Publisher's Note:  

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 fake identity, 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 with kindness 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.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Shadow Mountain

The Slow March of Light

by Heather B. Moore

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Set during the Cold War, The Slow March of Light is inspiring, well-written historical fiction by Heather B. Moore. Moore takes the real experiences of United States solider Bob Inama and alternates them with main heroine Luisa--a fictional character who encompasses the experiences of many brave West Berliners. The story is fast-paced and intense, with frequent emotional scenes. Moore captures the drama, pain, and tension of the period by including vivid detail and solid facts. Bob Inama is a one-of-a-kind hero and readers will be awed by all he suffered for his country. Make sure to read the Author's Note, as well as check out the historical timeline, character chart, and map for further insight. This is a remarkable book and a must-read novel. 

Review of an Advance Reading Copy

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  A few verbal threats; several secondhand reports of violence including death during war, frequent beatings, planes shot down, car accidents, dying while trying to escape over the Berlin Wall; a few brief scenes of violence include a character being beaten during imprisonment; a brief non-detailed scene of violent death involving a firing squad. 

Sex/Nudity:  A sexual reference regarding staying chaste until marriage.

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Cold War, Berlin Wall, racism/discrimination, draft, death of family members, car accidents, imprisonment, attempted bribes, war, communism, mention of WWII and Nazi war crimes, sacrifice. 

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Characters smoke cigarettes; a character drinks himself into a stupor frequently. 

Reviewed By Rachel
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