Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill by Greg Mitchell Crown ISBN 978-1-101-90385-8

The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill reads like fiction, but it is a true story. Chronicled in vivid detail are the heroic efforts of the brave and dedicated West Germans who risked their lives to help those trapped in East Germany escape to the West during the time of the Berlin Wall.  Digging the tunnels under the Wall took incredible courage and ingenuity.  In an environment filled with informers, limited supplies and often treacherous digging conditions, it remains remarkable the tunnels even came to fruition. Staff from NBC and CBS learned of the tunnels and agreed to provide funds for filming rights.  However, President John F. Kennedy didn’t want documentaries aired and efforts were made to prevent this.  While this is a story of intrigue, politics and power, the heart of the story comes from the people who were willing to risk imprisonment and possible death for a cause they believed in.  Even today, there is much to take from this story.

Impeccably researched, the author brings to the reader a clear picture of Cold War Berlin and the risks people will take for freedom.  I found the information provided in the Epilogue to be especially interesting as the author provided further information about those involved in this story.  This is a fascinating, educational and riveting book about real events during a precarious time in history.   Highly recommended.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green Bethany House ISBN 9780764291061

The Mark of the King, a novel by Jocelyn Green, opens in Paris, France in 1719. Midwife Julianne Chevalier was imprisoned and branded after her patient died in childbirth. Unexpectedly she was given the opportunity to obtain a prison release and to relocate to New Orleans where she hoped to find her brother. The terms of the release were unimaginable. She had to marry a convict. Life in New Orleans was harsh and a constant struggle, but she clung to the hope she could somehow reunite with her brother. Julianne had experienced many cruelties and losses and eventually she asked Captain Marc-Paul Girard for help in finding out about her brother. What she eventually learned was shocking. Secrets were revealed and Julianne’s life was imperiled more than once.

Even though Julianne and Marc-Paul bear scars from the past, these scars do not define them. They struggled to overcome challenges while things went from bad to worse, all the while trying to achieve grace.

The author brings to the reader a beautifully written story about a piece of history I knew little about. This book is well worth reading. Highly recommended.

 

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House.   All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

 

 

 

 

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