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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James R. Benn Narrator: Peter Berkro Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Secrets trail an American soldier from his Depression upbringing to the cold winter battles in the Ardennes Forest in the last months of World War II and through the postwar decades, as he struggles to keep his family from being torn apart while keeping the truth buried close to his heart. Clay Brock, proprietor of Jake’s Tavern, has endured terrible losses throughout his life. In 1964, he is working to build a life for his wife and son, only to see everything he’s worked for threatened by forces beyond his control. To keep his family from breaking apart, he must confront the very secret he has kept buried. For Clay, the war has never been over and his foxhole buddy Jake Burnett never far from his thoughts. At two crucial points in his life, as a young father and later as an old man at the dawn of a new and unfamiliar century, his memories draw him back until he must confront them and speak the truth. But at what cost? Download and start listening now!


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  • Souvenir by James R. Benn is an enthralling study of the wounds left by war, age, and secrets. Horrific, beautiful, and constantly surprising, this novel haunts me still.”

    Stuart Neville, award-winning author of The Ghosts of Belfast

  • “Peter Berkrot’s youthful, slightly gruff delivery helps spur the war scenes.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “This is much more than a war story. From the opening lines, Peter Berkro’'s gritty, staccato narration captures the listener and doesn’t let go. Benn's fans will find all the graphic war action they’ve enjoyed in his popular Billy Boyle series, along with deeper, more nuanced developments as the story follows hero Clay Brock’s life after the military. With his gravelly voice and clipped presentation, Berkrot mirrors the detachment Brock must assume to survive the horror and carnage of the battlefield. Displaying considerable emotional range, Berkrot also captures Brock’s barely controlled rage and bewilderment as he transitions to civilian life while struggling with dark secrets from his past.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Bumford | 10/11/2013

    " I had idea of what happen somewhere in the middle, but I could not figure out how he pulled it off till the end. "

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About the Author
Author James R. Benn

James R. Benn is the author of the Billy Boyle World War II mysteries. The debut, Billy Boyle, was named one of the top five mysteries of 2006 by Book Sense and was a Dilys Award nominee. Subsequent books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal and have been listed as the BookPage Mystery of the Month. Two have been tagged as Killer Books by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. A librarian for many years, Benn lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut, with his wife, Deborah Mandel.