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Beyond the Shadow of Night

Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (147 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this epic tale of friendship and loss from the author of The Sugar Men, fate pushes childhood friends to opposite sides of a terrible war - but is forgiveness always possible?

Ukraine, 1923. On a small farm, two boys are born within days of each other, both Ukrainian, one Jewish. Mykhail and Asher grow up inseparable, together finding friendship, adventure and escape from the harshness of Russian rule. But after Asher’s family flees to Warsaw, their worlds are torn to shreds by the Second World War.

The war brings cruelty to both boys. Although Asher finds love in Warsaw, the city is far from the haven his family sought; meanwhile Mykhail becomes a victim of the bitter struggle for Ukraine. But worse follows, in the shape of the Treblinka death camp. There, both men must obey orders, and both find their morals compromised and their souls tortured. 

The inhuman horrors they witness cast long shadows. Many years later, their paths cross once more, and each man must confront the legacy of his actions. When the darkest of secrets can no longer be kept hidden, can their friendship survive the final reckoning? 

©2019 Ray Kingfisher. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Never forget

Excellent book that should remind us of the horrors of that time, when men tried to play God!

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Great Book

I Had ancestors who were in prison camps. My Father was also a prisoner of war

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Excellent book

Great book on friendship, family and love. I've read a lot of fiction books about WWII. This is one of my favorites.

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Engrossing story

This was another book that I could not out down. Excellent with a surprise ending.

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  • Laurie
  • Florence, KY, United States
  • 06-14-19

I've read better...

I listen to a lot of books set during WWII, and this was pretty average for me. The narrator was good, but the story was just OK.

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Another great book from author

Really enjoyed this book. Parts so tragic and sad Ww2 fiction is my favorite genre. This was fiction but a story played out millions of times in real life for Jews and others deemed by hitler and nazis “not worthy of life”. A story of forgiveness and redemption and you won’t be sorry you read or listened. Great narrations with different accents

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Great book

If you like books about the Halacost you will love this one. Enjoyed it immensely

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Left mecwith goose bumps.

Few books affect me that deeply, but this one certainly did. Whether you're a history buff, or just love a heart wrenching love story, this book is a must read. Any story about the hollicost calls to me. This book not only shows the reader what that horror was like, but what life was like before for the characters. What happened to the survivors? What happened to the perpetrators? Two young boys, who are closer than some brothers, are torn apart by war, reunited by peace. Yet a hidden secret threatens to tear them apart again.

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Slow to start

The authors choice to speak in elementary language in opening chapters is difficult. As the story develops and language matures as do characters you become emotionally attached.

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  • Mintychristine
  • 05-19-19

Great Audio

I really enjoyed the audio The beginning of the story was good It was very dark in the narrative of concentration camp I had to skip chapters I found the ending frustrating the fact one of the characters was considered a war criminal Extremely damaged but surely not perpetuater