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Good historical novel.,
This review is from: Vienna Prelude (Zion Covenant) (Paperback)
"Vienna Prelude", set in Austria and Germany during 1936-1938, is marketed as a Christian novel and, since I'm not a Christian, I didn't know what I'd think about it but decided to give it a chance, because of the many glowing reviews. And yes, the novel clearly is Christian and contains discussions about God and faith, as well as good and evil, and even heaven and hell, but for the most part it doesn't come off as preachy and as a reader you can choose to agree with the religious aspects of it, or to just view them as part of the characters' way of dealing with their problems and the situations they find themselves in (which includes not knowing if a family member is dead or alive, finding oneself in a concentration camp, finding oneself torn between two men that you love, etc). My one complaint might be the author's tendency to fall into the simple "good vs. evil" mentality when trying to explain the motivation of the nazis, instead of trying to describe the real historical and sociological causes behind antisemitism and the rise of the Nazi party.
More importantly, "Vienna Prelude" is a captivating read. It has strong characters finding themselves in the midst of the political turmoil and the increasing spread of violent antisemitism outside of Germany into neighboring Austria at the time leading up to the Anschluss. The novel also shows how the International community (mainly British and to some extent American) failed to do anything about the situation. The story drew me in and kept reading for hours at a time. There were a few "convenient coincidences" at certain plot points but not enough to really complain about. "Vienna Prelude" is a good historical novel that can be enjoyed regardless of ones personal religious beliefs.