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WRONG PLACE… 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 Sp WRONG PLACE… 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 Spanish Secret Service’s “most wanted” list, branded an active member of the Basque terrorist group ETA. He has no choice but to flee his country. Two years later, Lartaun’s childhood friend bursts back into his life. In exchange for a “small favor,” he offers him a passport and the chance to return to Europe under a new identity. Lartaun seizes the opportunity. …WRONG TIME Back in Europe, hiding away in a commune in the French Pyrenees Mountains, Lartaun meets Faustine, a young French environmentalist. As their relationship renews his belief in a future worth fighting for, Lartaun realizes, albeit too late, that the favor he owes his friend is not so “small” after all. FREEDOM COMES AT A STEEP PRICE HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO PROTECT YOURS?


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WRONG PLACE… 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 Sp WRONG PLACE… 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 Spanish Secret Service’s “most wanted” list, branded an active member of the Basque terrorist group ETA. He has no choice but to flee his country. Two years later, Lartaun’s childhood friend bursts back into his life. In exchange for a “small favor,” he offers him a passport and the chance to return to Europe under a new identity. Lartaun seizes the opportunity. …WRONG TIME Back in Europe, hiding away in a commune in the French Pyrenees Mountains, Lartaun meets Faustine, a young French environmentalist. As their relationship renews his belief in a future worth fighting for, Lartaun realizes, albeit too late, that the favor he owes his friend is not so “small” after all. FREEDOM COMES AT A STEEP PRICE HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO PROTECT YOURS?

30 review for ETA - Estimated Time of Arrest

  1. 5 out of 5

    Buzz Ryan

    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 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 accused of a heinous crime and his continual manipulation of those he loves. A good reviewer would probably give you more of a plot synopsis than that, but I am just a reader. The mechanics of the story worked for me, I wasn’t beat up with the Basque Separatist agenda of the villains, and the romances were not overly syrupy. She made me feel for the Basque people, but not those whose agenda is morally repugnant. Nothing is wasted in the writing. Given the limited time I had to read this was a blessing. The story flowed and never bogged down. Ms. Pontvieux spared me the need to read twenty paragraphs of the description of snow on the Alps. Like her characters I feel like I spent a week in her European locales after a few well turned sentences. The plot is straight forward. This is a thriller after all! I wanted to like the protagonist, but I really didn’t. Whether this was me or intentional I can’t say. He just kept getting tugged one way to the other by his associations and it isn’t until the end with the motivation of the woman, a positive influence, he has fallen in love with that he takes matters in his own hands. I don’t blame him because I fell in love with her too. In the end it wasn’t really him that directly stops the bad guys but it was his conduct that influenced its final gruesome ending. For that I have to give him points for even though it prompts him to go on the run again. Delphine’s biography reads like that of the adventuress of my dreams, and I hope beyond hope that her next work takes us underwater in which she is an expert and gives Clive Custler a run for his money.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rick-Founder JM CM BOOK CLUB

    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 nov 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 novel fromyour typical thriller- ETA is far more than a typical thriller- it is a human study of one's conscience being tested during a very chaotic time. The supporting characters, especially Faustine- an environmentalist with a quick mind and much more and Jean-Phillipe add to this gem of a novel's plot. I f you read only one book this year- do yourself a favor- read- ETA! Rick Founder- The James Mason Classic British Book Club

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jason Pettus

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. 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 au (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. 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 author signed to a large publishing company will have at least a full-time editor, copy editor, proofreader and agent at their disposal, all of them making fine-tuned changes to that manuscript that a self-published one simply doesn't receive, not to mention the entire army of student volunteers that full-time writers sometimes have if they are a professor as well, which they are in so many cases. So it's always a real delight to come across a book like Delphine Pontvieux's ETA: Estimated Time of Arrest; because although you should be aware from the start that it's not much more than a beach-and-airport political thriller, it's a good enough one that it could literally be picked up right this second by Random House for a million-copy print run with no changes needed, a rare occurrence for a book like this which is basically one step above being self-published. (So that is, it's put out by an actual company called Miss Nyet Publishing, but which was started by the author specifically to put out this book, the situation that many people are referring to when they use the term "basement press.") And in fact I suspect one of the reasons this book is so effective is that it's set in a milieu that's rarely discussed here in the US; that of the Basque separatists who live in the borderland between Spain and France, a place that the French-born, globetrotting Pontvieux (now a Chicagoan) is obviously quite familiar with, and which turns out makes for an almost perfect setting in which to base an exciting political potboiler. For those who need a little primer (and forgive me if I get some of this wrong -- I'm getting most of my info from the novel itself), you can think of the situation in Basque in much the same terms as the more well-known Northern Ireland; for a long time a tiny independent nation surrounded by the various Great Powers (much like its nearby neighbors Monaco and Luxembourg), during the fascist Franco years it was taken over by Spain and subjected to a brutal process of assimilation, which like the Irish Republican Army (or IRA) inspired the formation of a paramilitary nationalist organization, known there as the ETA. But by the 1990s, twenty years after the fall of the Franco regime, a compromise of sorts had been struck, which gave the Basque region an autonomous political status while still officially remaining a part of Spanish and French territory, with an end to imperialistic hostilities and the official public right again to celebrate Basque history and culture; and again, much like the IRA, it was at this point that even more and more locals started questioning the effectiveness or even need of a continued ETA, making them much more controversial and not nearly as automatically supported by separatists as when they were fighting literal fascists hellbent on destroying them. And like the best political thrillers, Pontvieux takes no official sides in ETA, but rather uses the complex situation itself to tell an epic and far-reaching story, essentially centered around a young good-guy named Lorenzo Izcoa, swept up as a teen into the romanticism of the paramilitary movement but then eventually falsely accused of blowing up a police station, during a mass protest that turned chaotic. Like the early work of Tom Clancy, then (which I happen to like a lot), Pontvieux uses Izcoa's situation to examine a whole series of communities and locations related to the issue of Basque independence -- from rural Mexico where he spends time as a fugitive, to the alps of southern France where he is brought in by the group to do one last favor, from a mountain hippie community full of environmental activists to the weary police inspectors of big-city Espana. Pontvieux uses all these settings to examine the issue of Basque separatism and terrorist violence from all kinds of different angles, thankfully enfolding these more philosophical issues into the action itself, instead of simply lecturing us like so many mediocre political thrillers do; and along the way, she bases an important aspect of the plot on her personal love for freehand rock-climbing, a natural addition within the beautiful yet treacherous mountain terrain of southern France and northern Spain where our story largely takes place. Now, like I said, this is a genre project through and through, and you will need to be an existing fan of people like John LeCarre to have even a chance of enjoying ETA; but as far as that's concerned, this is definitely on the high end of the quality scale for that genre, a quickly-paced page-turner that I imagine most fans of political thrillers will find themselves flying through. What a great week it always is when I get a chance to stumble across a book like this, one that far exceeds both my expectations and its publishing circumstances. It comes highly recommended today to those who are fans of such work. Out of 10: 8.9, or 9.4 for fans of political thrillers

  4. 4 out of 5

    ѦѺ™

    "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 "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 French Pyrenees where he meets and falls in love with Faustine Laroche. keeping his true identity and history a secret from Faustine, Rafael realizes too late that the small favor he owes Patxi poses a threat and is larger and deadlier than he imagined. author Delphine Pontvieux delivers a beautiful and compelling story of a man on the run. from the colorful Basque country to the dizzying heights of the Pyrenees, i was treated to a visual and emotional rollercoaster ride. this book is part political thriller, romance and adventure filled with well-drawn characters and a very interesting plot. i have never read a book before that explored in rich detail the plight of the Basque people. Delphine Pontvieux did an amazing job of presenting their history without sounding biased and without inundating the reader with boring historical facts. in fact, my interest was piqued to the point that i had to explore a bit about how things are now with the Euskaldunak (Basque speakers). the author's love for the outdoors also shines through and it was a vicarious thrill to go hiking and mountain climbing with Rafael and Faustine. years ago, i experienced doing a reverse rappel from a height of 120 feet. another thing i did was traversing a distance of 100 meters of dense tropical jungle 20 meters below me while attached to a secure harness and cable system. i tell you everything was an incredible rush! even the book's title is catchy and shows the author's ingenious play with words. ETA is commonly known as Estimated Time of Arrival. Delphine replaced the last word with Arrest. ETA also stands for Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (Euskara or Basque for Basque Homeland and Freedom). this is the name of the terrorist group that figures so much in the story. i liked the way the chapters are laid out. the numbers are handwritten and below them are Basque words. each chapter is also stamped with the time, day, month and year. this style spoke highly of the author's flair for organization and kept me on track with what was going on in the story. by the way, you have to take a second look at the book's cover and see if you notice something striking! it is hard to believe that ETA: Estimated Time of Arrest is the author's first book. for a debut novel, it manages not only to entertain but also to educate and inform as well. Disclosure of Material Connection: i was gifted a Kindle copy of ETA: Estimated Time of Arrest by the author herself. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    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 w 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 well. I loved this description (Lartaun is staring at something on the ground while mountain climbing) ---- He was transfixed by the sight of a tiny Rock Jasmine. The frail plant was growing on a miniscule patch of soil encased in a crack between two sheets of rock ........ Whatever miracle had caused this little seed to travel all the way up there and find a piece of earth to call home seemed like a true wonder. It was so ironic and yet made him think about the Basque country. The flower was just like his people, fighting an ongoing battle against all odds so that they could flourish and grow on their small piece of land. The central characters are the tall, slender and extremely good looking 23 year old Lartaun and the pretty enviromentalist Faustine, 18, "with a gift for reading people's thoughts". They are both incredibly likeable figures and I found their relationship totally believable. Lartaun is drawn into a world in which he starts to feel uncomfortable with as he has to repay his friend's favour, the suspense is very slowly and skilfully drawn to an exciting conclusion. This isn't just a tale of political terrorists it is an absorbing thriller showing different sides of people's characters and of how they come to terms with the consequences of their actions, of romance, all the while with a backdrop of the beautiful mountainous scenery which is wonderfully described throughout. I thought the storyline was strong and the characters were all well-defined with fascinating back stories.

  6. 5 out of 5

    William Graney

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Considering this was only a $2.99 Kindle download this was definitely the best literary bargain I've come across (outside of a library). This is a fascinating story, very well written, and the kind of page turner that keeps you up late. As much as I was enjoying the story I thought Faustine's personality seemed a little timid and her own self-worth overly dependent on her relationship with Lartaun. Minor complaint though and I certainly found myself rooting for her throughout. One aspect I reall Considering this was only a $2.99 Kindle download this was definitely the best literary bargain I've come across (outside of a library). This is a fascinating story, very well written, and the kind of page turner that keeps you up late. As much as I was enjoying the story I thought Faustine's personality seemed a little timid and her own self-worth overly dependent on her relationship with Lartaun. Minor complaint though and I certainly found myself rooting for her throughout. One aspect I really liked was the open ending and it didn't wrap up like a neat fairly tale. Plus the author allowed for the adventure to continue with a future book(s). Very well done adventure fiction! Also; it was interesting learning a little about the Basque separatist movement and I'll probably do so more research on the subject. Prior to reading this, about all I knew about the Basque regions was that jai alai came from there and I enjoy cooking Poulet Basquaise for dinner guests.

  7. 4 out of 5

    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 plo 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 plot with something else taking centre stage, maybe I would have got further into the story, but since this seemed to be the main focus of the story, I lost interest quickly. I didn’t even get to the part of the story that was mentioned in the summary.

  8. 5 out of 5

    William Messner

    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 exhilar 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 exhilarating. Other reviews here can provide more literary details. My review is to say how emotionally enjoyable this reading experience was for me. It brought me back to reading, for nothing more than the joy of the experience.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Ellis

    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 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 feel you could have been there and partaken in the adventure. After the first few chapters I was so entrenched I had difficulty in putting the book down.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Phil Bolos

    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. ETA 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. ETA: Estimated Time of Arrest by Delphine Pontvieux is a terrific thriller that is sure to be followed by an equally amazing sequel.

  11. 5 out of 5

    The TBR Pile *Book review site*

    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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    D.L. Fowler

    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. 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mark Young

    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! 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!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leigh MacCallum

    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!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    John Flaherty

    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. 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jody Arneson cahill

    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!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joe Pranaitis

    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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jo-Anne Vandermeulen

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