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About Saffire

I reminded myself that once you start to defend someone, it’s difficult to find a place to stop. But I went ahead and took that first step anyway. . .
  
For President Teddy Roosevelt, controlling the east-west passage between two oceans mattered so much that he orchestrated a revolution to control it. His command was to ‘let the dirt fly’ and for years, the American Zone of the Panama Canal mesmerized the world, working in uneasy co-existence with the Panamanian aristocrats. 

It’s in this buffered Zone where, in 1909, James Holt begins to protect a defenseless girl named Saffire, expecting a short and simple search for her mother. Instead it draws him away from safety, into a land haunted by a history of pirates, gold runners, and plantation owners, all leaving behind ghosts of their interwoven desires sins and ambitions, ghosts that create the web of deceit and intrigue of a new generation of revolutionary politics.  It will also bring him together with a woman who will change his course—or bring an end to it.
  
A love story set within a historical mystery, Saffire brings to life the most impressive-and embattled- engineering achievement of the twentieth-century.

Praise

"Brouwer's (Thief of Glory) captivating tale of intrigue, set in Panama in 1909, is tinged with romance, grounded in historical accuracy, and anchored by a powerful protagonist. James Holt's colorful past includes stints in Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders and Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. When his old friend, now President Roosevelt, entices him to investigate sabotage at the Panama Canal construction site, Holt quickly finds conspiracies and collusions far darker than even Roosevelt imagined. While Panamanian revolutionaries attempt to wrench control of the canal from the U.S., white American Holt becomes more concerned with Saffire, a young mixed-race girl whose mother has mysteriously and improbably abandoned her. Holt is a complex hero of unmistakable integrity, driven by devotion and compassion and yet haunted by regrets. His steadfast determination makes him a courageous defender, but that same grit can become dangerously prideful. Holt occasionally needs a rescue himself. There are certainly inspirational elements to the story, but it doesn't delve deeply into religious or spiritual concerns. Brouwer's finely crafted, ethical tale will appeal to readers of historical fiction who appreciate clear divisions of good and evil." (starred review) —Publishers Weekly 

"An intelligent mystery...Sigmund Brouwer’s 'Saffire' is a fascinating novel. Unique, smart and compelling, Saffire is sure to be remembered well after the last page." —BookPage

"A well-crafted plot filled with clearly defined characters that are distinctive, sharp and detailed is the highlight of this story along with Brouwer’s fine, smooth, compelling storytelling. An unforgettable read." (TOP PICK) —Romantic Times

“Captivating! Emotional and impeccably researched. Saffire is a sweeping, early twentieth century novel with a colorful supporting cast and a main character who is both steadfast and strong. Brouwer weaves historical fact and storytelling with an expert pen—leaving the reader satisfied and, at times, in awe of the mystery and intrigue reminiscent of the classic Casablanca. I didn’t put it down until I turned the final page.”
—Kristy Cambron, award-winning author of The Ringmaster’s Wife


Praise for
The Christy Award “Book of the Year 2015” Thief of Glory

“Emotionally riveting and exquisitely raw, Thief of Glory is an unforgettable tale about survival, not just of the body, but of the heart and soul, with an ending that will echo in your mind long after you’ve closed the book. Brouwer is a master storyteller.”
—Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and Stars over Sunset Boulevard

“In Thief of Glory Sigmund Brouwer plunges readers into the mysterious embrace of the Dutch East Indies during the convulsions of the Second World War. Few authors have such an ability to immerse an audience in the sights, sounds, smells...and horrors! Brouwer makes you live it…sharing each moment of an exotic and terrifying time and place in a gripping, personal way.”
—Bodie and Brock Thoene, authors of Take This Cup

“Sigmund Brouwer’s Thief of Glory is a powerful story, richly told. Young Jeremiah Prins is a complex and fascinating hero, blessed with great gifts and challenged by choices to use them for good or evil. The details of life in a Japanese civilian prison camp are revealed in unflinching but compassionate realism, and the characters depict the human capacity for both great selfishness and great heroism. This is truly one of the best books I’ve read this year.”
—Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of On Distant Shores and In Perfect Time

“I’ve been a fan of Sigmund Brower’s books for ages, but Thief of Glory cocooned me in rich words, vivid descriptions, and true-to-life characters, making this book hard to put down. A fan of World War II, I’ve read countless tales, but World War II in the Dutch Indies was new to me, fresh and heart-wrenching at the same time. A true glimpse of light amongst darkness, made even more special due to the inspiration of his own parents’ true story. Thief of Glory is going on my keeper shelf!”
—Tricia Goyer, USA Today best-selling author of over forty books, including Chasing Mona Lisa

About Sigmund Brouwer

Sigmund Brouwer is the author of eighteen novels with nearly three million copies in print. His recent novel The Last Disciple was featured in Time magazine and on ABC's Good Morning America. Sigmund is married to Christian recording artist Cindy Morgan, and they and their two daughters divide their time between homes in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada and Nashville, Tennessee.

Product Details

336 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Aug 16, 2016

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

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Click Here to download the first chapter of SAFFIRE by Sigmund Brouwer About Saffire by Sigmund Brouwer I reminded myself that once you start to defend someone, it’s difficult to find a place to stop. But I went ahead and took that first step anyway. . . For President Teddy Roosevelt, controlling the east-west passage between two oceans mattered so much that he orchestrated a revolution to control it. His command was to ‘let the dirt fly’ and for years, the American Zone of the Panama Canal mesmerized the world, working in uneasy co-existence with the Panamanian aristocrats. It’s in this buffered Zone where, in 1909, James Holt takes that first step to protect a mulatto girl named Saffire, expecting a short and simple search for her mother. Instead it draws him away from safety, into a land haunted by a history of pirates, gold runners, and plantation owners, all leaving behind ghosts of their interwoven desires sins and ambitions, ghosts that create the web of deceit and intrigue of a new generation of revolutionary politics.  It will also bring him together with a woman who will change his course—or bring an end to it. A love story set within a historical mystery, Saffire is brings to vibrant life the most impressive-and embattled- engineering achievement of the twentieth-century.

Press Release

Award-Winning Brouwer Returns with a Captivating Historical Mystery

"Brouwer's (Thief of Glory) captivating tale of intrigue, set in Panama in 1909, is tinged with romance, grounded in historical accuracy, and anchored by a powerful protagonist....his finely crafted, ethical tale will appeal to readers of historical fiction who appreciate clear divisions of good and evil."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The author of 23 novels and with 4 million books in print, Sigmund Brouwer has become an author to watch. He recently won several awards—including the Christy Awards Book of the Year—for his World War II novel Thief of Glory.
 
He now returns with Saffire (WaterBrook, Aug. 16, 2016), a love story set within a historical mystery. With his impeccable research, Brouwer brings to life the most impressive—and embattled—engineering achievement of the 20th century: the Panama Canal. 
 
When Brouwer was looking into this unique period in history for a possible novel, he became fascinated by how well a benevolent dictatorship worked in the last third of the Panama Canal’s building project and how the dictatorship may have even been essential to the success of the project. “When I learned that George Washington Goethals—the U.S. Army Officer who had complete authority over the American Zone of the Panama Canal—held a ‘King Solomon court’ every Sunday to listen to the builders’ complaints, I became even more intrigued,” he said.
 
For President Teddy Roosevelt, controlling the east-west passage between two oceans mattered so much that he orchestrated a revolution to control it. His command was to “let the dirt fly” and for years, the American Zone of the Panama Canal mesmerized the world, working in uneasy co-existence with the Panamanian aristocrats.
 
It’s in this buffered Zone where, in 1909, cowboy James Holt takes that first step to protect a defenseless girl named Saffire, expecting a short and simple search for her mother. Instead it draws him away from safety, into a land haunted by a history of pirates, gold runners, and plantation owners.  James must face a web of deceit and intrigue, part of a new generation of revolutionary politics. His journey also brings him together with a woman who will change his course—or bring an end to it.
 
Praise for Saffire
“Captivating! Emotional and impeccably researched. Saffire is a sweeping, early twentieth century novel with a colorful supporting cast and a main character who is both steadfast and strong. Brouwer weaves historical fact and storytelling with an expert pen—leaving the reader satisfied and, at times, in awe of the mystery and intrigue reminiscent of the classic Casablanca. I didn’t put it down until I turned the final page.”
Kristy Cambron, award-winning author of The Ringmaster’s Wife
 
About the Author:
Sigmund Brouwer is the best-selling author of 23 novels including the acclaimed World War Two novel, Thief of Glory. With more than 4 million books in print, Sigmund has appeared on Good Morning America and in Time magazine. Through his Rock & Roll Literacy Show, he leads writing workshops to 80,000 students a year in schools from the Arctic Circle to inner-city Los Angeles. Sigmund is married to recording artist Cindy Morgan and has two young daughters.
 
Web site: www.sigmundbrouwer.com/saffire  
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SigmundBrouwer

Fiction/Christian/Historical
ISBN 9780307446510 ● Trade Paperback ● 336 Pages ● $14.99 U.S./$19.99 Canada
eBook ISBN 978030772521 ● $11.99 U.S./$14.99 Canada

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By Hannah Williams

Saffire by Sigmund Brouwer is the kind of historical novel that makes me sit up and take notice. Set in the first decade of the 1900s, on the banks of the Panama Canal, this cunning story has just the right amount of historical detail without losing the juiciness of interwoven personal interest stories and political intrigue. Anyone who likes Indiana Jones will absolutely love this book. The main character strongly resembles Jones...

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By Melissa Rice

Saffire by Sigmund Brouwer is a stunning novel, with accomplishments on so many levels.  The writing is rich, with vivid language and compelling dialogue.  There are many novels that are worth reading simply for the plot, but few grab your heart and linger there long after turning the last page.This was my first read by Brouwer, and after this masterpiece, I am adding his previous book, Thief of Glory to my TBR.  The setting of this tale is...

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By Victoria Lawrence

Saffire starts off rather confusing at first. You follow a main character that isn't named Saffire, nor is looking for sapphires. The main character is a rough and rowdy cowboy, named James Holt, who you follow through the expansive Panama Canal Building site. Wait, there's more; Holt meets Saffire on his first day in Panama, yet still chooses to leave as quickly as he comes. Although life and his own morals give him other plans.I admire...

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By Paul Mastin

In the first decade of the twentieth century, the U.S. was involved in one of the greatest engineering projects ever, the construction of the Panama Canal.  In the midst of building, the new nation of Panama was undergoing political and social change, as they adjusted to their independence from Columbia and the strategic importance of the canal being dug through their land.  Sigmund Brouwer sets his novel Saffire in Panama during...

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By Carol Edwards

  An interesting book with a historical perspective.  James Holt finds himself in an unknown as he looks for Saffire's mother and instead finds himself in the middle of much more.  This book takes place as the  Panama Canal is being designed and built.  He finds himself down there and wants to get his business over with so he can get back home to his ranch.  What he finds draws him deeper into a web of deceit and more.     A good read that...

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