Munich Signature Paperback – Mar 17 2005
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BODIE AND BROCK THOENE (pronounced Tay-nee) have written over 45 works of historical fiction. That these best sellers have sold more than 10 million copies and won eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards affirms what millions of readers have already discovered-the Thoenes are not only master stylists but experts at capturing readers' minds and hearts.
MUNICH SIGNATURE, third in the Zion Covenant series, pitsyoung Elisa against Hitler's Third Reich. Elisa has the potential todestroy Hitler's power, yet it may cost her life. The Holocaust anddeath camps are grimly portrayed by narrator Amieé Lilly, withscenes of torture minus explicit details. Lilly portrays Jewish andGerman characters with skill and finesse. International intrigue, war,refugees unwanted by any country, and despair parallel the truth ofwhat led to WWII, giving the listener a Jewish perspective. This isone audio of a well-done series that only whets the listener'sappetite for more. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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Munich Signature introduces a new and powerful character in Trudence "Bubbe" (Grandmother) Rosenfelt, a 78-year-old widow who married a Hamburg man and raised her family there. Her family in Hamburg now consists of a married granddaughter, that granddaughter's husband, and their five small daughters. Bubbe Rosenfelt will not use her U.S. citizenship to return home to Brooklyn, New York until she finds a way to get her loved ones out of Germany, and the roadblocks she encounters are only partly of German construction. American unwillingness to bend rigid quotas and other immigration rules proves far harder to overcome than Nazi unwillingness (real though it is) to let the Jews escape Hitler's plans for a final solution. There may be a way, though, Mrs. Rosenfelt learns when she persists in troubling a U.S. Embassy official. If she has enough money to pay outrageous fees for their passage, and if her family is willing to board a rusting, incredibly overcrowded freighter. Meanwhile, both the Gestapo and British Intelligence stalk Elisa, because the latter organization recognizes how useful this woman can be if compelled to serve as an operative.
Once again Bodie and Brock Thoene produce a fast-paced, emotionally stirring tale based solidly on real events. Their characters, while fictitious, feel just as real. I was particularly impressed in this book by John Murphy's gradual inner journey from cheerful disregard for the religion of his childhood to actively seeking God's help. While the book's text sometimes does lapse into preaching (which will please some readers while annoying others), there is nothing "preachy" about Murphy's transformation by God's grace. It happens naturally, in a fine example of how character development ought to be handled in any novel.
--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of HIGH PLACES and 2005 EPPIE winner REGS
This book in particular radiates the message that the power of music can, indeed, carry us through the worst of times. It's tragic and heartbreaking yet makes us want to cheer all at the same time. I'm reading this one right now, and even though I already know what's going to happen I'm still waiting eagerly to go through it all again with the main characters.
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