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Prague Counterpoint (Zion Covenant #2)

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MARCH 12, 1938, IS A DARK DAY. Hitler's evil sweeps across Austria, destroying all in its path. Although violinist Elisa Lindheim is safe in Czechoslovakia-- for the moment-- she grieves over her beloved Vienna. Swastika flags now wave from every window. Jewish shops are destroyed. Neighbors' houses stand empty. The Jews and those who try to de
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Published November 1st 2001 by Oasis Audio (first published October 1st 1989)
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Jun 03, 2009 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wrote to the author and asked:

why do you use real character names (such as Winston Churchill) and change names of other characters (Craine & his castle clearly refer to William Herst)?
their response:
Dear Becky:
Good question! When we have interviews with real people who met historical characters (like Churchill) then we are comfortable using real names. When the setting involves hear-say reports or is purely fictional (even if realistic and true to character) the
Charyla Olsen
Sep 18, 2011 Charyla Olsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can see my review about the first book, Vienna Prelude. Bodie Thoene continues her excellent work exposing the evil as the Nazis invade Czechoslovakia and the world reels or ignores the problems.
James Oliver Burns
At first reading I thought this was not going to be as good as the 1st book, Vienna Prelude, how wrong could I have been it's like a watching a movie and starting out again after the intermission, I just couldn't stop reading. Hitler and Germany has seized control of Vienna and the SS and the Gestapo have started terrorizing the Jews and the Nonconformist to the Nazi party, they have appointed Nazi puppets into key positions of Government of Austria and have set-up check points. Most all of the ...more
Jen Stewart
Nov 30, 2011 Jen Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this whole series several years ago. Each book was so well written. I was captivated by the characters, their stories and struggles. It was this series that really peaked by love for historical fiction.
I did no research whatsoever into the historical accuracy of the story, mostly so I could enjoy it for what it is. The likelihood of all of these people being entangled in the same political events is obviously a bit far-fetched, but the storyline itself, especially that of trying to help two little boys escape, is what really draws you in. The contrast of the "purity" of the "master race" and the joy and compassion exhibited by the "undesireables" is what drives the theme of the story. It's all ...more
Jan 23, 2009 Jaimie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Gotta say, I did NOT like the ending on this one. I mean, don't get me wrong (spoiler) the story ended happily, but there wasn't as much to it as I expected. The authors did an EXCELLENT job telling the history of Hitler's whole silent world takeover strategy and propaganda pre-WWII. They had me on the EDGE of my seat for the story of Charles and Louis trying to make it to safety. And the misunderstood love story between Elisa
Apr 08, 2011 Sherrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i love the development of the characters who were introduced but not well known in the first book like otto, hershel, thomas etc. the only thing i didn't like about this book was that i felt like the plot with the twin boys dragged on. the whole second half of the book they sat in that dumb apartment. but loved this book and can't wait to get the next one...
Mar 25, 2011 JaNae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Karin Dance
After I finished #1 I kept wondering about book 2 but didn't have it yet from the library. I think I liked this one better than #1! I don't want to give anything away so I'll leave it at that.

Can't wait to start #3 but the Library does NOT have that one in the series, SERIOUSLY?!?! Guess I'll be borrowing a copy soon.
Beverley McPherson
I enjoyed this historical fiction also. It really helped with an understanding of pre- WWII. It was clearly evident from the book, people Like Otto, Leah, John and Eliza who was instrumental in helping ,did a marvelous Job to twist Hilter plan. I liked Otto character and it really boosted the book ratings.
Carolyn  C.
Apr 24, 2011 Carolyn C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this second book in this series. Well written and again I was left feeling very connected to the characters:) Not only was I thoroughly engrossed in the story but this has been a great way for me to learn some of the history of the days leading up to WWII. Tough time to live!
Jan 30, 2009 Kendra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is amazing to read about the events before WWII. It certainly makes me wonder, what would I do in similar circumstance! The fictional characters are also very intriguing. This series has really drawn me in.
Feb 02, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first one was better... this was good, but it just seemed to take a really long time to get anywhere... it's so sad too to read about people getting treated that way.
Jun 13, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely to read the background of characters I was familiar with from the Thoenes' other series. Well written and page-turner, as usual.
Well written. The authors develop the characters well. Heavy subject matter makes be want to take time between the books in the series.
Nov 23, 2012 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book! I loved the characters and the story. Also was reminded of history. I read it in just a few days. very captivating!
Cathy Holland frueh
"What would it be like if the country you live in changed radically in ONE DAY? March 12, 1938, was indeed a dark day for Austria. In one day the face of the nation was stripped away and discarded as though it had never been. And all because of the strategic planning of Adolf Hitler, the man without a soul, and the people who chose to go along with, or avert their eyes from, his devious, satanic schemes."

This second book in the series was very good. Enjoyed it almost better than the first book.
Aug 29, 2010 Karma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book - an interesting and enlightening sequel. I am half way through the third and still enjoying the story!
Dec 20, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book - difficult to read or should I say difficult to go through emotionally what the people experienced then.
Apr 29, 2010 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent second book to the Zion Covenant series. I really felt I was in Vienna and Prague in 1938.
Beth Lawrence
Jul 02, 2012 Beth Lawrence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a fascinating series of WW2 - more like an exciting personal accounting from several individuals.
I love this series. Straight onto the third book - too gripping to pause! I love the tagline on the back of "learn the truth through fiction", and I love the sheer amount of detail in these books, the numbers of different stories going on - at first it seems a little daunting and it's been a while since I'd read the first book so I'd forgotten who a few people were, but it was easy enough to pick up the threads. It's funny I like this series so much actually, because generally I tend to prefer s ...more
May 18, 2014 Gloria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction fans; people interested in World War II
This book is actually more like 3.5 stars. There aren't many other people introduced, so readers can follow through from the first book. I do like that the authors included a map - which will grow to be a lot of "Germany" by the middle or end of the series...

The main action centers around Charles and Louis Kronenberger. Charles has a problem - he has a cleft palate in Nazi Germany. The authors needed to give a bit more background of what had happened in Germany and the laws that were put in plac
Reading the second book in this series has just made me more bitter that I did not know about these books earlier in life! These are FANTASTIC! In light of the wonderfully well-written "Bonhoeffer" by Metaxes, this book (though written years earlier) highlights the struggle of the true church to protect those deemed "undesirable" or who are seen as "a burden on society;" and let England, France and the USA know what was happening in 1930s Germany. The authors clearly put a lot of effort into res ...more
Elisa Lindheim is now Elisa Murphy - and safely in Prague after the Anschluss. With John Murphy called to London for work, Elisa's new American passport is burning a hole in her pocket as her friends remain in danger back in Vienna. When two little boys in Vienna desperately need her help, Elisa doesn't think twice about the dangers involved with rescuing them. Hitler's aspirations to grow the borders of Germany continue in this novel, with Czechoslovakia in his sights now that Austria is just a ...more
Apr 06, 2015 Ashton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good book about the years leading up to World War II.

Elisa Lindheim-Murphy goes back into Nazi-occupied Vienna in search of her best friend, Jewish cellist, Leah Feildstien. When she arrives at her flat, she is surprised to find her Leah in hiding there, along with twin brothers, Louis and Charles Kronenberger, whose father has been killed at the beginning of the Auchluss in an effort to protect his children. He leaves a note on the floor of the INS office where he is murdered, telling t
This book started out slow and I felt it kind of drug on but then it picked back up and I just spent this afternoon finishing it. :) Need to go to the library to get the 3rd book. One thing is that I wish the authors would put an addendum (or whatever it is called) in the back explaining what was real and what they made up. I love it when historical fiction authors do this- I learn so much!
May 04, 2015 Aman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series has to be one of the best works of historical fiction I have ever read. The information in these books is so abundant. Everyone knows exactly how events unfolded after World War 2 started but the events preceding to the debacle are not so clear, a deficit this book is clearly doing a lot to reduce. There is a well defined pattern between the annexation of Austria and the scare at the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia. The whole world stage at this time, specially the painful Policy of Ap ...more
May 25, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this heart was racing the last 30 pages or so as I was so anxious to see what would happen (and then to start the next in the series, of course). Lots more European history from the late 1930s and helps me understand so much more clearly Hitler's rise to power and what led to the war.
Sep 20, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! I love the main characters in this series. It makes me want to keep reading and find out what happens to them.
I was afraid to read this at first because I thought since it was set during the holocaust and the main character is half-jewess (Haha, I just totally felt guilty for saying that. Like I was betraying her or something!'s only a book, Sam), but the writer didn't go into anything really graphic. It was disturbing for what it was, but I think she handled it tactfully.
So yea
Feb 23, 2014 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd in the Zion Covenant series, a continuation of Elisa Lindheim's life during the Nazi takeover of Austria with Czechoslovakia next in line. Intrigue, surprises, sadness, love, horror and more are all presented in this story.
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BODIE AND BROCK THOENE (pronounced Tay-nee) have written over 45 works of historical fiction. These best sellers have sold more than 10 million copies and won eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards.

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 E
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Zion Covenant (9 books)
  • Vienna Prelude (Zion Covenant, #1)
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