Vienna Prelude, by Bodie and Brock Thoene.
With this book, the first in a seven-book series, I have discovered a new favorite author and series. This book follows the lives of those people caught in the madness of the rise to power of the Nazi party and the beginning of Nazi Germany's quest for world domination. We witness events through the eyes of German and Austrian jews, as well as through the eyes of a brave Austrian Christian family and an equally brave band of foreign journalists, present to witness events and pulled by their consciences to take action rather than merely standing idly by.
I loved everything about this book. The characterization was spot on. The dialogue, spanning individuals from many different countries, was pitch perfect. The plot catches your interest from the first page and draws you in, increasing in pace as the events taking place in the broader world increase, the suspense building and building and building. And at the end of the book some story lines are are resolved, but others are left open, and new story lines are hinted at, as befitting a story that has only just completed its first act. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment (lucky for me I'm coming to this series late, so all of the other books have already been published!), and I cannot recommend this book highly enough. A great story, whose characters and events have remained in my thoughts long after I turned the last page. I give this book a resounding 5 out of 5.