Do you like historical fiction? Then this book, and the whole “Zion Covenant” series is just for you. If you are not already familiar with the works of Bodie and Brock Thoene than you are in for a treat. Their books are a far cry from the typical, fluffy, Christian fiction of today. You will learn so much as you are transported back to a time in history that rocked our world.
As “Vienna Prelude” opens you find yourself in Austria, 1936. Meet the blond Elisa Lindheim, a violinist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, who adopts an Aryan stage name for protection. All seems right in the world, until Nazi darkness descends upon Europe. There are those who choose to fight Hitler’s madness, Elisa’s father, Theo. A courageous American reporter, John Murphy. Winston Churchill, the British statesman. A farm family in the Tyrolean Alps. The Jewish Underground. But who can stop the tide of impending darkness? No one is who they say and nothing is what it seems as swastika flags begin to cover Europe. Spies and secrets lurk behind every corner. What does the violin case really carry, and will books reveal more than what is merely typed on their pages? As Elisa struggles to save a few, can her closest friend, Leah, a talented cellist, escape in time? Is it possible for true love to live in such a time as this? The clock is running out of time for those the Nazi’s consider enemies of the state and the Third Reich. No one is safe as all find out, there is no middle ground.
The “Zion Covenant” series continues for nine books including; “Vienna Prelude,” “Prague Counterpoint,” “Munich Signature,” “Jerusalem Interlude,” “Danzig Passage,” “Warsaw Requiem,” “London Refrain,” “Paris Encore,” and “Dunkirk Crescendo.” They have recently been recovered and also contain study questions, perfect for individual use or group discussion.
In my opinion these books are historical fiction at its best. They not only combine extremely accurate historical facts and figures but captivating fictional ones as well. You will be hooked as you follow the lives of unforgettable characters. The memory of WWII may be fading fast but the things we can learn from that time grow more important. You will see the wonderful way our Lord worked through history and how He is still working today. The Thoene’s motto sounds true as you, “Discover the Truth through Fiction.”