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Hunter by Campbell Jefferys
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ADVENTURE / THRILLER. AUSTRALIAN. 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?… (more)



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I received this from LibraryThing Early Reviewers. I enjoy reading about WWII and this book was right on topic. The plot was a little difficult to get lost in, but good otherwise. ( )
  pemberton_andrea | Sep 14, 2016 |
This book is intriguing and entertaining.
It is about life, friendship, trust, choices, deceptions and decisions.
About inside and outside worlds navigating between the lives of an old former German soldier and a young Australian boy. ( )
  Haidji | May 17, 2016 |
I received this book as part of the member giveaway programme in exchange for an honest review.

I did enjoy reading this book, the subject matter was genuinely interesting. I've often thought about how German soldiers dealt with the psychological aftermath of what they experienced in WWII, especially when the evil that was Nazism became known.

There were one or two issues with the book. I found the characters a little bit like caricatures. The bad man behaved badly, the good man behaved nicely, the teenage boy behaved like a teenage boy. Maybe it would have been good to see more development into fully rounded characters.

However it is, on the whole, a good story and I enjoyed it. ( )
1 vote chive | Dec 15, 2015 |
I loved it. It was a good pace of novel, an interesting subject and well told. ( )
1 vote lizlupton | Dec 29, 2014 |
Was Australia a haven for Nazi's?

The book starts out with the story of a young, wounded soldier named Peter who deserts the German army in WWII to find refuge with a Polish couple. He is destined to leave Europe and moves to Australia to start a new life under a new name.

This is also a coming of age story in the present about a young teen named Eric who is trying to fit in at his new school on the coast of Australia. He has issues with his parents who fight incessantly and he finds that surfing and Pepper, a cool surfer girl, are his new passions.

Peter and Eric meet and form a new bond that is full of secrets and a creepy man named Baum threatens to expose Peter's secrets even though Baum has a notorious past of his own.

This was a good, not great, read. It exposes the secret that Australia and other countries harbored Nazis and members of the Nazi party after WWII where "few were hunted down and none were caught and put on trial." ( )
1 vote theeclecticreview | Mar 3, 2010 |
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He was still alive and that was bad.
The ocean asked no questions, held no prejudices, didn't care who road the waves or swam in the water.
He already knew there was no such thing as a perfect family, and when people tried to present their family as such, then it could only be a construction, the performance staged for outsiders to envy.
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