Last fall, I wanted to challenge myself and write a work of fiction. I started with attempting to write a novel about what happened to Long John Silver after his role in Treasure Island. It included pirates, an evil governor in Puerto Rico and large venomous snakes that made appearances at various intervals in the story, when the dialogue started to drag. However, try as I might, I could not plow through writing about the balmy temperatures and the trade winds of the Caribbean, when I was fighting the cold at the onset of a typical Illinois winter. So I switched topics, and what you see a taste of here, flew off the pages. Perhaps it was the similarity in temperatures. Perhaps it was the subject matter in which I was able to draw on actual history, gleaned from research in my previous non-fiction books.
My goals in The Devil’s Graveyard are two-fold: first, I wanted it to be a good, fast-paced, entertaining read. Second, I wanted to answer the many questions I have been asked over the years about Germany in World War 2 and the Third Reich in a form that would not bog down in footnotes and turgid text.
Thus, in a readable style, much of the book deals with the lives and deaths of various SS officers, how the dreaded Wannsee Conference came to be, what exactly was Operation Reinhard and how much loot did the Nazis steal from their victims, and finally, what exactly happened to Adolf Hitler in his bunker in Berlin at the end of the war. While the dialogue between the major characters is fiction, the subject matter and facts discussed are all true.
I also wanted to see just what this phenomenon was concerning E-books. My upbringing, and our traditional wood-paneled library have always led me to want to hold a book in my hands, while I was reading it.
So originally, I put the book on the Internet and for a few bucks you could download it into you Kindle or whatever.
The the pandemic hit. And frankly, with the economy being what it is around the world, I appreciate the value of every dollar you earn and how difficult it is for all of us to allocate that money to meet our requirements, let alone our desires.
So we have decide to place the book in electronic form on the website and access to it is FREE. So enjoy the preview below and if it whets your appetite, download and read the whole thing on your e-device.