Book Review: The Slow March of Light

Michelle Renee Kidwell
2 min readJan 28, 2022

The Slow March of Light

by Heather B. Moore

Pub Date 07 Sep 2021

Shadow Mountain Publishing, Shadow Mountain

Historical Fiction

I am reviewing a copy of The Slow March of Light through Shadow Mountain Publishing and Netgalley:

The Slow March of Light is based on a true story and inspired by real events.

The Summer of 1961 , a wall of barbed wire goes up quickly in the dead of night, it officially divides Berlin, Luisa Voigt lives in West Berlin, but her grandmother lives across the border and is now trapped inside the newly- isolated communist country of East Germany. In order to rescue her grandmother and aware of the many others whose families have been divided, Luisa joins a secret spy network, risking her life to help bring others through a makeshift, underground tunnel to West Germany. Their work is dangerous and not everyone will successfully escape or live to see freedom.

Bob Inama was an outstanding university student who had plans to attend law school when he is drafted into the US Army. Stationed in West Germany, he is glad to be fluent in German, especially after meeting Luisa Voigt at a church social. As they spend time together they grow close, but when Bob receives classified orders to leave for undercover work immediately, he does not get the chance to say goodbye.

Bob goes undercover as a spy assignment is to be a spy embedded in East Germany. His Undercover job will give him access to government sites to map out strategic military targets. But Soviet and East German spies, the secret police, and Stasi informants are everywhere, and eventually Bob is caught and sent to a brutal East German prison. Interrogated and tortured daily, Bob clings to any hope he can find — from the sunlight that marches across the wall of his prison to the one guard who secretly treats him with kindness to the thought of one day seeing Luisa again.

I give The Slow March of Light five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!

Michelle Renee Kidwell

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge in the light: Helen Keller