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Sons of Thunder (Brothers in Arms #1)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  414 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Sophie Frangos is torn between the love of two men and the promise that binds them all together. Markos Stavros loves Sophie from afar while battling his thirst for vengeance and his hunger for honor. Dino, his quiet and intelligent brother, simply wants to forget the horror that drove them from their Greek island home to start a new life in America. One of these "sons of ...more
Paperback, 367 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Summerside Press (first published 2010)
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Feb 23, 2010 Renee rated it it was amazing
Yet another wonderful WWII novel!! I would DEFINITELY classify this one as "edgy" inspirational, with the ganster violence, underground clubs, and other subject matter. This is NOT for the younger Christian fiction reader! One of the best books I've read this year.

Full review in March for the tour with Litfuse publicity group!
Mandy J. Hoffman
Feb 18, 2010 Mandy J. Hoffman rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, blog-reviews

Sophie Frangos is torn between the love of two men and the promise that binds them all together. Markos Stavros loves Sophie from afar while battling his thirst for vengeance and his hunger for honor. Dino, his quiet and intelligent brother, simply wants to forget the horror that drove them from their Greek island home to start a new life in America. One of these sons of thunder offers a future she longs for, the other the past she lost. From the sultry Chicago jazz clubs of the roari
Incredibly romantic, tragically beautiful, heart-wrenching, and deeply moving, Sons of Thunder swept me away. This first novel in Susan's new series pulls you into each of the characters' lives in a powerful way. The passion, the heartache, the longing for love and acceptance. It's all in this story as well as the struggle to survive, the yearning for identity, the desire for someone Who will love you and always be there for you. This passionate tale of love and betrayal brilliantly portrays how ...more
Mar 24, 2010 Carman rated it it was amazing
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Excellent! Filled with suspense, intrigue, and real characters. I loved this book. The writing was superb and the plot will draw you in from page one. Sofia is dealing with problems that many women face today. Feeling worthless, unloved, and alone. She is human and makes mistakes, but who doesn’t? Dino and Markos are great characters. There is real growing up that takes place in this book; physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This is a book that you don’t want to pass up. Move this to the v ...more
Randy Tramp
Jun 01, 2015 Randy Tramp rated it it was amazing
The Book:
Markos and his brother Dino leave their Greek island to start new in America. Sophie Frangos traveled with them and is torn between the two men. The three start in a Chicago Jazz club during the roaring twenties and becomes entangled in danger. Then to World War II of the battlefields of Europe. Throughout it all the characters are changed and forced to choose.

My Thoughts:
Susan May Warren is one of my favorite authors. She weaves together a story that leaves me wanting more and missing
Mar 16, 2010 Amy rated it liked it
wheeee!!! girly epic WW2 romance. So sue me if I like this stuff.
Illuminating Fiction
Feb 05, 2015 Illuminating Fiction rated it really liked it
I know when I pick up a Susan May Warren book that I am in for a treat. Sons of Thunder is no exception. From the very first page, Susan had me dreaming of a sun drenched Greek island and falling in love with Markos, Dino, and Sofia. I laughed, loved, and cried with the characters as they were chased across the world and faced dangers no teen should ever have to face. Our majestic God is one of redemption, and Susan portrays this beautifully through Sons of Thunder. I closed the book with a real ...more
Sep 26, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it
This was a tough book to read- so depressing with very little redeeming moments to uplift you and give you hope. Even after the end of the book I still felt a little depressed even though it is supposed to be a happy ending. Maybe this book is just a little too much like real life- too much tragedy and too much suffering and death...
I am usually affected emotionally by what I read, and this book made me very melancholy, so be warned if you suffer from the same affliction.
One of the other reviewe
Mar 07, 2010 Molly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Molly by: LitFuse Publicity Group
I love a good historical Christian fiction book, and this proved to be one of the best ones so far. I loved everything about this book, from the style of writing to the characters to the theme. I was immediately pulled in from the first page, and wasn't let go until the very last. It was extremely hard to put this book down at times because I was so pulled into the story and the characters that I didn't want to lose the feeling of being in that time and place with those amazing people.

This stor
Mar 09, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance, suspense
From my blog...[return]Two brothers sharing a terrible past, faced with different views of the future, and both yearning for the same woman is just the beginning of Susan May Warren's epic Brother In Arms novel, Sons of Thunder is a deeply heart-wrenching and astonishingly beautiful novel filled with tragedy, betrayal, love, hope and redemption. Markos and Dinos Stavros are being sent to America in the aftermath of their brother Theo's tragic wedding reception. Their mother has chosen to stay be ...more
Mar 04, 2010 Cindy rated it liked it
The Brothers in Arms Collection

A Novel

Susan May Warren


Summerside Press

Fiction/General/Romantic Suspense

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Two brothers left in the wake of a disastrous wedding celebration. The groom, their oldest brother, was dead, their father was dead and Kostas, the jilted fiance was also dead. Kostas' father is breathing revenge swearing he will kill the two brothers Markos and Dino. Sending her only remaining sons away Ava, sends them to her brother hoping they will find a better li
Haley Mathiot
Mar 12, 2010 Haley Mathiot rated it did not like it
I loved the concept of Sons of Thunder. It had great potential and I’ve seen tons of five-star reviews for it. Sadly it didn’t meet my expectations.

I had a hard time reading it for a few reasons. One was the writing. It had a sort of funny style. It was as if short dramatic phrases were placed at the end of a paragraph, but the phrases were not dramatic in any way, nor were the necessary. It made the whole thing feel awkward. It was also hard to follow and I got confused a lot.

The second was the
Mar 14, 2010 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Brothers Markos and Dino Stavros lived relatively idyllic lives as fishermen on the Greek island of Zante in the 1920s. Markos, the older of the two, quietly loved the beautiful Sofia Frangos, who worked in his family’s taverna, and dreamed of a future with her. Those hopes were destroyed on the fateful night the Stavros patriarch and oldest son were murdered, and Markos himself was involved in the bloodshed when he killed one of their attackers. Trying to escape the past, Markos, Dino, and Sofi ...more
Jan 22, 2011 Joy rated it it was amazing
Inspy Award winning novels are books that possess exceptional literary qualities and respectfully grapple with some element of the Christian faith. The Romance/Romantic Suspense category was filled with outstanding choices and those of us on the panel found it a very difficult category to judge. We debated right down to the wire, but I'm confident we made the right decision.

Our 2010 Inspy Award winner is Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren-an epic story which spans a couple of decades, and takes
May 10, 2010 Cafelilybookreviews rated it really liked it

Susan May Warren had my attention from the start of this book – I loved it!

It was slightly reminiscent of the movie Pearl Harbor in that the story line revolves around two brothers who are in love with the same woman and they are all affected by World War II. The book starts out with the three living in Greece and builds a rich background of their stories and connections. When a tragedy strikes at a family wedding, the three find themselves fleeing to America, pledging to stick together and wat
Jun 02, 2010 Kaylea rated it really liked it

I really liked this book. It's different from the other books by Warren I have read, including the PJ Sugar series. In the book's introduction, Warren talks about how she came up with the story idea after getting into a conversation with a stranger on a flight - it's amazing what you can glean from one of these "God-instance" conversations.

The storyline, following Sophie and the two Stavros brothers, provided an interesting hook. You want to keep reading - as you follow the characters from Greek
Even though I am not Christian nor am I a religious person, I somehow keep finding my way to Christian Fiction books because of the historical element many possess. And you know what? The ones I have read have been pretty good and this one is no exception. This is the story of two brothers, Markos and Dino, who are forced to leave their Greek island home after a tragedy and run to America. They travel to America with a woman, Sofia, who is also leaving the island for her own reasons and who it h ...more
Apr 28, 2013 Maxine rated it really liked it
This book was filled with suspense and thrills. Every new chapter kept you wanting more. Susan May Warren created a tale about three characters each finding deliverance through their struggles and strife. The first third of the book follows Markos a strong and violent boy who finds that despite himself God is reaching for him, wanting a relationship. The second main character is Dino, Markos younger brother he finds that he can't run from his identity but rather has to embrace who God created hi ...more
Mar 29, 2013 Melinda rated it liked it
Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren

As much as I really tried to like this book, I felt lost amidst the deja vu of the movie Pearl Harbor.

Markos and Dino Stavros are forced to flee their home in Greece when their older brother's wedding ends with multiple deaths including their brother and father. They leave for America with Sofia and her grandfather. Nothing seems to go well for them. Sofia's grandfather dies before they reach NY so she remains with the Stavros brothers. Circumstances separate t
Amber Stokes
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Stokes rated it it was amazing
It’s been a while since a book has had me so enthralled! This is one of those books that once started, cannot be put down! I was touched by the author’s note at the beginning, and I really think she did a great job of showing God’s deliverance of the three main characters. The story wraps up beautifully, and the book is written poignantly.

Action keeps the story moving constantly, and there were times when I had a really hard time setting the book aside to go do other things! And the romantic ele
Apr 29, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, novel
Having read Susan May Warren's other books, I was so excited to see Sons of Thunder on the Kindle free books! I'm not sure what I was expecting (probably more of a suspense book like her Russian series), but certainly not the EPIC novel I read.

I loved how Ms. Warren was real about the lives of these kids. She didn't sugarcoat what "might" have happened to three teenagers immigrating to the United States. I applaud her and the publishing house for not dumbing down the story for the sake of making
Marie Wells
Mar 06, 2015 Marie Wells rated it it was amazing
Susan May Warren wins awards, and aspiring writers flock to her courses, for a reason--or many reasons. She weaves a wonderful story with vivid characters, period settings, and an intriguing plot--complete with a twist. One of those books that stays with you, even after several years.
Jan 01, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it
The book has a tragic beginning which quickly launches the reader into the story of two brothers, Markos and Dino, and the girl they both love, Sophia. From the beauty of Greece, to the hard neighborhoods of pre-war Chicago (jazz clubs and the mob), to battlefields in Europe... there is never a dull moment.

The story reveals a God who delivers us through forgiveness, heals our deepest aches, and shows us his amazing compassion.

Quote: "Maybe we're all supposed to be a little broken, a little afr
Rachelle Sperling
May 10, 2016 Rachelle Sperling rated it liked it
I have long been a fan of Susan May Warren's writing, especially the humor that she brings to her stories. I was surprised to find Sons of Thunder a departure from the style I have come to associate with her writing, but I was not at all disappointed. The poignant brokenness brought about by disappointment and tragedy in the lives of her characters make the light of redemption shine all the brighter.

I also enjoyed the history and the descriptions of Greece that made the story come alive. It was
Sandy Mckenzie
Mar 14, 2010 Sandy Mckenzie rated it it was amazing
This first novel in Susan's new series pulls you into each of the characters' lives in a powerful way. This passionate tale of love and betrayal brilliantly portrays how an abiding faith in God is passed on by example and illustrated through an unwavering spiritual connection to the One Who is faithful and true. Susan May Warren beautifully and skillfully captures the time period and the setting. From Greece to Chicago to Minneapolis to the WWII battlefield...the story world is vibrant with deta ...more
Freda Labianca
Mar 12, 2010 Freda Labianca rated it it was amazing
When I saw the cover of this book, I was intrigued enough to read the synopsis. I knew from that it would be a decent story, but I had no idea the emotions it would stir in me.
When a book can bring a tear to your eye, it must be great! The author must be conveying the story in a way that you feel it and connect with it. I really did with this book.
I sincerely hope the author considers a second book. I would love to know what happened to the characters, after the war.
This is definitely on my reco
Nicki Olsen
Review to come!
Jan 25, 2012 Marissa rated it liked it
A few too many God references but a well moving plotline and fully fleshed out characters. Two bothers in love with the same woman is a common theme but this author did manage to make it feel fresh. The descriptions of Greece were the best parts of the book. Somehow the author made me feel like I could see the color of the water, feel the gritty sand beneath my feet, and smell the olive groves in the sultry heat.
Sep 21, 2011 Susie rated it it was amazing
An excellent book. Really well-written and involved. The plot flowed seamlessly and the writing was beautiful. The scene where Dino and Markos reunite felt a little bit too much like coincidence and put a shadow of disbelief over the story for me. But everything else was wonderful.
John Otte
May 13, 2012 John Otte rated it it was amazing
A really great book that tells the story of two Greek brothers during the roaring '20s and World War II. Warren weaves in heavy emotions and powerful spiritual themes about love, worth, and redemption. It's easy to see why this book won a Carol Award last year.
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