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  1. The Brave: A Novel
    The Brave: A Novel
    The Brave: A Novel
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  2. The Brave: A Novel

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    Price R288.00

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In the 1960s, Tommy Bedford has the magnificent luck of escaping boarding school and moving to Hollywood to live with his older sister, rising ingénue Diane Reed, and her beau, suave cowboy actor Ray Montane. For a time, life is full and glamorous. But Hollywood has a darker side, and one day a shocking and deadly confrontation forces Diane and Tommy to flee.

Decades later, Tom Bedford has retreated into the isolated wilds of Montana. His biggest secret has corroded his life and ruined his marriage. Only when Danny, Tom's estranged son, is charged with murder while serving in Iraq is Tom finally forced to reckon with his demons. As he fights to save the son he has let slip away, Tom must confront the violence in his own past-and learn the true meaning of bravery.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Our first view of Tommy Bedford is when a sympathetic prison guard is escorting him, at age thirteen, to see his mother, before she's executed after being found guilty of murder.

The actual story begins in 1959, when Tom is eight-years-old. He lives in England, in a world where his heroes are the cowboy stars of Western TV shows. He owns a photo of Flint McCullough, star of Wagon Train, which Tom cherishes.

Tom is a meek boy who is attempting to cope with a nighttime bed wetting problem. His parents are understanding and sympathetic but they are much older than the parents of his friends.

He's sent to Ashlawn Prep, boarding school, to toughen him up. The school, an imposing, Gothic mansion had been a mental hospital and is a cold, frightening facility for this little boy. There is similarity to Tom Brown in the novel by Thomas Hughes, which took place at an English boarding school in the 1830s.

Tom's bed wetting is discovered by other... Read more
I LOVED this book. One of my favorite books of all time is THE HORSE WHISPERER and this book comes close to topping that. THE BRAVE has all the elements of a top-notch bestseller. It moves along briskly and changes time and place frequently, enough to keep the reader moving along and never getting bored. Evans' attention to detail is meticulous, especially all the references to 1960's Hollywood. I found myself rapt in all the people and places he referenced. I could almost feel like I was a part of that era in Hollywood history while I was reading.

The characters were all interesting, especially Tom, the star of the book. I also found his mother to be a unique, if tragic figure. The character of TV-western fame Ray Montane was a bit of an enigma to me. He seemed to have good intentions but we all know what the road to Hell is paved with. All the characters play pivotal roles in the events that lead to a shocking conclusion.

I can not recommend this book highly... Read more
Nicholas Evans, best known for his bestselling "The Horse Whisperer," has a gift of creating believable characters and developing them over the course of a novel. He gives his prose and settings a masculine feel, while keeping the themes more feminine-friendly, focused on family and love and jilted relationships. It's a formula that's worked, though it was beginning to feel like, well . . . a formula.

In this latest effort, Evans varies his themes and structure, giving us his most ambitious work yet. It's aptly titled, since his approach is brave in its attempt to go into new territory on new trails. We start off with young Tommy as he deals with childhood, bed-wetting, and bullying at an English boarding school. I was thankful for this different direction, and found myself caught up in young Tommy's struggles. The prologue, though, clued me in to drama and violence to come. Sure enough, the story takes some turns within a few chapters, and less than a hundred pages in... Read more
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