The slow march of light A novel : inspired by a true story of resilience and hope

Heather B. Moore

Book - 2021

"In the summer of 1961, a wall of barbed wire goes up quickly in the dead of night, officially dividing Berlin. Aware of the many whose families have been divided. Luisa joins a secret spy network, risking her life to help East Germans escape across Berlin Wall and into the West. Bob Inama, a soldier in the US Army, is stationed in West Germany. He's glad to be fluent in German, especially after meeting Luisa Voigt at a church social. As they spend time together, they form a close conn...ection. But when Bob receives classified orders to leave for undercover work immediately, he doesn't get the chance to say goodbye. With a fake identity, Bob's special assignment is to be a spy embedded in East Germany, identifying possible targets for the US military. But Soviet and East German spies, the secret police, and Stasi informants are everywhere, and the danger of being caught and sent to a brutal East German prison lurks on every corner."--Dust jacket flap.

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Subjects
Genres
Biographical fiction
Historical fiction
Spy fiction
Christian fiction
Published
Salt Lake City : Shadow Mountain [2021]
Language
English
Item Description
Includes discussion questions (pages 315-316).
Physical Description
xvi, 348 pages : map, photograph (both black and white) ; 24cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9781629729282
1629729280
Main Author
Heather B. Moore (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Bob Inama is an aspiring lawyer who is drafted into the army and stationed in Frankfurt, where he meets Luisa Voigt, a nurse and daughter of a German police officer, at a church social. They quickly become friends but are abruptly separated when Luisa's father moves the family to West Berlin. Their paths unexpectedly cross again when both are committed to dangerous missions. Bob is working undercover to gather intelligence for the U.S., and Luisa is part of a covert organization attempting to smuggle refugees, including her grandmother, from behind the newly erected Berlin Wall. The narration alternates between Moore's fictionalization of the true story of an American soldier who survived imprisonment in East Germany during the Cold War and Luisa, a fictional character inspired by individuals who risked their lives to help others escape to freedom in West Germany. As with her debut, The Paper Daughters of Chinatown (2020), Moore conveys extensive historical knowledge without sacrificing the emotional impact of the stories of two protagonists whose Christian faith helps them survive and make a difference in the face of epic adversity. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Bob Inama is an American spy working undercover in East Germany during the 1960s when he is taken prisoner and tortured daily. He survives the ordeal by maintaining his hope in the face of despair, and by committing himself to return alive to the girl he loves, Luisa. Based on a true story"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Based on a true story. Inspired by real events. A riveting and emotionally-gripping novel of an American soldier working as a spy in Soviet-occupied East Germany and a West German woman secretly helping her countrymen escape from behind the Berlin Wall.In the summer of 1961, a wall of barbed wire goes up quickly in the dead of night, officially dividing Berlin. Luisa Voigt lives in West Berlin, but her grandmother lives across the border and is now trapped inside the newly- isolated communist country of East Germany. Desperate to rescue her grandmother and aware of the many others whose families have been divided, Luisa joins a secret spy network, risking her life to help bring others through a makeshift, underground tunnel to West Germany. Their work is dangerous and not everyone will successfully escape or live to see freedom. Bob Inama was an outstanding university student with plans to attend law school when he is drafted into the US Army. Stationed in West Germany, he is glad to be fluent in German, especially after meeting Luisa Voigt at a church social. As they spend time together, they form a close connection. But when Bob receives classified orders to leave for undercover work immediately, he does not get the chance to say goodbye. With a fakeidentity, Bob's special assignment is to be a spy embedded in East Germany. His undercover job will give him access to government sites to map out strategic military targets. But Soviet and East German spies, the secret police, and Stasi informants are everywhere, and eventually Bob is caught and sent to a brutal East German prison. Interrogated and tortured daily, Bob clings to any hope he can find-from the sunlight that marches across the wall of his prison to the one guard who secretly treats him withkindness to the thought of one day seeing Luisa again. Author Heather B. Moore masterfully alternates the stories of Bob and Luisa, capturing the human drama unique to Cold War Germany as well as the courage and the resilience of the human spirit. "--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An American soldier working as a spy in Soviet-occupied East Germany and a West German woman risking her life to help her countrymen escape from behind the Berlin Wall form a close connection, in a novel based on a true story and inspired by real events. 18,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Based on a true story. Inspired by real events. A riveting and emotionally-gripping novel of an American soldier working as a spy in Soviet-occupied East Germany and a West German woman secretly helping her countrymen escape from behind the Berlin Wall.In the summer of 1961, a wall of barbed wire goes up quickly in the dead of night, officially dividing Berlin. Aware of the many whose families have been divided, Luisa joins a secret spy network, risking her life to help East Germans escape across the Berlin Wall and into the West.Bob Inama, a soldier in the US Army, is stationed in West Germany. He’s glad to be fluent in German, especially after meeting Luisa Voigt at a church social. As they spend time together, they form a close connection. But when Bob receives classified orders to leave for undercover work immediately, he doesn’t get the chance to say goodbye.With a fake identity, Bob’s special assignment is to be a spy embedded in East Germany, identifying possible targets for the US military. But Soviet and East German spies, the secret police, and Stasi informants are everywhere and the danger of being caught and sent to a brutal East German prison lurks on every corner.Best-selling author Heather B. Moore masterfully alternates the stories of Bob and Luisa, capturing the human drama unique to Cold War Germany as well as the courage and resilience of the human spirit.