I have read every book Chuck Driskell has written. In this book he returns to his beloved Germany where his best stories can be found. I think this is his longest but I know it is his best. It was hard to put this book down and I did so only when sleep demanded it. This book, largely set in prewar Germany and Austria, chronicles the protagonist’s journey to save a group of children from certain Nazi extermination. It’s a little more complicated than that as success is contingent on solving a myriad of riddles and puzzles along the way thus resulting in unanticipated twists and turns as the journey unfolds. Give it a shot. You won’t be disappointed.
I have read many WWII stories, both fiction and nonfiction. I am always amazed at the unreal circumstances people faced during that time. This story, while fictional, reads as totally believable. The individual acts of courage that many ordinary people performed to ultimately emerge victorious in this struggle continue to astound me. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good page turning read about a time that will hopefully never come again.
It is a great book that you will not be able to put down once you start reading. The book introduce complex angles from dark times in an easy flowing manner. Chuck knows how to turn his heroes into super-heroes and the bad guys into "super-evil". However, he does that elegantly and you will really enjoy the process! Everything is done with a great balance between historical events, history, geography and plot. All are interleaved together with great care.
The best book I've had recently and trust me I've tried plenty.
I loved this book. It is painful, still today, to contemplate the Nazi death camps of WWII and the suffering of so many people. I am always stunned by the bravery of people in the face of terror. I don't think we should ever forget these horrendous times in history and how people can be so evil, hateful. Much of this novel has the core of truth based on the author's family, so for history buffs, you will love this story. I highly recommend reading ZION. You won't be disappointed.
In the tradition of Jack Higgins, Ken Follett, and contemporary Joel Rosenberg, Chuck Driskell has matched their terrific character development, magnetic & dramatic theme to pull you in. Outstanding thriller—just ordered all of Driskell’s Gage Hartline thrillers
This book is a bedrock of how much we take for granted in our world. The reason we do is because we forget what did happen and even though this is fiction it is grounded in history and truth. The story is well written and the flow is well done. The plot and subplots allow much of your imagination to create the theater of your mind. No just one type of persons or just a few main characters but a cascade of lives drawn out for all to see. I really liked the Scotland yard main guy as he brought a touch of magic in the way the Brits do their thing. The real deal was the man Neil as he is just what could have been and would do. The opening of the book was excellent and hooked me right there. Turkey and all the WW1 drama was on the mark. This writer will make his mark, and needs to write, I want more of this type of stories that can capture and transport one to the world and stories that teach and entertain.
I loved this book! After years of avoiding fiction about Jews and Nazis, thinking it had all been done by now, I succumbed to the description and bought this one. And I was amply rewarded. A lengthy book, this tale has many characters and sub-plots, but all in support of the enormous mission of saving Jewish lives by getting a boatload of children out of Nazi-occupied Austria and thus to Palestine. The author creates a fully textured story, describing the many players in enough detail to make them real, not just pawns to serve the plot line. That is what makes the book such a joy to read. I've gotten a better idea of American policy making, including de facto policy-not just official history- between the great wars; a picture of life in rural Austria after the Anschluss; just enough experience of Jewish children and the international Jewish community-wide effort to save them to evoke what I already knew and enough for even an initiate to understand the intense drama involved. And that's in addition to the story of the protagonist, Neil Reuter, half German half Shoshone Indian, whose life was made and then almost broken by the conflicts of the early twentieth century. His journey alone is a complex story as it unfolds into a final embrace of goodness and love after years of negativity and pain. So even if you think you've been sated on stories in this genre, please read this book. You won't be disappointed.
This is a powerful story of the resilience of the human spirit during times of atrocity and how ultimately our choices define us. Neil Reuter is an American who fought during the Great War and has since been employed by the War Department to carry out assassinations of enemies of the state. He has recently lost his wife, Emilee, and his unborn child to murder. Grieving and wondering what the point is of his wayward life, he receives a letter from his best friend and war buddy, Jakey. To make matters worse, Jakey has been killed overseas. Jakey entrusts Neil with an important mission: of transporting dozens of Jewish childish and their caretakers to Palestine and safety from Europe.
It's 1938, and the Nazis are gaining power by the day, and war looms on the horizon. Neil accepts the mission, believing it will give him a purpose and something worthwhile to do, but getting to the children will prove a huge challenge. What plays out is a masterfully crafted story of survival, espionage, battle of wills, and a race against the powers that wish to stop Neil, including crazed and corrupt War Department leader Preston Lord and SS leader Anton Aying, two men who are guilty of horrific crimes.
In the midst of Neil's journey, he encounters more death, more hatred, but also romance and hope. The further I got into the story, to more the thrill of the tale swept me into its pages. I couldn't stop reading. But it wasn't only needing to know what happens next that got to me. Many of the characters came alive. I wept with them. I cheered with them. Also for them. This story may be fiction, but its basis is on fact. Not so long ago in our history, events like this occurred, and those who endured those days are to be remembered, honored, and admired...and never forgotten.
It's clear that the author has a clear grasp of history and military knowledge. What's clearer is that often during the most harrowing of circumstances, such of World War II, some of the best stories of courage and dignity shine. Chuck Driskell knows how to weave such a tale.