Night Song

Night Song

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by Tricia Goyer
     
 

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Tricia Goyer tells the little-known, but true story of the orchestra started by prisoners in Hitler's Mauthausen death camp. This courageous orchestra played the American national anthem as Allied troops arrived to liberate the camps. Around the orchestra story, Tricia weaves the fictional stories of a beautiful member of the Austrian resistance, the American GI

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Tricia Goyer tells the little-known, but true story of the orchestra started by prisoners in Hitler's Mauthausen death camp. This courageous orchestra played the American national anthem as Allied troops arrived to liberate the camps. Around the orchestra story, Tricia weaves the fictional stories of a beautiful member of the Austrian resistance, the American GI who loves her, and a young prisoner who fakes his way into the camp orchestra in a desperate attempt to stay alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802415554
Publisher:
Moody Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Series:
Great Stories That Teach Eternal Truths Series
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
923,215
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.26(h) x 1.35(d)

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"Daniel?" Jakub forced his voice into the street. He cranked his neck left toward the river, then right toward the city center. Then he spotted him. Spotted them. Daniel was desperately chasing two men, SS soldiers, who hauled their father between them. Father! Jakub watched, eyes wide, as Daniel ran toward the men. "No! Come back!" Jakub shouted. "Daniel, stop!" The horn of a motorcar blared, drowning out his desperate plea. Jakub watched as Daniel reached the men. As if in slow motion, he saw his younger brother stretching a hand for Father's coat. One SS solider spun and hit Daniel in the shoulder with the butt of his rifle. Daniel crumpled to the ground, but his hands still clung to the coat. The second soldier joined in, hitting Daniel's hands again, again, again. "No!" Jakub screamed. Not his hands. Anything but his hands.

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Night Song makes you wish that every historic story from WWII could be told.  It shares the challenge of sacrifice, courage, faith, love, and friendship.  I cannot wait for the next one.
-Annie von Trapp, member of the von Trapp family, as popularized in the movie, The Sound of Music

Tricia Goyer takes time to craft her novels with all the right ingredients.  Readers easily connect with her characters and find themselves thinking about them long after the final note has been sung.  A powerful historical story of darkness overcome by love.
-Robin Jones Gunn, best-selling author of the Glenbrooke series and the Sisterchicks novels

After nearly 60 years, I was transported back to Mauthausen, remembering the days when I delivered the daily ration of bread to the dying.  The author has the uncanny knack of recreation, and I found myself remembering everything, including the smell.
-Charlie White, 11th Armored Division Veteran

Night Song is filled with many details that are exactly how they were during my military career.  Though I am a compulsive reader of WWII, I learned things I did not know!
-Wilfred "Mac" McCarty, 11th Armored Division Veteran

Tricia Goyer has very cleverly combined fact and fiction to create a well written and wonderfully emotional novel set during World War II.
-Bert Heinold, U.S. Army veteran, 11th Armored Division

Well researched and historically accurate!  As a member of D-Troop, 41st Calvary Squadron, 11th Armored Division, whose men liberated Mauthausen, Gusen I and Gusen II Concentration Camps on May 5, 1945, I highly recommend this book.
-Charles Torluccio

With amazing clarity and detail, Goyer again sweeps us back to WWII with new characters who touch the heart and stir the spirit.  A wonderful, moving tale!  Not to be missed!
-Marlo Schalesky, author of Only the Wind Remembers, 2003 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist

Meet the Author


TRICIA GOYER is an acclaimed and prolific writer, publishing hundreds of articles in national magazines including Today¿s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family while authoring more than twenty-five fiction and nonfiction books combined. Among those are 3:16 Teen Edition with Max Lucado and the American Christian Fiction Writers¿ Book of the Year Award winners Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights. She has also written books on marriage and parenting and contributed notes to the Women of Faith Study Bible. Tricia lives with her husband and four children in Arkansas.

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Night Song 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
I love reading WWII fiction and have been a fan of the Thoenes's series for years. Tricia's account of what happened in Austria during that era and the atrocities of the concentration camps is compelling. I visited the Holocaust Museum in DC in 2003 and reading her novel was like going back for a visit to the rooms with the chilling history of death and torture. Though not grossly graphic, she gets the truth of the sadism and inhumane thinking of that era across without sounding preachy. Also, the plot kept my interest and the characters were well developed. I found it to be very true to life. She did a great job weaving a fictional tale around a true life account of someone else's suffering. I keep thinking about the story after I've read it and that is unusual for me. From Dust and Ashes (first in the series) also sticks with me, but Night Song surpasses even that wonderfully written story. I can't wait for her third book to come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Night Song by author Tricia Goyer is a fictional work with the historical backdrop of the Nazi regime during WWII. The stories of four compelling characters are told as separate threads which are woven skillfully together at the end of the novel. Two star-crossed lovers are separated by war, one, an American doctor, the other, an Austrian socialite. They are torn apart but remain faithful to each other through turmoil and temptation. The other two main characters are a scheming German SS officer and a young Jewish musician. Each seeks to survive despite the circumstances of war, politics, and privation. The conclusion brings these four together in the most unlikely of places, the deadly Mauthausen concentration camp in Germany. The book is well-researched and rich in detail, yet sensitive to the brutality of that time and place. Goyer reminds us that we ought not forget what many endured she reminds us that many sacrificed their lives so that others might live on. The book resonates endurance and hope in even the most hopeless of situations. Night Song makes the powerful declaration that the greatest conquering force of all is love. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading the future works of Tricia Goyer.
BookwormMama14 More than 1 year ago
Compelling and heart wrenching, Tricia Goyer tells the story of the orchestra of Mauthausen. This orchestra, composed of famous Jewish musicians, was forced to play for their lives in the concentration camp. We see the war through many different views in Night Song. Evie, a young Viennese woman who is involved with the resistance and witnesses the liberation of Mauthausen. Nick, an American medic who is in love with Evie and will travel to the ends of the earth to find her. Otto, an SS Soldier whose thirst for power and riches overwhelms him. Finally, Jakub, a young Jewish prisoner whose magnificent talent brings hope and joy to those he is around. The story begins in December 1941, Evie and her family must return to Vienna due to the German occupation. The following 3 1/2 years are a combination of sorrow, pain and loss for all of our characters. But where Nick, Evie, and eventually Jakub, find their strength in the Lord, Otto finds his through the "Ancients", the mystical power supposedly behind Hitler's reign. Otto is never satisfied, he always wants more. Our other characters have to sacrifice so much, yet they know that the Lord is leading them and taking care of them. In the end we discover that the wealth and power of this world can not compare with a personal relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ. It took me a little longer to read this book, only because it was so emotional for me that I had to put it down and take a break. Tricia Goyer does a beautiful job of depicting the horrors and sorrows of the camps and all those who were affected by it, without being gory. It made my heart ache for those who lived and died in this hell. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys World War II fiction. You will not be disappointed!
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bcmickey18 More than 1 year ago
The history that this book is based on is what caught my attention, however there was alot of charector set-up before the story could really begin and since it takes place on two different continents it was hard to follow at times. All in all well worth the read. I would recommend it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book because it gave me such a deep sense of the time of World War II and what the Jewish people went through. Tricia has a wonderful way of weaving story and characters so that I wanted to keep reading and see what would happen next¿especially how the separate characters would be woven together in the end. It has some fun twists and turns. I recommend this for a great reading time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Night Song begins with American medical student, Nick Fletcher, and his Austrian girlfriend, Evie, discussing what they hope to be a bright future when their lives are changed in ways neither of them could've ever imagined. Instead of building their lives together, they are torn apart. With Evie's family deported back to Austria in the wake of World War II, Nick volunteers for Europe as a medic in the US military. His medical training goes into warped speed as he cares for the wounded in less than ideal conditions. Evie, on the otherhand, can't believe the atrocities committed against the 'enemies of the state' and there is no way she can just sit back and watch what's going on around her. In Europe, Jewish families are being separated, their belongings plundered, and their bodies tortured and starved. The family of a shopkeeper in Prague is no exception. After the father is taken, Jakub, Daniel, and their mother are sent first to a concentration camp where the living conditions are inhumane at best. From there, the inhabitants that actually survive are transported to a work camp where conditions are even worse. Most would come to welcome death. Goyer does a superb job of showing the horrors of war through the eyes of an American medic, an Austrian sympathizer, a Jewish boy, and even a Nazi loyalist. Not only do we get to experience the war from four different angles, Goyer majestically weaves the stories of the four characters together, showing us how each of them impacts the others' lives in sometimes surprising ways. A MUST read for anyone who enjoys historical romances! Edee Wilcox, author of If I'd Only Known... The fictional account of a teenager's struggle with acceptance, sex, and Christian values.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An awesome story of courage, commitment and love despite nearly impossible circumstances.