• by Victor Bevine
  • Narrated by Victor Bevine
  • 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When you're fighting an injustice, can it be wrong to do what's right?
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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awful awful awful

true incident in history but the ridiculous fictionalization and conversations are not believable. The author has an agenda and has made this story utterly ridiculous,, shallow, PC and a complete of time. I could not finish it but I looked up the incident in history on google to see how it really turned out with out all the side story drama. Don't
t waster your time
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- Elizabeth

10.5 hours of brilliance- tell your friends!

Tell me a story that flawlessly weaves all the things we think or feel about a myriad of social mores, phobias, and taboos. Add in the beautiful voice of the storyteller (who happens to also be the author!), and we have a perfect audiobook.

This story, although filed under "legal thriller", is not what I expected. No "You can't handle the truth!" No shocking twist with a surprise witness. No clever legal maneuvering by a cunning young gun lawyer. Instead, it's a story of what drives us- whether it be the lives we're born into or the ones we choose in order to escape those mistakes of birth- to do the right thing even if the right thing is following bad orders. Image conscious senior partners, vendetta-driven chief petty officers, poor Irish immigrants starving for a new life, sexually confused Midwestern boys, or men with eyes on the presidency... all make choices that lead to terrible consequences.

If you're looking for a clean wrap up in the final moments of a compelling trial, this is not your book. Go read Grisham instead. If you're looking for a story that makes you spellbound and leaves you with the need to examine your soul, read this book.

Then tell your friends because this book needs word of mouth review since big time bestseller list compilers forgot this one.
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- Julie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-21-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio