(originally posted at A Frank Review in August 2006)
A Frank Review of Tricia Goyer's Arms of Deliverance: A Story of Promise
Who could twist the phrase "It's not what you know, it's who you know," into a gospel message? Tricia Goyer. Arms Of Deliverance is the fourth and concluding installment of her WW II novels, and what a way to close.
The fusion of Goyer's prose and her technique of interviewing WW II veterans result in a powerful telling that time-warp her readers to the 1940s. She's captured lost details. By recording the fading memories of a dying generation, Tricia's done an amazing service, both to the people whose patriotism put them in harm's way, and to the Jewish mantra, "Never Again." She literally brands history into the reader's mind--I know because I lived it through her characters.
Arms Of Deliverance is a painting of war, Holocaust horror, and National Socialist dystopia. The artist's brush sported bristles braided of lives. I've never read anyone so adept at capturing human mannerisms with a pen. She draws you into this black and white era with this tool-of-color so subtle, most writer's don't even know it's in their box. When you read "Tingles traveled up the back of her neck . . ." you know exactly what she means. I actually felt those tingles.
The Judeo-Christian presuppositions of Goyer's main characters, Mary, Lee and "Katrine," contrast Hendrick's Aryan world-view like a photo-negative. Through her powerful paradox of a morally black and white war, Tricia Goyer makes you see red. The personal conflict in Arms of Deliverance, layered upon historical fiction will keep readers of both genders enthralled, page after page.
Arms of Deliverance
Moody Publishers (2006)
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