Coming Soon in 2014
Honor & Innocence: Against the Tides of War
What really happens…to German prisoners-of-war held in America when they are returned to what remains of their homeland after WWII?
Young and naïve, Hank Fischer has no idea what the real meaning of war is, only that he is willing to protect his family and country, buoyed by his belief that ultimately the common citizen and the innocent overcome the wicked and powerful. He and hundreds of thousands of American youth in the fresh spring of life could not really know what lay ahead.
Honor & Innocence: Against the Tides of War, is the first in an upcoming series of novels that weaves together a deeply intriguing and heart-grabbing love story with the authentic historic circumstances in which the stories of fascinating characters takes place. This first book in the series takes the reader through the devastation left by World War II across the European and Asian continents, following the course forced upon the two unlikely lovers, Hank, an American soldier, and Roberta, a German girl, the twin sister of a German prisoner of war Hank is responsible for. Hank falls in love with Roberta, and an improbable romance and death defying escape ensues.
I invite the reader to come along on the intense and captivating journey with Hank and Roberta and learn history from a perspective often overlooked in the history books. Hank Fischer was drafted into the American Army soon after high school graduation in 1945, beginning a saga of intrigue, horror, and love that over six months took him from his southern Wisconsin home to Texas, then Germany, Switzerland, Greece, and Singapore, revealing the bitter truth of the devastation of war. In the Texas prisoner of war camp where Germans were interned, he was targeted by Haynes who became his lifelong tormentor, but he also began his closest, nearly unimaginable lifelong friendship with Max, a German prisoner of war under his supervision, whose twin sister, Roberta, back in their German homeland, was destined to become the love of his life and his wife.
Hank is drawn into a dangerous web of intrigue by the common heritage he shares with Max, and the intense love he finds with Roberta---Hank's grandparents were born near Munich, Germany, only a short distance from where Max and Roberta were born and raised on a farm by their widower father, a World War I veteran who was personally asked by Adolph Hitler to become his Obergruppenfuhrer in the Nazi SS. Because of their ties to the SS through their father, Max and Roberta are pursued by the Intelligence Force of the American and British Occupation.
Faced with a choice between his love for Roberta and allegiance to the Army, Hank chooses to collaborate with Max and free Roberta from a British prison camp, beginning a desperate flight through war-torn Germany where they witness first-hand the ravages of post war Europe, staying perilously ahead of pursuing forces. They are immersed in horrors of the war, bombed-out cities, dead bodies, displaced persons by the millions, desperation and hopelessness, giving the reader a rare look at the despair of victims of the hubris of men seeking power for the sake of power, amidst a powerful love story.
Other books by the author, coming soon:
Watch for the second book in the series featuring the Hungarian, Lazlo Floznik, and the Greek, Nikolas Kotsiomitis---Lazlo and Captain Koz, in "Lazlo's Revenge".