The Wooden King

The Wooden King

Czechoslovakia, 1939: Snow is falling over the city when the Nazis invade. Before the ice on the roads has a chance to melt, everything has changed for the country?and for Viktor Trn. It isn?t obvious at first. The day-to-day realities of occupation take time to sink in. After losing his job as a history professor, Trn remains optimistic, preserving what little he can of hi Czechoslovakia, 1939: Snow is falling over the city when the Nazis invade. Before the ice on the roads has a chan...

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Title:The Wooden King
Author:Thomas McConnell
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Wooden King
ISBN13
9781938235375
Edition Language
English
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:324 pages pages

The Wooden King Reviews

  • Carrie
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Waylon
    Jun 01, 2018

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Dad
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Frederick Rotzien
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Annie
    Apr 08, 2018

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

  • Melissa
    Aug 28, 2018

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

  • Amy Wright
    Sep 06, 2018

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Kowanda
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Claire
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)
    Mar 02, 2018

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

  • Pat Eells
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Shannon Wise
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Helen Thompson
    Aug 27, 2018

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

  • Michael
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Kaytlin
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Kathy Heare Watts
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Kim
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Nissa
    Jun 01, 2018

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

  • Kathleen Gray
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Jane
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Margaret
    May 11, 2018

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Grace
    Jul 22, 2018

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Cynthia Herzog
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Lisa
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Khristie
    Jul 21, 2018

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Hub City Press
    Dec 12, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Micielle
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Debee Sue
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Kristian Wilson
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Brittany
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Brandy Backen
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Kris
    May 26, 2018

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Carolyn D.
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Aaron Urbanski
    Aug 29, 2018

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

  • Terry Pearson
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Stacia Chappell
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Samiolena
    Aug 12, 2018

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • An
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Laurie Gillespie
    Sep 14, 2018

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Sarah Salvaggio
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Wanda C
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Cheryl Coppens
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Alexandria
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Joan
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Branden
    Dec 19, 2017

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

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  • Jim Dunlap
    Jun 07, 2018

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...

    I surprised myself by flying through this novel. As expected with a novel focused on war history, the themes of this book are provocative and the reader cannot help but be moved and become emotionally engaged with the war. The Wooden King by Thomas McConnell is a sensational historical...

    Only two stars. they story is mundane. I kept reading waiting for the plot to advance or reveal much about the characters' inner lives. The novel also suffers from a fatal flaw: its unappealing protagonist. Other than a close relationship with his son and a couple of fitful affairs it ...

    Like a shot of Becherovka, The Wooden King carries a punch. McConnell takes the reader on a journey through the moral hall of mirrors that was Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To be sure, his meticulously crafted story is not for the faint of heart. But the trip is well worth it. ...

  • Allen Whitaker
    Jun 11, 2018

    A dark wartime tale showing the extraordinary lengths people go to protect those they love. Set in Czechoslovakia, 1939, Viktor Trn has to decide resist the Nazi hold on his country or ride out the war hoping that he and his family survive. I found this book hard to get into. Tho...

    A disturbing reminder of the destruction created by war and totalitarianism and a testimony to the human spirit?dark and light. I accidentally ended up reading this book in tandem with Madeleine Albright?s Prague Winter which provided some useful context for the novel. ...

    Lots of themes fought for my attention here. The idea of governance rose to the top. McConnell explores two big questions: Who is in charge of our minds? Who is in charge of our bodies? ...

    I have read books set during World War II written from the perspective of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and civilians who joined various Resistance movements. Thomas McConnell offers a unique narrator in The Wooden King: a pacifist. Viktor Trn, a history professor, shows us his li...

    When faced with the most difficult of circumstances, what choices will a man make? Will he stand on his principles? Will he risk his life and the lives of his family to act against injustice? Or, is there honor in choosing a path that he deems best suited for survival? And most importa...