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ETA - Estimated Time of Arrest

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  18 reviews
After participating in a pro-separatist march that turned violent in January of 1992, 21-year-old Lorenzo Lartaun Izcoa is wrongly charged with the fatal bombing of a police station in his home town. Irun is a small city located in the heart of the Basque country, trapped between France and Spain, and struggling for independence. Lartaun finds himself on the
Hardcover, first, 344 pages
Published December 8th 2009 by Miss Nyet Publishing, LLC (first published 2009)
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Buzz Ryan
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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My exposure to political thrillers being limited to Robert Ludlum is my fault. I am an unrepentant SciFi geek so I don’t branch out a lot. Which is why after striking up a budding friendship with Delphine Pontvieux I felt morally compelled to partake of her work and boy am I glad for it!

ETA: Estimated Time of Arrest grabbed me with the instant familiarly I developed with the characters. Within a couple well crafted sentences I knew who these people were. The story of a pretty young man falsely
Rick F.
Apr 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most original, touching and gripping novels I have read in many years. Lorenzo Lartaun Izcoa is a character that I immediately felt a connection to, not an easy feat for an author.
Delphine Pontvieux is spot on in her character development as well as plot. I started reading this on a Friday- and finished early Sunday- as I could not put it down - it is THAT GOOD. The internationallocations. France and Spain, the Basque movement all provide a backdrop that distingishes this
Jason Pettus
Mar 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

As I've said here several times before, I think it unfair to directly compare the worth of a book by a full-time writer on a major press with one by a part-time self-publishing author, if for no other reason than the tremendous amount of editorial advantages held by the former -- after all, a full-time
May 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Arranoak lumak behar, txepetxak ere bai" - The eagle needs feathers, and the wren does too. (Basque Proverbs, Wikiquote)

during a pro-separatist march, Lorenzo Lartaun Izcoa is wrongly accused of bombing a police station in Irun, a small Basque city. he is branded a terrorist and flees to Mexico. two years later, his childhood friend Patxi shows up and offers him a passport and the chance to return to Europe in exchange for a "small favor."
Lartaun, now known as Rafael, hides in a commune in the
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
They say that a debut author should write about what they know and Delphine Pontvieux has done just that ....... she obviously knows a great deal about rock climbing and the Basque country, and her knowledge shines through as the Pyrenees mountains and climbing them forms an integral part of this fascinating and exciting political thriller based upon the activities of the Separatist Group ETA. The story of their inception and rise without any bias on either side was handled very sensitively as ...more
William Graney
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Sarah (Workaday Reads)
With a distinct political angle, this book was different from what I usually read, but I was hoping the intrigue and action would still result in an enjoyable story. Unfortunately, the plot took so much time to start that I gave up. There was a lot of history and back story given, but not enough of the current story.

The main plot in the present day seemed to be Faustine’s angst and teenage crush for Rafael. It came across as very juvenile and annoying. If it had been a smaller portion of the
William Messner
Apr 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
ETA brought me enthusiastically back to something I had not done in over a decade. Read a terrific story, wonderfully told, in an unusual location with a culture and historical background I had never known. The fluidity with which Delphine moves between the genuine emotions of a love story, the descriptive details of landscapes I had never seen, the technical skills of a dangerous “sport” I’d never try, and the historical motivation for each character’s decision was fresh, fast paced and ...more
Debbie Ellis
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I do not typically read fiction and especially mystery fiction but the author being from France is what interested me and what a fascinating surprise! I would love to meet Delphine personally to learn more about what made her write this book. She certainly appears to have a great insight into the radical pressures of the pasts Spanish government, and an expanded knowledge of mountain climbing. Delphine does an extraordinary job of engaging the reader in the events and the characters so that you ...more
Phil Bolos
May 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A great novel with wonderfully written character development and setting descriptions. From the beginning, the story holds the readers attention and leaves them wanting more. The relationships between the characters are genuine and heartfelt, and the characters are easy to relate to in a very positive way. The storyline progresses quickly and does an excellent job of enticing the reader to go on. I recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a suspense filled roller coaster of a story. ...more
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I tried really hard to finish this book. The excerpt had me very intrigued, however when I started reading I began to realize this was not the book for me. The author is very detail oriented and that just slowed down the pace considerably. I struggled to get through the first half of it and eventually gave up.

I have not completely written this author off. If there is ever a time that I come across another book from this author, I will give it a shot.
D.L. Fowler
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't escape the thought Hugo would write like this if he was alive today. Each character was craftily drawn and evoked my empathy. The theme was insightful, challenging and carefully woven into the plot. Backstory was meted out patiently and blended with tension filled action. Highly recommended.
Mark Young
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story really let me 'see'that part of Spain,which I'd visited a long time ago. The writer clearly had a good understanding of the area, the people, and the conflict waging in that part of the country. She did an excellent job of developing the main characters,and building a intricaste plot around these groups of individuals. Good job!
Leigh MacCallum
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
How often do you get to read a thriller that enlightens, educates and excites with such seamless equality? Ms Pontvieux has, in her debut novel, accomplished just such a feat. Extremely well written, with engaging characters and story! Six stars!!
John Flaherty
Apr 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
A great political thriller that draws you in with its characters and settings. I read it in a few sittings. I've never been to the Basque country, but sort of fell like I have now. The book has rock climbing, dynamite, hippie communes, and bull-running. Totally fun read.
Jody Arneson cahill
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has a lot of details in the beginning really setting the stage for an exciting and engaging second half! This would make a great movie!
Joe Pranaitis
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a very good action thriller with lots of twists and turns and a love story to boot. ETA would make a very intersting movie.
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a new interview with Delphine Pontvieux 1 4 Apr 07, 2011 08:53AM  
Delphine Pontvieux was born in Versailles and grew up in France. She studied at Stetson University in Deland, Florida and graduated from the University of Burgundy in Dijon. She also lived, studied and worked in Australia, the USA, Spain and the Netherlands until she moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1998, where she still lives today. She has 10 years of international sales and promotion experience ...more