Souvenir [NOOK Book]

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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 post-war 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, ...
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Souvenir

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Overview


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 post-war 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497611658
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 168,811
  • File size: 2 MB

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James R. Benn is the author of the popular Billy Boyle World War II mystery series. The debut title, BILLY BOYLE, was a Dilys Award nominee and one of Booksense’s Top Five mysteries for 2006. Subsequent titles have received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal and two have been tagged as “Killer Books” by the Independent Mystery Bookseller’s Association. He lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut with his wife, Deborah Mandel. For more information, visit his website at: jamesrbenn.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Emknine

    I began reading tje BillyBoyle series last year and was astonished by the vivid descriprion od the various hisrorical events. By far this book is the best novel accounting of a single man and his life as it was molded by the human experience that only a seasoned combat vet would know. As a child of a wwll vet, Normandy to the Bulge to VE who brought home a bride and child, I felt a familiarty with various characters. The humility of the survivors, the silence regarding their combat experiences, the loyalty to their buddies, the ones who returned and those who didn't, is evident in this well written narrative. The book is a tribute to the tenacity and shear will to survive of what I consider America's Greatest Generation. We all need more of this kind of well researched, historical entertainment so even as we enjoy our respite we should not lose sight of the sacrifices made that allow us the right to read without censor.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    A story that should be read

    This is a story that should be read. I won't give details, because I would ruin it for the reader. This the story of an old man connecting with son, but first he has to come to terms with his past. you ride along side him on a emomtional roller coaster.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    This was one of the best books I've ever read. The story lines

    This was one of the best books I've ever read. The story lines are woven together ever so skillfully and I found myself completely wrapped up in where it was going. It was a look at WWII fighting in Europe that brought the misery very alive for me. Total wow. I will most certainly be reading more of James Benn's books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Breathtaking

    Truly one of the finest accounts of combat in the Ardennes. A heart rending story of the legacy of war and the legacy of fathers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Excellent

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

    I will not write a synopsis of this book. I will leave the desc

    I will not write a synopsis of this book. I will leave the description of deeper meanings in this book to others. I will say that you MUST read this book. It was one of the best books I have read in a very long time!!

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    Having read all of James Benn's Billy Boyle series to date, I



    Having read all of James Benn's Billy Boyle series to date, I was prepared for war scenes that felt like front-line experience. But Souvenir goes deeper into the soul, deeper into the secrets that soldiers keep from themselves as well as from those at home who cannot possibly know what the soldiers have endured. When I began reading, I expected not to be able to stop, but the intensity and pain is too great; this is not a word version of another video game or movie war, but the transcription of a soul in agony, trying to sort out in the decades that follow the Battle of the Bulge what he has done and promised to do to keep the memory of dead comrades whole.

    Benn moves us from war to the 1960s to the early 21st century as we follow the persistence of memory, the way memories shape the narrator's efforts to build a life, and how the need for truth requires that he finally share those memories--at least some of them--in order to gain some measure of peace. Benn's narrative style, though, is fundamentally realistic. I have not been so cold, for example, when he describes the winter miseries of the Bastogne, since reading Jack London's "To Light a Fire." Every character and scene is vivid, clearly drawn without excess of any kind.

    This is a wonderful book, in short, for its writing, its vividness, its insight into the walking wounded of real war and the quiet heroism of people who have seen too much death and destruction and still strive to build a decent, honorable life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Souvenir tells the story of the life of Clay Brock, alternating

    Souvenir tells the story of the life of Clay Brock, alternating between events in his life in 1945, 1964 and 2000. The descriptions of infantry combat in the freezing snow-covered forests in Europe are particularly gripping. These men are not part of any grand battle or strategy; they hardly even know where they are, except for with each other. Brock tries to adjust to civilian life and start a family, but he finds that challenging as well, even more so because of the secrets from his past which he works to keep hidden from everyone. Finally, the chapters from 2000, where Brock ages into the next unfamiliar century, bringing his secrets with him, are moving. There's a twist to the plot that I won't reveal, but fan of Benn's mystery series can expect the same kind of trademark plot twist he's known for. Different, but highly recommended.

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    Posted May 16, 2012

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