'To keep quiet about something so important... well, it's almost a lie, wouldn't you say?'
When Father Anselm meets Kate Seymour in the cemetery at Larkwood, he is dismayed to hear her allegation. Herbert Moore had been one of the founding fathers of the Priory, revered by all who met him, a man who'd shaped Anselm's own vocation. The idea that someone could look on his grave and speak of a lie is inconceivable. But Anselm soon learns that Herbert did indeed have secrets in his past that he kept hidden all his life.
In 1917, during the terrible slaughter of the Passchendaele campaign, a soldier faced a court martial for desertion. Herbert, charged with a responsibility that would change the course of his life, sat upon the panel that judged him.
In coming to understand the court martial, Anselm discovers its true significance: a secret victory that transformed the young Captain Moore and shone a light upon the horror of war.
©2008 William Brodrick; (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd
Parallel investigations of a soldier's conduct during the horror of the 1st World War conducted contemporaneously and 70 years later are brilliantly woven in this book and make it hard to stop listening.
The underlying and overarching themes of justice in wartime, the nature of death and sacrifice and the range of human responses to them are convincingly addressed.
The conclusions of the characters (and presumably the author) upon the huge issues addressed reflect the author's own twin callings and were for me thought provoking, profoundly reassuring and, on occasions, inspirational. I was glad I had listened to it despite the fact that parts were harrowing in the extreme.
"A Whispered Name"
Very fulfilling listen.
Joseph Flannagan. Joseph states the value of his decision in the book. His decision and his reasoning are selfless.
Absolutely perfect. He moves from charecter to charecter fluidly and his voice puts you in an Irish state of mind that cannot be accessed except through his gifted narration. He made me seek a special quality among narrators that I have thus far been unable to discover.
Joseph Flannagan's uncle. Listening to the culture, history, family legacy, desire, and torment would be a mesmerizing encounter.
Again, this is the kind of book that leaves you searching for its equal. A thoughtful and respectful story and a beautiful listen.
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