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Bodie Thoene , Brock Thoene
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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Ellie Claire Gift & Paper Corporation (Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609360338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609360337
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.8 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 715,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a winner! 25 Mar 2013
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Having read the whole of the Zion Chronicles and Zion Covenant books I bought this new series by Bodie Thoene hoping that it would be as good and compulsive reading as they were... however I was very disappointed.. The book was not nearly as good as the others and in fact I will not be buying others in the series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't know what to make of this....... 1 Aug 2011
I love Thoene books usually but this one is just plain weird. Eben Golah is a main character who marries the female lead Loralei Bittick.Lora flees the Nazi's with her sister but loses her parents. During their journey to London they stay for a while in a Belgian cemetery where they meet veterans who have worked there since being injured in WW1, one of them called Judah Blood. Judah drowns when trying to save his friend who falls overboard after being rescued.

Lora's first husband, Varrick, is killed in action.

In London, Lora falls in love with Eben and they marry. Eben is a strange character however and Lora is never really sure of him and asks " who or what are you?". This is because Eben seems to know what the future holds and talks about people from centuries beore as if he knew them personally.

There is a lot of action going on around their love story but I spent too much time trying to work out where on earth this story was going.

Lora is injured in a bombing attack and Eben grieves for her and then, after all this build-up to their love-story, just disappears. Next thing Lora is re-united with Varrick, who wasn't dead after all and they go on to have a family.

Strangely, Lora never ages although everyone around her does. Varrick dies and she gets back together again with Eben.......

Then Lora discovers that Eben and Judah Blood were one and the same person........

Too weird for me, I still can't work out why Lora didn't age? How could Eben and Judah be the same person?

Anyone help me out on this ??
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoenes do it again with "The Gathering Storm." 20 July 2010
By chpayne - Published on
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After reading "The Lord of the Rings" author C.S. Lewis wrote that, " are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron; here is a book that will break your heart." I cannot think of a more apt phrase to describe this book. The Thoenes' have continued the legacy started with their "Zion Covenant," "Zion Chronicles," and "A.D. Chronicles" of masterfully crafting stories of a world engulfed in darkness as evil forces marshal. In these dark times, pinpricks of brilliant light shine through the hearts of the followers of Jesus. This book is part of a new series called "Zion Diaries." It bridges the gap between the "Zion Covenant" and the "Zion Chronicles" through the horror of the Second World War. This book is different from all the others they have written. This is not a story of brave men and women standing on the front lines, or as statesmen and newspapermen sounding the alarm to a deaf world. This is a story of an ordinary, righteous young woman named Loralei as she struggles to be a beacon of light to those surrounding her who have been absolutely devastated by evil, and how she bravely faces the loss of her family...and falls in love again. The Thoenes have perfectly captured the bleakness and absolute horror surrounding those fleeing Hitler's advancing army and the Londoners living through the Blitz. For the reader, evil becomes palpable and smothering-there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. It is here that the stunning beauty of Loralei's life and her faith shine through. Her example stands in stark contrast to her surroundings, and the reader begins to see the value of even the smallest of good deeds-and their eternal impact. Through this experience (and believe me, reading this book is an experience) the reader begins to get a glimpse of how Jesus views acts of kindness and mercy. I absolutely recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful story! 11 Aug 2010
By Michelle Sutton - Published on
Back in 1990 I first discovered a genre called Christian fiction. The very first Christian novel I'd ever read was Vienna Prelude by Brock and Bodie Thoene. The story was excellent. From that point on I was hooked, and it was then that I discovered an affection for historical fiction, especially set during the devastation of WWII Europe. The characters in their books faced uncertain peril, but trusted in a powerful and loving God to save them. Since that time I have read at least 30 of their books up through 2005, but then stopped when the number of available Christian novels exploded to the point I had too many choices and couldn't keep up. It wasn't until this year that I started reading again stories they've written together.

On an emotional level, this story blew me away. At first I'd thought it would be good like some of the others. Engaging and interesting; maybe even a bit heart-rending. This book was so much more. It had passion in it that I don't recall from earlier books. My heart was hurting and I even cried a few times. I read those intense scenes over again...and cried a second time. My heart was totally engaged in the story and invested in this characters' lives. I didn't want it to end.

Yet while the ending was painful--agonizing even--it resolved in an awesome way. But then it changed again. While the second ending was obviously improbable, I still found it more than satisfying. I was willing to suspend disbelief because I wanted to believe the resolution even though it was impossible. I wanted to believe that if you gave up the one thing your heart loved most in this world, that God would restore that to you eventually if you were obedient and followed through with releasing your most beloved person to Him. I wanted to believe that such a passionate and sacrificing love could live forever.

I highly recommend this story for WWII buffs. If you like the supernatural, that's even better. This story is full of action and terror, war and misery, but more than that, it is chocked full of love demonstrated between neighbors, self-sacrifice, and a pure devotion to helping the helpless. I felt so inspired by the character's lives and their faith it left me breathless. I often forgot they weren't real people. I found Eben's revelation about his past incredible and even wondered if it were possible. With God, anything is possible. While the story behind his life is too incredible to be real, it still felt real to me. That is an example of fantastic storytelling. As a result, this book is making my favorites list of 2010 and is staying on my keeper shelf. I absolutely loved it!
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st in Zion Diaries series is powerful novel of WWII 11 Aug 2010
By Christina Lockstein - Published on
The Gathering Storm by Bodie & Brock Thoene is the first book in the Zion Diaries series. Loralei grew up in Europe after World War I while her father prophesied that Germany would rise again. As Hitler's Germany begins to crush the Jews, her family pulls together to help out however they can, aiding the escape of Jewish children to America, getting false Catholic identities for some, and Loralei even marries a Jewish man ,Varrick, partly to save him and his family, but also because she allows herself to fall in love with him. But they family is soon expelled from Germany back to their home in Belgium where Varrick is sent to the front lines. When the family is forced to flee their home in anticipation of the Nazi invasion, she helps her niece, two Jewish girls, and her pregnant sister get to England. Lora's story is enthralling and exciting making it nearly impossible to put the book down. With lots of action, a hint of romance, and a ton of faith this is a terrific story, and I can't wait for the sequel! The Thoenes have included so much detail readers will almost hear the bombs falling around them, but always making the story deeply personal.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the Gathering Storm 17 Feb 2011
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I am a huge fan of the Thoene's and this book does not disappoint. The characters are compelling and honorable. The story is beautifully written. I couldn't put it down!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Add Another Superb Book to the Thoene List! 11 Aug 2010
By M. Carswell - Published on
Loralei and her family are caught up in the Nazi storm, as are the rest of Europe. Despite a US Citizenship, her and her family are forced to flee their home and much of The Gathering Storm chronicles that journey in a no-holds barred kinda of way (i.e. not witholding the harsh, cold facts of war and Nazi brutality).

For Thoene fans, much loved and familiar characters from previous series appear here and there throughout the story line, as do major historical figures like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Some new characters appear that also make the reader wonder, "Fact of fiction". The Tin Noses Brigade with the heroic Judah Blood so stirred me, I had to look online for them! But it seems the Thoene's spun a realistic tale that isn't historical fact. (A tribute to their style of writing!)

It is a book written like every other Thoene book. Full of vivid details that stirs the emotions and evokes powerful images across the screen of ones imagination. I have been a Thoene reader since high school and I find their writing as rich now as I did then. The only difference with this particular book is that it ended with a complete air or mystery that had me wondering in the days after I finished it. . . a spin that I've never seen before, done in such a way as to make it one of the most intriguing books I've ever read!
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