Friday, August 7, 2009

Liberation Series by Tricia Goyer

I have always enjoyed books with settings in WWII as well as the American Civil War. Reading about the courage and strength of people who put their lives in danger to save others (ie, the Jews and the slaves) appeals to me.

I always wonder if I would have been part of the underground movement...? Would I - could I?! - be as brave as those people?

A new author for me, Tricia Goyer writes four books set in WWII. Goyer's Liberation Series begins with From Dust and Ashes, from which she was inspired by the actual liberation of a Nazi concentration camp in Austria, unfolding the story of an abandoned SS wife who is among the very first to help those who survived the camp.

Book 2, Night Song follows the story of a young death camp prisoner, Jakub who steps into his brother's musical shoes. At the same time, she tells the ongoing story of the brave underground movement that is risking everything to find an end to Hitler's evil.

Dawn of A Thousand Nights, book 3, is set in the Pacific. As I usually think of WWII as Germany, Hitler, and the Holocaust, a book dealing with the men and women who struggled in other parts of the world during the war was unique reading to me.

Because I wasn't as familiar with the Pacific arena of WWII, the reading was a little more difficult for me. However, the love story of two pilots kept me turning the pages.

In the fourth and final book, Arms of Deliverance, Tricia tells the story of a young Jewish woman, mistaken as an Aryan, who is sent to a home meant for breeding Nazis. A difficult subject, but one that I have never heard told.

Whenever I read another WWII book, I think of all the stories that are still waiting to be told! Historical facts have proven to the world the horror and unbelievable events that took place. Not just for the Jewish people, but for those who lived in silence, unsure of how to help or what to do.

The four books in Goyer's Liberation Series are not chronological. You can read them independently or out of order.

I enjoyed Tricia's books so much, that I ordered the first in her Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War series: A Valley of Betrayal. Haven't begun it yet, but when I do, you can be sure I'll let you know what I thought! ;-)

Moody Publishers.

Recommend: YES

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Mel at Adventures of Mel said...

Oooohhhh, I love books set in World War II. I'm reading one right now called, "It Happened in Italy." It's a true story about how the Italians saved many Jews by not turning them over to the Germans and hiding them. It's really good. I'm going to have to check our library and see if I can get these.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes authors use a novel or screenplay to support political or social beliefs; or to cry out for morality and ethical principles. This is no more clearly evident than with Holocaust books and films. Whenever we stand up to those who deny or minimize the Holocaust, or to those who support genocide we send a critical message to the world.

We live in an age of vulnerability. Holocaust deniers ply their mendacious poison everywhere, especially with young people on the Internet. We know from captured German war records that millions of innocent Jews (and others) were systematically exterminated by Nazi Germany - most in gas chambers. Holocaust books and films help to tell the true story of the Shoah, combating anti-Semitic historical revision. And, they protect future generations from making the same mistakes.

I wrote "Jacob's Courage" to promote Holocaust education. This coming of age love story presents accurate scenes and situations of Jews in ghettos and concentration camps, with particular attention to Theresienstadt and Auschwitz. It examines a constellation of emotions during a time of incomprehensible brutality. A world that continues to allow genocide requires such ethical reminders and remediation.

Many authors feel compelled to use their talent to promote moral causes. Holocaust books and movies carry that message globally, in an age when the world needs to learn that genocide is unacceptable. Such authors attempt to show the world that religious, racial, ethnic and gender persecution is wrong; and that tolerance is our progeny's only hope.

Charles Weinblatt
Author, "Jacob's Courage"

mommy4life said...

Valley of Betrayal is excellent!!!! You will love it. Let us know what you think when you are finished!

Linda said...

You won't be disappointed in Tricia's WWII books. They are great. I'm hesitant about the Spanish American, only because I don't like that era. I'm sure she'll do a great job of writing about it. Maybe I'll need to stretch myself a little and read them.

Anonymous said...

I haven't had an opportunity to read any of Trica's books as yet. But thanks for your review. Just wanted to suggest a book you might enjoy about WW2 titled Hiding in the Spotlight. It is a true story of two sisters who are Jews and escape by "hiding in the spotlight"...They are musicians.

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