The strongest steel is forged in the hottest flames. From master storyteller Gerald N. Lund comes a new blockbuster series chronicling the lives of two families who will face some of the most turbulent times in history as they are tried to their very cores. Will they be tempered and strengthened by the hammering blows, will they bend to the point of breaking, or will they completely shatter?
As volume one begins, life could not be more promising for the Eckhardts. They finally have a son, Hans, the male heir they have longed for and a child of such brilliance and promise that his success seems certain. But as youthful Hans’s ambition takes him away from his family and their small Bavarian village, the winds of unrest in Europe are about to erupt into the greatest war the world has ever known.
Kicking off a story that will cross generations—and continents—the Eckhardts must brace themselves to weather the storms and turmoil that lie ahead. Only through sheer determination and fortitude will they be able to pass through the refiner’s fire and come out stronger and more united than ever before.
Unabridged audio book
|Audiobook Narrator||Kirby Keyborne|
|Audiobook Runtime||Approx. 9 hours|
I live in Norway. I lived in Germany for 19 months when I was in my early twenties. I was in the Frankfurt, Germany Serviceman's branch. I love that this is a historical noval about a German family who now have encountered the LDS Mormon missionaries. The story line is excellant and I appreciate the footnotes at the end of some of the chapters. I had no idea that during that period of time the story takes place that Germany was one of the fastest growing missions in the Church. I have ordered the book sequels and Gerlad N. Lund is a master story teller.
I just finished reading this book. I learned so much about World War 1. I love how he brings in fictional people, but at the same time he brings in real people during that time period. Was a awesome book. I'm looking forward to reading Volume 2 in this series.
'Fire and Steel' is a historical novel, and as a result the first part of the book is spent building the setting that the story takes place. This makes the book a great read for those looking to learn a little more about WWI, or for those simply looking to learn something new. The story really didn't pick up for me until I was 1/3 of the way in. Once the story does pick up, it's an engaging story that will have you waiting for Vol. 2.
I first read the physical copy, and would recommend it to young adults. At the end of each chapter, there are additional notes that describe events and facts about the time period. The book is a bit of a heavy read, so I would suggest the audio book to those that have a hard time reading at a fast pace. The audio book would be good for adults commuting work or during free time. The narrator was not exceptional, but kept me hooked on the story during a long road trip.
Overall, a great read. I can't wait to get started on the next volume!
I've read lots of books about WWII but not as many about WWI. I didn't realize that it was called the Great War until after World War II broke out. Since this is the first book in the series, there was a lot of set up, which I thought was interesting even though it slowed the story down somewhat.
Hans and Inga Eckhardt were finally blessed with a son who they named Hans Otto Eckhardt. They were grateful to have a son who would one day run their milk farm. However, Hans was spoiled and intelligent and his father set him on a different path by sending him to school when he was young. He eventually went away to school and made some decisions that saddened his parents. They always let him know they loved him and helped him understand the consequences of his choices.
While at school, Hans met the missionaries and introduced them to his family. He considered them friends and wasn't interested in them teaching him anything. This introduction did impact some members of his family, though, and it will be interesting to see what this will mean in the future.
I liked the chapter notes that explained more about what was happening during different times. The author explained what happened to the missionaries during that time. One scene was tough to read and brought the reality of their situation to life. I enjoyed all the characters and am looking forward to getting to know them better as the series progresses.
This story started out kind of slow and moved much faster during the second half. Gerald Lund has written many books and, just like his others, this book is well written and well researched. At the end, there was a major twist and I'm excited to read more!
This book is often pitched as a World War I historical fiction...
and it is...but it is also oh. so. much. more!
It is about a family that will live during the most difficult times in history.
They are the Eckhardt family and after three daughters they finally have a son.
A son who turns out to be brilliant.
A son who is doted upon.
A son who is given the chance for an education beyond the normal peasant child.
But Hans is also young and foolish and caught up in the unrest that is descending upon the world.
Choosing to go to the battlefront instead of the University will change young Hans' perception of the world and of mankind.
As this book is so appropriately titled this family will go through a fire so unquenchable that they will either become stronger like steel or they will break and shatter.
Follow the Eckhardt family as they first-hand witness "an explosion of technology"-- electricity, the telephone, the automobile...
And as they battle to live through the "War to End All Wars."
AN AMAZING BOOK!
AN AMAZING TIME IN HISTORY!
DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS ONE!
I've read almost all of Mr. Lund's book and this one is my favorite. I couldn't put this book down, he has you hooked by the end of the first page. I can't wait for volume 2!
I can tell this is going to be a great series to read. I love historical fiction and the author does a good job of setting up the culture and life styles during this period of history. The further you get into the book the more interesting the book gets. By the end you can't wait to get the next volume.
I have so enjoyed this book. I love the history part of the book. Gerald Lund always finds a way to make it so interesting to history come alive and make you want to go and learn more about the topic that you are reading about. I love all of his books. I always learn something from them.
I have never understood World War 1 and this brings the war to life.