Bravo's Veil

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
A beautiful billeting official sends an evacuated school boy on an apparently simple errand. The boy becomes a pawn in the botched defection of a German officer.
The tragic outcome fractures an already devastated family and sends the boy's brother on a decades long quest for truth and closure. More

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About Michael Croucher

Michael Croucher writes thriller and suspense fiction,usually in the crime and espionage categories. He is a former police and intelligence officer who served on a multi- service task force investigating organized crime. An award winning writer of short stories and fiction, he enjoys combining his police experience with historical research.



LionheART Publishing House reviewed on on Dec. 6, 2012

A dual timeline book, 'Bravo's Veil' follows the story of two brothers, Paul and David who were separated in 1939 when the older brother, Paul, was evacuated to Penzance in World War 2. He never came home, and nearly 60 years on David decides to act on his feeling that the story he was told about Paul's death is untrue.
What follows is a story full of intrigue, spies, double and triple crossing, with great characters, action and an emotive representation of how the evacuations affected everyone involved. Highly recommended.
Karen Perkins
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Jean Gill reviewed on on Dec. 19, 2011

A classic spy/thriller set mostly in WW2 England, with modern-day investigation to untangle the mystery of what really happened to a young boy evacuated from London to Cornwall.The story development is superb, moving expertly between different times and viewpoints, and teasing the reader with enough clues and mysteries to keep me turning those pages. The ending is satisfying and answers most of the questions raised by the twists of the plot.

Period detail is exact and absorbing, from every 'Ruddy' and 'cheerio' in the dialogue to old-fashioned spy codes and surveillance methods. Was there hacking before computers and mobile phones? You bet!

Croucher brings the characters to life, especially the young evacuee Paul, the sexy female billeting officer/spy Judith and the dog Jiggs. I love this dog! He is the best incarnation of every child's dream dog since George's Timmy in 'The Famous Five'

The motif of 'Bravo's veil' is beautifully woven into the plot and the passages where we discover the nature of Bravo's veil are beautifully written, with an unexpected poetry and philosophy, that lingers in the imagination.

Highly recommended.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
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