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J Parker Brooks had never met a girl quite like Jennifer
Ames. Smart and spirited, the fellow American expatriate is a bright light in
that otherwise dismal first winter in wartime England.. Fortunately, Jenny finds the urbane engineer businessman attractive as well. Although the two seem to be headed for the perfect romance, the reality of the World
War soon intervenes. Her job at the secret code breaking
center at Bletchley Park
makes increasing demands on her time. Parker’s mysterious disappearances into
part them even further, but that is not the worst of it. There is something
strange about these trips, and Jenny soon finds disturbing links between him
and coded messages regarding someone named Birthright.
These messages provide a hint of a world few deem possible. There is a
resistance movement in England,
seeking to extricate the nation from a war which they feel can only bring
disaster to the nation. When France
finally falls, the time seems right to make peace with the Germans. Hitler
agrees. He has neither the desire nor the means to conquer the island Empire.
He soon offers what seems to the resistance groups as reasonable terms. However
both are rebuffed by one man--Winston Churchill. As
weeks go by with no resolution, both groups become convinced that the only way
forward is for the Prime Minister to be removed.
As Jenny uncovers more and more about the subsequent plots, she becomes
increasingly suspicious of Parker. She knows he is definitely involved in
clandestine activities, and fears it may be for the wrong side. However, even
she cannot guess the true nature of his job, and the full extent of the plots
against the British government. She soon finds herself at the center of the
maelstrom, uncertain as to how to proceed. However the
key to her dilemma lies closer than she ever dreamed.
The novel is set in England
and France in
the early war years, beginning in the spring of 1940. Much of the backdrop of
the work is factual, from the German drive to Channel to the workings of the
code breakers at Bletchley Park.
The notion of a plot against the British government is based
on the actual German Operation Wili, which hoped to
bring Edward to rule a pacified England.
The existence of a significant peace movement in Britain
is factual as well.
$15.95 ISBN 978-1450592222, 596 pages
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Meeting his relatives in Italy
for the first time, Ross Cameron receives a request from his gravely ill great
uncle Ercole. “The Pope must be stopped,” he tells Ross,
following it with a command “to find the Prophecies.” Knowing only a little about the Prophecies of
Fatima, he teams up with the man’s devoted granddaughter, a blond named
few clues lead them to the highest peak of the Apennines,
where they search for a mysterious chapel.
The stakes are raised when Ross
and Sabrina, after locating the missing papers, narrowly escape the mountain
with their lives. Delivering their find
to Ercole’s friend, an enigmatic monk named Giotto, they are dismayed to find they have recovered only
two of the missing Prophecies. The
subsequent search for the all important third mystery
takes them to Rome, where they are
soon immersed in a dangerous competition, one that connects them to events from
a half century ago.
In 1943 German occupied Rome
is a powder keg. Jews are
being rounded up in the streets.
The threat of the bombing is a daily reality. Allied forces, aiming for the capital, are
only slowly advancing up the boot of Italy. Their German foes, resolutely seeking to stop
them, prepare to fight in the streets of Rome
itself. Communist cells plan terrorist
attacks against the occupiers. One Vatican priest
considers an Allied victory as the only solution, and works behind the scenes
for the liberation of the city. Another,
a monsignor of the Curia, collaborates with the occupiers, supplying support to
religious war criminals operating in Croatia. Repelled by this, a crusading priest from
that region openly rebels against the Pope’s authority, calling on him to
resist the Nazi’s. A terrified Pope
attempts a desperate balancing act to guide the Church through these
dangers. All comes to a head at the Ardeatine Grotto, where the Nazi’s massacre over three
hundred innocent people.
The Ardeatine massacre is the event that connects the past with
the present. The crimes of those days, refusing to stay
buried, comprise the secret awaiting Ross and Sabrina. They discover
that the evils of war, far from remaining in the past, reverberate right up to
the present day, putting their lives in great danger.
$15.95 ISBN 978-1450592222, 452 pages
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"I have given him [Hitler] his last chance...I'm going to
open up the Western Front. Only one thing matters now, the British and
Americans must get to Berlin before the Russians do.”
Marshall Erwin Rommel
Major Helder, an officer on the staff of Rommel’s
headquarters, witnesses the failure of the German army to prevent its Allies’
success on D-day. Although he expects
Rommel to somehow master the crisis, he soon realizes the Field Marshall
himself doesn’t believe in victory.
Indeed, the major soon becomes caught up in a plot to turn over the
German Armies in the West to the Allies.
explains the historical back ground -- article in the December issue of Yarnspinners and Wordweavers
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0978515897, 302 pages,
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“John recoiled from the sight, letting go of the body as he fell
backwards, the head hitting the floor with a sickening thump.”
Visiting professor of
geology John Jennick discovers the body of his
longtime friend and colleague lying next to his work in a deserted lab, his
head crushed. When suspicion falls upon
him, the professor endeavors to find the perpetrator. From the first, an
English woman, a fellow instructor in the department, volunteers to assist
him. As they work together, a mutual
attraction develops, one that is problematic for our professor, as he is still
mourning the untimely death of his wife, the event which drove him to the
university. The investigation takes them
through a myriad of deceptions and suspicions, ultimately leading to tragic
past events that have come to life in the present. The professor must confront his own past as
well, one well guarded by his own private demons, to discover who killed his
friend, and more importantly, why.
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1-4137-6284-0, 246 pages,
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GROUND: Traveler’s Tales
in London and I Have No Clothes
featured in an inspiring collection that will transport the reader from their
comfortable chair to places both exotic and familiar. An encounter with a
mysterious stranger in Mexico,
finding yourself in London with no
clothes or among sympathetic Brits on 9/11, in a sandstorm in Africa
or alone with your mate at a secluded cove along the Italian coast all offer
different perspectives on different places, different ways of life. In Foreign
Ground, twenty talented writers share their experiences around the globe - from
Ireland to Africa,
South America to the South Pacific, from India
to France, from
Italy to Mexico
- in 41 pieces of poetry and prose.
$17.95 ISBN# 0-9714725-4-8, 224 pgs
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