Check Point by Jean-Christophe Rubin





“Pomoc!” (“Aid!”) the convoy declares at every checkpoint along their way across Bosnia to their humanitarian aid destination.  But it becomes increasingly unclear what kind of aid they can provide as the group of five splinters apart, each with a different agenda.  Already at odds after hire in France, Lionel (leader), Vauthier (mechanic), Marc and Alex (former soldiers), and Maud (the only woman and central figure – for whom danger is the avenue to love), discover how they mirror the Serb-Croat war surrounding them.  When Marc and Alex reveal what they’re actually transporting, the team enters the war as combatants against each other, not humanitarian agents together.  Rufin writes with constant psychological tension and suspense that keep readers engrossed.  The book, like the characters themselves, raises perpetual questions and doubts.  Is there a point to doing good?  What is hatred?  Where is there to go from reaching the nader?  After an opening scene that predicts a tragic end, what unfolds is a paradoxical shared experience of dissolution in which factions can finally help each other.  

Author: marilivtollefson

I teach and play violin when not reading and reviewing books. Thanks to indie authors for opening my world and sharing theirs! Find my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Kobo, Midwest Book Review and BookPage, among others.

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