- File Size: 2103 KB
- Print Length: 320 pages
- Publisher: Covenant Communications (April 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XWKZS9K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,240 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sowards creates such deep characters. You can't help but become attached to them. I really liked Lukas, and I ached for him and his fellow soldiers. The friendships Lukas made were bright spots in a dark time. And the loss of many of those friends was deeply felt.
I loved those that reached out when someone was about to give up-those that helped others carry on.
There was a great message about forgiveness (both of others and yourself). This also felt perfect to read near Easter with the significance in Lukas' life of the atonement and Christ being able to make him whole.
It has been over two years since I read the story about Lukas' older brother, Bastian. While both books are stand-alone, I definitely want to go back and re-read The Rules in Rome to refresh my memory about all that Bastian went through. Although his part in Defiance is pretty small, he is a great character that really helps Lukas both before, during, and after the war.
Defiance is well written, and I highly recommend it, along with Sowards' other books.
I also really like her characters! Luke is an amazing guy and I really liked "seeing" life through his eyes. He had just graduated from high school and the only thing he wanted was to be in the war, and his reason is sound. He wants to be able to fight against Germany because the Nazi's had taken his father from their family when they lived in Germany and executed him. Wow! I had never really thought of what life might have been like for people in his situation during the war. He was loyal to the USA, but so many around him were unkind because he was born in Germany and lived there when he was young. It was interesting how during the fighting, he was an asset because he could speak German, but as soon as he was captured it was a liability.
There is plenty of action in this book, it's about World War II after all. I didn't feel there was anything too graphic and the author did a great job keeping the language clean. In fact, I really liked the way Luke's brother, Bastien, advised him to watch his language and just continue being the good man that he already was, despite the demands of war.
I liked the way Luke's perception of himself changed throughout the book. In the beginning, he seemed to think he was invincible, he was going to single-handedly end the war. Then as he goes through the experiences he has, he realizes that he's really nothing in the grand scheme of things. And I really liked the end, when he feels terrible about all he's been through and his brother helps him to know that it's okay and that through the Savior all will be made well. This part really hit me, because isn't that the way it is for all of us really. We try to do our best to do what's right, but we all make mistakes, and we all need him to help make up for those mistakes.
I really enjoyed this great book! I can't wait for more by this author!
I was sent a complimentary copy of this book.
Lukas is a great main character who can't wait to graduate and head to the war to bring honor to his family and his father who was killed by the Nazis years earlier. His older brother has just returned from the war along with a missing limb and a wife. His older brother Bastian tried to prepare him for what is ahead, but nothing truly can prepare you for the ugliness of war as Lukas finds out. Sowards does not hold back in this book and doesn't sugarcoat the brutality of fighting and killing the enemy or seeing your friends being killed next to you. This book was well researched and the author says in the notes at the end that she talked to many World War II veterans about their experiences. There were times the battle scenes were so intense I needed to take a break because I wasn't sure I was ready to read what might possibly happen to Lukas and his fellow soldiers. Some of these scenes are graphic as this book is about a war and the battles that took place and the treatment of POW's by their captors. None of this takes away from the wonderful writing and the story that Sowards has written. This is an amazing story of courage, hope, faith, and enduring through great tribulation. The title of "Defiance" is Lukas showing Defiance against the enemy and against his own doubts about himself and the will to survive.
I've read most of the books written by A.L. Sowards and in my opinion, this book is the best. The emotions that this story stirs up in the reader definitely makes this a story you will remember for a long time.This book is for all readers that love historical fiction, especially Wold War II, and meant for readers older teens and up. I give this book a solid 5 stars as one that should be read and shared with others.
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So many people, especially the young ones want to 'get into the action.' They want to 'fight for their country.