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IN A PLACE OF PEACE, DURING A TIME OF WAR, THE UNFORGIVEN WILL NOT GO FORGOTTEN. Edenville, 1940. In a rural hamlet where the majority of men are overseas to fight Hitler's Nazi war machine, someone is killing veterans of the first world war. Wartime Special Constable 'Lame' Eddie Sommers, a crippled rich boy and the butt of derision, is doing his best to fill a uniform heIN A PLACE OF PEACE, DURING A TIME OF WAR, THE UNFORGIVEN WILL NOT GO FORGOTTEN. Edenville, 1940. In a rural hamlet where the majority of men are overseas to fight Hitler's Nazi war machine, someone is killing veterans of the first world war. Wartime Special Constable 'Lame' Eddie Sommers, a crippled rich boy and the butt of derision, is doing his best to fill a uniform he believes in, yet wears too large. Inexperienced and out of his depth, he turns to a former detective and veteran of the western front for assistance. Involving Marshall Geary might be his biggest mistake. Marshall wears a copper mask, as much to hide behind as to conceal his disfigurements. He struggles against howling flashbacks and the lingering stench of his own concealed crimes. In a town meant for sanctuary, repressed horrors awaken like worms in a collapsing coffin. The closer they get to the truth, the nearer everyone is dragged to their limits, their failings and their buried pasts. "If you love thrillers, don't miss this action packed read"...

Title : The Bad Canadian
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ISBN : 32765853
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Number of Pages : 225 Pages
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The Bad Canadian Reviews

  • George
    2018-10-30 19:43

    An intriguing period mystery.

  • Mary D'Alto
    2018-10-24 18:37

    This book so captivated me that I changed my Saturday plans to finish reading it. Really. It is that good. I gritted my teeth as I began this book; war books do not generally suit me. But here I was with this book .. about war! Well, by the end of the first page I was intrigued. Some time later, I changed my weekend plans and spent an amazing time on an amazing journey with this incredibly real book. I think that's the best way to describe this book. it is real. This is the tale of many deaths, some of them on the battlefield, some not, and some not resulting in the end of life per se, but the end of living nonetheless. I will not divulge the story line but know that in reading this book you will understand how it is that events transform not just history but the people who are part of history.I liked the flow of this book, and the way secrets were intertwined with every day life, because of course that is the way circumstances play out, for so many reasons. This book was so crystal clear that I felt as if I could see that rug in a certain room on a certain memorable day. I could also feel the tension, and the underlying thoughts, as vividly as if they had been put into words ( they had not, which in itself is proof of very good writing).I do wish I had learned more of Sara, and a certain situation and the means by which she sought a resolution. This is not a criticism of the book, but merely my own curiosity. Of all the characters, I found it was Sara I did not like, because she chose honor over loyalty. Then again, the entire predicament took place in another time, which in itself proves that war takes place in many places, not just the battlefield.I wonder if the writer has ever considered a second book, one in which Henry returns, of not. There is clearly enough magic here to make it happen, and I have no doubt it will be superb.

  • Brittany Reads
    2018-11-01 20:43

    This book was very different from anything I’d read before. It’s a war story. It’s a murder mystery, police investigation. It’s a story about a small town. There’s some humor. It takes place in 1940 in a small town in Canada. A lot of men from the town are gone, fighting in the second world war, and a serial killer starts murdering the aging veterans of WWI who are living in the area. The police investigator is pretty overwhelmed, and enlists the help of a WWI veteran Marshall Geary. The story is told through Marshall Geary’s perspective. Even though The Bad Canadian is a mix of different genres, it’s mostly a war story about how fighting on the Western Front during WWI shaped the life of the main character. My full review is in my monthly reading wrap up, timed link here

  • Pedro Bird
    2018-11-10 20:22

    Great book!This is a war novel neatly disguised as a detective story. Leonard G. Mokos brilliantly weaves a tale about a World War l vet who has to face old demons from his past,all the while, trying to solve a murder without getting himself killed in the process.

  • Alan
    2018-11-08 18:41

    “The Bad Canadian” is many things, including good, but it is not predictable.What goes into the decision to read a book? Some books attract our interest through a familiar author, a favourite topic or genre, the recommendations of friends or reviews, or perhaps being drawn by the title or the cover image.“The Bad Canadian” pulled me in through the last of those, even before I knew what it was about. You read a title like “The Bad Canadian” and think, how can a Canadian be bad? What does it mean for a Canadian to be bad? They don’t like hockey? They don’t like Tim Horton’s? They don’t like the great outdoors? All sorts of dumb thoughts go through your mind, but the main ones are: what kind of book calls itself “The Bad Canadian,” and, I want to read this book.Then there was the mystery of the cover image by Robert Potvin, a simply black and white photograph of: a coil spring, a pineapple grenade (with 2 chipped fragments) and a thigh bone (which looks too short and thick to be human). The three of them are arranged like an art exhibit. Are they symbols or some sort of secret signs? The coil spring is mechanization and the industrial age, the grenade is war and its destruction, and the bone is inner strength and support but is symbolic of frailty as well. We are all held upright by simple elements that can be broken and that may not repair with ease. Again, the main thoughts are: what kind of book uses this for a cover image, and, I want to read this book.Author Mokos does not disappoint. Starting with an idyllic fishing scene we are quickly pulled into a murder mystery. The time is the summer of 1940 and the setting is a fictitious Canadian town called Edenville on the shores of Lake Huron, presumably situated just west of Stratford, Ontario whose newspapers they read. The detective team is based on the naive newcomer and the experienced mentor prototype, but the actual characters are far from standard. The young constable Eddie Sommers is a war-time replacement, a polio sufferer who is called to duty when the town’s regular policeman is drafted for World War 2 in Europe. The mentor Marshall Geary is a World War 1 veteran who suffered disfiguring facial wounds which are covered up by a copper face mask (plastic surgery not being very advanced at the time). Geary spent his post-war years on the Toronto Police force before retiring to his hometown. Various other conventions go out the window very quickly, the newbie may be smarter than he seems and the veteran is not the gentle relaxed fisherman for long. In fact, before the 2nd chapter is done he is already roughing up the first suspect!Edenville turns out to not be the paradise of its namesake. Many of the town’s older residents have secrets and many of those who are WWI vets have untreated PTSD (then called shellshock). Geary himself has a tendency to flashback to his time in the trenches, which is how we get to hear his backstory. Overall, a great first mystery that combines the horror of war with a view of small town life and its many secrets.TriviaPg. 93 “coughed a little into a Kleenex…” At first I thought: anachronism? But no, I looked it up and Kleenex was invented in 1924! And it was first marketed for makeup removal before someone realized you could use it for sneezing and coughing.#ThereIsAlwaysOne, or MoreErrataPg. 44 “We’ll have to that find out…” s/b We’ll have to find that out…Pg. 55 “Can I confess that is was easier…” s/b Can I confess that it was easier…Pg. 77 “A dog barked furiously in the year yard.” s/b A dog barked furiously in the rear yard.Pg. 86 “not able fight” s/b not able to fight Pg. 113 “Out in the open is it infinitely louder,” s/b Out in the open it is infinitely louder,Pg. 169 “he said with his his shaking mirth.” s/b he said with his shaking mirth.Pg. 193 “Ella Fitzgerald and Louie Armstrong were harmonizing ‘Jeepers, Creepers’.” = anachronism, Fitzgerald and Armstrong didn’t record together until some Decca singles in the mid to late 1940’s, but never on the song “Jeepers, Creepers.” Their duo albums are from the 1950’s on Verve.Pg. 205 “now that is was all too late.” s/b now that it was all too late.Pg. 221 “enlgulfing” s/b engulfing

  • Breakaway Reviewers
    2018-11-05 02:38

    Are there any bad Canadians?Edenville, Eastern Canada, 1940. A sleepy, peaceful town, until a Great War veteran is killed in his own home. He is black, and also happens to be secretly gay, but is well regarded in the community and his death causes shock waves.The town constable, Eddie Sommers, investigates. He is out of his depth and calls on another Veteran, Marshall Geary, to help. Geary is a former detective in Toronto and is ideally placed to assist the process of law. That, however, may have been a step too far for Sommers, as Geary takes matters into his own hands and things soon start to unravel.The book is written throughout in Geary’s first person singular, so we see everything through his eyes. Nothing wrong with that, he is one of the main characters. The author cleverly interweaves the current, 1940, situation with the previous, Great War era. He brings to life the tensions and recurring nightmares suffered by veterans of that earlier conflict. We get to know a lot about Geary’s family, loves and experiences, and these too enrich the storytelling.What I found hard to understand was why, towards the end of the book, the author introduces us to a whole new set of individuals. These, to me, gave it an element of the farcical and I couldn’t take them seriously at all. Without these, it would have been a 4 star book, I’m afraid only a 3 star from me. Mr BumblebeeBreakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.

  • Scott Spotson
    2018-11-02 21:39

    The Bad Canadian is written perfectly for a very specific reader. It is a powerful story of war, about its atrocities, about its futility, and it is littered with very specific examples of how men kill, how they are killed, and how they remember exactly what happened during the battles and skirmishes of The Great War, now called World War One. It's almost as though the author has actually fought in The Great War. I'm not sure how he got all this incredible detail; maybe he has interviewed veterans who fought in World War Two, then adapted as necessary to the realities of the original world war that took twenty years prior. There is a mystery story in there somewhere, but this intrigue takes a back seat to what ultimately is an account damning war, and recalling the trauma that haunts veterans, even twenty years later. So, if you're a regular reader, who likes a traditional story that draws you in, and rewards you with a plot with increasing tension and then a conclusion, this is not that story. Yes, the mystery on its own does serve that purpose, but an awful lot of it is interrupted by the dissertation on war. I eventually got tired of the dedicated, almost fanatical focus on the bygones of a past war. I'm not a veteran, so I'm probably the wrong audience for this book. The characters, though, from a veteran with a disfigured face, to a police chief with a permanently injured leg, to an out-of-wedlock adult child oblivious as to who his real father is, and so on, are quite memorable though, if you like a character-driven story.

  • Kate Everward
    2018-11-03 20:25

    I tend to stay away from world war II books. But this book was worth it because it takes a different angle. The angle that is in the veteran’s mind and memories. Through one of the main characters we see that the war never ends. It lives forever in the minds and souls of those who experienced it. It seems like you get a different story, a story that has nothing to do with the war, somewhere in Canada in the 1940s. A small town, a murder investigation, a mystery wrapped in a crime story and then you find out it's wrapped in the wars that left everyone broken. You just can't stop reading. The story of a murder of a veteran in that small town, and a veteran who has to help solve it. As if that war out there where millions are dying is not enough. The thoughts and memories creeping up on that veteran investigator and as a result they creep up on us the readers. Because you just can’t stay indifferent. You get a lot from this book. You get involved and overwhelmed. That for me is a good book. A book that affects you so deeply you keep thinking about it days after you've finished it. The story is captivating. It's a story filled with a variety of emotions. Regret, fear, memories. It reminds us again and again that there’s nothing good in war and that there are no winners. Just survivors and the dead.

  • Jasher Drake
    2018-11-13 21:41

    Probably the best book that I have ever read. To be honest I really have never been a big fan of war stories/films but this book absolutely changed my mind. Such an awesome mix of action, mystery, thriller, romance and even a little comedy thrown into the mix. I got so immersed in the world of the story that half the time, I forgot about everything else all together and was just along for the ride. From the knowledge of everything Leonard Mokos wrote about, the believable and unique characters and the extremely thrilling plot, I got pulled right into Edenville. Also, that finale was completely awesome and felt so cinematic! I could imagine the whole thing playing out before me and it was so cool!

  • Linda Romer
    2018-11-12 00:40

    The Bad Canadian by Leonard Mokos A mesmerizing story about The Great War and the horrific effects it left on the men who served. I shudder at the explicit detailed description of Marshall Geary's memories in the trenches.I enjoyed the writing of Author Leonard Mokos and the melancholy feeling that left me to ponder on all the Veterans of war and what they had to do to survive, and what they have to endure when it's over.I give The Bad Canadian 5 stars for its well written story.I would recommend this book to adults.

  • L.D Semme
    2018-11-12 22:31

    Allocated this book to review and whilst it is not the sort of book i would usually read, i did find the writing style captivating. Found the plot a little confusing at times and some of the characters difficult to relate to. The flashback scenes were well written and compelling but tended to over shadow the rest of the story in my opinion. Glad i persevered with the novel although i would be unlikely to read others in this genre as it is not an area i particularly enjoy reading

  • Keith PJ Duggan
    2018-11-08 19:18

    It will soon be 100 years once the of the first war. This book has a a compelling readability and is a well developed mystery story.The descriptions of trench warfare in France are a vivid.and for some a good way to better understand the horror of this and all war

  • Nancy
    2018-10-20 01:21

    Interesting psychological mystery. The pages about WW1 were really sad. I wonder about a firing squad scene. I'm watching Midsomer Murders Season 11 Episode One and it has an almost identical scene. I'll have to see if anything else is similar.

  • Brian O'Hare
    2018-11-12 00:36

    I loved the opening of The Bad Canadian … a murder, the initial interrogations by an inexperienced new cop, the calling in of an old war hero for help. We believe that we are about to read a mystery story. And, to a degree, that is what we do. But the Bad Canadian is much more than a mystery story. It is also a war story.War stories normally show something of the blood and pain experienced by the soldiers on the ground, but this is generally incidental to an exciting plot, to a driven romance, to the tension and suspense of discovery behind enemy lines. The Bad Canadian is a war story, yes. But this is not a story that spins along the normal grooves. The story quickly takes us into the mind of Marshall Geary, a man who is still strong but had been badly disfigured during the First World War. He wanted only to forget, to lock the memories of war in a hermetically sealed little compartment. But one of his old war buddies is murdered and, as he reflects back on his time with him, all the horrors of those soul-destroying years flood back. And here is where Mokos sheds the harshest of lights on the truth of war, bitterly exposing, with the grimmest of images, the old lie that tells the young how heroic it is to die for one’s country. He uses his pen to drill deep into the reader’s mind with the impact of a sledge hammer. His hatred for war and its violent futility surfaces in language of immense power. The horrific scenes blast into the psyche of the reader like shreds of shrapnel. We are told that when one young soldier is hit by a German shell near barbed wire, “ … coiled razor wires shell-blasted loose, scythe him into several layers. He separates into segments like cucumber slices and slides away into oblivion.” There is nothing heroic about war. In this book the reader experiences vicariously the terrible agonies, the sufferings, the ever-whining bullets, the poisonous gas, the mud and the muck and the disease, the mental anguish and the unbearable stress, that is the truth of war. The grisly descriptions of the gassing of the young soldiers in the WWI trenches reminded me of similar lines by Wilfred Owen, a young poet who actually lived through this war:“Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge … Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots, But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.”The writing in The Bad Canadian remains powerful throughout, poetry as much as prose, but a poetry to stab the heart. But we are not simply subjected to the retrospective abominations that are the daily lot of war, we see also the post-war inner state of Marshall, painfully and constantly exposed, a searing self-psychiatric examination that burns the reader almost as much as it burns the character.There is a story here, and it is a good one, but ultimately, The Bad Companion is a gut-wrenching crawl through the devastated terrain of an inner landscape. Read it for the story; read it for the powerful and compelling writing. Either way, you win.

  • Suki
    2018-11-07 00:28

    5/5 starsBad Canadian is as much a story about the psychological toll of war as it is a murder mystery. The main character survived WWI with horrific scars, both physical and mental, and really just wants a quiet life. Instead, he's roped into helping investigate a murder by an inexperienced young policeman, one of the few men in town who hasn't shipped out to fight in WWII. All of the suspects/victims are also war vets. Listening to them talk about their wartime experiences triggers painful memories and PTSD episodes for the main character, and uncovers long-buried secrets that may be better left forgotten. Their wartime experiences are told through flashback sequences, revealing backstories and potential motives, which are interwoven with the everyday trials and tribulations of ageing, family and detective work.The book moves fairly quickly, with quite a few action sequences. It contains some graphic imagery, both during the war and the present day of the story, but focusses largely on the mental effects and physical discomfort experienced by the characters. It's a great who-dunnit, but overall, this is a book about the horrors of war and the tragedies that don't necessarily end once the soldiers return home.Summary: Highly recommended to mystery lovers.Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on LibraryThing, in exchange for a fair review. Cross-posted on GoodReads, LibraryThing and Amazon.

  • Ralph Jones
    2018-11-10 18:36

    The Bad Canadian is an excellent and thought provoking book well deserving of 5 stars. It is set at the start of World War 2 with many of the main characters being veterans of the first conflict. Although a murder mystery, the murders are almost incidental to the story of the lead character (Marshall) and his battles with horrific memories, regrets and loss.Although this may sound a recipe for a rather bland and drawn out affair, the reality is far from it. It is all done so superbly well, that I found myself reading very deliberately, not due to lack of flowing prose, but I just didn't want to miss anything. I suspect the author must have some personal insights into veterans from the Great War as I have never read fiction as remotely as touching or believable as this.This is not to say that the story didn't have plenty of action, for those who like that sort of thing. The body count does rise steadily enough, the action is well done and the murder mystery part is a real mystery until the final reveal. As in all good books of this sort, everyone's a suspect. Well done Mr Mokos.

  • A.P. Martin
    2018-11-11 21:34

    This is a multi faceted book that is very difficult to categorise. Part police investigation, part study of small town life, ultimately it’s a story about war and what war can do to people. The first person perspective really works, in helping the reader get into the damaged mind of war veteran Marshall Geary. We suffer with and through him the agonies of the Western Front and we come to understand how his life is completely shaped by this experience. But in a way, it is the natural humour of the character, grappling with his demons though he is, which for me makes this a memorable book. Read it, you will not regret it.

  • Lilly
    2018-10-20 18:18

    I think that this book was very well written. I recommend this book to just about anyone who is looking for a good book. The books that I usually read are not like this book but I did really enjoy this book

  • Clay Gainey
    2018-10-28 01:21

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has the feel of a war novel but the intrigue of a crime detective story...

  • Nick
    2018-10-25 18:24

    An incredible novel full of love, loyalty and sadness. A little like a cross between Legends of the Fall and Beauty and the Beast.