‘An entertaining way to learn more about this time period.’ Robbie reviews Spanish Civil War adventure The Exhumation by @nfpadron for Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT

Today’s team review is from Robbie. She blogs here https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

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Robbie has been reading The Exhumation by Nick Padron

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The Exhumation is an exciting adventure, overlaid with a romance, set in war torn Spain during the civil war of 1937. This is not a period of history I know a lot about so I was keen to read this book and learn more.

Three Americans, an ex-military ‘hired gun’ nicknamed The Major, his interpreter and ‘right hand man’ who goes by the pseudonym of John and an older individual, Mr Jordan, travel to Spain to bring back the body of a young American, Robert Jordan, who has been killed in the fighting. His wealthy parents are prepared to pay a great deal of money for the return of their son’s body and have sent his uncle along to make any necessary payments to ensure it happens. The information the three men have to work with is scanty, but meetings have been arranged with people who know him to enable their investigation.

John is concerned that they will run into trouble going behind the enemy lines in Spain, but The Major is confident that with the help of a few locals, he and John can successfully find the corpse and bring it back to Madrid, and from there back to the US.

During their brief stay in Madrid, prior to the expedition into enemy territory, John meets a lovely young woman called Maripaz. He spends two evening with her and becomes emotionally attached. He resolves to persuade her to leave Spain and return with him to the US after the job is done.

The pursuit of the body and John’s romance entwine beautiful to create and interesting and exciting storyline.

The Major is a strong character who, despite being unorthodox and quite brutal in his methods, is able to put on a good show of being an amiable and likeable personality. He is driven by personal gain and is prepared to go to extreme lengths to obtain the money he has been promised for the return of Robert Jordan’s body. He is exposed as being unethical and ruthless in his behaviour with little consideration for consequences or respect for the lives of others. Despite his character flaws, he is held in high regard by John whom he saved from a difficult and life threatening situation.

John is a conflicted person who has become attached to The Major whom he treats like a replacement father. He comes across as a person who is searching for love and affection and quite easily falls under the spell of Maripaz, a nice woman from a good family. He quickly escalates their brief affair into the great love of his life and becomes quite obsessed with her. The romance is a branch of the main adventure, but it is important to the way the entire novel plays out.

The history is nicely woven into the novel and this book is an entertaining way to learn more about this time period. All in, an interesting and entertaining read.

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In the fall of 1937, besieged Madrid lies in near ruins, its people struggling under nightly bombardments. Into this uncertain world, enter three Americans assigned with the task to find and exhume the remains of Robert Jordan – a member of the International Brigade killed in action –and bring him home for proper burial in the States. They are Jordan’s uncle and the two-man team hired for the job: the amoral but winsome Major Williamson and their interpreter, John, who tells us the story of how one man’s greed-driven final act becomes another man’s shot at redemption.

Set over the course of three days, amid vivid depictions of wartime Madrid, we follow the team through the violent drama that surrounds Robert Jordan’s exhumation, the human cost of the undertaking, and then John’s Maripaz’s, the beautiful piano teacher he meets during an artillery attack, fateful escape from Madrid. More than a tale of action and suspense set in a world at war, THE EXHUMATION is a story about the meaning of loyalty, of love and loss and, finally, the unending search for a lasting ideal.

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Breaking The Silence by Maria Neito @PublishingPush #Bookreview

Breaking The SilenceBreaking The Silence is a historical drama written around the Spanish Civil war. Mari is a six year old child who lives with her extended family in Madrid. This story begins with the radio news of an army from Africa, crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, bringing an uprising led by a man named Franco. Mari’s Grandfather once went to America in search of freedom and the American dream, but they were found poverty, sickness and suffering. They returned with hope of finding a better Spain and don Juan wrote many articles for newspapers in support of a country with equality for it’s people.
Mari’s family became part of the Republicans as the people fought Franco. Madrid suffered with food shortages and bombing and became a dangerous place to live. Mari’s father, Alfonso, took Mari to cousins in the country to take her away from the atrocities for a while, but even the war eventually came to the village. The child witnessed far too many deaths in this story and it did affect her mentally. She was brought back to Madrid, but Madrid was still under attack and when her Grandparents fled to safety, Mari stayed with her father and step-mother. When the civil war ended, Spain still suffered from the new regime, Mari asked to join the Flechas youth groups, the discipline, food and education appealed to her need for stability. Sadly her young mind was manipulated and led to tragedy for more than one character.
This was a difficult subject matter to read, but it is a part of history often over-shadowed by WW2. I read this book in mobi format and my copy was in need of tweaking for kindle reading. This was a free copy of the book given to me by Publishing Push.
Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com