"High drama . . . Stirring adventure . . . To find a historical figure like Dietrich Bonhoeffer packaged in what is essentially a moral thriller is a surprising joy."
–The Boston Globe
"A SPLENDID NOVEL ABOUT A SPLENDID MAN . . . In the pantheon of heroes of this fading century, few are more deserving of residency than [Dietrich] Bonhoeffer."
"COMPELLING . . . The story is engrossingly narrated, with an eye for significant detail, a strong sense of life’s bitter ironies and a powerful feeling of immediacy. . . . The Bonhoeffer depicted in this novel is a convincing blend of high-mindedness and self-doubt, an austere yet vulnerable man, naive and unworldly in some respects, but able to see far more deeply than many of his contemporaries into the illness and evil of his time."
"[A] PANORAMIC STORY . . . This novelized version of the pastor’s life by Giardina manages the extremely difficult task of giving a known story genuine tension and spiritual resonance."
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)