The nation was gripped in a life-and-death struggle for survival. No less momentous was Rachel's own personal struggle-
The Gates of Zion vividly portrayed both the indomitable courage and hope of the Jewish people streaming into Israel after the Holocaust as well as their intense battle to protect their new homeland. The sequel, A Daughter of Zion, centers around a returning Jewess named Rachel who survived the Nazi desolation, but only at a great personal cost. Smuggled into the besieged Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, she discovers members of her long-lost family. Rachel decides she cannot leave the Old City or the people who stand as one thin line between its survival.
When secrets of her past are uncovered, she is discredited before the very people she wants so desperately to help. Alienated from her own people and left in despair, she is not aware of the enemy forces which threaten her very life.
A sweeping historical novel of a young nation struggling to keep its mandate and a young woman struggling for her life.
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Bodie Thoene is a writer about whom John Wayne once said, "She has that rare kind of talent that captures the people and the times!"
Born in Bakersfield, California, to a family of Irish and Jewish heritage, the fiery little redhead claimed from an early age she wanted to be a writer. Bodie's goal seemed impossible, however, when midway through grade school it was discovered that she had dyslexia, a learning disability that made it difficult for her to read. Her mother refused to accept that this was a problem they couldn't overcome, and together they worked with a young teacher until at last Bodie could read at grade level and above.
"Both my parents instilled their can-do outlook on life. Reading opened the world to me. I began to write stories of my own."
By the young age of fourteen, Bodie had a job as a stringer reporter for The California Newspaper. "They paid me fifty cents an inch for one article a week. The most I ever made was twelve dollars, but I felt rich!"
Bodie continued her college education as a Journalism-Political Science major in San Jose, California. She covered the Bay-area political unrest of the Vietnam era as an associate for U.S. News and World Report. Her career as a journalist seemed assured, but she says, "I thought to myself that there has to be more to life than writing about riots and peace marches."
Bodie married Brock Thoene during their sophomore year in college. They settled in Waco, Texas, where Brock attended Baylor University. It was here that Bodie began to write fiction out of the stories she gleaned from old Texas cowboys. The birth of their first child did not stop her from writing. "I held her with one arm and typed with the other!"
Publication of The Fall Guy catapulted Bodie into national attention and acclaim. Shortly after that she went to work for John Wayne's Batjac Productions and ABC Television as a writer and researcher, working with the top writers in the motion picture industry. Among those who work with her, she is known as one of the finest character and action writers in the business. Her work is currently featured in American West, Saturday Evening Post, and Smithsonian magazine, as well as other national publications.
Bodie's interest in Israel, which culminated in THE ZION CHRONICLES, stems from her days as a student. In 1978 she spoke to John Wayne about her hope to one day write a novel about the exciting events surrounding the rebirth of Israel. He encouraged her with his reply: "That's one you ought to do. It's the story of the Jewish Alamo!"
With the publication of the first book in THE ZION CHRONICLES The Gates of Zion she was awarded the Gold Medallion Book Award by the ECPA. size : 5.2 x 8From AudioFile:
Rachel Lubetkin has survived the Nazi death camps to join her brother, grandfather, and friends in Jerusalem, in hopes of setting up a new Jewish State. But one of her German captors has recognized her. Suzanne Toren imparts the same thick Yiddish-Middle-Eastern accent to all the Jewish people in the story, regardless of national origin. Her narrative sections breathe life into the predictable plot, especially the passages dealing with the thoughts of the family dog carrying messages to and from the restricted quarter. While Thoene's plot believably brings Jewish and Christian friends together in a struggle for peace, her conversion of the Jews at story's end screams contrivance. Toren's performance tries for credibility in this part, but falls forgivably short. R.P.L. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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