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About the Author

Dave Longeuay has been writing since 1978. His works have ranged from stories and poems to songs and video documentaries. Longeuay owns a professional multimedia studio in Southern California, and has more than three decades of production and marketing experience. He’s a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers association, and has been a student of biblical Israeli history for more than two decades.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Seven-7 Publishing (April 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983905800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983905806
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,171,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you liked Exodus by Leon Uris, you will love Rebirth by Dave Longeuay. From the first page I was gripped by this tale of espionage, romance, and the proganist's pursuit of familial secrets. It begins in July 1945 as Charles Devonshire, a precocious teen-ager, travels to Palestine where he hopes to escape an abusive anti semitic father & solve the mystery of his parents' mysterious past. On the ship and in port he witnesses the British, professed enemies of the Nazis, nonetheless echoing Nazi anti-semitism. The book moves along at a suspenseful, exciting eventful pace for the next two years illuminating the emotional development of Charles, as extreme circumstances propel him into heroic manhood, as well as a close up view of the painful accurate history of Israel's rebirth as a nation. Along the way we are introduced to characters who seem absolutely real and interact naturally with the real historical characters whose names we recognize. The author says the novel is based on actual events and even the events that are made up feel like they certainly could have, maybe even did, happen. This history remains relevant to the ongoing middle east crisis. I was struck by the timeliness of the following:

"Moshe stood. `Heres the root of our problem. Most Arabs and Jews want peace. It's the radicals on each side who incite violence and who pressure peaceful Jews and Arabs to fight or die.' He pulled a paper from his satchel. `The grand mufti, Al Husseini, broadcast this message throughout Europe with Nazi funding: `Arabs, arise and fight for your sacred rights. Kill Jews wherever you find them. This pleases God, history and religion." (p. 276)

Earlier, in chapter 17, Charles helps out a young Arab man who has run out of gas for his motorcycle.
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People interested in knowing the history of the reestablishment of the State of Israel in 1948 - a land destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE, Romans who exiled Jews from their homes because the Jews didn't want to be ruled by a foreign nation with different ideologies - as well as readers who want to know more about the country that is in the news frequently, will learn much from this excellently written and very informative novel. The author, a Christian, has a keen and practical understanding of Israel and its history.

The protagonist in this drama, Charles, grew up in an anti-Semitic family, yet he comes to grasp and appreciate the importance of Israel to Jews and to the world. He falls in love with beautiful Gilda and learns about the Jewish underground which is fighting against the British who are siding with Arabs because of the British need of oil. These British are stopping Jews from returning to their homeland, despite the Jews suffering from and losing relatives to the Nazi holocaust.
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A moving story of two abused and traumatized victims who find each other against the backdrop of the birth pains of a nation. At times implausible, the story nevertheless was captivating and deeply moving. So much death, yet so much life! And entirely without gratuitous sex, it was truly a novel of times past.
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By Chels on November 27, 2011
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The Goodreads summary above is extremely comprehensive and offers the reader just the right amount of information as an introduction to this novel. Charles fled his father's anti-Semitic organization and found himself in post-WWII Palestine. He meets Gladia fairly early in the novel. Gladia is portrayed as beautiful, intelligent, and witty. Charles takes an instant liking-and attraction-to her. Charles is an interesting character. He is somewhat lost in this new environment, but he still soldiers on. His questions lead to informative answers for both himself and the reader.

The author describes post-WWII Palestine vividly. He doesn't leave out many details, if any. The plot, environment, tensions, undercurrents, etc...are all made known. The reader will be able to feel the suspense, fear, and perseverance of the characters. The determination of the Israeli people is admirable and appears a tad effortless-they don't give up easily. Their combined strength as a people is impressive.

This book is an intense read, the reader will have a hard time putting Rebirth down. The book is well-written and contains smooth transition, recommended to adult readers.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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Title: Rebirth, Based on Actual Events
Author: Dave Longeuay
Publisher: Seven-7 Publishing
Pages: 357
Year: 2011
Note: A complimentary copy was received from Lightening Book Promotions. Other review can be read at [...]
What a story! From the first few pages, I couldn't put it down; it is that riveting! Rebirth is based on actual events in relation to Israel and several different nationalities that were involved during a tumultuous historical period. The novel begins in the year 1945 and ends in May 1948. In between intrigue with other threads included, this novel is based on the years leading up to Israel becoming a nation. This was something that was prophesied about in the Old Testament and just beginning to become a reality in 1948.
It is about Israel and how her people have been misunderstood, ridiculed, killed, rejected and the ability to withstand more than most people even are aware of today. While most have heard of the Holocaust, one begins to grasp the wide range of events that make up Israel's history. The novel is simply an eye opener. Though fictional, the story is based on historical facts. The characters are believable; the scenes very vividly described. Also included are a multitude of plots and themes. Each character has decisions to make; they all face death in innumerable ways. We are introduced to those characters who want to ally themselves as friends of Israel and assist to make her become a nation. Opposition to this becomes a reality. The reader gets a flavor as to the distance her enemies will go to make sure Israel never is a nation. On the author's website, readers can view pictures, a newspaper and a short History Channel documentary to aid understanding of the historical events.
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