Lay Down My Sword and Shield

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: James Lee Burke

Narrated By: Will Patton

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: February 2010

Duration: 8 hours 48 minutes


The hero of James Lee Burke's recent bestseller Rain Gods, cousin to lawman Billy Bob Holland, and a genuine product of the South, both old and new, Hackberry Holland makes his first appearance in this early gem from "America's best novelist" (The Denver Post). Against the backdrop of growing civil rights turmoil in a sultry border town, the hard-drinking ex-POW attorney yields to the myriad urgings of his wife, his brother, and his so-called friends to make a bid for a congressional seat -- and finds himself embroiled in the seamy world of Texas powerbrokers. And when Hack attempts to overturn an old army buddy's conviction, and crosses paths with a beautiful union organizer who speaks to his heart in a way no one else has, he finds both a new love and a new purpose as he breaks free from the shackles of wealth and expectation to bring justice to the underserved.


  • smithe6

    Altho this is not my favored Robichaud book, Burke still is a commensurate poet here, just a tad darker. His main character at first seems like just a basic alchoholic who can't help himself. But he is still sensitive to the inequities in life and the story told is a great cross-section -- the landed gentry and its corruption, politicians and their corruption, what was the Korean War and its horrors and how they affected this one man. I also liked being reminded of lessons from contemporary history, focusing on the courage of farm workers and their attempts to organize. And boy, does James Lee get the alchoholic down pat! Altho I wouldn't read it again (TOO dark), I'd recommend it to anyone who wanted to study the way Burke characteristically describes the landscape. Awesome!

  • Anonymous

    I am a fan of James Lee Burke's books, but "Lay Down my Sword and Shield" seemed to me, pointless and very depressing.