The book is set in 1961 and General de Gaulle has returned to lead France as the war in Algeria reaches new levels. The book follows several other characters, such as an investigative reporter, an officer in the French Foreign Legion, a National Assembly deputy, and an ex-German paratrooper. The group is challenged to test their moral lines and consciences as events unfold that tear apart French society. de Gaulle is threatened with assassination and civil war threatens to break out in France. The story jumped around between the characters but was still easy to follow. I learned a lot about historical events I was very unfamiliar with prior to reading the book.
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by NetGalley review
This novel gets right to the heart of the rupture to French society caused by the trauma of Algerian independence. It plunges straight into the action, whilst deftly filling in the historical context. The threads of the plot are carefully woven, building to a satisfying climax – with a twist. Well written, it is an interesting and entertaining read.
by M E J HOATH
In his writing David Longridge has the knack of inserting fictional characters into real settings and historical events. Years ago one could always rely on writers like Eric Ambler and Lionel Davidson to produce credible and compelling espionage thrillers. David Longridge shares their vast talent and continues to grow in stature as one of the best thriller writers working today. Anyone with an interest in modern history should add this thought-provoking novel to their bookshelves.
Original review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/232447/review/651022
by NetGalley review
David Longridge is a writer with a wealth of experience and success in the real world.
After school he worked for, and became, Chief Executive of Avis International, then second largest car rental company globally. That was followed by a long stint in investment banking in the City of London. On retirement, he decided to release his creativity by writing books that were fictional, but in an historical setting of a period he loved.
David lived and worked in Paris in the 1960's, including assignments to Algiers and the Sahara. "Fracture" is his fourth novel, in which he has woven his story around the real facts of what happened in France and Algeria when they separated. These were the most drastic times in French history. Times of total devastation, bombs in Paris, terrorism, espionage, betrayal, assassinations, fear, and brutal revenge on a scale unseen since the French Revolution of 1789. These are the locations and timeframe when the events in "Fracture" take place.
David has a strong interest in French political and military history, this being the foundation for the four novels he has written to date. He works from his home in Malmesbury, England, with his wife Anna who is a practising artist.