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Jerusalem Vigil

(Zion Legacy #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  1,171 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Bodie and Brock Thoene's superb storytelling comes alive in Jerusalem Vigil, a novel of the struggle for Jerusalem. It is May 14, 1948, in the world's holiest city: today the new State of Israel will be proclaimed and British troops will hand over the key to Zion Gate leaving behind hostile Jewish and Muslim forces poised for battle. Caught up in this historic moment are M ...more
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published March 16th 2000 by Viking Penguin (first published March 1st 2000)
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Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I know what many of you are thinking: "Good grief! Another Zion series by the Thoenes? When will it end?" You may accuse the husband/wife writing team of beating a dead horse, but Jerusalem Vigil actually makes for good reading in my opinion, and I've read all the other Zion books. If you enjoyed the previous two series, you'll probably like this opening to the third one; just make sure that you have the sequel on hand, because Jerusalem Vigil's ending is a bit of a cliffhanger. The Thoenes' ama ...more
This book starts with the same characters as early series, but it is day one of Israel becoming a free Jewish state. It only covers about the first 3 to 4 days of the bloody struggle for the old city of Jerusalem. I can hardly put these books down. I feel like I am right there fighting with them.
Jul 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a post WWII novel set in Jerusalem at the advent of the state of Israel. This is a true to life account of the siege for the Jews to survive there. Nowhere in the world were this people granted a homeland. Hard to read because of current environmental situation there and here in the US. It is a good read from my perspective because it reminds me of what is important, love and family.
Jeni Enjaian
A review from my old blog...

The entire scope of the story takes place in three days, three days of intense fighting for the survival of the Jewish state. I could not put the book down. I flipped through the pages at such a rapid pace not really because I wanted to finish the book quickly but because I wanted to find out what would happen to all of the characters.

This series introduces several new characters whose stories will probably develop over the remaining books in the series. Moshe and Rac
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a well-researched and impactful book, I just had a hard time getting into it. It was extremely intense, with the violence of warfare between Arabs and Jews first trying to occupy their new country of Israel after the UN declared it a country in 1948. There were several main characters to follow, and I had a hard time keeping up with them because of all the action and confusion. Yes, war is that way, but the authors threw me into the scene without painting enough of a picture for me to c ...more
James Burns
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The struggle to become a nation comes to life, The horrors of war,the sacrifices and struggles of the individual, the families and the senseless killings especially the children and the elderly. Most leave behind the Holocost of Germany, the pograms of Russia, and the death camps/cocentration camps to live in a land of their own. Only to step in the frying pan for independence. They were surrounded on all sides, out-numbered and out gunned. Before the Brittish left, they werent allowed weapons o ...more
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this is book one of six, in the last series ZION LEGACY, as the Jewish people who escaped the Holocost make there way into Israel up and through when Isreal gets its statehood in 1948. The characters became like family and I hated to see these books end. Such good books about a very dark time in the world/WWII
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great historical retelling of the beginning of Statehood of Israel, good characterisations and authentic Messianic Jewish culture. I also liked that it was fair about the different peoples/cultures/religions involved, even though the book was told from the (Messianic) Jewish perspective.
Jul 30, 2016 added it
Gripping... from the first page... can't wait
to continue this series. History comes alive
in the hands of Bodie and Brock Thoene....
so does the Bible. It's awesome to read how
He perfectly fulfilled the prophecies of old!!
Bonnie Eckard
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I really like being there in 1948 when Jerusalem is fighting for independence and the proficied established nation of the Jews once again. Very exciting and loaded with historical accuracy, I will definately finish this entire series.
Justin Sangster
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a good times. At times it was a little to back-and-forth between characters and locations, which was confusing. While I believe the history and geography associated with the story to be fairly accurate, my one problem with this story was with the constant back and forth from locales in and around Jerusalem. I was constantly looking places up to get a better feel for what they looked like and what the layout was like. The descriptions in the book simply didn't paint a good eno ...more
Thoroughly loved this read - love how we come back to the Kalners after 10 years although they're so different now & I had to remind myself of how much they've lived through. Very fast paced so if you're not used to the Thoene's multiple perspectives & locaripns style it may be confusing. For me it's one of those books I couldn't put down.
Brutal account of evil run amok.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoying learning more about this piece of history I know not much about. A lot happened in just a few days!
Dana Blondo
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I put this down after getting halfway through. I love these authors, but I just couldn't connect with this book. The entire plot takes place in Jerusalem the first days after it's independence. The characters were hard to connect with and keep track of as the scenes quickly skip from one part of war to the next. There was no rest or solid storyline that I was interested in following. I did skip ahead to see if there would be a reprieve, but up until the last page it's battle. So rather than slou ...more
Feb 07, 2009 rated it liked it
12/31/16-I reread this book as I decided I wanted to finish the series, and it had been so long since I started it. While this second read out me even further away from having read The Zion Covenant and Chronicles series, which I read and loved in junior high, where many of these characters were introduced, I found they gave you enough of a backstory to enjoy and understand this first book in The Zion Legacy series. I still do not know much about the true history on which this book is based, I a ...more
Anne Marie
Jan 19, 2009 rated it liked it
This book is another of Thoene's historical perspectives of the conflict among Jews, Christians and Muslims during the time when Israel first declared statehood after WWII. Unlike her other novels, Jerusalem Vigil take place over an extremely short period of time...the few days after the British troops leave the Old City. She recycles several characters who play minor roles in her previous novels for expansion in this story, one of who is Rachel (who was a Nazi love slave form Warsaw). It contai ...more
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Three days of the state of Israel after the pull out of all other military strenghs have moved out and the newly found state and its people from other areas are left to take care of all of the hostile communities which surround them with hatred for the "Jews", this story plot has you on edge wondering what will happen next and the realization that much of what is happening was foretold in the old testament. I love the part where they find the tunnel, I have read other books by this author but th ...more
It took me a while to get into this book. Bodie Thoene jumped into the action too quickly, introducing too many characters (both familiar and new) at once in several different locations. Then as the book progressed it seemed much more focused on plot than on the heart and thoughts of the characters. However well developed the characters are (and they are surprisingly dimensional and complete characters given how little fot eh story is focused on them) the story is more interesting when it's less ...more
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Jerusalem Vigil" is a fictional account of the battle for Jerusalem on the five days beginning with the declaration of Israeli statehood on May 14, 1948. Israeli forces -- made up in large part of refugees from Eastern Europe -- fight with Arabs in a bitter, bloody conflict.
Not much has changed.
War is ugly, and there is a great deal of ugliness in this novel. The authors are unsparing in their depiction of carnage and death. Unsparing, that is, except toward their major characters, who have be
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it
The first in a historical/Christian fiction novel series which covers the events surrounding the proclamation of statehood for Israel in 1948. Well written, excellent detail and moving and believable characters and storyline. I enjoyed this, although perhaps not as much as I have earlier series from the Thoenes, probably because I was missing characters that werent brought back for this book. David & Ellie? Anyhow, the most moving part for me was the scene where the nuns were vacating the co ...more
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have really enjoyed all of the books by Bodie Thoene. This series, the Zion Legacy series is a continuation of other series by Bodie Thoene.

It is hard reading about this time period knowing that the rest of the world was oblivious! Maybe not oblivious but after WWII ended I think most people thought that the eradication of the Jews was over. Even the Jews thought it was over! Then the fight for Israel's statehood and maintaining their statehood after the British pulled out. Amazing and inspir
Patti Victorson
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Too many characters, names, and places in Jerusalem that had foreign names......very hard for me to keep track. It took reading half the book until I learned the main characters. The battlefield was continually changing. I imagined the author setting out his army men, playing and setting up battles - describing on paper these scenes. This was not my favorite book. There was too much carnage described. The importance of writing names of all the dead and the names of all the buildings, and territo ...more
Jun 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
We picked this book up at a library book sale several years ago but never got around to reading it. I wasn't sure that I would like the book but when I started reading it it really got my attention. The story takes place in the first few days after the nation of Israel was formed. It follows several characters during this time. It did get a little hard to follow sometimes with all of the characters but the story is compelling and the authors keep you involved in the story.
Nov 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
An intriguing story about the nation of Israel- and if you like history it is especially good- in giving you a feel for what it may have been like in the 1948 time period. I like the way Bodie Theone has woven the stories of the lives of several people throughout several series- Zion Chronicles, Zion Covenant, and now this series- helps the series to mesh and to get a better understanding of the time periods in which they take place.
Margaret Chind
This was a book that at first reading I kinda felt like it was going on and on and on... but then I realized that I was already half way through the book in a really short period of time. It is definitely not a book for those who are sensitive about war. But I do believe that it is a book for Christian, Jew, and Muslim alike. It shows the good and the bad in all. It's a good read and as an introduction to the Thoene's way of writing, a pull to read other novels as well.
Pamela Trawick
Abandoned. This is probably a good book, but I don't have the patience currently to focus on all the unfamiliar names and groups to keep all the details straight. I read one third of it and decided not to continue even though I liked what I'd read. This is part of a series, and I can't presently bear the thought of facing more.
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
"Historical fiction is my favorite genre so I couldn't exactly put my finger on the reason I was having a hard time enjoying this book but now I understand that it's the confusion & chaos of war. I also like enough description to actually 'place' me into scenes but I couldn't quite get to that point. Sad to say that I can't make myself finish the book, which is VERY unusual for me.
Name Wendy
I love these authors and I love reading about the birth of Israel but I could not engage with this book. It is all out the battle and I couldn't grasp the movements even with the map in the beginning.
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book! The authors put you right in the middle of the action, making you feel like you are a part of the story. Leaves you on a cliff-hanger, so have the next book handy! You're gonna need it!!
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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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