About The Slow March of Light

the slow march of light

Sometimes all you have is hope. 

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 the resilience of the human spirit.

My review

This book touched me so much! It’s a novel, but it’s based on the life of a man. A man who I’m sure saw himself as ordinary, but he did extraordinary things. I loved the way Heather B Moore portrayed him. She did a great job making him seem real. And human. That was probably my favorite thing about this book.

Bob Inama didn’t really want to go to war when he was drafted. Who would have? He had his plans for schooling set. Plus, who really wants to go to war? But he went any way. He wasn’t the type of man who would turn down his government. The same for his undercover assignment. I loved the way he put his all into whatever he was asked to do. And the way he showed gratitude for the little things, like the man who became his only friend at one point. Wow! The reader can tell from this book that Bob was an amazing man.

Bob isn’t the only character though. There is also Luisa. I loved that the author based her on a real person. Or people. Luisa’s character shows that we can make a difference in some one else’s life. Sometimes it may be small, and sometimes it may be large. We need to put ourselves a little at risk sometimes to make a difference. She was willing to do that, and that made her a hero.

I loved this book! I’m grateful for the chance to get to know a little about this great man.

I was sent a copy of The Slow March of Light as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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