Veil of Fire: A Novel

Veil of Fire: A Novel

by Marlo Schalesky
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Veil of Fire: A Novel by Marlo Schalesky

In 1894, the worst firestorm in Minnesota history descended on the town of Hinckley, consuming 400 square miles and killing 418 people in just four hours.

Heat, flame, and darkness swept through the town, devouring lives, and consuming all hope. In the aftermath of the fire, the town of Hinckley rises from the ashes, its people determined to rebuild their lives.

But in the shadows, someone is watching, someone is waiting, someone who knows the secrets the fire lay bare. A rumor spreads of a mysterious figure that haunts the hills; monster, a ghost, or a memory?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434765567
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,054,805
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Marlo Schalesky became interested in stories handed down through her husband's family about the great Minnesota firestorm of 1894. Schalesky is the author of three historical fiction novels, Cry Freedom, Freedom's Shadow, Only the Wind Remembers, and one non-fiction title—Empty Womb, Aching Heart. She and her family live in California.

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Veil of Fire 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so great. Not anything like I imagined. I had to keep going back because in my excitement I would skip over paragraphs to hurry to see what was going to happen next. This story held my interest from beginning to end...and then some. I cant say enough good things about this book or the author and her style of writing. Just so good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book held me on my seat for the first 40 pages. Then the character development started and I was entwined, trying to figure who was the cloaked monster. I could see the analogy of I am that monster and I live in the woods as a hermit. Keeping to myself. Powerful Book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I had heard that Marlo Schalesky's writing was a cut above the rest, and this novel drew a line under that phrase and placed an exclamation point at the end. In BOLD font. What a spellbinding book! I was hooked right away and read right through to the end, breathless, savoring the excitement with each page. A VEIL OF FIRE has it all: great story, heartfelt, tender moments, real characters, the thrill of the chase, quiet beauty, and truth. I loved that it was based on a real event in history. Marlo's fine writing and historical accuracy made this a memorable read. Looking forward to my next Marlo novel! Well done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Veil of Fire is a compelling book from start to finish. I picked it up thinking it would be an interesting historical fiction, primarily about a factual fire in the Midwest. However, from the very first chapter I became engrossed in this captivating novel that introduced me to the depths of tragedy and despair as the fire ravaged, and the anticipation of hope and redemption as the people in Hinckley rebuilt their town and their lives. Schalesky does an excellent job unfolding the plot of the story and developing her characters. Truth and freedom are wrestled with in new ways as the characters struggle with their own depravity, and the crushing depravity of others. I was pleasantly surprised in the end at the reality of the characters humanity and my own, as the issues in this novel easily translate into struggles of truth, hope, freedom, and faith in my own life, in the face of terrible loss. Yet, it would be an oversight to end my comments here. Veil of Fire is a suspenseful thriller as the reader tries to discover the identity of the hermit in the hills. One of the driving forces of the novel, unveiling the hermit's identity was the primary reason why I could not put this book down. I have already recommended this book to my husband and my friends a great read for everyone!
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
Veil of Fire is a fascinating story based on an actual historical event--the worst fire in Minnesota's history--a fire that burned 400 square miles and killed 418 people in just four hours. The story begins with non-stop action as a hellish blaze consumes everything in sight. The reader is placed in the middle of the maelstrom as the events unfold, and it's an awesome and terrifying experience. The potential for evil in the hearts of men really comes out in this story, as does a theme of regret. But God takes the painful things and if we let Him, He will shape us into beautiful vessels. I loved the analogy of the gingerbread cookie. Something bitter, something sweet, and a whole lot of heat. That about sums up life in this world. Why do bad things happen? They just do. Is God there? Yes. Whether we see Him or not is based on our choice. These are just a few of the meaty lessons I gleaned from this wonderful story. Of course, some of the bad guys never change, but that's real life. But many people who were either lukewarm or living behind of false mask, or a 'church face' learned about unconditional love and the power of opening your heart and taking risks. Wonderful, wonderful stuff. Plus, the poor 'monster' in the hills really tore at my heart. I loved how the 'monster's' thoughts were in first person and the others were in third person point of view. That style had greater impact for the reader. Oh, and the best part of all is that who I thought the 'monster' was through the whole story turned out to be someone else. I just love twists like that. I might even read this story twice. Highly recommended!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1894 in Hinckley, Minnesota, the fire came out of nowhere turning the town and a few nearby towns into a raging inferno. -------------- Dressmaker Nola Hanson and her twelve years old daughter Ellie Jean are trying to escape by riding a horse towards a train that they hear. Nola passes her daughter through the window of a car into the hands of Arla Anderson before being engulfed by the flames. Arla has her own guilt knowing she had locked up her daughter Rakel, but failed to free her in time when the flames engulfed her house.---------------- Josef Strom watches his beloved wife Maggie die in the blaze. He manages to reach a gravel pit filled with water while holding on to his baby Emma. The preacher¿s wife tells him to keep soaking himself and his daughter as he ponders why God would allow a cow to live and a mother to die. The preacher¿s wife tells them they are the remnant who must go on.------------------ When the inferno ends, no one is the same. Ellie Jean mourns her mom while Arla mourns her daughter. Josef mourns his wife while caring for his child. However, rumors spread of a monster living in the shadows. Could that essence be a ghost or the mythical fire-starter or someone hurt by the deadly blaze mentally unable to come home? None of the remnant¿s life will ever be the same?------------- This is an exhilarating inspirational historical saga based on a real event. Readers will feel the heat of the fire when Nola tries to save the lives of her daughter and self, the immediate impact on Josef and Arla, the mystery of the ¿monster¿, and the loss of faith by some while others are strengthened by just being alive. Readers will appreciate this deep look at the remnant struggling with why.----------- Harriet Klausner