Thief of Glory (2020)

Thief of Glory Sigmund Brouwer Thief of Glory In the tradition of Brock and Bodie Thoene s Zion Chronicles and history meets contemporary mysteries like those of bestseller Kate Morton this WWII drama is both exciting in its revelations and hear
  • Title: Thief of Glory
  • Author: Sigmund Brouwer
  • ISBN: 9780307446497
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
Thief of Glory Sigmund Brouwer In the tradition of Brock and Bodie Thoene s Zion Chronicles and history meets contemporary mysteries like those of bestseller Kate Morton, this WWII drama is both exciting in its revelations and heart rending in its truth about human nature and forgiveness.In the early 1940s, Jeremiah Prins was a 12 year old living a content life as the son of a school headmaster in the DIn the tradition of Brock and Bodie Thoene s Zion Chronicles and history meets contemporary mysteries like those of bestseller Kate Morton, this WWII drama is both exciting in its revelations and heart rending in its truth about human nature and forgiveness.In the early 1940s, Jeremiah Prins was a 12 year old living a content life as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies Indonesia When Holland declared war on the Japanese in 1941, the situation changed swiftly The Japanese army invaded, and Jeremiah and his family were placed in a Japanese prisoner of war camp a camp Jeremiah finally escapes and returns to Holland Yet wartime complications force him to abandon a marriage engagement with Laura Jensen The young man flees to California, where he struggles with the lingering anger and war stress he faced as a child.Determined to find some kind of redemption, a now elderly Jeremiah tries to make sense of his life by journaling of all that he does not want to reveal to his children about his past, intending to leave his writings as an apology after he is gone.An online encounter puts Jeremiah in touch with his true love from the war years, Laura, and when they meet again, it triggers the time bomb of long buried secrets Even seventy years later, if uncovered, these secrets can harm everyone who matters to Jeremiah.
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  1. Staci

    It s rare to find a WWII novel set in the eastern theater Thief of Glory is set in the Dutch East Indies and told through the eyes of a Jappencamp survivor Much of the story is told through ten year old Jeremiah s eyes He is an easy character to love He is kind, strong, stubborn and endures many struggles during his three year internment Laura, Sophie and Adi were also great characters.While I respected the way the story was told from present day with a look back in time, I found myself complete [...]

  2. Alisha L.

    Note I do not recommend this book for anyone who is not an adult due to some gruesome and graphic scenes descriptions and mature themes First off I would like say that I chose this book because I love reading books about World War II both fiction and non fiction and I was excited to see a new realistic Christian historical novel based on that time in history being published When I chose this book to read I was expecting a realistic look at what happened in the Dutch East Indies during World War [...]

  3. Joanne Bischof

    What a book An incredibly written story and I was thankful for the opportunity to sit down and chat with Sigmund Brouwer after finishing joannebischof video ch

  4. Loraine

    SUMMARY A boy coming of age in a time of war the love that inspires him to survive.For ten year old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific Jeremiah takes on the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings when his father and older stepbrothers are separated from the rest of the family, and he is surprised by what life in the camp reveal [...]

  5. Beverly

    Of the books I ve read from Sigmund Brouwer s pen, Thief of Glory is my favorite In his signature storytelling style, this work of historical fiction is reminiscent of a memoir, shared like a series of journal entries written in the first person from the perspective of a 10 year old boy it is a completely fictional account of one family s nightmarish experience of interment in a Japanese concentration camp during World War II Yet the details are hauntingly real.Jeremiah lived with his parents an [...]

  6. Maria

    Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer is historical fiction centered around WWII The blurb talks about love amidst the internment camp, and it sounds like this really good story But trust me, it s not Buyer beware this shouldn t be considered a Christian book in any sense of the word It s different but not in a good way.When Jeremiah Prins is ten, the Japanese take over the Dutch East Indies They force Jeremiah, his mother, and his three younger siblings into a camp where they have to learn how to s [...]

  7. Reet Champion

    One boy to protect a frail family in the middle of a Japanese concentration camp It seems to be impossible but Jeremiah Prins has determined he will stand in his father s stead to care for his mentally frail mother and host of siblings It s a task a grown man would find taxing for Jeremiah the life of oppression eats away at his childhood setting into motion a series of events that will change the lives of so many people.Sigmund Brouwer An author I ve heard so much about but whose works I never [...]

  8. Jamie

    I have to say, this isn t like any World War II novel I ve read Not only because it deals with a different theater of war I normally read those of the home front or European theater , it shows such a different side of war, through the eyes of a 10 year old boy and is based on the author s own family history It s a beautiful and poignant tale This isn t an easy read It s honest, it paints a picture of what life was like in some ways reminded me of Unbroken , from the evil humanity is capable of t [...]

  9. Randy

    Jeremy s life as a prisoner in a Japanese internment camp during WW2 comes as a result of his being in a police station holding cell He looks back on his life from his position as a retired architect in his 80s We see the terrible struggles he had to endure in order to fulfill his father s last wish, to protect the family We see how the things he experienced during those years in the camp have haunted him for his entire life.I picked this book up because I am a fan of historical fiction Also, be [...]

  10. Heather Manning

    I have to admit that I was not completely in love with this book, while the general idea of it was interesting I didn t like that I was made to believe that this was a romance, when it really was not I hate to write a negative review, and I don t think the problem was with the book, but so with the marketing involved with it I felt that the main character, Jeremiah, was able to do way things than a ten year old should have been able to do Since he was 10 for 2 3 of the novel, I had difficulty [...]

  11. Paula

    I would give this book 10 stars if I could It is one of those books that are just that special I have been to Indonesia five times, yet I found that I really knew nothing about the war in that part of the world And my Dad served in New Guinea But I never really talked with him much about that time.The book was well written There was a lot of action, some surprises and a bit of romance You could really feel the cruelty of the Japanese And it all makes you wonder how anyone could have survived all [...]

  12. Kathleen (Kat) Smith

    There comes some novels that are so rare and deep that when you finish them, you are left as though you have no breath left in your body As if you are reliving something so horrible, you wish it were all simply a bad dream But this is not the case with a different type of christian historical novel from Sigmund Brouwer, Thief of Glory and it is definitely a story of unspeakable horrors that occurred for one boy and his family that lived during the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Dutch East [...]

  13. Josh Olds

    QUICK HIT With immaculate detail and a gripping plotline, Brouwer s coming of age tale is one of his best yet.What would you do if your perfectly comfortable world fell apart Jeremiah Prins was ten years old when the Japanese invaded his home in the Dutch East Indies He d always been a tough kid, always one to take on a challenge, always one to relish a fight But this is beyond him This is when he learns that his mother is a bit mentally unbalanced This is when he learns that, with his older bro [...]

  14. writer...

    Unusual view of war as Japan takes over the Dutch East Indies Told through the eyes of a young boy coming of age in the throes of WW2 Descriptive, emotionally gripping and raw storytelling Worth recommending.

  15. Nadine Keels

    I was unprepared for how good this book is It put me in acute remembrance of humanity s, and even my own, need for mercy.I think it s fair to point out early that this World War II novel s description blurb back cover copy misrepresents what s actually in the book to a significant degree Yes, the love between Jeremiah and Laura is important, but their relationship is not what s at the forefront of much maybe even most of what happens in the book Also, while the blurb paints a picture of how the [...]

  16. Kelly Klepfer

    I have a confession There are books I won t read My list includes books I think will be sappy or cheesy, or one dimensional I kind of avoid sci fi fantasy because I have enough trouble remembering the important details in the real world Lastly, I avoid books set in times of war Now I also have this bizarre deep vein of melancholy that loves a book that indelibly etches itself on my soul through the characters and writing That may be one of the reasons I avoid wartime novels Sometimes those novel [...]

  17. Faith

    This is one of those stories that you wish wasn t true, yet you know that it was, for so many people.Jeremiah Prins, an old man now telling his boyhood story, is a true character He was the kind of boy that we don t write about any, and he sounds just like the youngsters who lived in the 1940 s He s respectful to adults but he certainly has his own mind He s a scrapper who fights often, but always fights clean He never expected to fall hard for a golden haired little girl, but he has a secretly [...]

  18. Susan Meissner

    Before reading Thief of Glory, I had no idea what the war was like for the Dutch residents living in what had been Dutch occupied Indonesia The novel was eye opening to say the least As with other books I ve read with young protagonists dealing with the harsh realities of adults at war see The Book Thief, Sarah s Key, Diary of A Young Girl, Stones from the River this one yanked fiercely on my mother heart and left me astonished at what war expects of the children swept up into its maelstrom.The [...]

  19. Vanessa

    I really liked this book This is the story of a family that is trapped in the Dutch East Indies Indonesia when the Japanese invaded during World War II The men and older male children are sent to work camps The women and children are sent to internment camps This story is told from the point of view of a ten year old boy that is sent to an internment camp with his mother and younger siblings It is a story of survival and it tells a story that isn t often told I ve been reading several books that [...]

  20. Christine

    4.5 stars I am so glad this was on the Alberta Reader s Choice shortlist, otherwise I don t think I would ever have read it and I really was taken in by this book Mostly by chance, I ve been reading a lot of of novels set during WWII this year, and while I am able to glean a little new information of what it was like in different areas from all of the books, I had no idea at all about the Dutch East Indies, Jappenkamps or anything of that sort This book was both eye opening and well written I wa [...]

  21. Anne

    Not my favorite WWII area, the far east is not my choice when it comes to this type of story But this was a well done book about a boy, Jeremiah Prins who finds himself in a Japanese prisoner of was camp during WWII He is a Dutch boy who is living in the East Indies Later, in the US after the war, long after marriage and children, he comes across his first love from those days.

  22. Brianna Lewis

    What an amazing, heart wrenching book I didn t know much about the Dutch East Indies during the Japanese occupation during the war Very eye opening The book was well written, and I was almost immediately pulled into the story Definitely one of the best books I ve read this year.

  23. Georgia Herod

    Oh, the power and significance of memory Jeremiah Prins, now an octogenarian, is trying hard to remember rightly his life story He is the 10 year old narrator of this sad and difficult work of historical fiction A coming of age narrative in the midst of a Japanese prison camp Bright, clever, resilient, determined, bold and so much , Jeremiah and his life are changed completely when Japanese soldiers enter his home and take his father and two older stepbrothers away Having prepared for this momen [...]

  24. Kathleen E.

    Monday, October 13, 2014Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer, 2014This is a work of fiction Apart from well known people, events, and locales that figure into the narrative, all names, characters, places, and incidents are the products of the author s imagination and are used fictitiously The publisher.In March of 1957, much in love, with all that they owned in suitcases, a young couple from the Netherlands boarded a ship to cross the Atlantic for an unknown future in Canada, both leaving behind th [...]

  25. Mr. Ethan Mingerink

    1 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it very interesting I learned about a part of the war I hadn t really known anything about previously, and found the book to be educational as well as entertaining The book really kept me interested and wanting to read WARNINGS This book doesn t have any bad language that I can remember and the only other thing would be how people react to Jeremiah s mother when they figure out she is not pregnant with her husband s baby The only violence would be the [...]

  26. Maryann Jorissen

    Oh my goodness, this book was so good I could barely put it down until I finished it The writing is done so well that it brings the reader into the world and minds of characters to root for them during each of their challenges I think the category is historical fiction But there was an accuracy of the history that made me question the fiction label Yet the prose was written in the style of fiction that hooks the reader into the characters lives That s how well the book is written

  27. Dale

    I totally enjoyed this book because I learned about the WW II in the Pacific I learned about the plight of the Dutch in the Dutch East Indies The treatment of the POWs by the Japanese was similar to other novels history that I have read Because this was the perspective of a child, it allowed for a na ve point of view about the torture with which the Japanese treated these women and children Shocking but realistic.

  28. Molly

    4.5 I really emotional yet readable book It tells the story of a not well known side of WWII That of Japanese occupation in the Dutch East Indies Indonesia What the colonial Dutch endured under the Japanese invaders, and the strength of certain warriors within the camps walls I loved many of these characters And cried for them and what happened A goodie Must read.

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