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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  12 reviews
How do you find a way to fit in when you don't really feel you belong? Hunter follows the stories of Eric, a teenage boy, and two men, one a Nazi from Austria and the other a Nazi from northern Germany. Eric has just moved from the country to the coastal town of Crescent Bay and has difficulty adjusting. To earn some money, he begins doing odd jobs for seniors and comes in ...more
Paperback, Second, 330 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Rippple Books
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Nancy
Jul 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Hunter by Campbell Jefferys is simply a wonderful book. The coming of age of Eric Messer in Australia on the eve of the Iragi War is both helped and hindered by his parents, his friends, a girl and two old men who may not be exactly what they seem. The story is told with flashbacks to WWII breaking in with the tale of Eric and his family.

Eric had moved to Perth with his family from the country where he was happy, where he fit in and where he knew what was what. His entrance into a new school wh
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Julie
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book tells the tale about Eric Messer who transfers school when his family move. It is a difficult time for Eric who lives with his father and mother but clearly does not get on with his father and you can understand why! His mother is sympathetic to Eric’s plight but again is often afraid to stand up to her husband. It doesn’t seem a happy marriage.

The other side of this story involves a German soldier who lives in the same town that Eric’s family have moved to. We hear about Fischer’s lif
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Sharon
Mar 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Was Australia a haven for Nazi's?

The book starts out with the story of a young, wounded soldier named Peter who deserts the German army in WWII to find refuge with a Polish couple. He is destined to leave Europe and moves to Australia to start a new life under a new name.

This is also a coming of age story in the present about a young teen named Eric who is trying to fit in at his new school on the coast of Australia. He has issues with his parents who fight incessantly and he finds that surfing
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Rick
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book from a goodreads giveaway.

First of all, from the description I was expecting something like Stephen King's Apt Pupil. While there are some superficial similarities, these stories are nothing alike. This did take a little while to get going. But it is worth checking out if this is within your area of interests. I also really enjoyed that this was from an Australian perspective. It's nice to read something that is different from the typical (and far to prevalent)
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Charlotte
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways-won
I finally got the chance to read this after receiving it from a giveaway. I'd say it was interesting, the right amount of suspense, and the right amount of teenage angst, and a good amount of history. Enjoyed it as a good coming of age story as Eric tries to find his way through a new environment and discovers a lot of it's dark secrets.
Devon
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding!

Well-written and fascinating read. Issues of hate, nationalism, and racism are just as timely today in America. The book made me think hard about the state of our nation and where it's heading.
Sharon Heaverly Machuga French
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book was received through Goodreads/First Reads giveaway with a request for an honest review.

Hunter is a very interesting book telling the tale of 2 people in different countries and different times of their lives. Fischer is a young, wounded Nazi soldier who does not agree with the whole program of the Nazi world. His father, however, is a higher up in the Nazi regime. This is just one conflict that Fischer must deal with. The other character is a Eric, a young boy in Australia who is goin
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susan murray
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Won from goodreads
About Eric his family the fact he has just moved his relationship with his parents.
Eric is also badly bullied at schools and out of school trying to find a way to fit in so this stops.
He starts to to gardening etc for money and thus is where the story truly starts you'll get a history lesson of Germany and the war.
Letty
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. It was entertaining, but a slow start. I am interested in stories that relate to WWII and this one had an interesting twist of telling two stories at one time. One of exiles from WWII and their intersection with a young man in Australia. It was different than I expected, but an enjoyable read, nonetheless.
Josefine
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-giveaway
powerful words and a heartbreaking story about friendship. Very graphic discribtions of the war.
Graham
Nov 04, 2014 rated it liked it
The book contains two stories that have are linked by a book.

The first story tells of the backstory of a minor character in the other story and how he came about the book and it’s journey to Australia. The lead in this story is peter is a Nazi solider who escapes from the eastern front, following his patrol being hit by a shell and discovering the book on another solider. During his journey home he befriends both Jews and polish, as well as ending up in the middle of Allied bombing of German cit
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It started in the hills near Perth, where he was brought rather quietly and with little fanfare into the world. The farming area tucked in the south-west corner of Western Australia became forever his reference point, but even then the world seemed broad and large, with the fields of wheat stretching to the horizon. But the whole world could not simply have been a field of wheat. There had to be m ...more

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