Item description for Jerusalem Vigil: The Zion Legacy: Book One (Zion Legacy #1) by Bodie Thoene & Brock Thoene...
Overview In the first volume of a series chronicling the birth of the state of Israel, the lives of a diverse array of characters collide and intertwine as the British prepare to withdraw from Jerusalem in 1948.
Publishers Description "For fast-paced, often riveting action, the Thoenes come through with scenes of horror and fear that rival those of James Michener." --The New York Post
Bodie and Brock Thoene's superb storytelling comes alive in Jerusalem Vigil, a novel of the struggle for Jerusalem. It is May 14, 1948, in the world's holiest city: today the new State of Israel will be proclaimed and British troops will hand over the key to Zion Gate leaving behind hostile Jewish and Muslim forces poised for battle. Caught up in this historic moment are Moshe Sachar, an archaeology professor who is also a strategist; his pregnant wife, Rachel, who flees Tel Aviv for Jerusalem via a perilous route through the Christian Quarter; and Daoud and Gawan, two orphaned Arab boys who find a father with an unlikely surname. In this engrossing page-turner, the Thoenes combine historical authenticity, unforgettable characters, and gripping drama to create a saga about a fascinating period in world history.
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Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.01" Width: 5.34" Height: 0.78" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2001
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Series Zion Legacy
Series Number 1
ISBN 0140298568 ISBN13 9780140298567
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 Jerusalem Vigil (Zion Legacy V1)?
BOOKWORM Nov 9, 2006
THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK IN A TRILOGY. YOU WILL WANT ALL THREE. THE CHARACTERS ARE PEOPLE YOU WILL LOVE. YOU WILL LAUGH AND CRY WITH THEM. THE RESERCH FOR THIS BOOK IS THE GREATEST, YOU WILL LOVE THE HISTORY OF JERUSELEM. THE BOOKS WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH THE TRIALS OF THE BIRTH OF NATION OF ISAREL. READ THIS BOOK AND YOU WILL BE ORDERING THE OTHER TWO BEFORE YOU READ A THIRD OF IT!!!! EMILY SIMPSON
Historical Fiction at its best from a Christian perspective Mar 10, 2006
This is the first book in the Zion Legacy Series by Bodie and Brock Thoene. The first series dealt with events in Europe from 1938 until the beginning of World War II (ending with the Battle of Dunkirk). Then they jumped to two series (The Zion Chronicles Series and the Zion Covenant Series) dealing with the events leading up to the rebirth of the nation of Israel. This book, the first in this series deals with the events in and around Jerusalem starting on Friday, May 14 1948 and ends on Tuesday, May 18 1948. Such a short period of time but filled with so much history and action. The history is quite accurate, but the riveting development of the fictional characters make it difficult to separate history from fiction, and that is the wonderful result of this book and this series.
My wife and I started with their first series, The Zion Chronicles, and could not stop until we finished this series. The interesting characters, the non-stop action, the intrigue, the interaction with historical figures and events all make this a book and this a series I heartily recommend.
Please note that these books are written from a Christian-Jewish perspective. Having said that, if you are neither Christian not Jewish, I think you will gain an insight in how we look at the events surrounding the rebirth of the nation of Israel in the post WWII era.
Prejudice and Pride? May 4, 2004
Jerusalem Vigil may be technically well written but it becomes upon reading unhistorical fiction that unfortunately powerfully reinforces "evil Arab" stereotypes. The action and historical events, while very compelling, end up getting lost in sinister slurs and innuendo. The malevolent Arab enemy is a hook-nosed slaughterer of innocents. A Muslim child ends up "seeing the light", despite his implied evil Arab upbringing and environment, due to the kindness of his Jewish counterparts in the very end of the story. At a low point in the story, there is even an implied caring versus remote-idol difference drawn between the God of Israel and Allah! Perhaps since most of the audience will be Christian, they are treated in a positive light with the exception of one anti-Semitic monk who also ends up "seeing the light". An evil character or two is expected in any story about war but implying a totally evil culture and religion in the context of a purported historically accurate work renders this novel questionable in its motives and message. It is unfortunate that what could have been a great and admirable read about the compelling birth of a nation and the fears and hopes of the returning persecuted Jewish Diaspora is lost in one-sided negative stereotypes and prejudices.
Zion Legacy series Aug 21, 2002
After reading this book, I discovered that it was #1 in a series of 5 published by the Thoenes. I immediately purchased the other 4, took them with me on vacation and was fully immersed in the mutiple story lines. For someone who likes historical fiction, this series is an absolute must. The appreciation for diverse cultures is handled in a very respectful way. The timeframe is 1948 following the declaration of the independent state of Israel. The series not only tells about the strife around Jerusalem but relates Old and New Testament stories in an innovative way.
Reveals the True Origins of Terrorism Oct 3, 2001
I feel like I've re-learned all the history of the Middle-East. This book shows what Israel has been dealing with for nearly sixty years since they were made a nation. I'll never believe another pro-Palestine news story.