyle the main hero goes on pilgrimage to Bosnia and Serbia to explore the land that took his brother’s life. Events in Serbia take him to the cold and imperial beauty of St. Petersburg, Russia, where events force him to re-examine the basis of his morality, the nature of war and peace, love and hate, and violence and submission. It explores the motivations behind these and how ordinary people can be pushed to do the unthinkable. In my Brother’s Shadow explores the relationship of two brothers and how actions can be defined by their environment.

About the author:

Peter Campbell is a journalist and translator who has spent over five years living in Russia. In my Brother’s Shadow brings together his observations and experiences from living in Russia, where he personally explored and experienced the sharp contrasts of life in Russia’s post Soviet reality with all its beauty, wealth, kindness, poverty and cruelty.

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  • File Size: 1966 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Herodotus Press (August 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling story August 3, 2014
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This is an absorbing story of a man who’s grown up in the shadow of his older brother; a strong, determined man who goes missing while working for the UN Peacekeepers. For the last 10 years our main character has tried to move on, and builds a normal life. We join him as this life has begun to chaff; he is taken by a desire to visit the area his brother went missing, for travel, for excitement, to do something different.

His journey takes him to Russia where more than just his boring routine is derailed. He encounters situations that he would never have been exposed to in his previous life, brings into question his whole way of thinking. Does a middle class morality work in this, very different, environment. I wonder how any of us would react, if put into that kind of situation.

The book feels really well researched, with a lot of detail.I particularly appreciated the time the character spent in the former Yugoslavia, getting a sense for what it is like, hearing stories from the war; it was one I knew little about.

A compelling story that’s easy to read, despite some of its more difficult subject matter; it explores what motivates some of the most dramatic human actions, and what we may all be capable of.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Riveting! August 9, 2014
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This was a sensational and gripping story of a young man who grew up in the shadow of his older brother. This was a well written and highly detailed story that takes you on a journey with the main character to Serbia and Bosnia. He soon encounters some surprising situations that send him to yet another city where he reflects on the deeper meaning of things. This is an extraordinary book that is deeply moving and explores the many facets of human nature.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thriller in Russia September 1, 2014
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Eminently readable novel set in Eastern Europe & Russia. A young man bases life decisions around an older brother who was killed in the Balkan conflicts of the 90s. This leads him to study language and go on a pilgrimage to learn more about his brothers demise and to try and find some sense or worth of the sacrifices in these seemingly insensible human acts of war. Tries to grapple with questions of morality and concludes things are very situationally driven and relative. Evokes the places well and litters with literature anecdotes and thoughts on culture. I would take issue with the views on literature vs television. Recent years have shown the real strength of literature/novel like structured series like Mad Men & The Wire which I would recommend to everyone as required texts. None the less, I enjoyed the narrative drive of this thriller as things aren't what they seem, and it ramps up to finish with a bang.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Looking for Justification,,,,, September 22, 2014
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Being of Yugoslavian decent on my mother's side, I found this book interesting with the history of the area of Bosnia and Srebrenica and ultimately, Russia and following the lives of two brothers caught up in the war - the older brother going as a "Peacekeeper" and the younger brother tracing his brother's steps to find some closure.
It's all about justification and what one can be forced to do in certain situations that are totally out of your control.
Very interesting read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good, decent plot line that rolled along nicely October 1, 2014
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Well written, which is always welcome in my kind of reading. A good, decent plot line that rolled along nicely, and hinged on a surprise twist in the tale. Would make a good film, perhaps. Written in the first person; I wonder what it would be like if conveyed in a third person voice!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent read September 19, 2014
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This book was a great read. There was a huge amount of detail to make you feel as if you knew these places, but it wasn't so detailed that it read like a history book. It was very interesting and the character development was excellent. I would recommend this to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exquisitely emotional novel October 6, 2014
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For the first time in years a true example of Literature! Campbell should be forever proud of this work, a rose among dandelions. This novel should be read and taught in colleges all over the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter really knows his stuff September 24, 2014
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As I am a younger brother myself, I know how it feels to grow up in someone’s shadow. Peter has skillfully written about the feeling of growing up under someone’s shadow and I give him all the credits.

It’s a really compelling story which really should interest a good reader. The author seem to have planned the book well before writing it down, which can be seen in the almost precise details he gives about the places he mentions in his book like the Russia. The kindle version has got a few typing errors which I am sure they will correct soon. But on the whole, I would say it’s a great book to read.
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More About the Author

Peter Campbell is a journalist and translator specialising in Russia. He was born in Australia in 1983, and grew up in New Zealand. On graduating university he received a scholarship to study in Russia, where he lived for five years.

With five publications currently available on Amazon Kindle, Peter's work has made it into the top five on Amazon's bestseller lists for Literary Mystery, Thriller and Suspense, Psychological Fiction, and Humour.

The novel "In My Brother's Shadow" is based on his experiences in Russia. Over the last ten years Peter has worked as a translator, editor, journalist and PR consultant.

Peter's interests include history, psychology, literature and language. He enjoys travelling and does his best to live parallel lives in New Zealand and Europe. The author is a keen fencer and sailor.

An eclectic writer Peter has written in a number of genres including drama, thriller and humour. The following works are currently available:

> In My Brother's Shadow
> Purrfect Tales

Translations include:

> The Shot, by Alexander Pushkin
> The Blizzard, by Alexander Pushkin

Detective stories:

> The Prostitute and the Beggar

Readers can look forward to the publication in the near future of a new novel, another detective story and a book on language acquisition which brings together 14 years experience learning, teaching and using foreign languages.

For more information, visit his website

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