Like most war veterans, David Dubin never told his children anything about his time in the service, the horrors he witnessed. Now, he’s dead. While cleaning out a closet of his father’s old clothes, Stewart, his son, finds love letters and eventually a manuscript from the 1940s. His father loved a woman other than his mother. His father was nominated for a Silver Star during WWII. A court-martial was empowered to determine if David Dubin should be imprisoned. What else doesn’t Stewart know about his father? And…what does all this stuff mean?
The battle scenes are vivid and cinematic, the liberation of camps vivid, heartbreaking, and cinematic as well. Although this story is fiction, the horror of war and the devastating impact of war for those who survive, witnesses, and die, is not … it is real and chilling.
If you’re looking for some insight into what war does to people, this is a very realistic accounting, wrapped around an intriguing mystery.
This audiobook has been on my todo reading list since 2005. If I’d have know it was this good, I wouldn’t have waited so long. Just over thirteen hours of listening, Ordinary Heroes, is nicely read by Edward Hermann. This narrator is a good choice by Turow, in that Hermann has narrated other historical novels, and actually played historical characters in movies (FDR, for one). There is a comfortable feeling throughout this listen, an authoritative glimpse of the past. In some instances, you’ll hear the mortars and bombs of WWII … coming through wonderfully both in Turow’s prose and Hermann’s interpretation.