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Dr. Owen Whitfield is the elderly Oxford professor of history who first appeared in Michael O'Brien's novel The Father's Tale. In the events of The Sabbatical - which occur sometime later - Dr. Whitfield is looking forward to a sabbatical year of peace and quiet, gardening in his backyard, and tinkering with what he calls his latest "unpublishable book".

As the year begins, he is drawn by a series of seeming coincidences into involvement with a group of characters from across Europe, including a family that has been the target of assassination attempts by unknown powers. During his journey to Romania, the situation in which he finds himself becomes more sinister than it first seemed.

The story deals with the tension between fatalism and the providential understanding of history, with the courage and love that are necessary for navigating through a confusion of signs, and with the triumph of faith and reason over the forces of destruction.

©2021 Ignatius Press (P)2021 Ignatius Press

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The truth will prevail

Paints an accurate picture of the isolation that the truth seeker experiences in a world where overwhelmingly powerful forces promote lies and evil.

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Classic O’Brien!

I’ve loved every one of O’Brien’s books! This one is no exception. In the style of A Father’s Tale which is alluded to toward the end, one keeps on listening because the writing is so wonderful and the story so intriguing. The performance was extremely well done. The talent of the reader in portraying so many different ages, genders, and even nationalities enhanced the story greatly! I hope to hear other O’Brien books on Audible.

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  • 04-29-22

Slow moving but worth it. Excellent novel.

great novel, interesting characters, great plot development, slow-moving and thought-provoking, a spiritual experience. Thanks.