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Perilous Days (Brave Hearts)

Narrated by: Ben Stanton
Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
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Winner of the Catholic Writer's Guild Seal of Approval Award!

As this unforgettable adventure story begins, the quiet life of this peaceful Catholic family is thrown into turmoil by the start of World War II. A Nazi soldier knocks on the door of the farmhouse where teenager Felix Culpa Schmidt lives with his family, including his younger brother, Willy, who is a child with down syndrome. The draft notice is tersely delivered. “Report on January 11th and bring your birth certificate.” Felix becomes an unwilling soldier in the German army, forced to serve Adolph Hitler, a man who enacts a plan to kill thousands of "useless eaters" - citizens who are elderly or disabled, citizens like his brother Willy. Felix and his loyal dog, Rolf, are assigned to rescue wounded soldiers on the battlefield, working closely with a mysterious soldier who reveals shocking secrets. Perilous Days is book one in the Brave Hearts series of books about Catholic heroes and heroines.

Historical fiction for listeners ages 9-14.

©2018 Kathryn Griffin Swegart (P)2019 Kathryn Griffin Swegart

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Strong Religious Overtones, Fascinating History

This book starts a little slow, focusing on a boy's spiritual crisis at the beginning of World War II. Once he enters the war and becomes involved in the historical Nazi Catholic underground, things heat up. Throughout, my favorite characterization was that of the boy's endearing, intrepid war dog.
Narration was solid.