The Gates of Zion (Zion Chronicles)

by Bodie Thoene

Other authorsBrock Thoene (Author)
Paperback, 2006



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Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2006), 400 pages


Ellie, a young American photojournalist, becomes caught up in Middle Eastern politics in 1947 Israel.

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LibraryThing member justablondemoment
This book takes you through the period in time know as the Palestine Partition 1947-1948. It is thru the eyes of a few characters that the story is heard each with their own motives, dreams, fears and effects of the partition. While it does touch at times on the actual history it more deals with
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the fictional lives of the main charaters. Some of them are Jewish but some are not. The plot however, is the same for all. A series book this is the 1st.

Very well written and researched book. I knew when reading it that this was a fiction book but the characters were so ALIVE to me that it felt as if I was reading of ACTUAL people in history. Amazing how the author spun history and romance together. At the end of this book I was Like WOW I just read a book where I learned about something that in school was taught so drab and dry that I never learned or retained it, but with this book it was taught in such a way that it was englightning. My heart goes to the Jewish community for all the many centuries of persucution. Well Done!! I will definetly read the rest of the series.
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LibraryThing member olegalCA
I read this book over 10 years ago but as this is the 50th anniversary of Israel becoming a country this month, it's always good to go back and reread the entire Zion series. I'm fully aware that these books are heavily slanted towards the Jewish point of view and I'm sure there have been ways that
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I've neglected the full truth of the situation due to these compelling novels. Still, before Bodie Thoene, I knew nothing about Israel so I'm grateful for the chance to have my eyes opened. Check out three series!
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LibraryThing member SueinCyprus
Takes a while to get going, and rather political; based in 1947, in Palestine around the time when Israel became a nation. Violent in places, and a bit biased, though mostly well researched - but overall a good story, which became much more interesting after the early chapters.

Three and a half
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stars, really.
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LibraryThing member jamesjarrett00
A historical fiction set in Palestine before the British pulled out right after the second world war. The books main character is a young American photographer that gets involved with the pursuit of the Dead Sea scrolls and Haganah. As this is a Christian themed book, it also follows a little of
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her growth in Christianity. I enjoyed the book for the most part except a couple parts that delved pretty heavy into theology. There is a lot of excitement and adventure to make up for that though. It does seem to be fairly historically accurate except for the activities of the main characters, which I like in a historical fiction.
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Christian Book Award (Winner — Fiction — 1987)


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