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Promise Breaker (Promise of Zion Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Elmer
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Book Description

Book 1 in a series of 6

A search for a homeland in a world darkened by war…

Dov Zalinski has nothing left in the ruins of World War 2—only the promise his mother made when she left him at a Warsaw orphanage: “I’ll come back for you, and together we’ll go to Jerusalem.” Seven hard years later, she still hasn’t returned.

On the hope that she and the rest of his family have somehow survived the terrible Nazi death camps and went on ahead of him, the thirteen-year-old sets out alone for the Promised Land. Dov is determined to be with his family again… even if it means risking his life to do it.

Emily Parkinson has it all as the spoiled only child of a British major stationed in 1947 Jerusalem. Her cozy, perfect world has cushioned her from the always-present danger that haunts the people of Palestine—until now. Tensions between Arab and Jew are growing fast as ships of illegal Jewish immigrants try to break through the British barricade. Now, not even Emily’s father will be able to protect her from what she is about to face.

Editorial Reviews


An age-sensitive, yet realistic look at a tragic and triumphant period of the Jewish people... -- Moody Magazine

About the Author

Robert Elmer is a graduate of St. Mary's College and Simpson College in San Francisco. In addition to his two series for middle-grade readers, ADVENTURES DOWN UNDER, and THE YOUNG UNDERGROUND, he has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines. Currently a writer for an advertising agency, Robert and his wife, Ronda, have three children and make their home in Washington State.

Product Details

  • File Size: 344 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Elmer (April 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007UC8L0W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,575 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! September 5, 2000
By A Customer
The Promise of Zion series are the best books that I have ever read in my entire life! I have never been so interested in Jerusalem, Jews, or anything like that until I read these, and now I want to go to Jerusalem myself! Robert Elmer is a wonderful author and I would suggest reading any books by him. I read The Young Underground Series also, and they were AWSOME! If you have any hesitation about reading the books, make it stop right NOW, and buy the series and ENJOY (I promise you that you will! )
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!! November 9, 2000
This book is one of the best books that I have ever read in my life. The story makes you want to cry, laugh, and smile. I could never put the book down! I have read Promise To Zion #2, and it is also excellent. I am waiting to buy the third book! I have always been interested in the Holocaust, so when my dad brought this book home, I read it right away. It gave me many facts about the Jews, and how they were badly treated. I really love this book, and anybody else that reads it will love it too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book October 16, 2002
Promise Breaker was exciting and interesting. I thought that it was great. And I highly recommend it to anyone.I liked it so much I could not put it down. I bought all the others and thought that they were great too. They are great to read over and over again. They give you lots of information that is interesting and useful. Robert Elmer has lots of great books for all ages. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Promise Breaker October 10, 2012
By skeeter
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The Promise Breaker is the story of one child's amazing and incredible journey from Warsaw Poland to Israel in search of his parents Imma (mother) and Abba (father). Dov Zewinski has had so many broken promises. This fictional story makes real historical events come alive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-Opening Story December 4, 2013
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Promise Broken
Wow! What a wonderful story woven around a young Jewish boy during and after WW II. Watching this child left on an orphanage steps by his mother, spending his childhood in horrible circumstances, surviving a death camp and feeling alienated and alone was heartbreaking to read. Following his tougher-than-nail teen determination to reach Israel where he hopes to be reunited with his family paints an accurate picture of the Jewish existence after the war. Add a young English girl who has grown up in Israel in a British Military family, and you have a complete picture of post WW II Palestine that ties the title Promise Breaker to the plot. Part of the series Promise of Zion, this is a great read for those who love historical fiction or want a better understanding of the Jewish struggle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Promise breaker April 14, 2014
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This is a decent book written for the time period of the post WWII years. The Jewish people have been promised a land of their own by the British as they realize so many Jewish people who survived the war have no where to go. Dov is a young Jewish boy who survived the war and work camps and is looking for his parents as are so many others. He is promised several things by different folks but is disappointed at promises not. Ming to fruition. He is finally within seeing distance of the 'promised land'...and chaos breaks out....

You can get this book downloaded on your kindle as I did from Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb little book May 5, 2014
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I got this as a Kindle freebie, and to be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this little book. Instead, I found it was very well written, informative, and had two unique perspectives; one of a child Holocaust survivor and one of a somewhat spoiled daughter of a British soldier stationed in Palestine. Nothing graphic or anything, but it is realistic and doesn't sugar-coat anything. Perfect for ages 11+.
I would definitely recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing! May 20, 2014
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I consider myself pretty well educated on the holocaust and WWII. However, I never thought about what really happened to the Jews after the war. I knew Israel was created in 1947 the Jews to have a nation again. I never knew that Britain controlled Palestine, or that Jews were blocked from Israel. I can't wait to read more in this series. I love how fascinating this story is, while still being historically accurate and well-researched.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a Great Read
I recommend this book to any avid holocaust activist. You need knowledgeable information pryer to reading this book about the holocaust or you will not fully understand it, but... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Samantha Withee
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic novel
Fantastic novel!
Published 5 months ago by Samantha
4.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete
This is a well told story which manages to sustain a sense of hope while in the midst of some of the horrors of the holocaust. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pamela M
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!
You MUST read this book! It is amazing - once you read this, you won't want to do anything else until the next book arrives. <3 the Promise of Zion Series!
Published 14 months ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Promise of Zion Book Series is Good
Good followup to the Young Underground series. Great mix of real Jewish history & Christian principals. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Shop Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars good book!!
Good combination of history and fiction. The plight of the Jews is demonstrated in this story. will recommend this book.
Published 17 months ago by Alison
5.0 out of 5 stars reminders of Leon Uris
This is an excellent book with reminders of what the Jews went thru during the War. It touched my heart. I would recommend to history buffs and human rights advocates.
Published on December 11, 2012 by Iris Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars book about Israel
I had bought, read and given away the paperback copy of this book, so was glad to get the free copy to have on my kindle for reading again and keeping.
Published on November 27, 2012 by Wisconsin
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and touching
Although this book was written for middle grade readers, I enjoyed it and didn't feel like I was reading a youth novel. Read more
Published on November 17, 2012 by Jean Mathis
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More About the Author

Robert Elmer is a former reporter and ad copywriter who writes part-time from his home in the Pacific Northwest. He is the author of over fifty books, including nine contemporary novels for the adult Christian audience, two nonfiction titles, and seven series for younger readers. He's also a contributor to kids' versions of the popular "Case for..." books co-authored with Lee Strobel. Among kids, he is best known for his "Young Underground" and "Adventures Down Under" books. When he's not at the keyboard, he enjoys sailing and hiking with his wife, and spending time with their three kids--plus a growing number of little grandchildren.

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