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The Broken Men - A Dark Thriller by [Marten-Zerf, C]
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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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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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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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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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Not my normal cup of tea, but surprisingly engaging! A military spree that actually had me caring about the characters, their world, and the origins of their wold view(s). While enjoying myself with the author's well drawn characters, superb timing, and masterful choice of detail, I also learned a great deal about South Africa and the macho nations of war. Really fantastic. As soon as I get back on my good old solid ground, I'm going in for a reading of his next book. Different and decidedly worth it!
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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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This book was extremely violent. I did read it from cover to cover and will admit to it being exciting. I though it was very technical as to weapons and since I don't know anything about weapons that part did not mean a lot to me. I enjoyed the story and I will recommend.
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I really enjoyed this book although it seemed to me to have been written by two different people. I suspect what happened is that the published author wrote the bare bones to the story, and the editor "fleshed" out the rest of the story using too much "intellectual" writing. I don't know what I mean exactly, but it seemed to have two different styles. One for action ( which was great), and one for descriptions (which was a little tedious). Ghost writing perhaps?
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