Vienna Prelude (Zion Covenant (Paperback)) Paperback – 24 May 2005
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No one is safe. . . .
In 1936 Nazi darkness descends upon Europe. Every person is only one step away from being swept into the nightmarish tide of evil. Blond Elisa Lindheim, a violinist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, adopts an Aryan stage name for protection. But her closest friend, Leah, a talented Jewish cellist, is in a perilous position.
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 will all their efforts be enough to stop the coming Holocaust?
And now Elisa must decide. If she becomes part of the Underground, she will risk everything . . . and put everyone she loves in danger.
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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.
The nine books are divided into three groups focussing on different characters though keepig the whole thread going; personally I preferred the first group, and my only criticism of these authors is that they often equate Muslims with Nazis which I fnd offensive and somewhat ignorant as they really mean the extremist Muslim, not all Muslims, so when the story moves to Israel, I am less comfortable with their stance that the Muslims all wanted to finish Hitler's job. Some did, it is true; but in the Koran Jews and Christians are considered sons of Abraham and brothers to Islam. As a Christian I think this is the only point that marrs otherwise stunning fiction.
The characters are very well drawn and I found I cared about the main protagonists from the off.The chapters are fairly short but numerous and each is cleverly and intriguingly titled so that you are totally drawn in, eager to find out what happens next.
The obvious background research gives the novel it's authenticity and I found I enjoyed the lesson in history which came along with the plot.
The underlying theme is faith in the face of adversity and this underpins the story throughout the whole series and makes for a truly inspiring read.
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