Book Review - Hunter: A Novel by Campbell Jefferys

Thursday, August 13, 2009

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Did the Australian government really bring known Nazi party members to Australia and protected them until their deaths? Having survived the horrors of the Eastern Front, Peter Fischer leaves post-war Germany behind and moves to Australia. 40 years later, Eric Messer is struggling to find his place at a new high school south of Perth. The two meet just before the Gulf War, sparking a strange friendship tainted by mistrust and half-truths, and complicated by a mysterious and overly friendly Austrian named Baum. Of Germany descent himself, Eric becomes fascinated by the men and the stories they tell. Are they possibly wanted Nazi war criminals?

My Thoughts: Just the idea that parts of this book could be true is stunning, it makes me want to find an Australian history book and see what I can find out. Other than that it was a bit of a flop with me, the idea is intriguing but the way it is presented is less than entertaining. The story is a bit hard to follow and the characters aren't entirely flushed out making this read seem much longer than its 262 pages.

Currently "Reading":
Magazine - finishing up the People magazine that has been in my bathroom for days
Book - almost done with How to Train a Rock

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