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Munich Signature

(Zion Covenant #3)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  6,562 ratings  ·  163 reviews
In Prague Counterpoint, Elisa Murphy and Leah Feldstein risked everything to stand against the tide of Nazi terrorism and to buy a chance at life for two small boys. When Elisa is at last reunited with Murphy, the danger is past for the small Charles.

Or is it?

Munich Signature finds Leah and little Louis attempting to escape Austria over the treacherous foot paths of the Al
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published April 1st 1990)
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Natalie Vellacott
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm working through this series for the second/third time.

This book focuses on the fall of Czechoslovakia to the Nazis. It also documents the plight of a ship containing Jewish refugees as the boat is passed from country to country, each lamenting the suffering of the people but refusing to accept the additional immigrants themselves.

Still enjoying this series although it can be slow at times and perhaps some of the detail is unnecessary as it makes the books very long. The history is fascinati
Luisa Knight
I appreciated the historical research and backdrop presented in this story and how it occasionally left the main characters to show a key scene in history with Churchill, Hitler and/or Franklin. Kudos for how well this was laid out.

The story itself was pretty good too, with a lot of plot and/or action happening. More of a "Hallmark Movie" feel to it, so possessing a somewhat predictable story-line with a leading female who's obviously gorgeous and a few love quadrangles thrown in, of course. Wha
Evangheline Farcas
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Once more I was held captive by this book. Elisa and the struggle of the Jewish people is clearly portrayed in this book. Though it is fiction, often I forgot this as I read as I recognized many of the key events from the Holocost we incorporated into this book. Brock and Bodie Thoene showed us the great struggle as the few tried to raise the alarm to Hilter's dark nature. Murphy was an unforgettable character as he tried to get American's to open their eyes to the suffering and horror of the Je ...more
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a very intense read, with some very believable, realistic, characters. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with the ending. It had a rushed, "let's get this book overwith" kind of feel to it. The ending would have provided a wonderful opportunity for some great reunions -- Charles with Louis, Murphy with Elisa, and Shimon with Leah, but all we get are a few lines about them at some kind of remembrance ceremony, and it's all VERY somber. Even though the sinking of the Darien was a hug ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The historical content of this book is so important. We need to be reminded of the treatment of Jewish refugees because it's relevant today. And it's something we don't hear much about in history classes.

However, the writing style still gets on my nerves! Pet phrases reused ad nauseum, over-the-top emotionalism, clichéd characterization, explaining what characters say and do as if the reader isn't smart enough, etc.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am enjoying this series. For some reason, I am drawn to books, about these dark hours in history.
I am reading a kindle book, and for some reason book content(chapters) is not accessible. Buyers beware.
Ruth Ann
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I was a teen, a young man told me about his parents being on a ship and traveling from country to country. Everyone turned them away and they were finally made wards of the United Nations. Some of the events in Munich Signature could have been their story. His parents too were fleeing from Nazi controlled territories.

The book is part of the Zion Covenant series of historical fiction covering WWII. Munich Signature relates events in the European Theatre in the late 1930's as Hitler expanded
Dec 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Even though I know the history of WWII, these books put a very personal insight into what went on with the people. Elisa is very "cloak and dagger" in this book as she is forced to be an undercover agent for the British to get her family passports to leave Praque.
I was brought to tears with the story of the "Darien", a ship full of jewish refugees, with no port to land in. They left there homes with nothing but the clothes on their back and the hope of a better future for their children. It is
Jen Stewart
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, own
I started reading The Zion Covenant series in 1994. I finished the first six books in the series about a year later, and then years later found that there were nine in the series. I wanted to read the next three but knew I should reread the first six to become reacquainted with the storyline and characters. But when could I do this? There are so many other books to read for the first time! Finally, a cou[le of weeks ago, when I went to my bookshelf to decide which book I would read next, Vienna ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
In May 1938 Hitler's Forces continue to swallow pieces of Europe, forcing Jews to flee from his ever-tightening net. Yet where can they go? While nations argue politics and negotiate payments, and British prime minister Neville Chamberlain accepts Hitler's signature of "peace in our time", homeless Jews bob on the open sea in "coffin ships."
After suffering through interment at Dachau and a hellish fire, Shimon Feldstein, former percussionist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, becomes a stow
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure I wanted to read the 3rd book right after the 2nd b/c of the amount of detail, characters and storylines buuut, I was sucked in right away and barely put the book down until I finished it.

I really have nothing profound to say about it--this is such an exciting series full of great characters, political intrigue and beautiful miracles. It's also so interesting b/c of the refugee conversation that's been happening in our country right now. It's almost the exact same thing that happen
Stephanie Fitzpatrick
Munich Signiture is the third book in the Zion covenant series by Bodie and Brock Thoene.
Given that this series is historical fiction it is interesting and fascinating learning about elements of world war 2 that I previously had no idea about. However some of the more detailed chapters about newspapers and government meeting for me are a bit of a slow read. It has took me longer to get through this book that is predecessors as it was not as action packed or fast paced. But I persevered nonethel
Danielle Gonzalez
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great series! I was so engrossed in all of the characters, it was difficult to put the book down. I had many late nights as I stayed up to find out what would happen next. For anyone who has any interest in the resistance during the second world war, this is a must read! This gives great insight into other countries and the reactions during Hitler's "reign". You can really sense how different groups of people were feeling during this period - the fear, the uncertainty, the hope, ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Jews are desperate to leave Germany – but no country will take them. Hitler has his sights set on Czechoslovakia – and no country will stop him.

We often hear the phrase, “You don’t know what tomorrow holds.” After reading this book and re-living the reality that many people faced in the events leading up to World War II, all I can say is…that phrase is so true. One moment, everyday people like you and me were happily living their lives in pre-WWII Europe, and then the next moment their world
Taryn Spearey
This was amazing! Elisa and Murphy are married and happy. But, when Hitler becomes a threat to their home, Murphy sends Elisa away on a ship with a little boy named Charles. Charles is unable to speak because his mouth is sewn. I find this sad that Charles can't speak. I hope things turn out good in the next book. ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have loved all the books I have read by the Thoenes. This one is no exception. Sometimes it's hard to remember the impact historical events had on people who lived in that time, but the Thoenes really make history come to life. This book made me think a lot about events today, too, since the world today isn't really very different from what it was like in 1938. ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These books have made me think about so many things from our past and see how they are happening in our present as well. This particular book places a lot of focus on the immigration/refugee issue, and I found myself having to rethink the way things appear and how issues aren't black and white. I'm still hooked and have #4 ready to start tonight. ...more
Lauren H
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story was a bit of a slow read and a lot of sad choices were made among the leaders. The story shows how easy people can be deceived and not honor the oath they made with others. I’m grateful to understand better how WW2 started to grow from there and hopefully remember to recognize patterns of a war coming.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Okay, gonna be honest and say I did not like this one as much as the first two! It's so interesting though to read about the history so I stuck with it for that. I do enjoy following the character's stories and I'm still looking forward to reading the fourth book, but hoping it's more intriguing than Munich Signature... ...more
Murphy, and also Charles being fixed, automatically makes it four stars, but I felt that the ending was rushed. I mean, do we ever find out how Thomas just appeared? Or how Shimon actually survived? (Although I assume that was a miracle)
Clara Roberts
Sep 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
The book start off very well and then became dull and boring. Dialogue is ascribed to Hitler, Himmler, and Churchill that are inconsistent with known historical evidence. Having taught this period of history for many years I found their treatment of Thoene 's treatment grating.
Jim Rickard
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book.

This is the 4th or 5th time I've read this book. Well written, good plot. Even though I've read it before I still enjoyed it. If you enjoy history it is a great book and if you love the Lord it is even a better book.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This part of the series did not have as much suspense and action as the previous two. I would’ve preferred that Bodie Thoene included less political dialogue and more action and suspense between characters. As a whole, this book just seemed to drag on and have a slower pace than its predecessors.
This book always takes me a while to get through, mostly because it's the most heartbreaking & gut wrenching of the series. It opened my eyes to the reality of the Holocaust that's more than the gas chambers & concentration camps. ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
What I like about this book is that the author wrote a very credible story it is not that everything ends happily ever after. Though there are parts of the story that offer some relief and happiness it is a tragic story. It will keep me reading more
Carol Goodpaster
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story, set on many fronts, keeps the reader engaged as different Nazi and anit-Nazi characters play cat and mouse. Reads like a true story. Love the musical undertones of the plot. Will definitely be following it through the rest of the series.
Another excellent book in this series. Intrigue, espionage, political drama, and just a touch of romance. Plus, every chapter gives me something new to look up - a song, a fact, a piece of information to learn more about.
Chrystal Hogan Hood
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
This series was awesome!!
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-two
The third book in the Zion Covenant series, Munich Signature is a powerful addition to the WWII landscape. I love all of the characters, even though I don't love all of their choices. ...more
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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

Other books in the series

Zion Covenant (9 books)
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  • Jerusalem Interlude (Zion Covenant, #4)
  • Danzig Passage (Zion Covenant, #5)
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