Vienna Prelude is the first novel in the Zion Covenant series by Bodie Thoene. The novel chronicles the story of Elisa Linder, a Jewish woman who is living in Hitler's Germany and is protected only by her fake identification. As a violinist in Vienna, Elisa faces the horrific onslaught of Hitler's power as it threatens to sacrifice her life, her family and her heritage in the name of racial purity.
During such a time in history as many readers have either read about, or can perhaps remember themselves, Thoene brings a sense of realism and humanity to her audience through her characters. We walk through the beginnings of World War II with Elisa, John Murphy and Thomas von Kleistmann as they attempt to fight the oncoming German Nazi's and warn the Western powers out of their all-too-common indifference to distant suffering and their delusions of continued peace.
Thoene's novel is one that is truly meant for the masses. While we fight through political intrigue and wrestle with Nazi brutality, readers will also be swept away with romantic desires and the constant reminders of the importance of family, friendship and faith. Reader's are given the chance in Vienna Prelude to observe the subtle hints of a burgeoning tyranny as it seeks to overthrow the freedoms and rights of each individual and to see the impact even one person can make when they stand in opposition to evil.