The tension has been simmering below the surface for years. It was only a matter of time before it would boil over.
In volume five of the Fire and Steel saga, the Eckhardt and the Westland families are staring straight into history's darkest days. Facing tectonic shifts like few generations have ever seen, they are caught up in a whirlwind that will permanently and profoundly alter their lives.
Mired in the depths of a global economic depression, the world takes little notice of a 1930 Parliamentary election in the floundering democracy of Germany. But overnight, Hitler and his Nazi Party catapult from the smallest to the second-largest political party in the country. And he's not content to stop there. From the compulsory indoctrination of Germany's youth to the persecution of Jews and the public book burnings, Hitler's policies will deeply affect the Eckhardt family—particularly Hans's oldest daughter, who must keep the real identity of her best friend a secret at all costs.
For Hans, Hitler's meteoric rise to power reveals a horrifying truth: Hitler has no intention of abiding by the rules of democracy he claims to espouse—his goal is total dictatorship, and it is now in his grasp. For the Westland family, the Great Depression brings hardships and sacrifices they never imagined. On opposite sides of the world, two families woven together by friendship are each caught in a maelstrom of events that will test their faith to the very core.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Deseret Book 2018|
|Audiobook Runtime||approx. 12 hours|
|Audiobook Narrator||Kirby Heyborne|
I never thought the story of this dark time in history would interest me. but the way he makes you feel like a part of each of these families is wonderful. I only hope the series continues!
This series pulls the reader/listener in from page 1. I feel like these characters are my friends and my family. The writer made me feel like I was apart of the story. I got teary eyed a few times. Can’t wait to see what happens next.
I don't think I have ever been into a series like this one.
I have been interested in history all of my life and I can't get enough of it. The era that Mister Lund has chosen to illustrate is one of the most fascinating periods in our existence.
The pages keep turning and turning as you feel you are there with a ranch family enduring the woes of the Great Depression. I feel that they are more than characters in a book, but are friends of mine.
At the risk of spoiling the story...there is a part in the book that is very emotional and it brought tears to my eyes. A father is speaking to his families about the anticipated book burning that will take place and you feel you are in the room feeling the same tension as they are.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough...Not just the book, but the entire series. It is well worth your time.
Thank you Mr. Lund for being the perfect storyteller.
Gerald Lund has been one of my favorite authors since I was a teenager. I’ve read all of his books. His historical novels are my very favorite! You need to make sure that you read these ones in order. You’re not going to understand what’s going on if you haven’t read them in order.
This series is about Germany right before World War II. It’s a bit unique in the way the author has approached it. He’s put good people in Hitler’s inner circle. It’s really interesting to see just how good people followed and believed Hitler.
I like Hans and Emily’s family. Emily is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Hans isn’t. That makes their family dynamics interesting, but they make things work. Emily is one of my very favorite characters ever. She’s kind and really just the perfect mother. Hans works for Hitler. But as things unfold, he knows that something is really wrong.
I liked that this book has some parts that are told through Hans and Emily’s oldest daughter, Alisa. Alisa is a good girl who wants to do what’s right in Church and in life.
And then there’s the Westlands. I love the Westlands. They live in Utah. Hans and Emily’s family and the Westlands have known each other since the beginning of the series. I loved seeing how things were in America during this time period. It’s the Great Depression and there are tons of things going on that don’t make a lot of sense. Things like killing perfectly good animals and letting crops rot in the fields.
This time period is a great time period to read about. I learned tons about history from this book and series. Make sure to read them, starting at the beginning.
I haven't been able to go through this series of books without a sense of dread knowing history during this time period like I do, and what lies ahead for the German people and ultimately the world. However, the way Brother Lund draws you in with fictional characters weavng their stories into true historical facts leaves one breathlessly wanting to, in my case, listen to the finite details and not wanting to stop. I was so grateful to see this latest volume 5 be released, and to know that the series wasn't going to end with volume 4. Whew! Not only would that have left everyone hanging out there with loose ends in the character's lives, but wouldn't have been true to the way Brother Lund always writes his series of books, going all the way from the beginning of an historical event to a true and final conclusion. This volume has Hitler deviously putting himself in total power now as dictator of Germany. It breaks my heart the way the Jews were vilified and ultimately almost totally exterminated. I still, to this day, can't understand how a person, or a group of people can harbor that kind of thinking, nor hatred that profound for another group of people who did 'what to them' to deserve such horrific treatment?! This volume has a major climax in it, putting Germany in the proverbial car driving 100+ mph toward that cliff which will be their ultimate Waterloo. It was difficult to turn it off at any given point, as I wanted to listen to it every waking moment, then groaning when the end of the book came only too fast. Incredibly well written and then read by a dynamic reader who has a voice that has individualized each character, actually giving them their own voice and then consistently stays true to those individuals throughout the entire series. It's going to be difficult to wait for the next volume, so please hurry it along, Brother Lund! And thank you for another very well written series!!!
Well done, great insights into the rise of Nazi Germany. Outstanding reader! I just wish it was longer! I hope he gets the next book in the series out soon!
The horrors of what happened in Nazi Germany should never be forgotten. Gerald Lund’s series Fire and Steel has captured the essence of the Times from the points of view of some of those who lived through these times and how it impacted their lives whether in Germany or the United States. I have read a lot of novels about these times, this series starts at the beginning with WWI and dramatically chronicles Hitler’s rise to power as if looking into his mind. A great series and I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the next installment after listening to the audio versio of Out of the Smoke book 5 of Fire and Steel.