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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 Ger 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 was well as the courage and the resilience of the human spirit.


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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 Ger 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 was well as the courage and the resilience of the human spirit.

30 review for The Slow March of Light

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    "He wanted to excel, to make a mark in the world...see how far he could go...a remarkable man, a humble man who served his country, looked beyond himself, and changed lives around him...serving in the epicenter of the Cold War...going undercover in East Berlin and sending nuclear target information back to the United States Army." In the early 1960's, Bob Inama, having worked as a missionary for his church, was bound and determined to become a government lawyer. The draft intervened. Now he would "He wanted to excel, to make a mark in the world...see how far he could go...a remarkable man, a humble man who served his country, looked beyond himself, and changed lives around him...serving in the epicenter of the Cold War...going undercover in East Berlin and sending nuclear target information back to the United States Army." In the early 1960's, Bob Inama, having worked as a missionary for his church, was bound and determined to become a government lawyer. The draft intervened. Now he would be trained for field artillery, his education on hold. Bob was ever hopeful and resilient, a man of faith. His resolve would be tested above and beyond human endurance. He was still ever thankful. Just ask Adolf. Adolf's life was forever blessed by their time together. "The Slow March of Light" by Heather B. Moore is a well crafted tome of historical fiction. The Author's Note and Historical Timeline preceding the novel created the context for the unfolding events. The Character Chart denoting historical as well as fictional figures was quite helpful. I had to constantly remind myself of the reality of the role Luisa Voigt as well as that of Adel and Mrs. Herrmann played. Author Moore's writing seamlessly blended fact and fiction. Overall, I was blown away by the courage and humility of Bob Inama, an inspiration, a man whose awe inspiring story will resonate with me for a long time. Highly recommended. Thank you Callie Hansen of Shadow Mountain Publishing and Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    RoshReviews

    When you read a book that is “based on a true story”, reviewing and rating it becomes a tricky business. Do you rate the book for its writing? Do you rate the person for his/her heroics? (And heroics would obviously be present in the story. Who would write a book about a dull life?!?) More often than not, I find reviewers rating the person and his/her experiences than the book/writing quality. And that leads to hyped-up ratings and a distorted expectation level. But I’m jumping the gun. Let me b When you read a book that is “based on a true story”, reviewing and rating it becomes a tricky business. Do you rate the book for its writing? Do you rate the person for his/her heroics? (And heroics would obviously be present in the story. Who would write a book about a dull life?!?) More often than not, I find reviewers rating the person and his/her experiences than the book/writing quality. And that leads to hyped-up ratings and a distorted expectation level. But I’m jumping the gun. Let me begin with the story first. Story: This book brings to us the story of a US soldier named Bob Inama and his experiences in Berlin during 1960-1962, the period just before and at the start of the Berlin Wall coming up. The content covers Bob’s life from when he receives his draft order, his training at the military academy, his posting to West Germany, and his secret appointment as a spy reporting on Soviet-controlled East Germany and what happens as a result thereafter. We also meet Luisa Voight, a young nurse living with her father in West Germany but worried about her grandmother in East Germany. Her policeman father’s posting to Berlin, the epicentre of the East-West standoff, soon brings unforeseen changes in her life and she finds herself going beyond the law to help fellow citizens. As I said, the book is based on a true story. Bob Inama was 85 when Shadow Publishing proposed the idea of penning his inspiring life story to author Heather Moore. The result was many meetings and a lot of conversations between Inama and Moore, their rapport clearly coming out in this book. It is sad that Inama passed away just a few weeks before this book is due to be out. (He expired on August 9th 2021.) But I am glad he got to read it and gave it his seal of approval. From the book, Inama comes out to be an intelligent and brave officer with a strong faith in God. His life story is indeed inspiring to read. The way he faced his difficulties with calm, how he never allowed anything to shatter his faith, his dedicated approach towards learning German to perform better at his spying work,… All indicate a man who had a great mind and a greater heart. Luisa’s character is also interestingly written and you will feel her sense of hopelessness and determination through her experiences in Berlin. So in terms of characters and story, this book gets a big thumbs up from me. (Though of course it broke my heart to see that Luisa is a fictional character and not a real one. This isn’t a spoiler; it is revealed right at the start of the book through a detailed character chart. Of course she is an amalgamation of many true characters, so that helps.) Another strong positive of the book is how it covers the historical details and weaves them within the main fabric of the story. At the start of the book, there is a detailed timeline starting from WWII and ending with the demolition of the Berlin Wall. There is a map of Germany showing the occupation of the three Allied Forces and the Soviets. Towards the end of the book is a detailed section providing chapter notes for every single chapter and how far they are true. Every chapter in the book begins with an actual historical quote that correlates to the events in that particular chapter. I have read a couple of fictional books on the Berlin Wall and the events around it. This is the only book that told me why things happened/did not happen instead of only stopping at the whats. Now for the other side of the story. Sometimes the writing tends to get a bit too ‘fangirlish’. Heather Moore tries very hard to make Inama sound like a hero but she needn’t have. His story is inspiring enough and didn’t need buttressing with extra descriptions or justifications. Another thing is that the story gets too dragged because of this. Both of these are relatively minor issues but they sullied my reading experience by slowing me down too much. Regardless of this slow pace, the book is definitely an interesting and insightful read and it celebrates a common soldier who went beyond his duty to his motherland. Recommended to historical fiction fans. 3.75 stars from me. Thank you to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for the ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review. *********************** Join me on the Facebook group, Readers Forever! , for more reviews, book-related discussions and fun.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    ‘Bob could have never predicted the journey that was in store for him, but looking back, he saw the Lord’s hand in every detail. Every frustrating, painful, bewildering, and joyful detail.’ The Slow March of Light- Heather B. Moore ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Unforgettable Stars! Based on a true story, Bob Inama is a man that I will never forget. This is a meticulously researched novel about the Berlin Wall. With compassion and a deep faith, Bob, traverses through the chaos of being drafted into the US Army and e ‘Bob could have never predicted the journey that was in store for him, but looking back, he saw the Lord’s hand in every detail. Every frustrating, painful, bewildering, and joyful detail.’ The Slow March of Light- Heather B. Moore ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Unforgettable Stars! Based on a true story, Bob Inama is a man that I will never forget. This is a meticulously researched novel about the Berlin Wall. With compassion and a deep faith, Bob, traverses through the chaos of being drafted into the US Army and ending up being sent to, Berlin, the epicenter of the of The Cold War. Moore’s writing is flawless as she conveys the horrors that Germans in both East & West Berlin endured under communist Russian rule. It’s truly hard to believe that the Berlin Wall came down only 32 yrs ago… It seems that there are a barrage of WWII novels being written right now and I really wish more could be written about this time period. So many unsung heroes that deserve to have their stories told. I think it’s so important to have stories like these right now to not only remind us of how fragile freedom is but, also, so that history doesn’t repeat itself. Lastly, I can’t not mention the brilliant cover & title… not until finishing can you truly appreciate its significance. Highly, highly recommend to all WWII historical fiction readers. “There are many people in the world who really don’t understand, or say they don’t, what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin. There are some who say that communism is the wave of the future. Let them come to Berlin. And there are some who say in Europe and elsewhere we can work with the Communists. Let them come to Berlin. And there are even a few who say that it is true that communism is an evil system, but it permits us to make economic progress. Lass’ sie nach Berlin kommen. Let them come to Berlin.” —John F. Kennedy, remarks at the Rudolph Wilde Platz, West Berlin, June 26, 1963 Publication dated- 9/7/21 ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Heather B. Moore's historical novel is based on the life of Bob Inama, an American soldier sent into East Germany undercover to spy on military installations during the Cold War period of the 1960s. Through interviews with Bob, she has described his actual experiences in the US army and undercover in East Germany. Intertwined with Bob's story is that of Luisa, a fictional character based on a real woman he met in Germany. Blending fact and fiction together, their stories form a dramatic account Heather B. Moore's historical novel is based on the life of Bob Inama, an American soldier sent into East Germany undercover to spy on military installations during the Cold War period of the 1960s. Through interviews with Bob, she has described his actual experiences in the US army and undercover in East Germany. Intertwined with Bob's story is that of Luisa, a fictional character based on a real woman he met in Germany. Blending fact and fiction together, their stories form a dramatic account of life in West and East Berlin during the Cold War, especially with the building of the Berlin Wall and its effect on those living on either side of it. Bob was drafted into the army in 1959, just short of completing his college degree in pre-Law and Economics. After basic training followed by weapons training at a base near Frankfurt, he was sent undercover to west Berlin where he would travel into East Germany to take photos of suspected military areas. He knew it would be dangerous, especially if he was caught by the Stasi while in East Germany. In Frankfurt, Bob had met a young nurse called Luisa at a church social and was sorry to leave without being able to say goodbye. What he didn’t know was that Luisa was also about to move to west Berlin when her father received a job promotion. Although reluctant to move, Luisa was pleased that she would be able to visit her grandmother in east Berlin and try to convince her to move in with them. The author’s detailed research paints a vivid picture of this unique period of history, both before and after the building of the Berlin wall in 1961, when life quickly became harder for those in the east. Underground groups in the west formed quickly to help those in the east trying to escape, but struggled to stay one step ahead of the Stasi or their informants. Those spies and underground agents who were caught knew they would be subjected to brutal torture in East German prisons. Bob’s real life story is a heart wrenching one, but one of courage and resilience and is well paired with Luisa’s fictional tale of courage and care for those caught behind the wall. An exceptional read for all fans of historical fiction. With thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing and Netgalley for a copy to read

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    This story is set in Germany post WWll, and follows a real American soldier, Bob Inama, and fictional character Louisa Voight, a West German nurse. Bob’s story is as inspiring as it is riveting, and was quite emotional for me. It’s remarkable that I’ve never read a historical novel portraying these fact-detailed bits of Germany’s history before. It’s an incredible book, inspired by real events, that I feel all readers of historical fiction should read. A special thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishin This story is set in Germany post WWll, and follows a real American soldier, Bob Inama, and fictional character Louisa Voight, a West German nurse. Bob’s story is as inspiring as it is riveting, and was quite emotional for me. It’s remarkable that I’ve never read a historical novel portraying these fact-detailed bits of Germany’s history before. It’s an incredible book, inspired by real events, that I feel all readers of historical fiction should read. A special thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing via NetGalley for the ARC of this beautiful story!

  6. 5 out of 5

    ABCme

    The Slow March of Light is based on the life of Bob Inama, an American soldier in Germany in the early 1960's, during the Cold War and the early days of the Berlin Wall. I enjoyed it because of its time in history, yet the writing is dragging and needs a good editor. The meaning of the title is beautiful and well depicted. This book is recommended as historical fiction, but has a strange format with news flashes between chapters and a lot of explaining of events distracting the reader from the mai The Slow March of Light is based on the life of Bob Inama, an American soldier in Germany in the early 1960's, during the Cold War and the early days of the Berlin Wall. I enjoyed it because of its time in history, yet the writing is dragging and needs a good editor. The meaning of the title is beautiful and well depicted. This book is recommended as historical fiction, but has a strange format with news flashes between chapters and a lot of explaining of events distracting the reader from the main story. It could just as well be listed as nonfiction or a biography. It's obvious the writer greatly admires the main character, with an extensive introduction and a huge thank you in the epilogue. Too much information for what's supposed to be a fictional read. Thank you Netgalley and Shadow Mountain for the ARC.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    The Slow March of Light by Heathet B. Moore is a stunning historical fiction novel that takes place in the aftermath of WWII in Berlin during the time of the Cold War and the infamous Berlin Wall. This book is just truly amazing. It was fascinating to read even more about what life was like for the people in Berlin and surrounding areas after the Berlin Wall was placed. The separation of friends, loved ones, and families that ended up on opposite sides of the Wall were so close to one another, bu The Slow March of Light by Heathet B. Moore is a stunning historical fiction novel that takes place in the aftermath of WWII in Berlin during the time of the Cold War and the infamous Berlin Wall. This book is just truly amazing. It was fascinating to read even more about what life was like for the people in Berlin and surrounding areas after the Berlin Wall was placed. The separation of friends, loved ones, and families that ended up on opposite sides of the Wall were so close to one another, but yet worlds apart. I loved the alternate stories of Luisa and Bob. Luisa ends up being separated from her grandmother whom is now on the East side of Berlin. This trauma, and the awareness that there are so many more affected, leads Luisa to join the underground groups that help rescue individuals that want to escape the atrocities of communist East Berlin and make it to West Berlin. Bob is an American that has been enlisted and placed into covert and secret operations within the communist regime...however ends up being caught, imprisoned, and at times tortured. Both end up meeting before their harrowing paths take them on separate missions, and find that they have feelings for one another. Both end up going through their own acts of heroism and selflessness in hopes of trying to help others. The reader ends up being able to follow along both characters as their paths cross, separate, and hopefully cross again. This book was fascinating, gripping, suspenseful, and heart wrenching. But, through it all we see hope, love, life, and the possibilities of a better tomorrow with the help of good people such as the two main characters. I truly loved this book, and enjoyed it even more-so when reading the Author’s note at the beginning informing us that the story of Bob Inama was true and that with the Chapter notes at the end of the book just took my breath away. What an amazing story of a brave and honorable man. It is a privilege to be able to read his experience amd I thank him for his service. Thank you NG and Shadow Mountain Publishing for this stunning arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR, Instagram, and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Deseret, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 9/7/21.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    In strife, a heart warming story. Based on a real character, this book was well researched and very readable. I enjoyed the historical perspective and learning more about life in both East and West Germany during the Cold War The blending of fictional characters with the life experiences of Bob Inama worked well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

    This book is absolutely stunning and thought provoking and is another top read of mine for the year. Bob Inama’s story is important and heartbreaking and the author tells it in a gripping way. Heather B. Moore is a master of historical fiction. I felt as if I was right by these characters, experiencing what they did. I’m grateful there are authors like this one that write these amazing, powerful stories.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    I love when historical fiction is based on actual events and/or people. This is such a moving story of a man who endured unimaginable things and yet somehow managed to have hope. Bob Inama is a real person who planned to go to law school to become a government lawyer but gets drafted during the Cold War. His plan to go to school when he's discharged is dashed when he's assigned to go undercover in Germany, where after months of undercover work he's betrayed, captured, and sent to a Communist pri I love when historical fiction is based on actual events and/or people. This is such a moving story of a man who endured unimaginable things and yet somehow managed to have hope. Bob Inama is a real person who planned to go to law school to become a government lawyer but gets drafted during the Cold War. His plan to go to school when he's discharged is dashed when he's assigned to go undercover in Germany, where after months of undercover work he's betrayed, captured, and sent to a Communist prison in East Germany where he's tortured with daily beatings for 6 months. During his six months in prison he befriends a guard whom he calls "Adolph". Along with Bob's story is another story portrayed by the fictional character Luisa. Luisa represents the German people who see more and more of their freedoms taken away, while the government takes more control of their lives. Luisa is based on a young woman Bob met when he first arrived in Germany. She's a nurse working at hospital who joins a clandestine organization that helps East Germans escape into West Germany. Luisa has her own harrowing experiences as she helps those escape the brutality and fear that are put upon them by their own government. I can't imagine living through what the German people went through. To say this book is amazing doesn't do it justice. Everyone should read it, as it's extraordinarily inspiring. The author spent many hours talking with Bob Inama recording his experiences. Sadly, he died before the book was released but he did get to read a draft of it and gave his approval of the book. I've read Heather B. Moore's books for years, she's one of my favorite authors, and somehow she continues to amaze me with her writing, no matter the genre. I also listened to the audiobook and the narrators are fantastic at capturing the emotions and feelings of the characters and the situations they find themselves in. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher Shadow Mountain via NetGalley to review. I also listened to the audiobook through Deseret bookshelf. All thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    Can I just say that I love historical fiction? I know I say it all the time- like, every time I read a good historical fiction book. It's one of my favorite genres and this book proves, yet again, why I love it. I know that this book is labeled fiction, and some of it is, but some of it isn't. It's based on real events that happened to a real person that this author interviewed in preparation to write this book. It's such an amazing story of an amazing man and courageous, resilient people. My he Can I just say that I love historical fiction? I know I say it all the time- like, every time I read a good historical fiction book. It's one of my favorite genres and this book proves, yet again, why I love it. I know that this book is labeled fiction, and some of it is, but some of it isn't. It's based on real events that happened to a real person that this author interviewed in preparation to write this book. It's such an amazing story of an amazing man and courageous, resilient people. My heart feels changed for the better. The world is always in crisis somewhere, over so many things. For Bob, it was Germany in the 1960's. It was such a volatile time with so much violence and unrest. I felt right there in the middle of it as I read. This book isn't small. It's a hefty, thick book and I read through the whole story in one day. I couldn't put it down. I know I'm going to be thinking of this book for a long time. Content: war violence, prisoner of war beatings (not much detail), peril - I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    You know when you read a book and the story and characters move you and make you want to be a better person? This book, based on the life of Bob Inama, did that for me. Such an incredible story during an incredibly hard moment in history. Hard for those living in the middle of the Soviet controlled portion of East Berlin in Germany. Heather B. Moore captured the essence of Bob Inama's personality so beautifully. His goodness and gentleness, as well as his outlook of hope. Wow. At the beginning of You know when you read a book and the story and characters move you and make you want to be a better person? This book, based on the life of Bob Inama, did that for me. Such an incredible story during an incredibly hard moment in history. Hard for those living in the middle of the Soviet controlled portion of East Berlin in Germany. Heather B. Moore captured the essence of Bob Inama's personality so beautifully. His goodness and gentleness, as well as his outlook of hope. Wow. At the beginning of the book, the author references a quote from Joseph B. Worthlin. "Come what may and love it!" Many years ago, I heard Joseph B. Worthlin say this phrase as he was quoting it from his mother who constantly encouraged him to live his life this way. It must have been a phrase that was said frequently several generations ago. I have loved this quote and thought of it often since initially hearing it. The author referenced this quote in regards to how Bob Inama truly lived his life, especially during this point in time. He was a U.S. soldier serving in Germany during the Cold War and was sent to be a spy in East Berlin, due to his education background and his ability to speak the German language. Bob was captured and imprisoned. He was beaten and lived in deplorable conditions for many, many months. My heart ached as I read about these months. His faith and hope carried him through what many others did not survive. Along with seeing Bob's treatment in prison, there is another story woven throughout about the underground groups who worked to help those living in East Berlin escape. Oh my heart. While reading I pondered about the struggles and hardships in my life. Compared to what these German's lived through, my frustrations and struggles seem like nothing. Not being able to see your family or friends, being separated from them by the Berlin wall that was up for 28 years. It went up as just barbed wire to begin with on August 13, 1961 and didn't come down until 1989. I remember watching on the news the build up to the wall coming down. Then hearing those powerful words, "Mr. Gorbachav, tear down this wall," in 1987 to when the wall finally came down November 9, 1989. I watched as so many people pulled at that wall and knocked it down. I was young and didn't fully understand everything but I felt that it was an extremely important and poignant moment. As I am older I understand how important it was. This book is one that I wish I could encourage everyone to read. There are some hard aspects to the book which will make it one that will be too hard for some to read, understandably so. But if you are not one of those people, I highly recommend that you take the time to read this story of one man and his effort to help during this time. And think of the many others who are being thought of and portrayed as putting for many efforts and sacrificing and risking everything for the freedom of others. Amazing story. I hope that I can live my life as Bob Inama did, "Come what may and love it." I'll have struggles but I can look for the good and embrace it. Bob Inama passed away a week before I wrote this review. I'm grateful for Heather B. Moore for taking the time to get to know Bob and his wife and sharing her talents in writing his story so that many others may read it and learn of the amazing man he is. I hope we can all find ways to be like Bob and allow for "The Slow March of Light" to encircle us, our families and our communities through our actions and sacrifices. Content: Clean. This book deals with the aftermath of war, soldier, the Cold War, fighting, death, imprisonment and other aspects connected to war. There are some intense moments, but all of it was written in a very sensitive manner. There is talk of faith and religion, though no denomination is given other than Christianity. I received a copy from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauren (thebookscript)

    I didn't even read the synopsis before requesting this one. All I knew was 1. Heather B Moore was writing it and 2. If its HF based on true events I know she's going to go all out on her research to make sure its done well. Spoiler Alert: It was. The Slow March of Light is a historical fiction retelling of true events. It is the story of Bob Inama's time serving in the Cold War during the rising of the Berlin Wall. I honestly haven't read many books during this time period so it was very enlight I didn't even read the synopsis before requesting this one. All I knew was 1. Heather B Moore was writing it and 2. If its HF based on true events I know she's going to go all out on her research to make sure its done well. Spoiler Alert: It was. The Slow March of Light is a historical fiction retelling of true events. It is the story of Bob Inama's time serving in the Cold War during the rising of the Berlin Wall. I honestly haven't read many books during this time period so it was very enlightening for me to become more educated about this time. My husbands Grandmother is full German so all the German cultural references were so nostalgic for me and it felt like I was getting a little bit of her history as well. Bob is an extraordinary man. He survives the unspeakable but has the utmost trust and faith in God while he does it. Bob puts his trust in God from the moment his draft papers came in to the moment he was released. If any of us had half the mindset of this heroic man, the world would be a better place. It was incredible that he has this story and lived to tell it. There was a fictional character thrown in to help the readers understand the dangers that people went through to help East Germans escape under the wall. It was inspiring to read about and these moments had me on the edge of my seat BECAUSE they were based on true heroical events orchestrated by regular every day people. A wonderful, faith filled read of friendship, history, endurance, hardship and love. If you are even a tiny bit interested in reading it, I highly recommend it. 4.5 Stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    My thanks to NetGalley for this advance copy. “Come what may, and love it”. The author’s introductory note and the Timeline are essential reading before embarking on this true story about Bob Inama. The Chapter Notes also give clarity to the historical facts. The Cold War is a particularly difficult period during history, some parts still very much alive to those affected by it, but the author through thorough research and interviews has captured the very essence of the subject. With a previously My thanks to NetGalley for this advance copy. “Come what may, and love it”. The author’s introductory note and the Timeline are essential reading before embarking on this true story about Bob Inama. The Chapter Notes also give clarity to the historical facts. The Cold War is a particularly difficult period during history, some parts still very much alive to those affected by it, but the author through thorough research and interviews has captured the very essence of the subject. With a previously very limited knowledge of the Cold War, this novel brings to light an insight into the lives of those Inhabitants of living in Berlin, their fear and treatment by the Stasi and the East German border guards, and the part America played in their commitment to seek peace. Nicely set up with Bob’s departure from the US after enlistment into the forces, and his arrival in Germany when his future takes a sharp turn. The inclusion of the fictional character of Luisa adds flavour and depth to the story, displaying the bravery and nerve of the underground. Bob Inama is a truly remarkable man who commands great respect. For anyone with an interest in history, combined with a romantic element, this is a great read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    1959-1975 Idaho and Germany Lovely introduction to a new to me author. The Slow March of Light is based upon the life of Bob Inama that served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Cold War. He was drafted into the Army just before he was to begin law school. Clearly, this was a life curve. Bob initially served in a regular military capacity, but then went undercover in East Germany. The strongest part of the novel was Bob's time in prison. There was a secondary story line of a young nurse with th 1959-1975 Idaho and Germany Lovely introduction to a new to me author. The Slow March of Light is based upon the life of Bob Inama that served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Cold War. He was drafted into the Army just before he was to begin law school. Clearly, this was a life curve. Bob initially served in a regular military capacity, but then went undercover in East Germany. The strongest part of the novel was Bob's time in prison. There was a secondary story line of a young nurse with the fictional name of Luisa that befriended Bob while they both lived in Hamburg. There was a lot of suspense that occurred in the pages in relation to Luisa and her efforts to help East Germans. This novel is faith building and well written. I love when a book title has a focused meaning. When the phrase "slow march of light" was used, this reader smiled and sighed with happiness. The author does a wonderful job of bringing the Cold War to life. My gratitude to publisher Shadow Mountain for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed were my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle

    This book was fascinating. At first, I wasn’t sure if it would be up to the task of competing with the busy season of my life but thank goodness Heather Moore is a master! I was captivated by this true story and the real-life hero, Bob Inama. Once I got to know his character and the fictional character of Luisa, I couldn’t read fast enough. This story is set during the Cold War amidst the horrifying start of the Berlin Wall and the aftereffects of two world wars. In 1961, the world was still unce This book was fascinating. At first, I wasn’t sure if it would be up to the task of competing with the busy season of my life but thank goodness Heather Moore is a master! I was captivated by this true story and the real-life hero, Bob Inama. Once I got to know his character and the fictional character of Luisa, I couldn’t read fast enough. This story is set during the Cold War amidst the horrifying start of the Berlin Wall and the aftereffects of two world wars. In 1961, the world was still uncertain about Germany, but especially frightened of the threat of nuclear bombs from any country. It was during this time period that Bob Inama was drafted into the military. He would later become a spy and this book tells the true story of how he was caught and sent to an East German prison. Bob’s story is inspiring and educational and filled with suspense, thought-provoking introspection, and a development of character that will touch any heart. Luisa is part of the underground effort to help East Berlin citizens and its remarkable to think of all the people who were unsung heroes during this time. This book is a must-read for fans of historical fiction, but it’s also a can’t miss for anyone who would like to appreciate the depth of human compassion and courage with edge-of-your-seat thrills and setting so rich that you’ll feel like you’re walking the streets of Germany alongside Bob and Luisa.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    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 typ 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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan Peterson

    This is a compelling book about a fascinating time in history—the Cold War and the construction of the Berlin Wall. Based on the true story of Bob Inama, who was drafted by the Army in 1959, it is an insightful look into turbulent times in a changing world. I visited Berlin in 1982, and it has left a lasting impression on me, decades later. This novel brought many emotions back to me: the fear, the oppression, the desperation, and the inhumanity of a divided city. The author did an excellent job This is a compelling book about a fascinating time in history—the Cold War and the construction of the Berlin Wall. Based on the true story of Bob Inama, who was drafted by the Army in 1959, it is an insightful look into turbulent times in a changing world. I visited Berlin in 1982, and it has left a lasting impression on me, decades later. This novel brought many emotions back to me: the fear, the oppression, the desperation, and the inhumanity of a divided city. The author did an excellent job of telling Bob’s story, shedding light on not only what he went through, but also the lives of the ordinary citizens of both East and West Berlin.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa’s Bookshelf

    The Slow March of Light is one of those epic stories that will stay with you long after reading it. “Come what may and love it,” is a quote by Joseph B. Wirthlin used near the end of the story and perfectly encapsulates the message and life of Bob Inama. He was an incredible man and his story is a must read. I went into this book only knowing that it was about the Cold War and a young man from Idaho who was drafted and sent to Germany. It is so much more than that. The beginning of the book brie The Slow March of Light is one of those epic stories that will stay with you long after reading it. “Come what may and love it,” is a quote by Joseph B. Wirthlin used near the end of the story and perfectly encapsulates the message and life of Bob Inama. He was an incredible man and his story is a must read. I went into this book only knowing that it was about the Cold War and a young man from Idaho who was drafted and sent to Germany. It is so much more than that. The beginning of the book briefly shares Bob’s early history and his experience in being drafted into the military. Bob’s observations about Germany, his meeting of a local girl Luisa, and his assignment to spy for America all lead up to the core experience that changes Bob’s life forever. It is a little over the halfway mark where the story takes a surprising twist. Bob is betrayed and sent to prison in East Germany. The beatings, fear, and loneliness are palpable as Bob’s prison experience unfolds. He’s aided by a guard he names “Adolf” whom he develops a friendship with. His resilience in the face of evil and his desire to endure his treatment well are a testament to the power of prayer, fasting, and the human spirit. How he copes with this ordeal is inspiring. While Bob’s story is a fairly accurate portrayal, Heather B. Moore cleverly uses the fictionalized character of Luisa to represent real people and their experiences in West and East Germany. Luisa is based mostly off of a woman Bob met in Germany at church functions. In the book, as she witnesses the increasing control and brutality of East Germany, she finds herself in a position to help. She joins an underground organization dedicated to rescuing as many East Germans as possible and bringing them to the West. She experiences several heart pounding situations as she willingly puts herself in danger. Luisa’s and Bob’s stories intersect from time to time, but it is near the end when Luisa embodies what every reader will wish they could do for Bob. This is a well researched, well crafted, emotionally powerful tribute to a man who is the epitome of bravery, kindness, and quiet strength. The author uses quotes and stories from the 1960’s at the beginning of each chapter to give the reader a brief understanding of the time period. She also gives a detailed explanation at the end of what is real and where she has taken artistic liberties. It’s definitely a top read for 2021 and I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction based on real experiences. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    The Slow March of Light marches to a different tune, and in that, I mean it no disrespect but even though it is based on true events, it has a stiffness to it that think resembles the main character Bob Inama who stood upright trying to do what is right and just even under the possibly worst situation that one could be in. First, his plans on becoming a government lawyer are put on pause when he is drafted into the US Army, and then during being undercover, and consequently spending six months i The Slow March of Light marches to a different tune, and in that, I mean it no disrespect but even though it is based on true events, it has a stiffness to it that think resembles the main character Bob Inama who stood upright trying to do what is right and just even under the possibly worst situation that one could be in. First, his plans on becoming a government lawyer are put on pause when he is drafted into the US Army, and then during being undercover, and consequently spending six months in an East German (and communist) prison under terrible conditions during the Cold War. I couldn't help but continue reading and finding out what happened to Bob, he is a very likable character and person. The Slow March of Light appealed to me because it spoke about a time in history that affected many people of which we don't hear a lot about. It may be hard to read or hear about but it is important that these stories are told and heard so that they aren't repeated ever again. This was an engaging read for me, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who is interested in this period of time and its richness despite the suffering. My gratitude to Shadow Mountain and Netgalley. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emily Flynn

    This book is so amazing. I love the perspective of someone that actually lived it. Like Paper Daughters of Chinatown, this book is one that needed to be written and it needs to be read. The parallels from this time until now are so clear as I read it. I am one of those that truly believes we need to read and understand history in order to prevent ourselves from repeating it. Bob Inama and his ability to keep his head in the situations which he faced is an inspiration to me, I doubt I could do th This book is so amazing. I love the perspective of someone that actually lived it. Like Paper Daughters of Chinatown, this book is one that needed to be written and it needs to be read. The parallels from this time until now are so clear as I read it. I am one of those that truly believes we need to read and understand history in order to prevent ourselves from repeating it. Bob Inama and his ability to keep his head in the situations which he faced is an inspiration to me, I doubt I could do the same. While Luisa is a fictional character, I appreciated the point of view of a German citizen who saw this happening in her world, especially as she is based on real accounts as well. I could not imagine losing so much based on a line drawn in the middle of a city. The people that were willing to put it all on the line to be free. I feel that our freedoms are often taken for granted. I found a new appreciation for my own freedoms: freedoms to go where I want and where I need, freedoms to converse with others and have differing opinions, freedoms that are important to fight for and maintain. I feel blessed to have been able to access an early copy through NetGalley and to share my honest review of this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    What a beautiful story! Heather B Moore has taken the true story of Bob Inama's experience in Germany during the Cold War and blended it with the story of fictitious Luisa Voigt to create a story that honors the heroism of so many, many people. I can't help but wonder when I read these types of stories what kind of person I would have been if I had found myself in this situation. Would I have sat back in silence? Fought back? Been consumed by bitterness and hatred? Bob's story of friendship with What a beautiful story! Heather B Moore has taken the true story of Bob Inama's experience in Germany during the Cold War and blended it with the story of fictitious Luisa Voigt to create a story that honors the heroism of so many, many people. I can't help but wonder when I read these types of stories what kind of person I would have been if I had found myself in this situation. Would I have sat back in silence? Fought back? Been consumed by bitterness and hatred? Bob's story of friendship with "Adolf" was amazing and I wish so very much that he is the kind of person I would have been. Luisa's story only represents the many people who fought courageously to help free people from East Berlin but it was done very well. I was completely enthralled with her story line. Bob, I hope you enjoyed seeing your story in print. Thank you for sharing it with the world.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donna Weaver

    WHAT IT'S ABOUT It's 1961. 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 who happens to speak fluent German, is stationed in West Germany. After Luisa at a church social, they make friends and form a close connection. But when Bob receives classified orders to leave for undercover work immediately, he doesn’t get the chance to say goodby WHAT IT'S ABOUT It's 1961. 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 who happens to speak fluent German, is stationed in West Germany. After Luisa at a church social, they make friends and 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. Heather B. Moore masterfully alternates the stories of Bob and Luisa, capturing the human drama unique to Cold War Germany was well as the courage and the resilience of the human spirit. MY TAKE I'm a US Army veteran, and I served in Germany in the mid '70s (back when it was two countries). I was one of the first women in my Signal Corps unit during a time of many changes. We were always being told that the Russian Army could be on us within four hours. Our poor section chief had the challenge of keeping me and our other female soldier safe during Reforger, the European war games (which included Eastern Bloc countries). He insisted we have an armed guard wherever we went. So I found this story compelling and the characters so relatable. It was a dangerous time for the people trapped in Berlin as the Russians tightened their chokehold to prevent people from fleeing. My heart went out to both Bob and his acquaintance Luisa and the choices they made with the dangers involved. Knowing this was based on real events made it all the more powerful.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Wow! This book is incredible. It is emotional, heart-wrenching, full of hope, heartbreaking, and so much more. Whenever I picked up "The Slow March of Light", I was whisked back in time, and went on such an emotional journey with this story. This is the first book I have read by Heather B. Moore, and it certainly will not be my last. Her writing style is spectacular, and, as the reader, I was drawn in from the very first page to the last. I can only imagine the amount of meticulous research Ms. M Wow! This book is incredible. It is emotional, heart-wrenching, full of hope, heartbreaking, and so much more. Whenever I picked up "The Slow March of Light", I was whisked back in time, and went on such an emotional journey with this story. This is the first book I have read by Heather B. Moore, and it certainly will not be my last. Her writing style is spectacular, and, as the reader, I was drawn in from the very first page to the last. I can only imagine the amount of meticulous research Ms. Moore must have done, as the past truly came to life right before my eyes. She seamlessly blends history with historical fiction, and I truly feel like I learned so much while reading this book. This book centers around the effects of the building of the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. Bob Inama is a US soldier who is sent to East Germany on a secret mission, and is later captured and imprisoned in East Germany. This book is based on his life and his own experiences. Luisa Voigt is a woman who helps many people escape to West Germany via an underground tunnel. These two first meet in West Germany, and develop a strong friendship. When Bob is called away, they are separated without even being able to say goodbye, and the story delves into what each of them experiences, and how their friendship endures. This book explores what many people experienced during this time in history. So many people were separated from friends and family and lived in the constant danger and fear all around them. People risked their own lives to help others survive. I can't even begin to imagine the horrors and torture that many people endured and saw first hand. Many moments had me in tears, and the kindness, hope, and strength that many people kept with them in incredibly dark and horrific moments was so moving. If you enjoy historical fiction, I highly recommend this book. It had me turning the pages to see what would happen next , and I so look forward to seeing what Ms. Moore writes next. Thank you so much to Shadow Mountain Publishing for the ARC of this book. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Anderson

    Such a beautifully written book about a truly beautiful person. Ben Inama's story is as intriguing and sad as it is inspiring and thought-provoking. I learned so much about the events surrounding the rise of the Berlin Wall and came away with an increased appreciation for freedom and gratitude that there are such good people in this world. If I ever had a story worth telling, I'd want Heather Moore to be the one to tell it. Such a beautifully written book about a truly beautiful person. Ben Inama's story is as intriguing and sad as it is inspiring and thought-provoking. I learned so much about the events surrounding the rise of the Berlin Wall and came away with an increased appreciation for freedom and gratitude that there are such good people in this world. If I ever had a story worth telling, I'd want Heather Moore to be the one to tell it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jordyn Gines

    I loved this book! First off it was a historical fiction set in the Cold War which I feel like isn’t written about as often as WWII. Bob Obama is an American soldier sent over to Germany. Luisa Voigt is a German girl who meets Bob at a church social. Both are then pulled away by the war and work undercover in East Germany. This novel is well written and brings to light the struggle of the East Germans under Soviet control. It was devastating to hear about the suffering of so many and yet very in I loved this book! First off it was a historical fiction set in the Cold War which I feel like isn’t written about as often as WWII. Bob Obama is an American soldier sent over to Germany. Luisa Voigt is a German girl who meets Bob at a church social. Both are then pulled away by the war and work undercover in East Germany. This novel is well written and brings to light the struggle of the East Germans under Soviet control. It was devastating to hear about the suffering of so many and yet very insightful. Overall a great read and I would highly recommend it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book has sent me through a whirlwind!! I love history and feel like this book filled in a huge gap for me after WWII! I learned so much about the German people and the US Army. I definitely need to study more about those years of the COLD war! Ms. Moore has done an incredible job letting us view that world through the eyes of Bob Inama! What a story of courage, faith and diligence! I loved this story! You won’t regret reading it! I couldn’t put it down!

  28. 5 out of 5

    CosyReads

    This book is very clean and well written. I really liked the history and I also liked that it is partially based on a true story. I would say the story is character driven and spends a lot of time letting you settle in. I would recommend this not only to people who enjoy war history, but also those who enjoy a really slow burn. *Thank you so much to Shadow Mountain Publishing, the author and NetGalley, for granting me access to an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katie (Hiding in the Pages)

    Touching and Inspiring I've been reading books by this author for a very long time and I never cease to be amazed at how versatile she is. Moore did a phenomenal job in capturing the historical moments along with the personal stories of an incredible man, merging reality and fiction into a completely captivating story. I thought Moore was brilliant before, and this story completely cements that idea. The times surrounding WWII have a soft spot in my heart, but I haven't read many stories that brin Touching and Inspiring I've been reading books by this author for a very long time and I never cease to be amazed at how versatile she is. Moore did a phenomenal job in capturing the historical moments along with the personal stories of an incredible man, merging reality and fiction into a completely captivating story. I thought Moore was brilliant before, and this story completely cements that idea. The times surrounding WWII have a soft spot in my heart, but I haven't read many stories that bring to life the events leading up to the Cold War. I was horrified and fascinated, yet I also felt the hope and determination of the characters. What really hit home to me is that we all have stories and experiences to share. We can all learn from each other, especially in the face of very hard and trying times. Bob's character is a refreshing light in a sometimes dark world and there is much to be learned from him. This book is just beautiful and touching and I'm so glad that it was put together and written before Bob's passing, just a month before its release. Consider me truly touched. Content: mild+ war-type violence (arrests, prison, beatings, etc) *I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*

  30. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Gorecki

    While the book was at times a bit slow moving, especially in the beginning, the overall story was memorable and moving. Bob had such character and faith in God that helped him to endure the disappointment of a forced career change, courage in a precarious undercover work in a violent and oppressive communist country/city, and hope and gratitude in a depraved and damaging captivity in a Soviet prison. It is amazing how Bob was able to keep an attitude of grace, thankfulness, strength, and love de While the book was at times a bit slow moving, especially in the beginning, the overall story was memorable and moving. Bob had such character and faith in God that helped him to endure the disappointment of a forced career change, courage in a precarious undercover work in a violent and oppressive communist country/city, and hope and gratitude in a depraved and damaging captivity in a Soviet prison. It is amazing how Bob was able to keep an attitude of grace, thankfulness, strength, and love despite how much oppression, harm and awful environment he endured. It was the epitome of “love your neighbor” in action. I am completely sure that that level of finding something to be thankful for and loving others is what got him thru that without being completely hopeless or give in to the horrible treatment. And even more so, that he was able to show one of his captors, who should have been his enemy, that kind of love and gratitude in the midst of that, which brought him to the Lord in the end. Man... what an example. As for the writing itself, it was just slower, a bit dry and more drawn out than I’d prefer. I probably would have given it 3 stars if not for the great content of Bob’s experience and how much I admire him from it. The first quarter I got pretty bored but the rest picked up more. I could have done without the intro details at the beginning of the chapters also. They really weren’t very relevant to the story and didn’t really lend all that much to the theme in general. Often I struggled to figure out what they had to do with anything, and or what they were trying to convey being out of context like that. Also, at the beginning of the book, the author listed a “chart of characters” for both real and fictional characters. But the list was so arbitrary it was odd. At first I thought it was important but then characters that were barely mentioned once or twice made it to the list, and major characters - even Luisa, one of the main ones, Murdock, etc - weren’t even mentioned at all. I would think it’d have just been better to omit it if it was going to be that random, because I kept going back to it trying to figure out what I was missing before realizing I wasn’t. Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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