Sunday, June 24, 2012

Review # 193: Rebirth by David Longeuay

How did a remnant of scattered Jews rise to build a mighty superpower in the Middle East?
      Fleeing his father’s anti-Semitic organization, Charles Devonshire journeys into the most volatile landgrab in history—Post WWII Palestine. Charles pursues a beautiful but mysterious librarian, Gladia, who introduces him to the elaborate Jewish underground. While joining their plight to reestablish a homeland, he falls in love with her and faces painful challenges in developing a relationship within their culture gap. And in the midst of battling the hostile inhabitants who also laid claim to Palestine, he searches for clues of his own troubled past.
     Can Charles pursue love, uncover his family secrets and avoid being trapped in the middle of the world’s longest feud?

     I enjoy reading historical fiction/nonfiction, so I knew that I would enjoy Rebirth, especially since I have always wondered what happened to the Jewish population after World War II. The book is around 359 pages, a little lengthy, but the detail and the overall story-line make it well worth it. Charles is my favorite character, his personality combined with the palette of emotions he experiences along his journey really affected and inspired me. After the first couple pages, I was compelled to keep reading - well into the early hours of the morning - and I did not want to stop. The background information was critical to the plot-line and to the love story between Charles and Gladia, I was impressed by the balance of history versus "romance"; a lot of impact is lost in historically based love stories. What an interesting era to read about and experience through David Longeuay's well-researched novel. A very true-to-life read, "based on actual events" does not necessarily mean realistic, but this book hits its mark. Recommended for readers interested in the birth of Israel and its people, as well as history-lovers.

Rating: On the Run (4/5)

*** I received this book from the author (Bostick Communications) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

About the Author:

     Dave Longeuay has been writing since 1978. He started writing poems, lyrics and music, in his teenage years. In 1980 he founded Public Recording, and built a thriving multimedia studio, which became his sole source of work for over twenty years. He also wrote, co-wrote, and produced hundreds of popular songs for local musicians in Southern California, as well as numerous radio scripts for a wide variety of radio commercials and broadcast videos for his clients. In 1989, he also wrote his first book, "The End Times."

     In 2000 he expanded his recording facility to accommodate video services. His writing skills broadened to write dozens of video scripts for a wide range of videos, including storyboard scripts for music videos, infomercials, commercials, and dozens of corporate products. His most notable independent work was writing, producing, shooting, and editing a documentary about missionaries. He personally filmed and directed the documentary in Uganda Africa, New Castle England, and Rosarito Mexico.

"I have a passion for writing and telling stories that will inspire people worldwide."

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