Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Saffire by Sigmund Brouwer, © 2016

This is a work of fiction. Apart from well-known people, events, and locales that figure into the narrative, all names, characters, places, and incidents are the products of the author's imagination and are used fictitiously.  --The publisher.

a historical mystery

I so enjoyed Thief of Glory written by this author, that I looked forward to reading this novel, Saffire. He writes with truisms ~ a self-evident, obvious truth. Truth evident in the ruins.

the east-west passage between two oceans 1909
Sigmund Brouwer
Photo © Reba Baskett
A simple helping someone becomes the focus of his character, James Holt. Drawn in simply to help ~ turns his life around beyond what he could have ever imagined his life would become.

The Panama Canal Mystery
"The Panama Canal Mystery"
I like how Sigmund Brouwer writes like he is divulging a secret to you as if you are sitting in a room of people silently and he has chosen you to share his confidences with. You are privy to information only shared by his antagonist in strictest confidence. Along with the three men in the closed room, chapter six will reveal an outline of intent that will change everything known. You look up and everyone else continues to expand their day, walking about, talking, so unaware of what is actually happening. For it is actual and the room closes back in as you listen.

You have one question in the back of your mind. Will Saffire still be hanging around waiting for James Holt's exit? For there is contact, lest the title be obscure ~ which you are certain it will not be. Saffire with no p and no h but just as brilliant and standing out without a word.
"Your secret is safe with me. I have no one to tell and I'll be gone tomorrow."
   --Saffire, 147.
Everyone came with the same intent ~ to fill their coffers. Everyone hoped to leave different than they came; possibly not within their own realm of expectation.

I liked the historical descriptions throughout ~ educational, along with the intrigue of the story.

***Thank you, Blogging for Books, for sending me a copy of Sigmund Brouwer's Saffire to review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***


                     Honoring and Promoting Excellence in Christian Fiction
2015 Book of the Year: Christy Awards
Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)


  1. So incredibly excited to read Sigmund's latest!

  2. So incredibly excited to read Sigmund's latest!

  3. Hi Joanne! It will pull you in and not release you until the end... and then you will remember what bold statement it makes to be totally there for someone at any cost. Kathleen