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By Jenean McBrearty

GENRE: Romance, Drama

In 1937, an Jewish music teacher attempts to flee Austria, and learns the challenges and seduction of power when he assumes the identity of an SS officer under the tutelage of the General ---  who is also his rival for the woman who has vowed to save his life. 


Thirteen-year-old Aaron van Gelder is on his way to live with his Uncle and study music. Twenty years later, he's a Jew desperately seeking to escape the effects of the Anschlusss, and his chance meeting with Peter Bruckner on the train he took to Vienna seems fortuitous. Bruckner offers him aid, but only embroils Aaron in his plot to punish his faithless wife, his war-hero brother who fathered her two children, and steal the wealth of the Jews he has betrayed.

Aaron cannot understand how this devout Catholic woman can love the cruel and carousing General Karl Bruckner who agrees to save to his life only because she believes that act can ransom the soul of their rabid-Nazi son. No matter, Aaron wants to live, and if assuming the role of Gauleiter of the town where Gen. Bruckner maintains a communist "work-camp", so be it. The General must find Peter before he betrays them all. But, where is Peter Bruckner? All answers are to be found in faith, and Peter's Bible is the key to unraveling the mystery.

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