The Brave

The Brave

A Novel

Large Print - 2010
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There's little love in eight-year-old Tom Bedford's life. His parents are old and remote and the boarding school they've sent him to bristles with bullies and sadistic staff. The only comfort he gets is from his fantasy world of Cowboys and Indians. But when his sister Diane, a rising star of stage and screen, falls in love with one of his idols, the suave TV cowboy Ray Montane, Tom's life is transformed. They move to Hollywood and all his dreams seem to have come true. Soon, however, the sinister side of Tinseltown casts its shadow and a shocking act of violence changes their lives forever.

What happened all those years ago remains a secret that corrodes Tom's life and wrecks his marriage. Only when his estranged son, a US Marine, is charged with murder do the events resurface, forcing him to confront his demons. As he struggles to save his son's life, he will learn the true meaning of bravery.

Powerfully written and intensely moving, The Brave traces the legacy of violence behind the myth of the American West and explores our quest for love and identity, the fallibility of heroes and the devastating effects of family secrets.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2010
Edition: Large print ed., 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780316053853
0316053856
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Evans 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 498 p

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daboyd40
Dec 01, 2015

A good racey story

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linmar
Dec 27, 2012

After reading the Horse Whisperer, which I loved, I have since read just about every other book by Nicholas Evans. This book was a disappointment to me. I found the results of the big dark tragedy which occurred in Thomas' youth to be unbelievable. Also I found the ending weak. I don't want to spoil the story for others but this book was not of the same caliber as Mr. Evans's previous novels.

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21221018293347
Dec 01, 2012

For those of you who have read other books by this author you will be disappointed. The story line could have been a good one but three quarters of the way through the book still nothing had happened. Boring, uninvolved characters, hints of things to come that never developed. I gave up. Read his earlier books. Not worth the rental.

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jwenkel
Mar 22, 2012

Wonderful book. I love how evans writes about relationships

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varaidzo89
Dec 29, 2011

i only read this book because it was a gift but i would not allow anyone else to read this book. It is very disturbing, the horrific details in this book will live u haunted.

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sue345678
Nov 02, 2010

Disturbing story.

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varaidzo89
Dec 29, 2011

varaidzo89 thinks this title is suitable for 19 years and over

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sue345678
Nov 02, 2010

sue345678 thinks this title is suitable for 21 years and over

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varaidzo89
Dec 29, 2011

There’s little love in eight-year-old Tom Bedford’s life. His parents are old and remote and the boarding school they’ve sent him to bristles with bullies and sadistic staff. The only comfort he gets is from his fantasy world of Cowboys and Indians. But when his sister Diane, a rising star of stage and screen, falls in love with one of his idols, the suave TV cowboy Ray Montane, Tom’s life is transformed. They move to Hollywood and all his dreams seem to have come true. Soon, however, the sinister side of Tinseltown casts its shadow and a shocking act of violence changes their lives forever.
What happened all those years ago remains a secret that corrodes Tom’s life and wrecks his marriage. Only when his estranged son, a US Marine, is charged with murder do the events resurface, forcing him to confront his demons. As he struggles to save his son’s life, he will learn the true meaning of bravery.

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santiano9
Aug 07, 2011

- Cannot remember why I requested this book. Read a bit about a boy fascinated by Westerns in a cruel boarding school. Didn’t read much of it.

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varaidzo89
Dec 29, 2011

Sexual Content: inappropriate sexual encounters with children

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varaidzo89
Dec 29, 2011

Violence: children bullying

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