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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    Intriguing and inspiring

    I picked this up on the two basis that, 1. The author is Trisha Goyer, and 2. The storyline takes place in the midst of the battleground of WWII.
    I absolutely loved how the lives of each character were somehow intwined with each other, how their role in the war, and the circumstances came together to weave a beautiful and intricate story that just made for a great page turner. I do highly recommend this book for anyone that loves Trisha Goyer, WWII, and stories about lives of people who are changed through a wonderful web. Honor, courage, commitment, love, sacrifice, friendships, and wonderful people. I give this book 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2007

    Excellant historical fiction

    Tall, blonde and beautiful Katrine lives the life of genteel Belgian society, one in which WWII hasn't darkened. The pregnant girlfriend of Henrick Schwartz, she loathes her current life. A year before she was Rebecca Lodz, a Jewess on her way to the camps. Her Aryan looks saved her from the concentration camps, but not the rest of her family. The guilt she feels how far she's gone to protect herself may, in the end, betray her. Mary Kelly and Lee O'Donnell are rival newspaper reporters brought up in opposite worlds. Lee is the daughter of privledge, with connections Mary can only dream of. But Lee finds high society life stifling and longs to make her reputation as a reporter, not a socialite. Mary was raised by her mother. She has, by sheer grit and determination, carved out her niche in the male dominated world of newspaper reporting. She must think of novel ways to get interviews with some of the most important people in the world, while Lee uses her societal connections--a trait Mary loathes in her Lee. Their rivalry intensifies when both women are chosen to report the war from the front lines. But both women are unprepared for war's realities. Confronted with dangers and horrors neither imagined, both are forced to re-align their personal and professional priorities, goals that may be short-lived when one of them goes MIA. Tricia Goyer contines her excellent historical fiction writing in her forth WWII novel. She has the ability to flesh out lesser known aspects of WWII and give bring to life the time period through use of historical details, all without overwhelming the reader. Arms of Deliverance is a book that's earned a home on my bookshelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2006

    A World War II novel you HAVE to read!

    Arms of Deliverance is one of the best books I¿ve read in a long, long time. Tricia Goyer is a master at writing World War II novels that pick you up and send you back to that troubling time in our history. She always gives you a ride that both entertains and enlightens. This book is no exception. In fact, I think it¿s one of her best. When an author is able to transport you into a B-17 such that you feel the vibration of the roaring engines, you see the vapor trails of other aircraft in formation, and you hear the horrible ¿pings¿ of flack hitting your plane, you know she¿s done a great job. Take that kind of accuracy in detail, combine it with story lines that intersect in deeply passionate relationships, and you have a brilliant novel. I truly didn¿t want this story to end. As the daughter of a B-17 co-pilot during WWII, I recommend this novel to anyone who appreciates the sacrifices of our military and the brave reporters who told their stories to an anxious nation back home.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    History Comes Alive

    'Arms of Deliverance' is Tricia Goyer's fourth novel set during World War II. Mary and Lee are two female reporters each struggling to prove they deserve to have the top story. Katrine is a Jew, living the life of an Aryan, pregnant with a Nazi's child. Their lives become intertwined as Mary and Lee are sent to Europe to report about the war and Katrine learns the risk of keeping her secret. Along the way, the reader learns about the Nazis view of children and bloodlines, the role of women reporters during war times and the true meaning of sacrifice. I found this book fascinating. I love stories set during WWII. This was such a dramatic time period. I found the Katrine story very captivating, as she is a Jew being able to pass for a Aryan. Learning about the birthing houses where women gave birth solely to make new generations of Aryans was very interesting. I felt like I was really in the story especially during Mary and Eddie's adventure. Very edge of your seat. The amazing thing is is that many people probably faced that exact situation during the war. It makes the story more exciting and nerve wracking. You can tell there was a lot of research done in writing the book. I really liked the strong female characters. Mary and Lee kept trying to make their name on their own and allowed themselves to be pushed to the limit. Katrine risks her life to finally let the truth be known. I'm not sure I could do the same had I been in their situation. Currently in one of my courses, we are studying about WWII and the Nazis. This book helped me get a better outlook on their thinking and way of life. I'm really glad I read it and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of Tricia's books. I would recommend this for anyone who likes historical fiction.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    WWII fiction at its best!

    Arms of Deliverance is a powerful and fascinating tale portraying the evil of the Nazi regime and the heroic people who resisted by refusing to conform. And, as usual, Tricia's storyline and writing is as gripping as the Thoene's, and I've read all of their books. One character's plight I found particularly gripping. Rebecca Lodz, a Czech Jewess, had to change her name to Katrine and pass herself off as Aryan to survive, only to end up in the Lebensborn project, where German babies were bred for the Reich. Two female reporters were sent on dangerous missions (at their request) to report tales of heroism to inspire Americans and boost morale. Unfortunately, they both encountered terrors of war that made them question their judgment, but they 'hung in there' despite their fear. They experienced things that imbedded in their minds and changed their hearts forever. (I love how Tricia always has strong female heroines in her books. Yes, even Rebecca had incredible strength.) The Destiny's Child navigator, Eddie, is incredible and handsome--the ultimate hero, and of course, a Christian. He bonds to one of the female reporters during their plight and he proposes a plan that has Mary afraid--the title's name sake, yet she agrees to trust God. (I don't know how she does it, but Tricia always has me sighing over the guys in her stories.) The author also does what most excellent authors do...she takes the characters' worst fears and makes it happen, then adds even more trials to their load. Great writing. Excellent twists and turns. Incredible plot. Strong faith element. Enthralling story. I don't want this series to ever end. What a great way to teach young people today about true heroism in the midst of a cynical society obsessed with self-preservation.

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    Posted December 19, 2011

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