Night of Flames


A novel of World War Two

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”

In 1939 the Germans invade Poland, setting off a rising storm of violence and destruction. For Anna and Jan Kopernik the loss is unimaginable. She is an assistant professor at a university in Krakow; he, an officer in the Polish cavalry. Separated by war, they must find their own way in a world where everything they ever knew is gone. Through the long night of Nazi occupation, Anna, Jan, and ordinary people across Europe fight a covert war of sabotage and resistance against the overwhelming might of the German war machine. The struggle seems hopeless, but they are determined to take back what is theirs.

Winner of 2007 ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ by the Wisconsin Library Association


The Reviews

“A taut and twisting thriller with memorable flesh and blood characters . . . Jacobson’s clockwork plot draws the reader onto its rollercoaster ride at breakneck speed” – JAMES CONROYD MARTIN, award-winning author of Push not the River and Against a Crimson Sky

“A wide-ranging historical tale . . . Jacobson has written a novel that is suspensful, rich in convincingly detailed incidents, and impeccably researched. Recommended for public libraries and all collections of historical fiction” – THE LIBRARY JOURNAL

“Impeccably researched, Night of Flames is a vast, flowing, unstoppable tale . . . historical fiction at its best…highly recommended” – HOMER HICKAM, New York Times best selling author of October Sky and The Keeper’s Son

“The story keeps you wanting to know how it comes out, even though you know how the war ended. It is a lesson in history with a love story–love of country and family. A great read for everyone.” – POLISH HERITAGE

“This absorbing World War Two novel is well researched and skillfully executed . . . highly readable, informative and imaginative” – HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW