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?
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by James R. Benn
by Mark Haskell Smith
by Joe Haldeman
by Jason Green, Mark Henneman, Dimitar Antov
"This is much more than a war story. From the opening lines, Peter Berkrot'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 Budd 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. M.O.B. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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