The War Reporter: A Novel

518m6jbeZNL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Winner of a Jewish National Book Award and author of The List and Jacob’s Oath, both of which achieved outstanding critical acclaim, NBC Special Correspondent Martin Fletcher delivers another breathtaking tale of love, war, and redemption.

Tom Layne was a world-class television correspondent until his life collapsed in Sarajevo. Beaten and humiliated, he fell into a hole diagnosed as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Eleven years later he returns to the Balkans to film a documentary on the man who caused his downfall: Ratko Mladic, Europe’s biggest killer since Hitler, wanted for genocide and crimes against humanity. Mysterious forces have protected Mladic for a decade, preventing his arrest, and these shadowy but deadly foes swing into action against the journalist. Tom soon falls into a web of intrigue and deceit that threatens his life as well as that of the woman he loves.

Drawing upon his own experiences reporting on the wars in Bosnia and Sarajevo, Martin Fletcher has written a searing love story and a painfully authentic account of a war reporter chasing down the scoop of a lifetime.

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  • Hardcover:320 pages
  • Publisher:Thomas Dunne Books; First edition (October 6, 2015)



Anderson Cooper called Martin Fletcher the gold standard of TV war correspondents, and he is rapidly building a new reputation as an author. His second book, “Walking Israel,” won the National Jewish Book Award, after he won almost every award in TV journalism. They include five Emmies, the du Pont, the TV Pulitzer, several Overseas Press Club awards and the Edward R. Murrow award for excellence several times.
For three weeks he walked across the Hindu Kush mountains from Pakistan into Afghanistan with the Mujahideen, he was the only television reporter to join the Khmer rouge in Cambodia, the only reporter to enter the American embassy in Tehran when Iranian students held American diplomats hostage for 444 days.
His new novel, Promised Land, draws on his decades of reporting in Israel to paint a searing, intimate portrait of a struggling family set to the story of a struggling nation. Nelson deMille wrote, “historical fiction doesn’t get much better than this.”

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🌼My Thoughts

This is the first time for this author, seen this book at an airport book shop, but I passed it up, sound interesting but I didn’t want to pay the price for it.  After my trip I had to stop at our local Dollar Tree and seen it there and thought what a $1.00 for this book, I put it in my basket.

I don’t remember much about the war in Bosnia and I was interested in what it is like to be a foreign correspondent in a dangerous setting. So I selected The War Reporter by former NBC journalist, Martin Fletcher.

I found the writing is slow with minimal action inserted. The storytelling is average.  I just couldn’t get into the story line, there were times that I found that the chapters were so long and drawn out.

I had to force myself to finish. The first half of the book was great, the second half was horrible. I am so glad that I got this book at a discount store instead of paying full price for it.  I am give it 3 stars out of five. It just wasn’t what I thought it was going to be.


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