The Brave by Nicholas Evans
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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.

About Nicholas Evans

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Nicholas Evans studied law at Oxford University after serving in Africa with the Voluntary Service Overseas. He then studied journalism and worked as a newspaper reporter, television producer, and screenwriter before writing four bestselling novels. The Horse Whisperer, his first book, was made into a celebrated movie directed by Robert Redford. He lives in Devon with his wife, singer/songwriter Charlotte Gordon Cumming.
Published October 12, 2010 by Little, Brown and Company. 374 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Action & Adventure, Westerns, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Soon after, Diane divulges a shocking secret—Tommy is not her brother but her son, conceived when she was a teen, and his aged parents are really grandparents—and she and Ray whisk Tommy to Hollywood to live with them.

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The second novel by the author of "The Horse Whisperer" has problems with pacing and predictability, but the story is good and perhaps worthy of the silver screen.

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In his solitary adventures, Tommy would assume these manly traits, humming the theme tune or the more dangerous music they played whenever Indians appeared.” The young Tommy takes the way the cowboys act as a design for his life.

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Ray seeks to rise above his meager acting skills in hopes of landing roles on the big screen, and Tommy initially sees in Ray everything that he wants to be: a real cowboy, a lone hero coming to the rescue with fists clenched, the rugged, strong man who believes in justice.

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NICHOLAS Evans certainly knows his forte and once more excels at presenting the reader with a conventional protagonist, burdened with emotional turmoil and tragedy, for whom we feel sympathy.

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The New Zealand Herald

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Las Vegas Review Journal

For Tom Bedford, growing up in England as the son of older, eccentric parents, life holds little joy.

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The Army Rumour Service

The blurb on the back states that it is an epic and heart wrenching story of one man’s struggle to save his son – and himself- from the mistakes of the past.” I’d not read any of this author’s other books although I am aware of one of them (The Horse Whisperer).

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The Disney Princesses have entered a new phase with their latest peer Merida from the Disney/Pixar film Brave.

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