Fire and Steel, Vol. 3: The Shadow Falls
How do good people mistake evil for good? Is it possible for an entire nation to be deceived?
In the third volume of master storyteller Gerald N. Lund's dynamic new series, the Eckhardt family finds itself clinging to hope in a nation on the brink of collapse. Work is scarce, food has become an extravagance, and money is practically worthless. War-torn Germany has been battered down and humiliated on an international scale, and the people have lost the pride and conviction that once carried them.
Living in such desperate circumstances leaves the people vulnerable to fall for a wolf in sheep's clothing, and Hans Eckhardt is not immune. His friend Adolf is charismatic, driven, a man of vision—seemingly, everything that Germany needs. While a few suspect that this rising new political leader may not be the rescuer they seek, many more are quick to turn a blind eye to the warning signs.
But there are bright spots amid the bleakness. Faith and family continue to provide joy and solace as life journeys forward. And a visit from two former LDS missionaries and their families brings a spark of excitement to the Eckhardts. Family life seems to be the one area unmarred by the turmoil all around them—until personal tragedy strikes.
Join the Eckhardts and their American friends the Westlands as they unknowingly dive into a momentous turning point in the world's history.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Book on CD||Unabridged, 14 CDs, 15.75 hours|
|Performed by||Kirby Heyborne|
|Published||Deseret Book 2016|
By Cathy J, Submitted on 2017-04-11
Wow, I really love these historical fiction books by this author! I love the way he puts his character right into the thick of what was happening in each time period, in the case of this one, Hitler's rise in Germany. I love that he has notes that you can read at the end of his chapters, I've learned so much from each of his novels. His characters are so well-written, I always love them from the very first page. And I love that he writes series books so that you can fall in love with those characters over and over again.
I loved the characters in this book. I love that the Eckhardts and the Westlands are friends, even though they live on different continents and even though their countries have been at war with each other. It was really fun that the Westlands try to do all they can to help their friends in Germany, even sharing what's in their letters with the leaders of the Church so that those in Germany can get the help they need.
Emilee and Hans Eckhardt are some amazing characters! I love the way Emilee goes about seeking to find what is right and true, and her kindness to all around her, including Adolf Hitler. I love the way this book shows what could have been the thoughts and feelings of those who followed him as a leader from his rise until his fall. It portrays him as a normal person, he definitely had certain ideas about how things should be run, but he was a true friend to Hans in this one, especially near the end.
I can't wait to read more of this great series, I need to know what happens to Hans and Emilee and their family during this tumultuous time in history!
By Kaylene, Submitted on 2017-04-04
I love reading the books by Gerald Lund. One of my favorite authors. I really enjoyed this book but enjoyed the first two even more. I think part of me wanted more to this story and the ending was disappointing to me because I wanted more. I hope this means that there will be more in this series. He gave me understanding of how Hitler rose to power and how convincing he was to so many. Bro. Lund did an excellent job of researching his subject and opened my eyes to a lot I didn't know about. Brother Lund never disappoints me.
By Anonymous, Submitted on 2017-02-02
My husband and I read all three books together and were disappointed in this series. We found that the proof reading was lacking as there were mistakes in each book. We also discovered that some of the story was left hanging. There were some parts that were well written and carried the story along well but, there were other times that the story just seemed like filler. The first book was the most interesting doing a good job developing the story. The last book was the most disappointing with parts that lagged and other parts that by-passed events that had been built up then seemed anti-climatic. In the store we had asked for a good book to read that didn't have to many volumes and were lead to the "Fire & Steel" series of three books. We are assuming there will be more to the series as this book didn't seem to really end the story.
By Lea Hunt, Submitted on 2017-01-07
This one was really a page turner. I was done in less than a week and it has left me thirsty for more. I am really happy Mr. Lund has decided to do this because this part of World History has really fascinated me for years. It has been my privilege to read both 'Mormonism in Germany' and 'The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich' and Mr. Lund does very well in bringing them both together The Eckhardts are becoming real to me and almost like family friends. I am really anxious to see how Hans and Emilee are going to handle what is going to be one of the darkest times the world has ever faced.. This book leaves on the eve of the Beer Hall Putsch and I am just biting my nails waiting to see what happens to Hans during the attempted coup. I don't know if this is one of the Author's goals but overall this series is teaching me that the Gospel can be an anchor no matter how troubled the world is. Thank you Mr. Lund for doing this and keep them coming.
By Kathy Rickertsen, Submitted on 2016-12-20
I have been a big fan of Gerald Lund for years (decades!) and this novel/set only reinforces my love for his stories. I greatly enjoyed the San Juan novels but was not sure about joining the two series together. I feared for no reason and really enjoyed the crossover between the two and the contrast between the story in America and the story in Germany. The characters in Gerald Lund's novels are so interesting and realistic and the intermingling of persons and events from history with the characters in the novel brings the period and events to life. I also appreciate the chapter notes that give more information and options to read more if interested. Some chapters jump forward in time more than you would expect so be sure to pay attention to the chapter headings. I look forward with great anticipation to reading the rest of the series!
By Kathy Dickson, Submitted on 2016-11-30
I love historical fiction. It is my favorite genre. I also love the way tha Gerald Lund writes his historical fiction. He helps you to care about the characters and also helps you to understand the time that his books are set in. I have read a lot of books about this time frame. With that said I don't really know how I feel about this book. Maybe it is because he makes Hitler into such a likable guy. You are almost rooting for him even though you know how it all turns out and you just want to scream at Hans to get away from Hitler. I am on pins and needles until the next one in the series to see how he will save Hans from Hitler!
By Sharon, Submitted on 2016-11-28
I listened to the audiobook,which is about sixteen hours long! I did not read or listen to the previous two books, so perhaps that is why I did not enjoy this book as much.
I loved the first fifteen or so chapters! But then the book had another fifteen or so very dry, very boring chapters in the middle. Each time the book took us back to America to see the lives of the returned missionaries the book went stale. Honestly, adding the missionaries etc. felt very out of place. And I am a returned missionary, so it is something I usually love! It felt like he had this marvelous story in Germany and just for the sake of making it a "Mormon book" he added the stories and characters from America. It just didn't fit. It felt like two different books chopped up and smashed together. Also, most of the conversations of the returned missionaries were just running off statistics and facts. The conversations were unnatural and just a means for the author to fit the facts in.
The only reason I kept listening was to hear the parts of the book that happens in Germany. That part was fascinating! To see how Hitler started out, innocently wanting to make Germany great again and how those around him, good people support him was interesting! To see how people can mistake evil for good was almost haunting. It reminds me of a story I heard once. That frogs are cooked by slowly, ever so slowly increasing the temperature on the pot. They don't jump out because it did not get hot at once. By the time they are in serious danger, it is too late. Looking back on history we all say we would never support Hitler and are surprised how many people did, but reading this book was eye-opening! How many things in our world have we been slowly "warmed up to?" Arw we at times like the frog, slowly getting cooked without noticing,until it is too late?
This book is mostly for adults, perhaps young adults as well. I think the book was too long. It felt like the American part of it was forced in there and didn't fit. If it had been just the part in Germany I would have given it a five-star rating, however the other part watered it out and destroyed a great story.
I would not recommend this book to others. The well-written part that takes place in Germany is so wonderful but not good enough to sludge through nearly fifty chapters with a large portion of it being unnecessary and that doesn't fit naturally in the book. I was disappointed. This book could have been great. I really wanted to like it. :(
By Bev, Submitted on 2016-11-09
Book 3 of the series keeps you wanting for more. This has been a series that both my husband and myself have enjoyed reading. Author Gerald Lund is spot on with his way of writing "historical fiction". I loved learning more about the motives behind the rise of Hitler although it is always hard to watch good people being deceived by evil ways. A highlight of the book was the families attendance at the Passion Play in Germany which is traditionally performed every 10 years. So uplifting to feel what the family experienced as they watched actors perform the last week of the life of Christ. Be sure to start at the beginning of the series and read all 3 books!
By Anonymous, Submitted on 2016-11-06
My favorite book of Gerald Lund is "The Alliance". I have yet to enjoy any as much as that, although I really enjoyed "The Undaunted". I do appreciate all of the history that goes into his books, but I was not in love with the characters in this one. None of them drew me in. It is interesting to see the evolution of Hitler and how people were swayed by him. I wanted to like the book more, but I just found it difficult to get into and even harder to keep reading, but I will give it 3 stars just for the historical aspects.
By John, Submitted on 2016-10-29
Another well written story by Lund. This and the rest of his books combine historical fact with plausible fiction. Chapter notes make it clear what is fact and what is the author's fiction.
Lund has developed characters that you feel like you know personally. This volume is particularly interesting in that it helps the reader gain insight into how good people can be duped into following bad people. A timely reminder in our current times.
Do not read this without reading Volumes 1 and 2 first. I am already looking forward Volume 4.
By Sunnie , Submitted on 2016-10-26
Another great book by Gerald N. Lund. The Shadow Falls is v. 3 of the Fire and Steel series. I have enjoyed everything I have previously read from this author, and I have to say that continues after having read this book.
This book shows how easily good people can be influenced by what appears to be "well-intentioned" people and how they could be deceived into following leaders with motives are not for the good of the people.
In this pre-WWII time period book, it becomes apparent how gradually people can become confused and lead away unknowingly making decisions that can lead them in the wrong paths.
Hans and Emilee's family begins to grow and Hans finds himself as a close friend and confidant of the Führer and becomes heavily involved with the party. It seems at first all is for the good of a nation, but we all know how this story goes.
Having had parents that grew up in Germany in this time period, I have personal insights in the historical events of this book. As a result I found this series very enthralling and an excellent reads which keep you reading till the end.
The events and characters in this series intertwine with other books he has written and you see families from his other books in this series as their paths cross and their lives mingle to create a most interesting set of books. You won't want to miss any of them.
I highly recommend this book, the whole series, for that fact!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. All thoughts are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
By Anonymous, Submitted on 2016-10-22
Another wonderful story based on historical facts. I love the way the author weaves history into this story. Reading history doesn't hold my interest, but make it into a story and I'll read it. I also really enjoy the footnotes at the end of each chapter that clarifies fact from fiction.
I enjoyed the storyline mixing the American and German families. I also loved reading about the Passion Play and how it came about. The author really helps you to feel as if you are part of the story. Another wonderful book.
By Melody Clegg, Submitted on 2016-10-18
Gerald Lund continues to draws the reader into the stories he writes. The settings and people are so real you feel like you are part of the story. I appreciate the author's chapter notes that outline the sources for the historical information. Adolph Hitler became a live person in the story and Gerald Lund made the facts about Hitler become real to me as a reader. I also appreciate the context of world events tied into the story. Another excellent story- I can hardly wait for the story to continue.