- Paperback: 515 pages
- Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (September 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802415555
- ISBN-13: 978-0802415554
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Night Song: A Story of Sacrifice (The Liberator Series, Book 3) Paperback – September 1, 2004
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In Night Song, Goyer weaves together the stories of a privileged young Austrian woman, drawn into the Austrian resistance against the Nazis; the American doctor who loves her; an ambitious Nazi musician who enters the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in search of a priceless violin; and a hapless Jewish musician named Jakub Hanauer, who joins the Mauthausen camp orchestra in hopes of extra biscuits or bits of apples. Goyer's love story seems superfluous. And she is perhaps not brutal enough in portraying the fate of Jakub's family, though a scene in which his younger brother's hands are destroyed is affecting. Still, Jakub is appealing, and the larger story honest and heartfelt.
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Night Song makes you wish that every historic story from WWII could be told. It shares the challenge of sacrifice, courage, faith, love, and friendship. I cannot wait for the next one.
-Annie von Trapp, member of the von Trapp family, as popularized in the movie, The Sound of Music
Tricia Goyer takes time to craft her novels with all the right ingredients. Readers easily connect with her characters and find themselves thinking about them long after the final note has been sung. A powerful historical story of darkness overcome by love.
-Robin Jones Gunn, best-selling author of the Glenbrooke series and the Sisterchicks novels
After nearly 60 years, I was transported back to Mauthausen, remembering the days when I delivered the daily ration of bread to the dying. The author has the uncanny knack of recreation, and I found myself remembering everything, including the smell.
-Charlie White, 11th Armored Division Veteran
Night Song is filled with many details that are exactly how they were during my military career. Though I am a compulsive reader of WWII, I learned things I did not know!
-Wilfred "Mac" McCarty, 11th Armored Division Veteran
Tricia Goyer has very cleverly combined fact and fiction to create a well written and wonderfully emotional novel set during World War II.
-Bert Heinold, U.S. Army veteran, 11th Armored Division
Well researched and historically accurate! As a member of D-Troop, 41st Calvary Squadron, 11th Armored Division, whose men liberated Mauthausen, Gusen I and Gusen II Concentration Camps on May 5, 1945, I highly recommend this book.
With amazing clarity and detail, Goyer again sweeps us back to WWII with new characters who touch the heart and stir the spirit. A wonderful, moving tale! Not to be missed!
-Marlo Schalesky, author of Only the Wind Remembers, 2003 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist
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Goyer splices together the lives of four individuals. Jakub is a boy facing life as a prisoner away from his family; Evie is a woman torn from the love of her life and thrust back into the betrayals of Nazism; Nick is the man she loves, a man working as a medic in the war; and Otto is a Nazi with devious plans of his own. The story weaves back and forth, in and out, bringing these lives together in a suspenseful manner. Of course, there is a bit of romance thrown in, but not overdone. The details of the concentration camp are brilliantly conceived, without being too gruesome.
All in all, Goyer shows that she is wonderfully talented at telling historical suspense tales with a hint of romance at the heart of them. I can't wait to read her next one, "Dawn of a Thousand Nights."
As a Christian I am on the side of this genre of writing; as a society we need less of the sleazy and crude offerings that we are presented with in the print and visual media. So I started this book sympathetically. It didn't quite succeed in engaging me.
I have no complaint about the storyline in general, but thought the plot lacked some needed tension at critical points and was altogether too self-conscious in its invocation of Scriptures and Christian principles, as much as I appreciate their value.
The story culminates with a Dickensian feel, when main and subordinate characters are brought together through coincidental (or Providential) events. But here again the scheme is contrived -- the assembling of the bare bones predicts the outcome; we needed a bit more of the accidental unfolding to enhance the surprises at the end.
A niggle: as a non-American I was put off by current Americanisms appearing in the mouths of 1940s characters. The idiomatic use of American English has changed considerably since the Second World War and an authentic feel can only be achieved by reflecting the voices of that earlier period. Also, the author's attempt to fuse coded American "values" (freedom) and icons (the statutette of Lady Liberty) with the Christian ethos is an unfortunate device and might limit the appeal of this book to non-American readers.
I found the closing third of the book to be closer to my expectations, more tightly written and approaching dramatic tension. The memorial to those victims of the camps was substantial and worthy, and provided details I have not encountered elsewhere.
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