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This book is not what I thought it was going to be. From the title, I assumed that there was some sort of hunt after Gavrilo Princip. I was expecting a carefully plotted assassination, followed by a daring escape and concluding with some brilliant detective work to bring the man to justice. In reality Gavrilo is caught immediately. There is no hunt. Instead the author uses the word hunt as a metaphor for his journey to understanding about Gavrilo Princep and modern Bosnia. I think that more than half of the history in this book has nothing to do with WWI, or Gavrilo, and instead is more about the 1990s and the civil war between the Bosnian Serbs, Bosnian Croats, and Bosnian Muslims. If you are looking for a book about those things this is the book for you; it is well written with good emotion and many interesting insights. The narration went unnoticed, which is a compliment. In the end the author does tie everything back to Gavrilo Princip, which was fascinating, but on the whole this is not the book I was looking for.
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A while ago, I bought an audiobook that meticulously detailed every event of the Italian theater of war in World War 2. I cannot remember one, lasting image or fact from that book. So, what you have here is a non-typical book about a historical figure- Gav Principe. It's more of a travelogue and stream-of-consciousness with historical facts thrown in. In the beginning, I was kind of thrown off but I am glad I stuck with it. Personally, I retain knowledge better from a book like this. I found it to be very rich. And since I was not born in the UK, I found the author's musings about the first world war and its effects on his home town and family rather interested. If you want a straightforward history book about the assasin, don't get this. But I liked the book very much and almost anything Gerard Doyle turns into gold anyway.
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