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The Broken Men - Gripping Action Thriller Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1863 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Small Dog Publishing; 1 edition (January 20, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DD6B7IC
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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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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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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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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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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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This book goes above and beyond what I expected. Looking for a fast action thriller I ended up getting so much more. Make no mistake, this book is full of both thrills and action but there is also an underlying sadness as well as an uncomfortable truth. You cannot read this book and have any misconceptions about there being any glory in war. It exposes the true black soul of mortal combat and leaves one hating war in all of its many guises. But there are also many uplifting moments and one is left with a feeling of guarded optimism at the end.
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