The Children Return

The Children Return

Book - 2015
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"When an undercover agent tracking domestic jihadists is found murdered, it's troubling enough for Bruno's beloved village. But when this is followed by the return of Sami, a local autistic youth thought lost to Islamic extremism, provincial St. Denis suddenly becomes a front line in the global war on terror"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9780385354158
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wal
Description: 319 pages : map ; 22 cm


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Mar 16, 2019

Where do I even begin... well, I don’t recommend this book. I read it for a Monday book club I was expecting to join, but didn’t end up showing because this book was so boring that I couldn’t get it done on time (though I was relieved to find many members of the club felt the same way). Still, though I didn’t go to the meeting, I was determined to finish it. I kept putting this book down. I even set timers to force myself to sit and read this book for a period of time before allowing myself to do something else. To note: I had not read any of the previous books in this series. Now, my thoughts: I didn’t like the eventual (promiscuous) introduction of our leading lady, Nancy, and how her background still remained up in the air by the end. I also didn’t like how it ended for Momu, Dillah, and Sami. I thought too many characters were introduced in detail without it being useful to the story or adding to it - specifically, all the characters from St.Denis who weren’t at all part of the plot. Also, I felt as though some French words were better left in English so the reader didn’t have to google the meaning - for example, the “Mairie”. I did, however, find learning about Jihadists and France, and the history and politics around that to be interesting. I did also like the foods and landscape descriptiveness. It was also satisfying how things ended with Deutz. Still, overall this is not a book I would recommend. I will not be reading the other books in the series.

Sep 20, 2017

Note there is an alternative title as this same book is also on the shelves as "Children of War"

Mar 22, 2017

I'm a fan of this type of writing. Bruno is a detective character I warm too, such a shame he meets with so much violence in his day to day life in a tiny French town. Like other readers, I particularly like the descriptions of food, eating, wine, locals people and the landscape. I'm reading this for the 2nd time, only because this is an American edition hardback and I didn't realise I had read it before. Lovely lovely hardback book with such taken in the production and design of the book - you can't feel the pages of an e-book

Nov 05, 2016

The seventh book in the Bruno, Chief of Police Investigation series

Jan 08, 2016

I picked this from the shelves with little expectation. Once home I was pleasantly surprised by this well rounded book's character development and the story unfolded under the artist's hand

Sep 05, 2015

This is another great story for Bruno fans. The blend of intrigue, romance, food, and wine in rural southwest France makes for enjoyable escape from the routine of midwestern America.

Jun 30, 2015

Bruno as James Bond is getting a bit tiresome, it would be nice if Mr. Walker returned to the original premise.

May 15, 2015

please do spell check on cheif

Dec 13, 2014

Another great entry in the BRUNO, CHIEF OF POLICE series -- though certainly much darker and lighter on local color than the first entries in the series. Ends on a most curious note that makes me look forward to the next book!


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