Peter Carter The Hunted

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The Hunted

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In July 1943, a car crash in Southern France strands Corporal Vito Salvani, who had been headed home after Italy's surrender, and a Jewish boy behind enemy lines, where they are stalked by the police and a crazed French agent.

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Grade 8 Up-In the south of France in 1943, weary Italian troops are about to head home after the Italian surrender. Among them is Corporal Vito Salvani, an amiable giant of a man. However, things are not easy as the Italian troops try to rescue the Jews in their sector from the approaching Germans. Circumstances find Salvani walking toward the Italian border with a small Jewish boy, Judah. Meanwhile, a maniacal member of the French police, a collaborator named Palet, is after them because he believes the child possesses diamonds. This is the tale of their journey and the people who help them along the way. The plot develops rather well and is full of excitement. However, with the exception of Salvani, character development is sacrificed. Salvani is a true human being, with his concern for the child alternating with his occasional desire to leave him behind and continue on home. Though the man is not bright, he realizes his limitations; it is his strength and inherent kindness that get him through. Other characters are strongly stereotyped, especially Palet and the Germans with whom he works. They are completely evil with no redeeming qualities. The story is good and, for the most part, flows well. However, some chapters begin with a description of what was happening to the Jews who didn't escape. Poignant early in the story, especially with the use of names to make it more real, this diversion becomes disruptive later on. The book is rather long, but it's an interesting tale about a little-known aspect of the war.
Margaret B. Rafferty, Appalachian Regional Library, West Jefferson, NC
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This breathlessly paced historical novel is not a literary masterpiece, but it does an outstanding job of recreating the ambience of WW II France, measuring the chill efficiency of the Gestapo and assessing the ruthless fervor of other accomplices to the Holocaust. When the Italian forces withdraw from France following Italy's surrender in 1943, Vito Salvani, an Italian corporal, gets trapped behind enemy lines--along with Judah, a Jewish child he has promised to take to the safety of Italy. A few innocent missteps and unlucky encounters bring Salvani and his charge to the attention of a particularly single-minded inspector from the Vichy secret police, and a harrowing pursuit begins. Those who help Salvani and Judah are severely punished; several scenes of a Gestapo interrogation suggest the brutality and inexorability of the government's treatment of Jews and other so-called enemies. Carter's ( Borderlands ; Bury the Dead ) characterizations are thin, and neither Salvani nor Judah ever takes on a life beyond the page. Even so, their story is believable and utterly gripping; the reader will leave this novel with some appreciation of the extraordinary good fortune and courage of people who successfully resisted the Nazi regime. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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