Back in the day, I remember having to read Dante’s Inferno, written by some old guy in Italy back around 1400. It was OK, but pretty dated, plus I was not able to understand the symbolism and the nuances of the text. Then a few years ago, I wanted to challenge myself and write a work of fiction. Since I had spent the better part of my life immersed in reading about world War II, it was natural to write about that, as 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.
But the biggest hurdle is that much about World War II is flat ugly, and it can be depressing to read about that. So many people do not, but they need to know what went on. I had to come up with a couple of fictional characters who had appeared in Dante’s Inferno and now came back to the world at the end of World War II. They were sort of funny guys; or at least they said some funny things. But at the same time, I did not want the book to be flippant.
Thus, in a readable style (I hope!), much of the book deals with the lives and deaths of various terrible 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, the book was on the Internet and for a few bucks you could download it into you Kindle or whatever.
Then 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 scrape up money for discretionary spending.
So we decided 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. Again, it’s free with no commercials!