Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Gathering Storm

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Gathering Storm
Summerside Press (August 1, 2010)


Bodie and Brock Thoene

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.

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

Shocking though it may be, this is the first book I have read by the prolific Thoene couple. They have woven an interesting tale set in Europe during the early days of World War II. I personally didn't care for the ending; lest I give a spoiler, I'll just say that I thought it was a bit of a stretch and failed to explain an unusual situation. And I don't think the spiritual analogy they were trying to convey really worked. But that may be just a personal preference; many people love this book and others that they have written.


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quilly said...

I know I read one of their books several years ago. I don't remember disliking it, but I also don't remember what it was! The reason I remember them is because they have the same names as two of my male cousins.

Kim said...

All I can say, Linda, is you must try the other Zion books that were published earlier!! They are TOPS! And the BC chronicles are also great!

Try them! Try them! :)

Carole said...

I always appreciate your honest thoughts about the books you read, Linda. And you are not the only one who hasn't read this couple's books until now. I've heard many positive comments about their writing and plan to start with one of their earlier series soon.