Ordinary Heroes

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Scott Turow
Narrator: Edward Herrmann
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Random House Audio Assets
Published In: October 2005
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II. And he'd been told how David Dubin (as his father had Americanized the name that Stewart later reclaimed) had rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp. But when he discovers, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee, and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history and driven to uncover the truth about this enigmatic, distant man who'd always refused to talk about his war.
As he pieces together his father's past through military archives, letters, and, finally, notes from a memoir his father wrote while in prison, secretly preserved by the officer who defended him, Stewart starts to assemble a dramatic and baffling chain of events. He learns how Dubin, a JAG lawyer attached to Patton's Third Army and desperate for combat experience, got more than he bargained for when he was ordered to arrest Robert Martin, a wayward OSS officer who, despite his spectacular bravery with the French Resistance, appeared to be acting on orders other than his commanders'. In pursuit of Martin, Dubin and his sergeant are parachuted into Bastogne just as the Battle of the Bulge reaches its apex. Pressed into the leadership of a desperately depleted rifle company, the men are forced to abandon their quest for Martin and his fiery, maddeningly elusive comrade, Gita, as they fight for their lives through carnage and chaos, the likes of which Dubin could never have imagined.
In reconstructing the terrible events and agonizing choices his father faced on the battlefield, in the courtroom, and in love, Stewartgains a closer understanding of his past, of his father's character, and of the brutal nature of war itself.

Reviews (2)

more than ordinary

Written by Anonymous on July 24th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Excellent book, full of twists and turns that surprised me for a war novel. I will agree with the other reviewer that the story was a bit long at times, but overall a very good novel.

Ordinary Heroes

Written by Patricia Sepich on March 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Good beginning, interesting history, but too long to keep me completely interested. Gita was alluring, I liked her character. Dubin was also appealling, so earnest about trying to do his duty. Stewart was less believable, fortunately he didn't dominate the story.

Author Details

Author Details

Turow, Scott

"You know him best as the author of Presumed Innocent. Critics are raving about Reversible Errors, the latest novel from legal thriller master Scott Turow. Bookreporter.com's Ann Bruns calls Reversible Errors ""a compelling story spun from an astute reflection of those fallible humans that underly the fragile structure of the judicial process.""

With sales of nearly 25 million, the author of Presumed Innocent, The Burden of Proof, Pleading Guilty, The Laws of our Fathers, and Personal Injuries is one of the country's bestselling authors.

In November AuthorsOnTheWeb honors Scott Turow as our Author of the Month. Readers can learn more about Turow's life and his work through trivia, ""fast facts,"" a bibliography, and biographical information."