A Master Plan for Rescue

A Master Plan for Rescue A magical novel about the surprising acts we are capable of in the name of love Set in New York and Berlin A Master Plan for Rescue is an enchanting novel about the life giving powers of storyte

  • Title: A Master Plan for Rescue
  • Author: Janis Cooke Newman
  • ISBN: 9781594633614
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A magical novel about the surprising acts we are capable of in the name of love.Set in 1942 New York and Berlin, A Master Plan for Rescue is an enchanting novel about the life giving powers of storytelling, and the heroism that can be inspired by love In essence, it is two love stories It is the story of a child who worships his parents, then loses his father to an accidA magical novel about the surprising acts we are capable of in the name of love.Set in 1942 New York and Berlin, A Master Plan for Rescue is an enchanting novel about the life giving powers of storytelling, and the heroism that can be inspired by love In essence, it is two love stories It is the story of a child who worships his parents, then loses his father to an accident and his mother to her resulting grief And it is the story of a young man who stumbles into the romance of his life, then watches her decline, forever changing the arc of his future Each is propelled by the belief that if he acts heroically enough, it will restore some part of what or whom he has lost.But when they meet, this boy and this man, their combined grief and magical thinking will allow them to dream the impossible Sharing stories of the people they have lost, they are inspired to join forces and act in their memory To do something so memorable that it might actually bring their loved ones back even if only in spirit.A Master Plan for Rescue is a beautiful tale, propelled by history and imagination, that suggests people s impact upon the world doesn t necessarily end with their lives, and that, to some degree, we are the sum of the stories we tell.

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    1. One of the most powerful aspects of this book for me was the number of surprises. The novel was not what I thought it would be and I was constantly being astonished. I've read more than dozens of books on the Holocaust ( they all leave a mark), but only a handful are absolutely impossible for me to forget. In the ways that "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak left a lasting impression on me so did this story. And ways that Jonathan Safran Foer wrote his story about a grieving boy for his father in [...]

    2. I received a copy of this book in a giveaway, thanks Penguin Canada :)This book was incredibly vivid and the author's ability of storytelling shines through every page, from the unforgettable characters to the vibrant descriptions of the 1940's. It was almost nostalgic in a way. A Master Plan For Rescue is ultimately two love stories, but it has a number of themes that, when put together, create an incredible book definitely worth reading.

    3. 4.5 stars. Comes really close to five. I got this book as an ARC last summer. I picked it up and got through maybe 50 or 60 pages before leaving it in the office when I went on a week-and-a-half-long business trip to Canada. I don't know why I didn't pick it back up again until now, because this was a wonderful read. I'm somewhat mystified that it has fewer than 300 ratings here on , because it seems tailor-made for audiences who made books like Sarah's Key or All The Light We Cannot See bestsel [...]

    4. I really, really loved this book. It's a bittersweet tale of a boy who has lost his father during the early years of WWII.The book begins with a glimpse into Jack’s seemingly perfect life, eating a meal with his mother and father in the warmth of their Manhattan apartment. But this is the last moment like this for Jack, his world is about to change. Pearl Harbor has been bombed, and then several months later he loses his father in a terrible accident that happens right in front of him. Thanks [...]

    5. I do not think there will ever come a time when we run out of wonderful novels set during World War II. In A Master Plan for Rescue, we meet Jack, a young boy in NYC who loses his father early on in the war. He decides his father is not dead, but fighting Nazis instead. Across the ocean is Jakob, a German Jew living in Berlin, and struggling in his own way with the war. This is a touching story about war and grief. And, yes, almost all war stories are, but Newman's novel stands out because of he [...]

    6. A heartwarming and unique story set in New York City during World War II.It was so easy to fall in love with A Master Plan for Rescue. I didn't really know what to expect out of this book, but Newman's writing style was addictive, and I quickly finished this slow-moving book in only two days. Not so much a book with a strong plot or storyline, AMPfR was much more about the emotional connections between each of the characters, and how love can still manage to conquer all even in the most horrible [...]

    7. There are stories within this story. A boy who loses his distance vision, a man who grew up in New York with a Nazi sympathizer, a Jewish man who barely escaped Nazi Germany with his life, a young woman sneaked to New York from a refugee camp in western France. The boy's friends have fathers or brothers in the war. There are two mothers who are physically present but spiritually absent. Two boys construct elaborate stories around their departed loved ones. A man who can fix anything cannot fix h [...]

    8. Jack is a twelve-year-old boy that idolizes his father and appears to have an idyllic childhood. However, when his family is struck with tragedy, Jack's world is brought to its knees. To deal with his heartache, Jack starts "hunting down" Nazis, convinced that that is how he can fix his problems. That is how he meets Jakob and their encounter will help them both heal their broken hearts.To begin I must say that I was not aware this novel dealt with WWII or the early years of the Holocaust. Even [...]

    9. I received a galley copy from First to Read, and I'll be recommending it to everyone. While the author sets the novel in the WWII era, it was almost hard for me to remember how many years separated me from the main character. The messages of love, loss, faith, and freedom ring through in every word and era.

    10. Set in 1942 New York and Berlin, A Master Plan for Rescue is an enchanting novel about the life-giving powers of storytelling, and the heroism that can be inspired by love. In essence, it is two love stories. It is the story of a child who worships his parents, then loses his father to an accident and his mother to her resulting grief. And it is the story of a young man who stumbles into the romance of his life, then watches her decline, forever changing the arc of his future. Each is propelled [...]

    11. Thank you Penguin First to Read for the opportunity to read this book and review it. I think this book will be well received by fans of The Bookthief, this was a truly a lovely, bittersweet story. Young Jack lives in New York with his parents during WWII. They live in a hardscrabble neighborhood and his dad works long hours as a portrait photographer and his mother does the accounts for a company. Each person has a hyper sense, mom can do all sorts of calculations in her head, dad is able to see [...]

    12. Another World War II novel, written from the perspective mostly of a 12 year old boy in New York City. Janis Cooke Newman seems to have captured the smells and sounds of NYC in the early 40s as life changed irrevocably for so many people. Tragic and redemptive, this novel of Worrld War II again told a story new to me in an interesting and charming way.

    13. 3:5 stars A book with stories within stories.ry moving and beautifully written.A slow burn of a book for me and although I really enjoyed it I felt my mind wandering in parts but on the whole would recommend.

    14. This is one of those books that stays with you d you find yourself thinking about days after you finish it. Beautifully written, wonderful images and a great story -- this is an original idea, transposed into moving, gripping writing. Highly recommend it!

    15. It is a little after 1:00 a.m and I just finished reading this beautifully presented story line. It is one of those stories where I could not put the book down until I had read the last word on the last page.The novel takes place during WWII, and is a coming of age story of a young boy named Jack, who has lost his father due to a terrible accident. He is in denial that his father has died.He imagines his father is still alive and helping the authorities find Nazi spies. With that in mind, Jack b [...]

    16. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is the story of a young boy living in NYC in 1942. It is his grief over his father's loss and the denial of his loss which leads him on a search for Nazis. His search leads him to a man he believes to be one but what he learns from this developing friendship changes his life and the lives of others. I highly recommend this book!

    17. I have owned this for too long, while cleaning my nightstand undecided to jump in, knowing nothing. I was surprised it was a war story, such a different slant and completely mesmerizing. The perspective will grab you instantly, loved it, was such an unexpected story that had my stomach gripped with fear and sorrow, extremely touching.

    18. For disclosure purposes, I received this book as a First Reads book giveaway.This novel focuses on two separate but entwined stories of love during World War II. It begins focused on a 12 year old boy named Jack and his father. Jack’s story is one of a beloved father and son who spend a lot of quality time together. For Jack, his father seems to make all his problems or concerns disappear and his world revolves around his father. Unfortunately, Jack’s world is completely changed when his fa [...]

    19. Janis Cooke Newman is one of my favorite historical fiction writers because of her skill at creating fully-realized characters who happen to be set in interesting time periods. At a recent reading for "Master Plan" I heard Janis say that she worries less about the historical fiction detail and more about the story, but I think that's unnecessarily humble: the way she creates the world of WWII New York through the eyes of a 12 year old boy is incredibly detailed and evocative. In her hands, two s [...]

    20. Sweet, sad, creative Bildungsroman set in NYC during WWII. It reminded me a lot of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Closeand a little of Nicole Krauss's The History of Love. Several characters had moving back stories that were told in detail as stories within the story- I loved those parts the most.Maybe my only complaint is the forgettable title- it doesn't say much and doesn't suit the story that well. (We don't even get an inkling of the titular plan until more than halfway through the book.)

    21. This is a read where I slowed down because I didn't want it to end. It could easily have slipped into maudlin, predictable cliche but never never did even once. How do people react to loss? What worlds do children enter to protect themselves from their inability to deal with loss? How creative can your imagination become to convince yourself your lost one is in fact all right? How do you protect yourself from an avalanche of pain? These questions are explored with surprise and fantasy and the ha [...]

    22. Loved this book! Loved the characters, the premise, and the execution of it. The ending was a little less believable, but made me want to find out more, which is a bonus in a book as far as I'm concerned. Highly recommend.

    23. Perfect plot pace throughout, and a really nice coming together of different story threads. Highly recommend for people interested in historical fiction.

    24. I found A Master Plan for Rescue reminiscent of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Each of them features a boy who has lost, and goes in search of, his father. From the beginning, Jack is an engrossing, sympathetic character. In his grief over the loss of his father, Jack engages in magical thinking that his father has not really died; and he resolves what he must do in order for his father to return to him. Then there is Jakob, a man who tells the story of how he [...]

    25. A Master Plan for Rescue is tells an interesting story of a 12-year-old boy that loses his father and goes on to participate in a somewhat unbelievable operation to rescue 23 Jewish children from the Nazis. The novel weaves several different stories together. It's descriptive, well written and thought provoking. One of the important supporting characters, Rose, has hearing loss and uses a bone conduction hearing aid with a microphone she wears on her throat. I found these details to be distracti [...]

    26. A Master Plan for Rescue is an extraordinary book. On a 10 star scale, this book would be a 9. It is actually several stories interwoven into one but not the usual flashing back and forth between points of view that is so popular today. As WWII rages on, a young Catholic boy in Manhattan strives to be a good American while the world and his personal life fall apart. The boy crosses paths with a Germany man who he suspects may be a Nazi and we are introduced to another powerful story. Their colle [...]

    27. A sad but marvelous story of a 12 year old Catholic boy in Brooklyn named Jack, his father, and Jakob, a German Jewish refugee. Peopled with well drawn characters the story is unlike any I have read before in the era of WWII."Over the years I have wondered why Jakob-for that was his name, at least all the name I ever learned-told me thisMy only guess is that he needed to tell the story. That he had kept it inside for too long, and that I--a twelve-year-old boy out in the middle of the night on a [...]

    28. Great story but needs editing. The book seems disjointed and as though there would have been several other ways to weave the stories of each of the characters and plot lines together, rather than clomping them onto eachother- in some cases almost as an after thought. Still- great story and characters, I just wish that the story flowed better.

    29. Hauntingly beautiful. It was hard to put this book down to tend to chores or sleep. The reason for the book's title, revealed near the tale's end, was tender and ingenious. Tragedy, grief, the horrors of the onset of the Holocaust are tantamount in the author's prose, as is hope, and the grace of Jack and Jakob.

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