Federal Agent Eva Montanna and her family visit her grandfather, Martin Vander Goes, in Michigan. While there, she learns more of Grandpa Marty's history and work with the Dutch resistance in Holland during World War II. Modern-day intrigue is intertwined with his journal, which is written like a novel. Do the thefts and threats against her family have anything to do with her grandpa's war adventures or could they be from one of the criminals she's placed behind bars?
Eva is surprised to discover Grandpa Marty's involvement with the Jews and that he had served with the Monuments Men rescuing valuable artwork from the Nazis. Now his memory is failing, making it sometimes difficult to gain all the pertinent facts. A visit to Holland with Eva's family helps not only bring the past to life but renews an old relationship.
Stolen Legacy stands alone, but is the eighth thriller written by ExFeds Diane & David Munson, who know how to weave a tale that seems authentic.
It is one thing to read a suspense novel that tells the tale and when you have reached the end, you are finished with the book. Not so with Stolen Legacy. The characters, the settings (present and past), and most of all the ethics portrayed stay with you long after you read the last page.
Eva may be a federal agent, but she is also a wife, a mom, a daughter, and as we get to know her in this book, a granddaughter. Her family is of utmost importance to her and when she has reason to be concerned about her grandfather's safety, her training as a federal agent crosses from her professional life into her private life.
The Munsons have told the story of the Dutch Resistance in WWII through the eyes of Eva's grandfather, Grandpa Marty, as written in his journals when he was a young man. We read of those who laid their lives on the line daily in order to protect their Jewish neighbors from the invading German military. And we see how choices made decades ago play out generations later.
This is a book about heritage and identity and, yes, legacy. It is about living in an honorable way among those who do not . It is about standing up for what is right when that position could cost you your own life. And it is about love that spans the years -- familial love, brotherly love, romantic love, and ultimately God's love.
I would recommend this novel as a supplement to young people who are studying WWII. This will bring the history out of the text books and into their hearts. However, that does not mean that this book is written on an adolescent level, because it is not. It is worthy of being read by all of us to remind of what has happened in the past and give us vision for the future. As we read about the hope of those who struggled in the Netherlands and how their choices then determined their future years, we can take that message into our own lives and make choices today that may not be comfortable or convenient but will leave a legacy for generations to come.
(I received a complimentary copy of Stolen Legacy with the option to review it. I received no compensation for this review.)
It was a joy to break the binder on this wonderful new novel "Stolen Legacy." With every turn of a page, I was drawn deeper into the world of Eva Montana and her grandfather, Martin Vander Goes. This story of intrigue and mystery took me from the humble town of Zeeland, Michigan, all the way across the ocean to the little town of Middleburg, in the Netherlands. The story takes the reader back into the days of World War II and it involves great works of art and valuable jewels. To say anything more would be to give too much of this wonderful mystery away. Don't hesitate in the purchase of this great read. It is one mystery that you will not soon forget.
Drawing from their personal experiences as a federal prosecutor and a NCIS special agent, Diane and David Munson are able to craft believable, exciting spy and thriller stories that will entertain but will also make the reader feel as though the plot was torn from the pages of the latest newspaper copy.
In Stolen Legacy we again meet Eva Montanna, but this time she is vacationing with her family at the home in which she grew up and her grandfather still lives there. But things begin to happen that are strange indeed and they seem centered around Grandfather Marty. The danger emanates from old, deadly tentacles that are stretched from the darkness of WWII history and the Dutch resistance. Just what was Grandpa Marty involved in? How does that affect the lives of people even today? Can Eva Montanna get her family to safe place and keep them from harm's way?
While the story is a thriller and an adventure, you will learn about WWII and the part played by brave men and women during the war as the Dutch resisted the Germans and saved many Jewish families and individuals from the sure death they would face at the hand of the Germans.
You will love Grandpa Marty and his sweet and funny ways - watch out for him to endear himself to you! The ending is exciting and heart warming. I challenge you to grab a copy and get reading. You can count on the books written by this dynamic team to always be clean and safe reads to share with the family.
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided to me by the authors for the purpose of this review. No compensation was given. Opinions expressed are solely my own.