Historical/Military Fiction – Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou

nazi-saboteurs-on-the-bayouNazi Saboteurs on the Bayou
By Steven Burgauer
Publisher: BATTLEGROUND PRESS
Published: November 2016
ISBN: 978-0692808122
ASIN: B01MYLUNUK
Genre: Historical Fiction, WWII
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Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou intertwines historic persons, actual events and distant locales of World War II with a fast-moving fictional Nazi plot to disrupt the manufacture of Higgins boats, the remarkable landing craft that won the war for the Allies. Spanning the globe from amphibious landings at Guadalcanal, to the Navajo code talker school, to the exotic environs of New Orleans, to the secret world of Bletchley Park, this tautly written thriller, covering two weeks during the summer of 1942, combines a fully imagined cast of characters with the historically important figures of Andrew Higgins, members of American and British Intelligence, Navajo code talker Chester Nez, Commander Ian Fleming of MI6, along with a Polish intelligence officer, and “Silver Dollar Sam” Carolla, crime boss of New Orleans.

An old German is found dead in a New Orleans whorehouse. Sewn into the lining of the dead man’s vest is a notebook filled with hand-drawn maps and notes about the comings and goings at military installations. German conspirators fret that their local contact (the dead German) is overdue. Mafia crime boss Nico Carolla, is soon drawn into the disposition of the corpse.

We move to the Pacific and meet the grandson of the dead German, PFC Brock, a U.S. Marine being trained for the landings at Guadalcanal. Then we meet Andrew Jackson Higgins at the helm of the single most important landing craft ever built, the Higgins Boat, the steel-ramped landing craft that brought American troops to Pacific islands and to Normandy. In his colorful manner, Higgins is instructing a class of Coast Guard newbies on how to properly drive and operate his nearly indestructible boat. Higgins faces shortages of materials, manpower, and factory space. The Mafia boss controls much of the labor supply. Accommodations must be made to placate the mob family, who also have Old World connections in critical to the upcoming North African landings.

The Waffen-SS officers charged with sabotaging the Higgins Boat plant arrive, only to learn of the loss of the intelligence gathered by the dead German. Now enter the code breakers at Bletchley Park who intercept the commando team’s messages, including one female mathematician through whose eyes we see inside Bletchley Park.

America is almost entirely dependent on Britain’s MI6 for intelligence gathering. We meet Martina Amerada, a Cuban woman with a high-level banking responsibility, including ties to British intelligence, and who is Nico Carolla’s mistress. Martina moves money for the crime family and provides diplomatic cover between the Palermo branch of the family and the planners of Operation Torch. We are also introduced to the Navajo code-talker program essential to securing Marine Corps messages in the Pacific theater.

The German commando team searches for the lost notebook by visiting the whorehouses Brock has been known to frequent, which leads to a murder and later retaliation by the Mafia against the German conspirators. Half the German commando team perishes. US marshals are drawn into the story as bodies are discovered in the nearby bayous. The Mafia is suspected. When the marshals confront Carolla, the marshals are put on the trail of the commandos which leads to the death of the marshals.

Bletchley Park is busy trying to crack the code imbedded in the Himmler messages, We move back to the Pacific where grandson Brock is involved in the bloody landings ahead of Guadalcanal. Brock is wounded and nearly dies as the remaining commando attempts to demolish the largest Higgins Boat manufacturing facility in New Orleans. With the help of British intelligence, Nico Carolla prevents the plant from being destroyed and thus becomes the hero of the story.

Operation Torch gets underway and the Higgins boats prove their indispensability to the war effort. PFC Brock recovers from his wounds, and Martina takes possession of all intelligence related to the German commandos so the threat never becomes public knowledge.

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Historical Military Fiction – The White Mouse

The White MouseThe White Mouse
By Jack Duarte
Publisher: Cloud 9 Press
ISBN: 978-0989436717
ASIN: B00I4U4DVU
Published: February 2014
Pages: 254
Genre: Historical Fiction, Military Fiction
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The White Mouse was the name given by the Gestapo to Nancy Wake Fiocca, an Australian woman setting up escape networks from France during WWII. After fleeing to England, The White Mouse joins the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) and returns to occupied France around the time of the Normandy invasion in 1944.

Through sheer determination and with the help of other SOE operatives, she manages to bring together a number of Maquis units in the Auvergne Region to harass and delay German reinforcements attempting to reach Nazi coastal defenses.

Aided by an American Army captain on loan to the SOE, the White Mouse finally arranges the escape of a number of Maquis prisoners during a pitched battle. The White Mouse reunited US Army Captain Brian Russell with his French Resistance love that was brought to life in Jack DuArte’s first novel, the best-selling The Resistance.

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Adventure/Military Fiction – The Yugoslavian

The YugoslavianThe Yugoslavian: In Search of Mara Jovanovic
By The Black Rose
Publisher: Andrich Publishing
ISBN: 978-0966332902
ASIN: B00EBGBQ0C
Published: November 2013
Pages: 473
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The Siege of Sarajevo provides the backdrop for a gripping tale of adventure and intrigue that brings two people from different worlds together for a common goal that of a missing war orphan.

Ivan, an independent freedom fighter known as the Black Rebel, continues his humanitarian aid regardless that he is a hunted man. While across the Atlantic, the missing orphan s manuscript is mysteriously delivered to Tess, the founder of a writing competition for children.

So affected by the details of the missing orphan s heart-wrenching story, Tess sets out for the war zone determined to find her. But as she prepares for her journey, she is unaware that she will become not only a pursuer, but the pursued.

After an informant s warning that a female spy will attempt to identify the Black Rebel, Ivan stumbles across Tess in Belgrade. Unsure of her purpose, Ivan suspects her as the spy and, evading the truth, he volunteers to take her to the demolished city of Sarajevo.

Placing her life in Ivan s hands, Tess pushes her fears aside and accepts his offer of help. Yet, once in Sarajevo, the truth is exposed and Ivan is torn between what he must do to help his people and what he must do to protect Tess in The Yugoslavian, In Search of Mara Jovanovic.

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