Thursday, January 26, 2006

Read: "Ordinary Heroes" by Scott Turow

Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow

I am pretty sure I never read a Turow book before. This was a good book.

Turow's story is mainly set during WWII after D-Day. The story starts in the present day when Stewart Dubin is rummaging through his recently deceased father's effects. Stewart discovers that his father David was court martialed after the war ended. Stewart, retired and divorced with time on his hands, starts researching the case and eventually discovers his father's written narrative of his service in Europe and his adventures that lead to his being court-martialed.

Most of the story is told by David with intermissions by Stewart providing additional family and legal details notr covered by David. There are a couple turns in the story that I assume are meant to come as surprises or mysteries. They are not, you can see them coming a mile away. But, Ordinary Heroes is still a good story touching on the Judge Advocate General's office, the OSS, the Battle of the Bulge, and resistance fighters during the war. Turow's fits coverage of race relations, anti-semitism and other topics into the story in a way that really enhances the novel.

Well written and the characters really kept my interest.

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