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Jerusalem Vigil: A Novel of the Struggle for Jerusalem
Bodie & Brock Thoene
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In the first volume of a momentous new crossover saga set in Jerusalem, a top-selling author team that dazzles with historical fiction in the tradition of James Michener.
With more than 6.5 million books in print, Bodie and Brock Thoene have dominated the Christian fiction market for over a decade and struck a chord in the hearts of readers everywhere. Those readers—and the booksellers who track their tastes—have long clamored for a continuation of their blockbuster Zion Chronicles series: five vivid, sweeping historical novels depicting the 1948 birth of the state of Israel. Viking is pleased to meet that demand. In The Zion Legacy series, Jerusalem—today a city of bimillennial celebration—is once again the stage, this time for three millennia of its history detailed through a cast of historic characters.
Book One of The Zion Legacy series opens as the British are withdrawing from Jerusalem in 1948 and tells the enthralling and dramatic story of several richly drawn characters who are caught up in this momentous time in the world's most sacred city. The Zion Legacy series (with two new books to be published each year) is exquisitely timed for a readership hungry for superb storytelling, historical authenticity, and spiritual adventure of all kinds.
The perennially popular Thoenes, long a fixture in Christian publishing, cross over to a mainstream commercial house with this compelling, Michener-like tale of Israel in 1948. As the British pull out and David Ben-Gurion consolidates power, Arab forces attempt to rout Jews from the Holy City, while the poorly armed, nascent Jewish army, composed of almost every nationality, schemes to break through Arab defenses and bring aid to their starving compatriots. Meanwhile, a great convoy, besieged at every turn by snipers and Egyptian jets, struggles to bring food and weapons from the coast. Though the Thoenes are highly partisan and their Israelis are all in varying degrees noble, they manage at least a credible job of portraying the various factions of Egyptians, Syrians, and Jordanians, even quoting from the Koran at times. They are the most adept in evoking the desperation of Jewish immigrants, vividly rendering the wartime sufferings of Poles, Germans, Italians, and English, the sum of which all but force Israel into existence. Lori and Jacob Kalner, who have been apart for most of their eight-year marriage because of Jacob's German internment, are representative. They have been ashore only a few hours when the Israeli army dragoons Jacob into the service and impresses Lori as a nurse. Though the Thoenes seldom can match the seamless, irresistible prose of Michener at his best, they have his ability to synthesize great dollops of history around appealing, though broadly drawn characters. They've turned in a rousing performance in this opener for the Zion Legacy series.
—John Mort - From Booklist January 1, 2000
The Zion Legacy Series
1. Jerusalem Vigil by Bodie and Brock Thoene • Book One
2. Thunder from Jerusalem by Bodie and Brock Thoene • Book Two
3. Jerusalem's Heart by Bodie and Brock Thoene • Book Three
4. The Jerusalem Scrolls by Bodie and Brock Thoene • Book Four
5. Stones of Jerusalem by Bodie and Brock Thoene • Book Five
6. Jerusalem's Hope by Bodie and Brock Thoene • Book Six • Paperback currently unavailable
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About the Authors
Bodie and Brock Thoene, are the authors of the bestselling series The Zion Chronicles, and The Zion Covenant. Together they have won eight Gold Medallion writing awards.
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