Item description for London Refrain (Zion Covenant V7) by Bodie Thoene & Brock Thoene...
Overview These three additions to the Zion Covenant series are "director's cuts." They include portions of the Thoene classic "The Twilight of Courage" and thrilling, never-before-published scenes with the characters that readers have come to know and love. Study questions included.
Publishers Description This description covers #7 "London Refrain, " #8 "Paris Encore, " and #9 "Dunkirk Crescendo." These three additions to the Zion Covenant series are "director's cuts." They include portions of the Thoene classic "The Twilight of Courage" and thrilling, never-before-published scenes with the characters you've come to know and love. Readers will finally know the fates of Jacob and Lori Kalner from "Warsaw Requiem" and meet for the first time David Meyer from The Zion Chronicles, plus Madame Rose Smith and Jerome Jardin from The Zion Legacy and, most importantly, Rachel and Yacov Lubetkin, the heroes of The Zion Chronicles series. Study questions included.
Citations And Professional Reviews London Refrain (Zion Covenant V7) by Bodie Thoene & Brock Thoene has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Ingram Advance - 07/01/2005 page 90
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.77" Weight: 0.28 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2005
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
Series Zion Covenant
Series Number 7
ISBN 1414303580 ISBN13 9781414303581
Availability 0 units.
More About Bodie Thoene & Brock Thoene
BODIE AND BROCK THOENE (pronounced Tay-nee) have written over 65 works of historical fiction. Over thirty-five million of these best-selling novels are in print. Eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards affirms what millions of readers have already discovered—the Thoenes are not only master stylists but experts at capturing readers’ minds and hearts.
Bodie began her writing career as a teen journalist for her local newspaper. Eventually her byline appeared in prestigious periodicals such as U.S. News and World Report, The American West, and The Saturday Evening Post. She also worked for John Wayne’s Batjac Productions (she’s best known as author of The Fall Guy) and ABC Circle Films as a writer and researcher. John Wayne described her as “a writer with talent that captures the people and the times!” She has degrees in journalism and communications.
Brock has often been described by Bodie as “an essential half of this writing team.” With degrees in both history and education, Brock has, in his role as researcher and story-line consultant, added the vital dimension of historical accuracy. Due to such careful research, The Zion Covenant and The Zion Chronicles series are recognized by the American Library Association, as well as Zionist libraries around the world, as classic historical novels and are used to teach history in college classrooms.
Bodie and Brock have four grown children—Rachel, Jake, Luke, and Ellie—and eight grandchildren. Their sons, Jake and Luke, are carrying on the Thoene family talent as the next generation of writers, and Luke produces the Thoene audiobooks.
Bodie and Brock divide their time between London, Hawaii, Central California, and Nevada.
Bodie Thoene currently resides in Glenbrook, in the state of Nevada. Bodie Thoene was born in 1951.
Reviews - What do customers think about London Refrain (Zion Covenant V7)?
Looking forward to the final 2! Nov 22, 2005
I normally don't write reviews, but my goal is to encourage folks where the Zion Covenant Series is your introduction to the Thoene's. Go ahead and read these "new" books to the series. Everything is new if you haven't read the other series from which these books are drawn.
It does appear that the publisher is trying to make some extra income from publishing these books. My initial excitement on reading these were being published changed to disappointment on reading the other reviews on this site. However, after reading all the reviews for London Refrain, Paris Encore, & Dunkirk Crescendo, I decided to buy them for our church library in the hopes that they would be more satisfying than Twilight of Courage while adding to the storylines from the Zion Covenant books. I was disappointed with that book and realized that perhaps these books were what should have been published the first time around. Having read them, I believe that that is the case. They do a much more satisfying job of completing some storylines and tying up the lives and relationships of some characters. I did notice, though, that when I began reading London Refrain, the writing style seemed different than the original Zion Covenant books. It wasn't as rich and descriptive and, in additon, there was some contrived exposition setting up the storylines from previous books. This seemed out of character from previous Zion books. Having finished them, I went back and leafed through Twilight of Courage comparing the books' contents. I found only two pages of text in Twilight that were either deleted or rewritten for these new books so they are basically a reprint of Twilight with some additions inserted. However, I believe that these do a much more satisfying job of continuing and conveying the events begun in the Zion Covenant books while introducing some new characters intertwined with the old. I do agree with a couple of other reviewers who mentioned that it is puzzling/disappointing to still not discover why David Meyer's relationship with Annie Galway simply disappears and a new one with Ellie Warne develops in the Zion Covenant series. For a library, I would definitely recommend weeding The Twilight of Courage from the collection and adding London Refrain, Paris Encore, and Dunkirk Crescendo. They are much more satisfying than Twilight.
Don't buy all three of the "new" Zion Covenant books Jul 16, 2005
If you're a dedicated fan of the Thoene's Zion Covenant, Zion Chronicles series, you'll be very disappointed if you're expecting completely new material from these three books. London Refrain has the most new material, but the other two books are entirely taken from Twilight of Courage. A few sentences are added, but only enough to facilitate an additional story line added in London Refrain (which really doesn't ring true to the original story in Twilight of Courage). If you really wanted more on Murphy & Elisa, London Refrain gives you some of that story line. My advice, go ahead and buy book 7, but skip books 8 & 9 unless you've never read Twilight of Courage. Or, buy them just because you want your collection to be complete.