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Refiner's Fire [Kindle Edition]

Sylvia Bambola
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A thriller steeped in European culture like The Salzburg Connection, Refiner's Fire serves up serious suspense to avid fiction readers. This book's "secret underground society" is not Nazi war criminals, however-it's the persecuted Christian church. Yuri and Alexander Deyneko, separated as teens in postwar times, are reunited thirty-five years later in 1980s Bucharest. Now on separate sides of Nicolae Ceausescu's Iron Curtain, the secret life of one brother, a top army official and clandestine Christian, and the ambition of the other- now the American Ambassador to Romania-puts them on a collision course with each other. Fates hang on an issue of conscience. Great writing propels readers through the plot toward a gripping climax.

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Editorial Reviews

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Bambola bases this novel on first-hand accounts of atrocities committed under Nicolae Ceau sescu. When, in the wake of World War II, a Romanian woman had to sell one son to an American officer to escape a refugee camp, she impressed the officer's name on the memory of her remaining son. Forty years later, Alexander Wainwright accepts a posting to Romania, and a spy, Col. Yuri Deyneko, is immediately attached to the new ambassador. Yuri is the only one who knows that he is Alexander's brother, and when he sees how cold this man is, he wishes it weren't so. Under Ceau sescu's regime, Christians have been forced underground, and Alexander is ordered not to rock the boat. But when a plea to help them comes from both his wife and Yuri, he turns to God for answers. By turns hopeful and devastating, this novel powerfully portrays the unbearable cruelty of humans and the helplessness of the Christians, whose faith never falters. Writing as Margaret Miller, Bambola won the 1998 Small Press Editor's Choice Award for her first novel, A Vessel of Honor, and her new work deserves a place in all collections.
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About the Author

Sylvia Bambola received the Silver Angel Award for Refiner's Fire, as well as the Small Press Editor's Choice Award for her first novel, A Vessel of Honor (published under the pen name Margaret Miller). A resident of New York, she is a frequent speaker at Christian women's events. Sylvia and her husband have two grown children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590528522
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (December 22, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FGMPC6
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite What I Expected June 8, 2001
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I travelled in Romania during the same time period of this book. That got my attention. I hoped to relive the intimate conversations with believers behind the Iron Curtain; I hoped to taste and smell and visualize the rugged and beautiful countryside. I was mildly disappointed.
Bambola's novel is a tale of two brothers separated by time and geography, brought together again as adults in Romania--one an American ambassador, one a Romanian colonel. The cover and description of "Refiner's Fire" led me to believe this would be more male-oriented fiction. It's not. That's not to say that it's a waste of time for male readers; in fact, I appreciated the story and the lessons to be learned. The writing is easy and flowing. The dialogue is generally snappy. I felt that the plot and characters, although fitting, were geared toward a female reader. A number of times, I found the ambassador's reactions to his wife a bit syrupy and/or emotional for a man of his position.
The book reads quickly, and the wake-up call to a lazy American society is needed (particularly within the churches). Bambola does give us some heart-rending facts regarding the persecution others face. Unfortunately for me, though, I never felt like I was taken back to the places or peoples I visited. For those who have never been there, this might be a great introduction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, but Tender August 7, 2000
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I hate to be trite, but I couldn't put this book down! Not only was the story interesting (and you couldn't wait to find out how it all turned out), but the dialogue was real and the people even more so. The background that Ms. Bambola researched and presents to us is fascinating. How many of us truly understand what it must be like to live in a cold, bleak, cruel and restrictive society as it was in Romania? That these people suffered and died for their Christian faith is something for all of us to understand, respect, and if ever necessary, hope we could emulate. Ms. Bambola...write us some more great books!!
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Refiner's Fire is a riveting piece of historical fiction. Bambola establishes multi-dimensional protagonists that lead us through compelling plot lines that intertwine intrigue, persecution and spirituality to a suspense-filled conclusion. A testament to Bambola's character development is my lingering wish to follow the stories of Alexander and Yuri beyond the last chapter...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading by men and women! July 24, 2000
WOW! What a great book! Whether you like intrigue, inspirational literature, historical works, or just plain good reading, you'll find this is well worth your time. I savored it from a few sittings and then couldn't put it down. The author has down an excellent job and I look forward to seeing more by her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put the book down! June 14, 2000
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Bambola was masterful in her character and plot development. Not only were the main characters, Alexander and Yuri, interesting and multi-dimensional, the many supporting players had depth and carried weight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb story of faith, struggle, and destiny. June 6, 2000
Set amidst the brutal reign of Nicolae Ceausescu in 1980s Bucharest, Rumania, Sylvia Bambola's Refiner's Fire is the gripping story of secrets, suspense, persecution, and faith. Alexander Wainwright is the ambitious new American ambassador to Romania. Yuri Deyneko is the Romanian army officer (and clandestine Christian) assigned to spy on him. Both men are professionals who know their assignments. But what they do not know (although Yuri suspects) is that each man is the other's long-lost fraternal twin. Two brothers on the opposite sides of the Iron Curtain who must learn together how to discover their destinies -- and each other. Sylvia Bambola is a master storyteller who plays fair with her readers at all times in this novel of the human heart, faith, struggle, and destiny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book on persecution of Christians May 21, 2000
Refiner's Fire is a meaningful novel with an intriguing plot. Twins, separated as children, are reunited under strange and compelling cirucumstances. Portraying persecution of Christians in a foreign land, the book, though fictitious, has a genuine and universal theme. It is obvious that Sylvia Bambola has done extensive research in the matter and she is to be congratulated on a work well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting read August 30, 2000
Refiner's Fire combines a gripping story line with well-drawn characters and a real sense of the time and place in which they live. The book held me captive to the very last paragraph and is particularly fascinating to anyone with an interest in Romania. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys adventure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A very different book - takes place in Romania. Twin brothers are separated at a young age under heartbreaking conditions.
Another riveting read from Sylvia Bambola.
Published 6 months ago by Anonymous Annie
4.0 out of 5 stars Refiner's Fire Evokes Early Christianity in Modern Times
Refiner's Fire is full of symbolism and parallels to the trials and difficulties faced by early Christians. Read more
Published 12 months ago by GMK
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story of faith
Once I started this book I could not put it down. It is the most enjoyable book, I have read in a while. The charcters are interesting, and the plot is exiting. Read more
Published on March 26, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read!!!!!
Having been to Romania several times, I found this book very historical, with clear emphasis on the heart of Christian brothers and sisters. Read more
Published on March 22, 2001 by Letherenda G. Rivers
5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD READ
Published on August 25, 2000 by PAUL
5.0 out of 5 stars REFINER'S FIRE
Published on August 22, 2000 by DENISE
5.0 out of 5 stars life changing
A masterfull written work of fiction.Sylvia depict's,what it is to be a GOD fearing christian , in other parts of the world. Read more
Published on July 31, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A novel of faith, struggle, destiny, and the human heart.
Set amidst the brutal reign of Nicolae Ceausescu in 1980s Bucharest, Rumania, Sylvia Bambola's Refiner's Fire is the gripping story of secrets, suspense, persecution, and faith. Read more
Published on July 4, 2000 by Midwest Book Review
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More About the Author

Born in Romania in 1945, Sylvia Bambola lived her early years in Germany. At seven she relocated with her adopted family and saw the Statue of Liberty and America for the first time. But the memory of those years in Germany inspired her to write Refiner's Fire, which won a Silver Angel Award, and was a Christy Finalist. Her frequent moves as an "army brat" gave her an opportunity to see America and fall in love with her new country. Bambola has authored six novels, has two grown children, teaches women's Bible studies, loves gardening and is learning the guitar.

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