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Thunder from Jerusalem
Thoene, Bodie, 1951-
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New York ; London : Penguin, 2001.

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311 pages : map ; 21 cm.
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Originally published: New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2000.
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Early on the morning of May 19, 1948, the long siege of Jerusalem's Old City is lifted as patriot soldiers break through the Zion Gate. But the celebration is short-lived-a long battle ensues. Moshe Sachar, a professor and strategist for the Haganah group, must keep the movement's momentum alive in the face of a dissenting mayor and a disguised SS assassin who has infiltrated the group. Meanwhile, Rachel, his pregnant wife, tends to the growing numbers of wounded at the hospital.

Bodie and Brock Thoene bring to life the stories of a striking cast of characters in an epic story of heroism, tragedy, romance, and faith set against a momentous turning point in the history of the world's most sacred city.

Author Notes

Bodie Thoene, has a Ph.D. in creative writing, & with Brock Thoene, is the author of thirty-three novels that include the best-selling series "The Zion Chronicles" & "The Zion Covenant." Together they have won eight Evangelical Christian Publishers Gold Medallion awards. The Thoenes live in Nevada & London, England.

(Publisher Provided) With more than two dozen novels carrying the byline of Bodie Theone or Brock and Bodie Thoene (pronounced Tay-nee), with more than six million copies in print, and with eight Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Gold Medallion awards, for over a decade this husband-and-wife writing team has captivated the hearts and illuminated the minds of their enthusiastic readers.

The Thoenes have earned Ph.D.'s in creative writing and in history. Bodie's storytelling gifts are supported by Brock's careful research and historical perspective. The resulting novels both inspire and educate, broadening readers' awareness of understanding important slices of history. Their critically acclaimed collaborations will stand as the benchmark in their category for years to come.

The Zion Covenant series comprises six novels covering events in Europe leading up to World War II; the five books in The Zion Chronicles describe the events surrounding Israel's statehood in 1948; the three books of The Shiloh Legacy provide an American perspective on the war.

The Thoenes made their home in Glenbrook, Nevada, but traveled frequently as they researched historical and geographical settings for their novels. They had three grown children and enjoyed grandparenting.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In the first installment of the Zion Legacy series, Jerusalem Vigil [BKL Ja 1 & 15 00], the evangelical Thoene duo chronicled the desperate first five days of Israel, deftly interweaving the political context of the new Jewish homeland in the aftermath of the Holocaust and over the dead bodies of Muslims from Egypt to Syria. The almost immediate sequel is a fast-paced account of streetfighting in Jerusalem between the disciplined Arab Legion and poorly armed Jewish irregulars, led by the shrewd Moshe Sachar; again the reader visits with Lori and Jacob Kalner, a hapless couple weary from World War II, who are dragooned into willing but tragic service. New characters include the English-educated Bedouin, Major Tariq Athani, a sensible man who advises against fighting the Jews on holy ground; his commander, however, the Jordanian King Abdullah, is constrained by politics to press forward though folly. A group of flyboys provide the novel's few moments of levity as they jury-rig a cargo transport to bomb the Egyptian column heading north through the Negev Desert; meanwhile, a band of Jewish commandos inflicts heavy damage on the armored Syrians as they advance from the north. As the novel ends, the battered Arab Legion prepares to withdraw, and Jerusalem is secured for the Israelis, but much fighting^-at least another volume of the projected three^-remains. ^-John Mort

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this pulpy sequel to Jerusalem Vigil, the Thoenes provide a bit more intrigue and a bit less bathos, but continue to serve up the same jaw-dropping anti-Arab, pro-Israeli bias as before. This novel picks up when the first endedÄin May 1948 Jerusalem, as Arab Muslims from varioius nations attempt to reclaim nascent Israel by way of several bloody yet unsuccessful offensives. Characters from the first novel return to fight for Jerusalem's Old City, and while they remain one-dimensional, the suspense builds as multiple cliff-hangers keep readers guessing about what they will do next and whether they will survive. A heroic Old City defender named Jacob, for example, cheats death repeatedly, though each of his action sequences seems like it could be his last. The Thoenes portray these Jewish-Arab battles, however, as an extension of the Nazi Holocaust; the Arabs here lust after Jewish blood while the Jews are morally above reproach and regularly protected by God and his angels. All other characters fit into one of these categories, depending on which side has their allegiance. A historical novel that takes a position is understandable, but one that canonizes the good guys and demonizes the bad guys as uniformly as this one does is heavy-handed in the extreme. These twin stereotypes, though, are the beating heart of the Thoenes' Jerusalem. Readers should look elsewhere for fiction that acknowledges and explores the gray, complicated areas of history. 100,000 first printing; 6-city author tour. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The Thoenes' Jerusalem Vigil (LJ 4/1/00) covered the first five days of of the new state of Israel and the Arab opposition in a fast-paced, explosive tale. Picking up where the story left off, this book takes us to the besieged city of Old Jerusalem, which cannot stand without reinforcements. Yet the barricade around the city prevents needed supplies and troops from prevents needed supplies and troops from entering. As a traitor works from within the city to end the siege, Moshe and Rachel Sachar work steadily to keep morale up and losses down. Stocked with characters from the first book and an in-depth, albeit biased, view of the war, the Thoenes once again provide suspenseful adventure tinged with the sorrow of reality. For all collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.