Promise Breaker (Promise of Zion, Book 1) by Robert Elmer

Promise Breaker (Promise of Zion, Book 1) by Robert Elmer

  • Spirituality - High
  • Romance - Some
  • Violence - Moderate

In 1947, 13-year-old Dov Zalinski has already survived the horrors of WWII and the NAZI death camp, now his search for his family leads him to Israel. Promise Breaker Chronicles his story beginning from the time his Jewish mother left him at a Polish orphanage. As he makes his way across Europe by jumping trains, he meets the young American Jew, Uri, who as member of the Jewish Mossad, promises to help Dov travel to Israel. But circumstances are stacked against him, including the British Major Parkinson who refuses to allow Jewish refugees into Palestine. However, Major Parkinson’s 13-year-old daughter, Emily, is drawn into the drama and must battle divided loyalties.

The story centers around young Dov, and his character is nicely developed, especially considering it spans an eight year period in a young boy’s life. The characters pathos and the plot are compelling, while the historical setting is also interesting. The heroine, Emily’s, character is less developed and the promise is given of much more in the sequel and following series. The historical research is also well done, making this a nice read, especially for the boys.

Age Range: 10 and up 

Genre: Historical, Action Adventure

Robert Elmer, 2012

Series: Promise of Zion, Book 1 of 6

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