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As with the earlier books, the strength of the story is the character of Bora and the moral ambiguities of the tale. Bora has aristocratic roots, is a committed military man who has served in Spain, Poland, Russia and Italy, and is strong willed, intelligent, principled and brave. He also abhors the Gestapo and SS and their work and methods, and hates the treatment of the Jews and will actively intervene on their behalf. At one level, this is fine, as there is plenty happening, but another it left the plot a little rudderless at times.
And whilst Pastor keeps a number of possible suspects in the frame, I found the denouement a little unsatisfying. Overall, an interesting story centred on a fascinating character. This was my very first encounter with Ben Pastor.
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I simply happened to notice a novel about WWII at the public library. Given that I will eagerly read almost anything, except garbage, about WWII, I brought it home, started to read, and managed to finish it. Despite the fact that Pastor's frame of reference in this book is not one I enjoy for many reasons, I still found myself getting attached to the experiences and fates of the two central characters.
Sicuramente un libro non facile. Troppe descrizioni paesaggistiche, troppe strategie militari, troppi personaggi inseriti alla rinfusa.
Poi la trama si dipana e diventa anche una lettura interessante. Shelves: historical , international , mystery-crime , mystery-thriller. At the same time the Allies advance toward Rome from the South and the city is bombed constantly.
The investigation is complicated, and crosses with other issues and crimes. The terrors of the SS and the Gestapo as well as the Resistance moves and the betrayals complicating the moves and countermoves among all the groups are made vivid. The overwhelming sense of random evil just about brought me down. I blame my strong reaction to the current state of politics. That Pastor can bring me to such a place through her exquisite writing is high praise for her.
Bora's rank increases with each book, thus Bora is a Captain in the first book, a Major in the second, and is promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the third. Set against the failing German "occupation" of Rome in , our "good German" has to help conduct the defence against the Allies as they advance from the south and solve three politically sensitive murders. The result is fascinating. Lettura Faticosa, troppo lungo, i personaggi , a parte Martin, sono solo dei bozzetti Sep 01, Judie rated it really liked it.
A Dark Song of Blood is more than just a mystery, as are the other books in this series, and that's what makes them unique. There is depth to the historical factor and characters that drives this series.
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Readers also enjoyed. About Ben Pastor. Ben Pastor. Ben Maria Verbena Volpi Pastor was born in Rome, but her career as a college teacher and writer requires that she divide her time between the United States and Italy, where she is now doing research. Author of the internationally acclaimed Martin Bora war mysteries, she begins with Aelius Spartianus a new series of thrilling tales. In addition to the United States, her novels are published in It Ben Maria Verbena Volpi Pastor was born in Rome, but her career as a college teacher and writer requires that she divide her time between the United States and Italy, where she is now doing research.
She writes in English. Other books in the series. Captain Martin Bora 1 - 10 of 11 books. Books by Ben Pastor.
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