Children of the Promise, Vol 1: Rumors of War (Book on CD)

by Dean Hughes

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“Every era has its own refiner's fire, and World War II put general Church membership and Utah to a test,” Dean Hughes explains. In Children of the Promise, his first historical fiction series for adults, Dean shows through the eyes of the Thomas family how LDS families were tested to the limit.

“Most people agree it was a fascinating time in world and American history. In fact, there is a charm and nostalgia about that dramatic period,&rduqo; says the author. Dean weaves in those aspects among the conflict in the series. The first volume, Rumors of War opens in 1938 with Elder Alex Thomas and his companion serving in Germany. It soon becomes obvious that he will never complete his mission. War is coming, and that will affect not only Elder Thomas but also his family back home in Salt Lake City.

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  • Run Time:  Approx. 346 min.
  • Book on CD:  Abridged

About the Author

DEAN HUGHES has published more than 100 books for readers of all ages, including the bestselling historical fiction series Children of the Promise. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University and master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Washington. He has taught English at Central Missouri State University and Brigham Young University. Dean and his wife, Kathleen Hurst Hughes, served a mission to Nauvoo, Illinois. They are the parents of three children and grandparents of nine.

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A truly wonderful book!!

by  susan  -   reviewed on  November 10, 1999

I couldn't put this book down. It really made me think of how it would have been at that time. With families struggling and working together to stay close and together, they really had to rely on each other. They, like the pioneers, realized how lucky and blessed they were. I can't wait to read the next in the series.

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Great series, very educational

by  Amber  -   reviewed on  September 26, 2008

I borrowed this whole set from my father-in-law and devoured it in a very short time. I learned so much about this era and developed a love for the characters as if they were real people. I cried many times while reading these and gained a much greater appreciation for "the Greatest Generation."

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Dean Hughes is an excellent writer!

by  Christine  -   reviewed on  November 04, 2008

These books are great! I have 13 of his books and enjoy every one. I especially enjoyed the Children of promise series. I would recommend these to anyone!

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Book & narrator fantastic!!

by  Christine  -   reviewed on  June 02, 2008

I work one hour from home so I had time to listen to the whole series. Going to work I would cry, coming home I would cry. Every aspect of his books touched me. I really didn't want the series to end. The narrator was awesome. I have heard others and didn't continue with the tapes because of the narrator. Did he narrate any other series? Fabulous work!! Thank you ,</p>

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Another good series

by  Cathy  -   reviewed on  September 18, 2008

I enjoyed this series of books by Dean Hughes. I wasn't much into history but this series of books "Children of the Promise" helped me to see how things were durng World War II. I had heard bits and pieces during my lifetime, but this series brought reality for me. For some reason I had an especially hard time reading about what happened to the soldiers in the Philippines with the Bataan Death March. I have since bought other books on this subject. World War II has my interest.

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Another good series

by  Cathy  -   reviewed on  September 18, 2008

I enjoyed this series of books by Dean Hughes. I wasn't much into history but this series of books "Children of the Promise" helped me to see how things were durng World War II. I had heard bits and pieces during my lifetime, but this series brought reality for me. For some reason I had an especially hard time reading about what happened to the soldiers in the Philippines with the Bataan Death March. I have since bought other books on this subject. World War II has my interest.

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A great series!

by  Barbara  -   reviewed on  September 19, 2008

I love this series. I read it a few years ago and it really made interested in historical fiction. Dean teaches about history as well as gives us great characters that experience loss and love!

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More more more!!!

by  Austin  -   reviewed on  December 14, 2010

“Elder Thomas took a better look. He saw what he feared: the black uniform with silver trim and braided hat. Gestapo.” The Children of the Promise book, Rumors of War, by Dean Hughes is a riveting novel that I highly recommend to all types of readers. Like the quote above, every page is filled with suspense enticing you to keep on reading. This book takes the reader through countless journeys of World War II. Personally, I am a huge World War II buff, but I still got a great deal of additional information from this book about that time. This historical fiction series is meant to keep you in anticipation throughout every page so that you don’t want to put down the book. Dean Hughes introduces the Thomas family to you as your typical large Mormon family of that day, but they will not be that normal for long. Every member of this family has a story to tell and Hughes tells everyone’s story quite well. If one character’s plot is beginning to slow down there is sure to be another character whose plot is just thickening. The story begins in Germany where one of the Thomas sons serves his mission and then later ends up coming back to fight. This son will take you all over Europe, including Germany during the war. Another son joins the Navy where he will bring you to Japan. One sister becomes a nurse and shows the side of what women, during that war, went through. Every member of that family has a unique story to tell. The faith of this family is rattled constantly. If it is not one thing, it is another. Each member goes through their own adversity and is brought though a refiner’s fire. If there is ever a book where trials are around every corner and a family can persevere, this is it. In this novel, there is a little bit of entertainment for everyone with plenty of action, love stories around every bend, and adventure that will keep you guessing right to the end. My Grandmother gave me this series and told me that I had to read it! She loved every minute of it but I was skeptic whether I would feel the same way. To my surprise, I did feel the same way as my grandmother and didn’t want the books to end. Dean Hughes takes you into his novel and brings you along for the ride. Even being a historical fiction, this book has nuggets of information throughout every chapter. Mr. Hughes is skilled at giving as much accurate and detailed information from World War II as he could. Come learn about those brave men and women that gave so much for freedom. You will cry, you will laugh and you will smile throughout every page.

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Amazing!

by  Cynthia  -   reviewed on  March 26, 2012

“Rumors of War (Children of the Promise)” by Dean Hughes is an amazing book! I would recommend it to anyone. At the beginning of the book Hughes talks about how when he wrote the book he made sure to make the events fit in the exact time; even the little things, like movies, were playing during that time period. He says that all of his characters are fictional but the events were real. He explains events in church history and world history that lead up to the Second World War, when the U.S. joined in, to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, to what occurred in Germany, and capture of prisoners of war. This book was excellent! It drew me in from the beginning with the American family and the LDS missionaries and kept me interested to the end when the war was beginning. Hughes did an awesome job on how he explained the events that occurred during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and overseas at other U.S. military bases. I really didn’t know much about the history behind all of these events or how people must have felt during this time until reading this book. He also did an excellent job at pulling his audience in and making them feel attached to the families in the book and their different stories during the war, whether it be in the U.S., in Germany, or stationed at other military bases like the son’s of the American family were. I really liked how Hughes went into depth with the feelings and thoughts of the two families. He is an amazing writer and I think this is one of his best pieces of writing. He did really well on his writing and I can’t wait to finish this series and read what happens to everyone else in the books and how their different stories turn out in the end.

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