What I’m Reading: Saving Sophie

I just finished up listening to the audio book Saving Sophie: A Novel by Ronald H. Balson.  I had read two other books by the author and VERY much appreciated both books.  Not realizing they were a series I didn’t read them in order.  If you are inclined read Once We Were Brothers first.  Then read Saving Sophie: A Novel  and then Karolina’s Twins: A Novel.

All of the books focus around the Holocaust or around crimes against Jews.  All are very good.

The books all start with someone bringing a case to either Liam, the private detective or Catherine the lawyer.  Yep, you guessed right, Liam and Catherine are a couple.  The two always end up helping each other.  It’s a good premise and works.

The writer is very talented in that he easily switches from present day to past and from character to character.  I love that style.  I always feel that I am offered more of a complete story verses a story told from only one perspective.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, Jack Sommers was just an ordinary accountant from Chicago-that is, until his wife passed away, his young daughter was kidnapped, and he became the main suspect in an $88 million dollar embezzlement case. Now Jack is on the run, hoping to avoid the feds long enough to rescue his daughter, Sophie, from her maternal grandfather, a suspected terrorist in Palestine.

With the help of investigative team Liam and Catherine, and a new CIA operative, a secret mission is launched to not only rescue Sophie but also to thwart a major terrorist attack in Hebron. But will being caught in the crossfires of the Palestine-Israeli conflict keep their team from accomplishing the task at hand, or can they overcome the odds and save countless lives, including their own?

I was surprised to see that Amazon only gave the book 4.3 stars.  I’d give it 4.5.  It was good…in fact all of the books in the series are good.  I will definitely be watching for more from this author.


3 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Saving Sophie”

  1. I loved Once We Were Brothers. Looking forward to reading more by Ronald Balson. Thanks for the suggestions.

  2. I can’t remember if you’ve mentioned whether you like reading biographies, memoirs, and that kind of story. But I’m currently listening to the book, I Kiss Your Hands Many Times; Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary. I’m about halfway through and am finding it very interesting; the book is read by the author. This is the description that’s listed on my library’s website about the book:

    Marianne Szegedy-Maszák’s parents, Hanna and Aladár, met and fell in love in Budapest in 1940. He was a rising star in the foreign ministry—a vocal anti-Fascist who was in talks with the Allies when he was arrested and sent to Dachau. She was the granddaughter of Manfred Weiss, the industrialist patriarch of an aristocratic Jewish family that owned factories, were patrons of intellectuals and artists, and entertained dignitaries at their baronial estates. Though many in the family had converted to Catholicism decades earlier, when the Germans invaded Hungary in March 1944, they were forced into hiding. In a secret and controversial deal brokered with Heinrich Himmler, the family turned over their vast holdings in exchange for their safe passage to Portugal.

    Aladár survived Dachau, a fragile and anxious version of himself. After nearly two years without contact, he located Hanna and wrote her a letter that warned that he was not the man she’d last seen, but he was still in love with her. After months of waiting for visas and transit, she finally arrived in a devastated Budapest in December 1945, where at last they were wed.

    Framed by a cache of letters written between 1940 and 1947, Szegedy-Maszák’s family memoir tells the story, at once intimate and epic, of the complicated relationship Hungary had with its Jewish population—the moments of glorious humanism that stood apart from its history of anti-Semitism—and with the rest of the world. She resurrects in riveting detail a lost world of splendor and carefully limns the moral struggles that history exacted—from a country and its individuals.

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