Against the Wind (Zion Diaries)

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9781609361082: Against the Wind (Zion Diaries)

As Nazi forces tighten their net of evil over Europe in
1940, famed Jewish concert violist Elisa Lindheim Murphy
escapes from Vienna to England. But both Elisa and her
American newsman husband, John Murphy, are convinced
that nowhere in Europe is safe from Hitler’s seemingly
unstoppable forces.
As Nazi U-boats patrol and sink Allied vessels in the North
Atlantic, Elisa makes a desperate but brave decision—to
accompany Jewish refugee children on a civilian transport
through treacherous seas to seek asylum in America. At
least there, in the land of freedom, the ragged remnant
of the Jewish people can live on in peace and safety—or
so she hopes. But as German torpedoes streak toward the
refugee ship, Elisa will face the greatest trial of her life....
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About the Author:

Bodie and Brock Thoene (pronounced Tay-nee) have written over fifty works of historical fiction. These best
sellers have sold more than twenty million copies and won eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards. In their timeless classic
series about Israel (The Zion Chronicles, The Zion Covenant, and The Zion Legacy), the Thoenes’ love for both
story and research shines. In 2008, their book Vienna Prelude, was a finalist in two categories for the Audie audiobook
award. Prague Counterpoint was the 2009 Audie Award winner for Most Inspirational Audiobook of the Year.

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"When the German blitzkrieg of England begins, famed Jewish violinist Elisa Lindheim Murphy accompanies a boatload of Jewish children to safety in America, where her own children are. Narrator Bodie Thoene captures their life-threatening Atlantic journey as their story is told from Elisa’s diary entries. When the doomed ship is torpedoed by Nazi U-boats, Thoene recounts the characters’ escape to a lifeboat. Her compelling portrayal of the crew’s subsequent mutiny from food and water shortages on the lifeboat is especially believable, with the cries of children dying from thirst, illness, and hunger bringing tears. Sound effects add authenticity to a story that clearly portrays some of the costs of war—so often paid by innocents." 
G.D.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine

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