The Brave: A Novel

The Brave: A Novel

by Nicholas Evans
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The Brave: A Novel by Nicholas Evans

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316125635
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 140,085
File size: 850 KB

About the Author

Nicholas Evans studied law at Oxford University after serving in Africa with Voluntary Service Overseas. He then worked as a newspaper reporter, TV producer and screenwriter before writing four bestselling novels. His first book, The Horse Whisperer was made into a movie directed by Robert Redford. He lives in Devon with his wife, singer/songwriter Charlotte Gordon Cumming. Her album of songs, inspired by The Brave, can be heard at www.thebravesongs.com.

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The Brave: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up and could not put it down, I will not say that every part was amazing, but the mystery to it made me just want to keep on reading. I think it was very well written, interesting, and (as said before keeps a person interested). He does a great job describing the scenery that you get a clear mental picture of what the place and people look like. I completely recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a pile of refuse. There have been few books over the years where I have struggled to finish, this one tops my list. Simply no direction, no destination and absolutely a bore. This is my only review I have given and the only reason I do so is compassion for my fellow readers, to save them a few wasted hours out of their life.
HarleyCS More than 1 year ago
Nicholas Evans is one of my all-time foavorite authors, having said that his book The Brave was sadly not very good. It felt juvenile, contrived and just sort of patched together. I would recommend all of his other books but not this one.
Luv2knit19 More than 1 year ago
This book was a disappointment. The story didn't hold my interest. Characters weren't sympathetic or believable.
Airynd More than 1 year ago
You know the Old Spice Guy commercial, "Look at your man. Now back at me. Now back at your man. Now back at me?" This book is somewhat like that: "Look at the present. Now back to the 50's. Now back to the present. Now back to the 70's. Now back to the present." The first half of the book gave me chronological whiplash. After having heard N. Evans' interview on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR, I was pretty stoked to read this book. I love the old wild West fantasies, I love horses and life on the range... and from the interview, it sounded like there would be more time spent on the friendship between Tommy and the "half-breed" who so changed his life. Instead, we are dragged around at length through a torturous experience at boarding school and forced to put up with characters who largely conjure little sympathy at all. There were certainly passages I enjoyed in this book, but it was, by and large, a waste of two days' reading.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
It's 1959, and Tommy Bedford lives his life in a fantasy state of mind. He has grown up with the old west heroes of Flint McClintock, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and of course the Lone Ranger. He sees these men as the true heroes to be emulated in his own life. However Tommy is faced with one horrible problem that no amount of fantasizing can help, it's bed wetting. His poor parents have tried everything in hopes of determining what is the underlying cause behind it but when all else fails, Tommy is sent off to boarding school in hopes that this will make him grow up. However what Tommy does learn from boarding school is that what goes on behind the walls of the school is kept secret. The brutal horrors of being threatened and bullied by those upper classmen teach Tommy that some things are never meant to be spoken of again. In the book, The Brave by Nicholas Evans, we are taken back into the past when Tommy is struggling to find his own identity in a world of what the world wants as we see Tommy's childhood years and his sister Diane who has moved away to find her career in Hollywood as the newest up and coming starlet. She only wants to help Tommy in a way their parents can't. She meets Tommy's TV western hero, Ray Fontaine and believes he could be the answer to her prayers. The book also takes you back and forth in Tommy's life and can occasionally take the reader awhile to understand which time period you are in with regard to Tommy. However the book does take some unexpected twists and turns and you understand that both Tommy and Diane each have secret lives that will soon be on display for the whole world to see and you understand just how tragic their lives are. I received this book, compliments of Hachette Book Group for my honest review and must say this one is really great. It's a first for me reading Nicholas Evan's book but I did see The Horse Whisperer and have to say he is a great storyteller. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.
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I read it in one sitting. Will now read more of his books.
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Love it
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I haven't read this one, but just finished "The Loop," also by this author, and can't stop thinking about it. It was more of an experience than a "read." "The Smoke Jumper" is also great, a real page-turner.
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