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About the Author

Bodie and Brock Thoene are award-winning authors with more than 50 titles in print and 20 million copies sold. Their numerous books, including the Zion Covenant, Zion Chronicles, and new Zion Memoirs series, have touched the lives of countless readers with stories of God’s power, mercy, and faithfulness.
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Product Details

  • Series: Zion Diaries
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio; Unabridged edition (September 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598597736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598597738
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bodie and Brock Thoene (pronounced "Tay-nee") have written over 45 works of historical fiction. That these best sellers have sold more than 10 million copies and won 8 ECPA Gold Medallion Awards affirms what millions of readers have already discovered--the Thoenes are not only master stylists but also experts at capturing readers' minds and hearts.

In their timeless classic series about Israel (The Zion Chronicles, The Zion Covenant, and The Zion Legacy), the Thoenes' love for both story and research shines.

With The Shiloh Legacy series and "Shiloh Autumn"--poignant portrayals of the American Depression--and The Galway Chronicles, which dramatically tell of the 1840s famine in Ireland, as well as the 12 books in the Legends of the West series, the Thoenes have made their mark in modern history.

In the A.D. Chronicles, their most recent series, they step seamlessly into the world of Yerushalayim and Rome, in the days when Yeshua walked the earth and transformed lives with His touch.

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By chpayne on July 20, 2010
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After reading "The Lord of the Rings" author C.S. Lewis wrote that, "...here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron; here is a book that will break your heart." I cannot think of a more apt phrase to describe this book. The Thoenes' have continued the legacy started with their "Zion Covenant," "Zion Chronicles," and "A.D. Chronicles" of masterfully crafting stories of a world engulfed in darkness as evil forces marshal. In these dark times, pinpricks of brilliant light shine through the hearts of the followers of Jesus. This book is part of a new series called "Zion Diaries." It bridges the gap between the "Zion Covenant" and the "Zion Chronicles" through the horror of the Second World War. This book is different from all the others they have written. This is not a story of brave men and women standing on the front lines, or as statesmen and newspapermen sounding the alarm to a deaf world. This is a story of an ordinary, righteous young woman named Loralei as she struggles to be a beacon of light to those surrounding her who have been absolutely devastated by evil, and how she bravely faces the loss of her family...and falls in love again. The Thoenes have perfectly captured the bleakness and absolute horror surrounding those fleeing Hitler's advancing army and the Londoners living through the Blitz. For the reader, evil becomes palpable and smothering-there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. It is here that the stunning beauty of Loralei's life and her faith shine through. Her example stands in stark contrast to her surroundings, and the reader begins to see the value of even the smallest of good deeds-and their eternal impact. Through this experience (and believe me, reading this book is an experience) the reader begins to get a glimpse of how Jesus views acts of kindness and mercy. I absolutely recommend this book.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Sutton on August 11, 2010
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Back in 1990 I first discovered a genre called Christian fiction. The very first Christian novel I'd ever read was Vienna Prelude by Brock and Bodie Thoene. The story was excellent. From that point on I was hooked, and it was then that I discovered an affection for historical fiction, especially set during the devastation of WWII Europe. The characters in their books faced uncertain peril, but trusted in a powerful and loving God to save them. Since that time I have read at least 30 of their books up through 2005, but then stopped when the number of available Christian novels exploded to the point I had too many choices and couldn't keep up. It wasn't until this year that I started reading again stories they've written together.

On an emotional level, this story blew me away. At first I'd thought it would be good like some of the others. Engaging and interesting; maybe even a bit heart-rending. This book was so much more. It had passion in it that I don't recall from earlier books. My heart was hurting and I even cried a few times. I read those intense scenes over again...and cried a second time. My heart was totally engaged in the story and invested in this characters' lives. I didn't want it to end.

Yet while the ending was painful--agonizing even--it resolved in an awesome way. But then it changed again. While the second ending was obviously improbable, I still found it more than satisfying. I was willing to suspend disbelief because I wanted to believe the resolution even though it was impossible. I wanted to believe that if you gave up the one thing your heart loved most in this world, that God would restore that to you eventually if you were obedient and followed through with releasing your most beloved person to Him.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on August 11, 2010
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The Gathering Storm by Bodie & Brock Thoene is the first book in the Zion Diaries series. Loralei grew up in Europe after World War I while her father prophesied that Germany would rise again. As Hitler's Germany begins to crush the Jews, her family pulls together to help out however they can, aiding the escape of Jewish children to America, getting false Catholic identities for some, and Loralei even marries a Jewish man ,Varrick, partly to save him and his family, but also because she allows herself to fall in love with him. But they family is soon expelled from Germany back to their home in Belgium where Varrick is sent to the front lines. When the family is forced to flee their home in anticipation of the Nazi invasion, she helps her niece, two Jewish girls, and her pregnant sister get to England. Lora's story is enthralling and exciting making it nearly impossible to put the book down. With lots of action, a hint of romance, and a ton of faith this is a terrific story, and I can't wait for the sequel! The Thoenes have included so much detail readers will almost hear the bombs falling around them, but always making the story deeply personal.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2011
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I am a huge fan of the Thoene's and this book does not disappoint. The characters are compelling and honorable. The story is beautifully written. I couldn't put it down!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Carswell on August 11, 2010
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Loralei and her family are caught up in the Nazi storm, as are the rest of Europe. Despite a US Citizenship, her and her family are forced to flee their home and much of The Gathering Storm chronicles that journey in a no-holds barred kinda of way (i.e. not witholding the harsh, cold facts of war and Nazi brutality).

For Thoene fans, much loved and familiar characters from previous series appear here and there throughout the story line, as do major historical figures like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Some new characters appear that also make the reader wonder, "Fact of fiction". The Tin Noses Brigade with the heroic Judah Blood so stirred me, I had to look online for them! But it seems the Thoene's spun a realistic tale that isn't historical fact. (A tribute to their style of writing!)

It is a book written like every other Thoene book. Full of vivid details that stirs the emotions and evokes powerful images across the screen of ones imagination. I have been a Thoene reader since high school and I find their writing as rich now as I did then. The only difference with this particular book is that it ended with a complete air or mystery that had me wondering in the days after I finished it. . . a spin that I've never seen before, done in such a way as to make it one of the most intriguing books I've ever read!
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