Reading List for November 2022
The holidays are now upon us, so it is time for the November reading list. Last month I listened to 15 books, and two of them were first-time listens.
The book I want to highlight this month is "Ordinary Heroes" by Scott Turow.
Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II. And he'd been told how David Dubin (as his father had Americanized the name that Stewart later reclaimed) had rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp. But when he discovers, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancée, and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history and driven to uncover the truth about this enigmatic, distant man who'd always refused to talk about his war.
As he pieces together his father's past through military archives, letters, and, finally, notes from a memoir his father wrote while in prison, secretly preserved by the officer who defended him, Stewart starts to assemble a dramatic and baffling chain of events. He learns how Dubin, a JAG lawyer attached to Patton's Third Army and desperate for combat experience, got more than he bargained for when he was ordered to arrest Robert Martin, a wayward OSS officer who, despite his spectacular bravery with the French Resistance, appeared to be acting on orders other than his commanders'. In pursuit of Martin, Dubin and his sergeant are parachuted into Bastogne just as the Battle of the Bulge reaches its apex. Pressed into the leadership of a desperately depleted rifle company, the men are forced to abandon their quest for Martin and his fiery, maddeningly elusive comrade, Gita, as they fight for their lives through carnage and chaos the likes of which Dubin could never have imagined.
In reconstructing the terrible events and agonizing choices his father faced on the battlefield, in the courtroom, and in love, Stewart gains a closer understanding of his past, of his father's character, and of the brutal nature of war itself.
Last month I mentioned that I started a couple of books but did not finish them, including a new title. I did not continue listening to that title. I may finish it in the future, but I may not.
|The Martian||Andy Weir||No||Amazon||Apple|
|A Door Into Time: An Alex Hawke Time Travel Adventure||Shawn Inmon||Yes||Amazon||Apple|
|Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone||J.K. Rowling||No||Amazon||Apple|
|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||J.K. Rowling||No||Amazon||Apple|
|Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban||J.K. Rowling||No||Amazon||Apple|
|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||J.K. Rowling||No||Amazon||Apple|
|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||J.K. Rowling||No||Amazon||Apple|
|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||J.K. Rowling||No||Amazon||Apple|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows||J.K. Rowling||No||Amazon||Apple|
|Ordinary Heroes||Scott Turow||No||Amazon||Apple|
|Band of Brothers||Stephen Ambrose||No||Amazon||Apple|
|Forerunner (AI Fleet Book 1)||Isaac Hooke||No||Amazon||Apple|
|Warship (Black Fleet Trilogy Book 1)||Joshua Dalzelle||No||Amazon||Apple|
|Call to Arms (Black Fleet Trilogy Book 2)||Joshua Dalzelle||No||Amazon||Apple|
|Counterstrike (Black Fleet Trilogy Book 3)||Joshua Dalzelle||Yes||Amazon||Apple|
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