Dr. Owen Whitfield is the elderly Oxford University professor of history who first appeared in Michael O’Brien’s novel, THE FATHER’S TALE. In the events of THE SABBATICAL, which occur some time later, Dr. Whitfield is looking forward to a sabbatical year. 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 unknows powers. During his journey to Romania, the situation in which he finds himself becomes more sinister than it first seemed. The story is ultimately about the tension between fatalism and the providential understanding of history, about the courage and love that is necessary for navigating through a confusion of signs, and about the triumph of faith and reason over the forces of destruction. Hardcover.
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