Above All Earthly Powers
The third and final book in veteran inspirational author Jack Cavanaugh’s Songs of the Night series views the life of the Berlin Wall through the hearts and minds of the survivors of his war-weary German Christian community. After the disabled orphans they cared for throughout the war were taken from them and placed in a home, Mady and Lisette are co-mothering the now-young woman Elyse in East Berlin. But the crew gets back in touch, led by the indomitable Tomcat. American friend Colonel Matthew Parker also returns after a sixteen-year struggle to form a fractious partnership with Mady, Lisette and long-time friend Konrad to find a way to get the family to freedom. Standing in their way is Konrad’s vengeful brother Willi, and powers both overt and covert that he seems to command.
The pace is exciting, and lovely phrases like “never let her smile become a casualty of war” help to offset a few anachronistic clunkers like “we’ve always been there for each other.” The main characters are by now old friends, but readers may wish Cavanaugh spent as much time with making both the antagonists and their philosophies as nuanced and interesting.