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Book Review–The Key to Zion (The Zion Chronicles Book 5) by Bodie Thoene

Title:  The Key to Zion Author:  Bodie Thoene Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers Length:  351 pages ISBN:  1556610343 Synopsis:  In this carefully-crafted work of fiction, Bodie Thoene has written another installment in the suspenseful Zion Chronicles.  Readers follow well-known and loved characters David and Ellie Meyer as they trek through Europe on the run from pursuers whom […]

Book Review–A Light in Zion (The Zion Chronicles series)

This is the fourth book in The Zion Chronicles series by Bodie Thoene.  Thoene and her husband and research assistant, Brock Thoene, are masters at the craft of the historical adventure novel.  This novel continues the saga of a cast of characters who are working for the foundation of a Jewish state after World War […]

Book Review–First Light (A.D. Chronicles book 1) by Bodie and Brock Thoene

              Title:  First Light Authors:  Bodie and Brock Thoene Publisher:  Tyndale House Pages:  395 ISBN:  0842375066 Synopsis:  The saga of the centurion Marcus Longinus, Zadok the Chief Shepherd, his orphan boys, and various members of the ruling class of the Roman empire continues in this novel.  It is the […]

Book Review–Jerusalem Scrolls by Bodie and Brock Thoene (Zion Legacy series book 4)

Title:  Jerusalem Scrolls Authors:  Bodie and Brock Thoene Publisher:  Viking ISBN:  0670030120 Synopsis:  This entire book is actually a story-within-a-story.  The first layer of the story is that of Moshe Sachar and Alfie Halder, who have gone underground at the fall of Old City Jerusalem to its Arab invaders.  They are apparently the only defenders who […]

Book Review–Jerusalem’s Heart by Bodie and Brock Thoene (Zion Legacy series book 3)

Title:  Jerusalem’s Heart Authors:  Bodie and Brock Thoene Publisher:  Viking Pages:  328 ISBN:  0670894877 Synopsis:  In this, the third book in the Zion Legacy series, war still rages over Jerusalem and all of Israel.  The defenders in the Old City get weaker and weaker due to deprivation and the numbers of them grow smaller and […]

Book Review–Jerusalem Vigil (Zion Legacy series book one) by Bodie and Brock Thoene

Title:  Jerusalem Vigil Authors:  Bodie and Brock Thoene Publisher:  Viking Pages:  304 ISBN:  0670889113 Synopsis:  This book picks up immediately where The Key to Zion left off.  Immediately after the declaration of Israeli statehood, Israel was attacked by its surrounding hostile Arab neighbors.  This book chronicles the three or four days following the declaration of statehood […]

Book Review–The Chosen by Chaim Potok

I always have a hard time writing a review of a novel that really doesn’t need my stamp of approval.  Chaim Potok‘s The Chosen certainly doesn’t need me to tout it as a great story, but I’ll put my thoughts here for my own benefit, if for no one else’s.  I decided to  read The Chosen after reading Janet’s review […]

A Bookish Year in Review

Two thousand eight was the year reading returned to the number one position in my list of hobbies, and I have blogging to thank for that, I think.  Somehow, keeping up with the books I read and actually responding to them in some sort of formal way kept me reading, even when life was particularly […]

Books to Be Read in 2008

Semicolon is hosting her usual Saturday Review of Books, only this week she gives special instructions to link a book list which details the books you read in 2007, your favorites from 2007, books you want to read in 2008, or some combination thereof.  I had already planned to do this, but this challenge gave me […]