When I finished “Vienna Prelude”, the first book in the Zion Covenant series, I found myself thinking and wondering what the next sequence of events would be. Of course, historically, I knew (sadly) where this was leading and the ultimate steps that were taken leading to the Second World War. But what was going to happen to Elisa and her good friend Leah? And what about the free press, and the journalist John Murphy? Can Elisa’s father possibly survive for any length of time after being imprisoned in Dachau?
I picked up “Prague Counterpoint” and once again found myself enthralled with Elisa’s story. The author writes so cleverly that the reader finds himself quickly caught up in the story. Twisting plots and increasing danger pulls the reader in, as Elisa seeks a safe place not just for her own family, but for two little orphans who are in danger from the Third Reich.
John Murphy once again shows up and dramatically not only makes a stand for the truth but purposely puts himself on the front line in order to save those he loves. There are some surprises in this book and I enjoyed reading the vignettes here and there about Winston Churchill and the frustrations with the complacency of world leaders as Hitler moves his army to further his interests.
The value of a free press cannot be over emphasized, and this is just one of the themes illustrated in this historical novel.
“You’ll never publish this in a Craine paper. You’re a couple of years too late.”
Murphy did not reply. He was already groping blindly for the door. He had not expected such lack of concern from Duprey. Stepping squarely on the photograph of Hitler, Murphy fled the apathy of one of the most influential news editors in Europe.
It was not until he was outside in the quiet street that a thousand sensible replies entered his mind. ‘If we had covered Hitler’s war against the church and thousands of families like the Kronenbergers with more enthusiasm, then Paris would not be full of refugees, and Vienna would not be full of Wehrmacht troops!’
But the argument had come to him too late.”
An engrossing, fast read especially for those interested in World War 2, this book will not however, make the reader comfortable. The tragic mistakes and failures of those who could have made a difference and prevented such heartache are all too openly drawn. The author challenges the reader to think through the times and ideologies presented in this book and examine the value of life itself.
An excellent series, timely even for today, and highly recommended.