[CFBA Tour&Review] The Gathering Storm (Zion Diaries,bk1) by Brock and Bodie Thoene

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This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Gathering Storm
Summerside Press (August 1, 2010)

by
Bodie and Brock Thoene

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Bodie and Brock Thoene (pronounced Tay-nee) have written over 50 works of historical fiction. Over twenty million of these best-selling novels are in print. 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.

Bodie began her writing career as a teen journalist for her local newspaper. Eventually her byline appeared in prestigious periodicals such as U.S. News and World Report, The American West, and The Saturday Evening Post. She also worked for John Wayne’s Batjac Productions (she’s best known as author of The Fall Guy) and ABC Circle Films as a writer and researcher. John Wayne described her as “a writer with talent that captures the people and the times!” She has degrees in journalism and communications.

Brock has often been described by Bodie as “an essential half of this writing team.” With degrees in both history and education, Brock has, in his role as researcher and story-line consultant, added the vital dimension of historical accuracy. Due to such careful research, The Zion Covenant and The Zion Chronicles series are recognized by the American Library Association, as well as Zionist libraries around the world, as classic historical novels and are used to teach history in college classrooms.

Bodie and Brock have four grown children—Rachel, Jake, Luke, and Ellie—and seven grandchildren. Their sons, Jake and Luke, are carrying on the Thoene family talent as the next generation of writers, and Luke produces the Thoene audiobooks.

Bodie and Brock divide their time between London and Nevada.

ABOUT THE BOOK

As Nazi forces tighten the noose, Loralei Kepler, daughter of a German resistance leader, must flee her beloved Germany. But is any place safe from Adolf Hitler’s evil grasp? Loralei’s harrowing flight leads her into the arms of needy child refugees, who have sacrificed everything in exchange for their lives, and toward a mysterious figure, who closely guards an age-old secret.

Explore the romance, the passion, and the danger of the most anticipated series of the last twenty years.

Born from the highly acclaimed and best-loved novels of three generations of readers — The Zion Covenant series and The Zion Chronicles series — Zion Diaries ventures into the lives of the inspiring and intriguing characters who loved intensely, stood up for what was right, and fought boldly during Hitler’s rise to power and the dark days of World War II.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Gathering Storm, go HERE

My Review:
Amazing! Interesting! Beautiful! And so much more! For along time now, book lovers all around me have talked about Brock and Bodie Thoene’s wonderful work and I was always thinking to myself-who is that and what’s so special about their stories? Well now I know and now I totally, without a doubt, can agree with them. Bodie and Brock Thoene write story that is all at once intense, riveting, beautiful and suspenseful. I was awake late into the night turning page after page, waiting for what happened next.

Loralei Kepler is an absolutely beautiful and deep character. Reading her story had me seeing her war-torn life through her eyes. And the details to Adolf Hitler-VERY intriguing and well done. Amongst Loralei’s attempts to escape the Nazi forces, passion and romance and a strength that can only come from God make up the foundation of this heart-capturing, emotionally raw, breathtaking novel.

I positively recommend this novel- book 1 in the Zion Diaries series- with the highest of high praises and 5 stars. If you love history, passion, God and Thoene novels, then get your copy of The Gathering Storm NOW. If you’re like I was with this story, you’ll instantly fall in love with Thoene books AND history! Kudos and thumbs up to the Thoene’s for a most incredible start to a series I will NOT be missing!

*This book was provided for review by Summerside Press/CFBA*

11 August, 2010
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