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The Broken Men - An Action Thriller [Kindle Edition]

C Marten-Zerf
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Highly Recommended - Buy it NOW!

Brutal and Uncompromising - says New York Times BEST SELLER Michael Marshall

“Leon ran into the corridor, more bullets crackled past, so close that he could smell Death’s fetid breath upon him. But he felt no fear. For he was charmed beyond others and had danced with the Reaper many times before.”

Can one man bring an end to three generations of war by sacrificing himself and everything that is precious to him?
An honest and brutal depiction of the South African Apartheid war and how it strode across the boundaries of Europe, Africa and America, tearing apart the hearts and minds of all who were involved in it.

˃˃˃ New York Times Best Seller, Michael Marshal says...

Brutal and Uncompromising with unforgettable characters and real emotional punch -

BROKEN MEN raises the bar on how good intelligent action thrillers can be."

˃˃˃ The Review, London says...

Tragic, Blood curdling and Extraordinary, Marten-Zerf has been there and it shows. His urgent choppy dialect and evocative language brings the story to life in the way that very few other authors can. For fans of action thrillers everywhere.

˃˃˃ Award winning author...

Voted "Best Read" by Radio London's BBC 4

Winner of the Golgonooza Gold medal

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1868 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Small Dog Publishing; 1 edition (January 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DD6B7IC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,330 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping July 11, 2013
By Afraic
Format:Kindle Edition
Unputdownable. Gripping. Deep and insightful. This is not your usual run of the mill thriller. Although the action starts on the first page and doesn't stop until the very last page this novel, is about so much more than simply violence and destruction. It is also a very human story. We are shown first hand the effects of war on friendships and how the system of apartheid in South Africa destroyed the very heart of the people and the country. However - this book can also be read on a more surface level as a straight bang-up action adventure. Marten-Zerf keeps us on the very edge of our seats as the story goes from the war in Africa to a final vicious confrontation in England that results in an ending that will leave you breathless. This book totally deserves the full 5 stars and I look forward to reading his next one.

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think you know South Africa? June 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
An unrelenting page turner, this book will grip your heart and fill your head long after you've finished it. Complex relationships, gritty realism, detailed history that many of us will have had no idea about. Media interpretations of the country that has been faced with conflict and violence show a very one sided, simplistic version of SA. It is harsher, more cruel than this media presentation. With characters that you feel you knew, here, in well written prose, you will have a front row seat. Uncompromising in its truth, often gruesomely violent, this is definitely a must read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and worth reading. September 28, 2013
By Les
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You may note that there are numerous 5 star reviews for this book and that they are descriptive and pretty convincing. You may also note that many of the reviewers have written very few reviews, thus raising some doubts regarding the value of those reviews. As someone who doesn't know the author and has previously offered quite a few reviews for consideration, I submit that those reviews, regardless of source or motivation, were pretty much on target. I personally found this book to be a well written action novel that grabbed me and held my interest. The racial and moralistic issues that provide the framework for this story provide plenty of food for thought. My rating is probably conservative--the 5 star reviews are not unreasonable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sobering, saddening, real, and very human June 3, 2014
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Mr. Martin-Zerf was a serious participant in the events of which he writes. The inner struggles of his main character have the ring of truth, and I suspect more than a bit of autobiography in them. Colonialism is another of the evil "isms" that have plagued humanity through the ages, and South Africa is a primary example of that. It had been a while since I had read any book, fiction or non-fiction, centered on South Africa, the horrors of apartheid, and the brutality of the struggle that ultimately ended it, at least as a matter of law. This is a difficult book to read in many ways, but I think an essential one for we in the West to whom Africa in general is a problem we either ignore or wish would just go away. It is also an extremely exciting novel putting everything else aside; the author knows how to tell a story, and that is his main focus. The issues he implicitly addresses simply come through as they are essential to the tale.

As an aside, for a superb non-fiction history of apartheid told through the eyes of a major Boer family member clearly viewed as a traitor by his people, I strongly recommend, despite its age, "White Tribe Dreaming." by Marq de Villiers, an exploration of how apartheid developed through 8 generations of an Afrikaner family. It is a great complement to "The Broken Men."

Please read "The Broken Men." It has my highest recommendation. We human beings simply MUST learn to value, or at least to understand one another, regardless, or indeed because of, our different races, ethnicities, cultures and belief systems. We will live together or we will die separately, as we are again doing across the world, to my great sorrow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an incredible journey January 29, 2014
By Jerry
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This story is a bit raw and uncut at times, but just enough to get a taste of the real heart of South Africa. I can easily appreciate the rising strength of the characters. I was mesmerized by their overall fight and courage. I can see why this series is such a success, especially after the passing of Nelson Mendela. I'm in absolute awe of how they dealt with their harsh circumstances, and am looking forward to more Marten-Zerf books in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a man's world. November 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Great novel, shows the true behavior of men in battle, both the good and bad. Small warfare but intense. Good comradeship between the men who risks thier lives with and for each other, bad in that in war innocents suffer, getting killed, wounded, raped, etc.
Set in South Africa with local flavors and phrases it shows the manly virtues of courage, loyalty, and friendship. The author draws real persons with real dialoge and mannerisms so that the story is alive and makes one feel that they are in the club of Broken Men.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intelligent Thriller Great Read November 23, 2013
By Sophie
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I have to say what drew me to this book was the fact that it was a story set to the back drop of one of the most torn apart countries in the world, South Africa has had such a history of troubles, that much of it did not come to light until after apartheid had died.
C. Martin-Zerfs book is best described as an intelligent thriller and one that you will find it very hard to put down, often brutal but extremely well written, giving us probably a little more insight in to what really went on in South Africa during that time.

The fact that best selling author Michael Marshal puts his stamp of approval on this should be reason enough to give it a try, but in all honesty if you love gritty thrillers that offer a bit more, then I highly recommend this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great action thriller.
I love this author. He writes with authenticity about one of the ugliest periods of western civilization. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Harry Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Life of a Heroic African Soldier
One if the best books I have read in a long time. The books takes you from the depths of Africa where childhood innocence is taken away to the cruel evil world of paid killers... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alexandra Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent. A good read.
Published 2 months ago by Terry Merced
5.0 out of 5 stars "OUTSTANDING STORY" SOUNDSTRUE
Very few technical errors. Does not sugar coat or cover up the way things were. Does not tie in chronologically with other books using same characters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by William Cody Lee Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all
Men on the wrong side of history fighting the wrong war for the wrong reasons a chronicle of self destruction ,destined for a life of anger and bitterness
Published 4 months ago by William L. Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Violence
A historical piece of violence of South Africa. A world that we in the USA are ignorant of. A very good but sad story. Enough to be true.
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This is a very good book. Characters are well developed. Great story with many historically accurate places and a look at Birth of South African nation from several viewpoints. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Randel C. Scroggins
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
Would recommend this book to those who like stories set in South Africa.

Loved the writing so much I also read the authors other writings.

Recommend
Published 6 months ago by Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars An Edge of Your Seat Kind of Ride
The Broken Men had me turning each page relentlessly. This thrill of a read was filled with heartrending and powerful prose, and characters who make you feel something. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Daryl Rockson
5.0 out of 5 stars Descriptive and provocative
This novel brings the story alive in an almost unbearably realistic way. We feel the pain; we rejoice at the victories, we cry at the ineffable sadness of the whole thing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Danielle Benji
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