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Victor Bevine delivers a fast moving period piece that tests his character's (and reader's) idea of Certainty. The author's eloquent prose, dynamic plot and struggling characters pull the reader swiftly through the story and into your own analysis of Certainty. In a time when many cling to black or white thinking, Bevine offers us a vivid world of grays that push the boundaries of love.
Bevine's brilliance as a writer is only eclipsed by his prowess as a narrator. Check out his long list of accomplished work on Audible.com. He is a master of pacing and cadence, morphing into multiple characters effortlessly. I personally waited until his book came out on audible.com to get the full experience of a phenomenal author reading his own work. Bravo!
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This novel is based on a true story about the Navy's version of a vice squad in Newport RI after WW1. The first half felt a bit stilted and uneven, as the author introduced the main characters: William, a young, naive, straight-laced lawyer; a revered priest, accused of sexual misconduct; and the sailors who were recruited to uncover homosexuality in the Navy. I considered quitting at times, but about halfway through the book, it just took off, turning into an engaging courtroom drama, complete with surprises and moral nuance. It jumped from a 2 star listen to a 5 star listen. I was riveted for the final 4-5 hours. So, ultimately, the slow set up paid off. I am a fan of courtroom novels and history, and this novel merged the two well by the end. It was read by the author, who did a very good job.
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