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Inspired by the scandalous true story that shocked a nation at the close of WWI.
With America's entry into World War I, the population of Newport, Rhode Island, seems to double overnight as 25,000 rowdy recruits descend on the Naval Training Station. Drinking, prostitution, and other depravities follow the sailors, transforming the upscale town into what many residents - including young lawyer William Bartlett, whose genteel family has lived in Newport for generations - consider to be a moral cesspool.
When sailors accuse a beloved local clergyman of sexual impropriety, William feels compelled to fight back. He agrees to defend the minister against the shocking allegations, in the face of dire personal and professional consequences. But when the trial grows increasingly sensational, and when outrageous revelations echo all the way from Newport to the federal government, William must confront more than just the truth - he must confront the very nature of good and evil.
Certainty recalls a war-torn era when the line between right and wrong became dangerously blurred.
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By Sir Shopper on 12-30-14
Victor Bevine delivers a fast moving period piece that tests his character's (and reader's) idea of Certainty. The author's eloquent prose, dynamic plot and struggling characters pull the reader swiftly through the story and into your own analysis of Certainty. In a time when many cling to black or white thinking, Bevine offers us a vivid world of grays that push the boundaries of love.
Bevine's brilliance as a writer is only eclipsed by his prowess as a narrator. Check out his long list of accomplished work on Audible.com. He is a master of pacing and cadence, morphing into multiple characters effortlessly. I personally waited until his book came out on audible.com to get the full experience of a phenomenal author reading his own work. Bravo!
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By Mark on 11-23-15
After slow start, great courtroom drama
This novel is based on a true story about the Navy's version of a vice squad in Newport RI after WW1. The first half felt a bit stilted and uneven, as the author introduced the main characters: William, a young, naive, straight-laced lawyer; a revered priest, accused of sexual misconduct; and the sailors who were recruited to uncover homosexuality in the Navy. I considered quitting at times, but about halfway through the book, it just took off, turning into an engaging courtroom drama, complete with surprises and moral nuance. It jumped from a 2 star listen to a 5 star listen. I was riveted for the final 4-5 hours. So, ultimately, the slow set up paid off. I am a fan of courtroom novels and history, and this novel merged the two well by the end. It was read by the author, who did a very good job.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful