Gary Fidel takes the reader to the same part of the world, same time period, offering a fictional account of three young people struggling to escape from Stalin’s Russia as the Nazis invade their country. “The Blue Rider, A Novel” is a quick read, as Rachel, a young Jewish sculptor; Stephen, her soccer-star brother; and Lily, his girlfriend; attempt to flee to freedom.

Based on a true story told by a woman who survived the war years, Fidel, a New York lawyer, whose brother, Noel, is a former Arizona Court of Appeals judge, weaves an engaging story.

— Jewish News of Greater Phoenix Online