His Watchful Eye
The second book in veteran inspirational author Jack Cavanaugh’s Songs of the Night series begins in the autumn of 1943. Two young members of a small Christian community are in the middle of tasks: Lisette rescues an orphan from under bombing rubble on a Berlin street, while on the Russian front SS sniper Konrad talks movies as he targets his next kill.
The story is off and running as these products of both Hitler’s youth movement and their idealistic pastor’s Christian congregation struggle with deciding the values of which to accept. After the slaughter of a Russian village and of his best friend at the hands of their own commanding officer, Konrad deserts to the orphanage and underground haven that Lisette and Pastor Shumacher’s family maintain outside Berlin.
Although Lisette is less complex and active than Konrad and supporting characters like an intriguing French POW, and the narrative shortchanged by more “tell” than effective “showing” scenes, gifted storyteller Cavanaugh keeps the action pulsing, while exploring coming of age and first love in a time of war. Truly heart-rending is the dilemma of applying Christian principles when Konrad has Hitler himself in his formidable sniper sights.