Overview

Bestselling author William F. Buckley, Jr., offers a terrific new novel—in the gloriously gripping tradition of Howard Fast, Irwin Shaw, and Jeffery Archer—of men and women caught between the force of history and the power of their own desires.

Italy, 1944. Pfc. Danny O'Hara and Pfc. Henry Chafee are part of a regiment ordered to attack a German unit north of Rome. But at the critical moment, one young man's courage fails him. Court-martial ...
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Brothers No More

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Overview

Bestselling author William F. Buckley, Jr., offers a terrific new novel—in the gloriously gripping tradition of Howard Fast, Irwin Shaw, and Jeffery Archer—of men and women caught between the force of history and the power of their own desires.

Italy, 1944. Pfc. Danny O'Hara and Pfc. Henry Chafee are part of a regiment ordered to attack a German unit north of Rome. But at the critical moment, one young man's courage fails him. Court-martial and shame are averted only by the other's apparently valiant effort to cover for him. A complex lifelong bond is thus forged between two men who seem an unlikely match. Henry is the son of a widowed librarian, quiet, studious, devoted to his sister, Caroline. Danny is gregarious, charming, aglow with the glamour of wealth and privilege. He is also the President's grandson. Brothers No More is the sweeping story of the lives and times of these two men—one searching to redeem his courage and resolve, the other undone by his own ambition and greed—both spellbound by the devout and beautiful Caroline. From the European theater of World War II to the deadly jungles of Vietnam, from the verdant lawns of Yale to the glittering casinos of the French Riviera, from the intimate warmth of a suburban home to the most rarefied corridors of corporate power, Brothers No More spans continents and decades to touch on some of the most significant events in modern history.

With the masterful storytelling power, sophisticated wit, and deft blend of fact and fiction that have won William F. Buckley, Jr., legions of devoted readers around the world, Brothers No More is an unforgettable novel of honor, betrayal, and faith.

The celebrated columnist and lecturer offers a new novel--in the gloriously gripping tradition of Howard Fast, Irwin Shaw, and Jeffrey Archer--of men and women caught between the force of history and the power of their own desires. Brothers No More tells the sweeping story of the lives and times of two men--one searching to redeem his courage and resolve, the other undone by his own ambition and greed.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Danny O'Hara is exuberant, generous, ambitious-and the grandson of the recently deceased Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Henry Chafee is quiet and deliberate, from a pleasant but undistinguished family. The two, former roommates at Yale, are sharing a foxhole on the Arno line in WWII when Henry turns coward and Danny saves his life. So begins this latest novel from Buckley (A Very Private Plot), who won the American Book Award for Stained Glass (1978) but is unlikely to duplicate that feat with this predictable, if glitzy, offering. Long flashbacks fill in the past up to the Arno incident; through these and subsequent passages, it becomes clear that Danny will manipulate people and events whenever he can turn them to his advantage. In adulthood, this blueblood becomes a crooked hotelier and worse, while Henry makes his mark as a journalist, especially during the Vietnam War. Eventually, Henry gets the goods on Danny and must make a difficult decision. Numerous cameos by the real-life rich and powerful enliven the proceedings (Georges Simenon plays a vital role); underneath all the provocative names and places, however, this is just a potboiler, deftly stirred but no match for Buckley's best. Major ad/promo; author tour. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Buckley's newest gripper begins in World War II, when a young man covers for a friend whose courage failed him at the last moment, and ends in acrimony years later.
Gilbert Taylor
Departing from the Blackford Oakes espionage series, Buckley introduces his following to a buddy theme. Supposedly, Danny O'Hara and Henry Chaffee are locked together for life by a shameful secret: Henry's cowardice in the face of German fire. But aside from some barbed conversational allusions over the ensuing two decades, the episode exerts minimal force on the pair. Instead their fates derive from the charming Danny boy's fleshy hedonism and greed. Motivated by those two beliefs, he commits the deadly sins that bring him down, while Henry leads a largely staid life as a rising reporter who makes his career covering Vietnam. Danny runs a hotel chain, in whose till he is in up to his elbows; when discovered, thief and victim conceal the scandal. Unluckily for the cover-uppers, a tenacious researcher digs out the dirt, and Danny's solution, murder, catches up with him on the Riviera. En route, he encounters--deus ex machina!--old army pal Henry, traveling to interview Georges Simenon, the French mystery writer. Henry realizes that one Simenon story was inspired by a crime issuing from his and Danny's long-ago battering of a blackmailer, only Danny had never confided to going beyond bludgeoning. Confronted with the facts, Henry forces Danny to take the military way out (bottle and revolver), a tidy closing for companionable Buckley fans. But due to assorted handicaps, like passages on Danny's marriage that develop little beyond Danny's caddish character, this novel is not likely to induce non-B boosters to augment the club.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307803207
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/2/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 294
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

William F. Buckley Jr. is the founder of National Review and was the host of what was television's longest-running program, Firing Line. He was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The author of thirteen other novels, including Spytime and Nuremberg: The Reckoning, he lives in Connecticut.

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