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The Secret Road Home: A Novel [Paperback]

By Robert L. Wise, PH.D. (Author)
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A World War II story of faith and courage, The Secret Road Home is based on true accounts of Madame Ann Brusselman's counter-espionage work smuggling Allied soldiers out of Nazi territory.

Jack Martin is an American soldier whose B-17 Flying Fortress plane is downed after a bombing run over Berlin. Captain Martin, who was severely burned in the crash, and his navigator, Hank Holt, find their way to Brusselman's escape shelter in Belgium. But they are pursued by Gestapo agent Arnwolf Mandel, a vicious Nazi whose own interests will be served if he can capture these wounded Americans.

Mandel's hunt sets off a harrowing chase all the way to the French seaside town of Calais, where Jack Martin learns by surprise that the goodness of God is still at work, even amidst the treachery of men.

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A World War II story of faith and courage, The Secret Road Home is based on true accounts of Madame Ann Brusselman's counter-espionage work smuggling Allied soldiers out of Nazi territory. Jack Martin is an American soldier whose B-17 Flying Fortress plane is downed after a bombing run over Berlin. Captain Martin, who was severely burned in the crash, and his navigator, Hank Holt, find their way to Brusselman's escape shelter in Belgium. But they are pursued by Gestapo agent Arnwolf Mandel, a vicious Nazi whose own interests will be served if he can capture these wounded Americans. Mandel's hunt sets off a harrowing chase all the way to the French seaside town of Calais, where Jack Martin learns by surprise that the goodness of God is still at work, even amidst the treachery of men.

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As World War II rages across Europe, Jack Martin's B-17 bomber is shot down on the Germany-Belgium border. Martin's legs are severely burned, but his navigator, Hank Holt, rescues him. Can they avoid capture by the Gestapo---or are they walking into a trap? A fact-based story of harrowing escapes, treachery, and faith! 320 pages, softcover from Broadman & Holman.
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Studio: B&H Fiction
Pages   296
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.06" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 15, 2006
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  0805430741  
ISBN13  9780805430745  


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More About Robert L. Wise, PH.D.


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The author of thirty-one published books, Robert L. Wise ghost-authored The Death of Innocence, the parents' story of the murder of JonBenet Ramsey. Recently releases include Crossing the Threshold of Eternity (Regal Books) and Shrouded in Silence (Abingdon Press). Wise's books have been translated into Spanish, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese, and German. A frequent guest on television and a world traveler, he has spent time in Russia. Wise's journeys have taken him extensively across the Middle East.

Robert L. Wise currently resides in Tulsa.

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Excellent WW II era book  May 24, 2006
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (5/06)

One day, Jack Martin receives a phone call from Maastrich, Germany. Remains of the B-17 Flying Fortress plane that he was flying in World War II have been located and are being pieced together for a WWII museum in Germany. This phone call opens a flood of memories for Jack. Like many American soldiers that returned home from WWII, he had tried to bury those horrific memories.

Over sixty years before, Jack's plane had gone down in a field. Jack was severely burned on his legs. A counter-espionage group helped Jack get medical treatment and escape from the Nazi's. The journey home was not easy. Due to his burned legs, Jack walked with a limp that made him easily identifiable and slowed his group down. Along the way, Jack meets some incredible people. He also has to watch as some of them are killed while trying to help him. Through all of Jack's pain and losses he hangs on to his faith. He knows that through divine intervention he was able to survive his injuries and able to cross through two Nazi occupied countries .Jack realizes that "the capacity to have gratitude was shaped by which end of the measuring stick one used." Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of his situation, Jack focused on what he felt that was being provided to him by the hand of God. This is what got him through this horrible time.

I really enjoyed this story. Even though it was a fictional account of WWII, it was based on true reports of a woman named Madame Ann Brusselman whose family helped many of the Allied soldiers escape the Nazis. Wise writes so realistically I felt like this was a true story. I kept catching myself holding my breath during the times that Jack was about to be captured. I felt loss and sadness at the death of his friends and allies. The hope and faith that Jack's character holds on to, to help him survive is something that you can relate to if you have overcome and survived a horrible situation. It reminds you of your faith and how to be grateful for what you have.

This is an excellent story for people who enjoy stories from the WWII era. I also would highly recommend it to history students. So much more learning about history can be gained and retained from reading this story rather than just studying a dry historical textbook.
 

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