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Francis Joseph Cassavant is eighteen. He has just returned home from the Second World War, and he has no face. He does have a gun and a mission: to murder his childhood hero.

Francis lost most of his face when he fell on a grenade in France. He received the Silver Star for bravery, but was it really an act of heroism? Now, having survived, he is looking for a man he once admired and respected, a man adored by many people, a man who also received a Silver Star for bravery. A man who destroyed Francis's life.

Francis lost most of his face when he fell on a grenade in France. He received the Silver Star for bravery, but was it really an act of heroism? Now, having survived, he is looking for a man he once admired and respected, a man adored by many people, a man who also received a Silver Star for bravery. A man who destroyed Francis's life.

©1998 Robert Cormier (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Ben
  • 01-29-16

I have never had a book give me to tensing, nervousness in my stomach till now!

After reading through half the book for my English GCSE's, I decided to finish it off just listening to its audiobook, I give this book a five out of five.

This book starts off great, forcing you to read on; making you constantly ask why. Francis' motivation becomes clear quite early on in the story, but the way Cormier makes you hate the antagonists, then makes you doubt that he's really a bad guy; does he really deserve what's coming? At the end of the story as Francis makes his way to LeSalle's flat, up the stairs and into his room... That's when you get the burning tenseness in your stomach; when you really want him to succeed, but's scared something will go awry... That is something I have never felt from a book.

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I think This book is great (like you haven't picked that up already), I'd recommend it to everyone who - can - read, as this is such an amazing book: short enough to read, and engaging enough to love.

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  • John
  • 01-19-16

Overall quite good

The narrator is somewhat bland, however one can distinctly tell characters apart. The story has suspense and surprise, easily making you empathetic for the characters.

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