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World War ll. 1944. Summertime.
Dr. Bruno Van Dam takes care of the citizens of German-occupied Ramsel, Belgium, whatever their politics, resistance fighters, collaborators, or ordinary citizens.
Secretly, however, he hides a Jewish orphan and two British pilots. Then his son Eric happens to be one of four youngsters who get picked up in town by the German military and forcibly transported to Germany, presumably to work in a work camp, where atrocious treatment and starvation are regular fare
Matters get dangerous and complicated as the doctor fights huge odds to get his son freed using all, even questionable means.$2.99–$18.99 Select options
Two boys grow up during World War II, Gerard in New England, Morgen in Berlin. They live parallel lives: their families experience similar changes, similar suffering. The world says they are enemies. What makes an enemy? Why are people designated as enemies? If these two later met, what would they think of each other?
WWII and the Hitler’s elimination of the undesirables alter the daily lives of both boys immeasurably. Morgen’s father, a pacifist doctor, deserts his own troops and escapes with a Viennese friend, himself a marked man. The parallel situations of the two boys and their families balance the two sides of the war. We see, not the propaganda, but the real effects the war had on civilians in both countries. We also see the ‘forgotten’ undesirables such as Gypsies, homosexuals, blacks and Japanese-Americans. Woven into all these lives is the quest for sanity and freedom from hatred.
About the author:
Norman Beaupré was born in Maine. He received a Ph.D. from Brown University and taught at the University of New England where he is now Professor Emeritus. He has traveled extensively and spent two sabbaticals in Paris. He is the author of 23 published books. He writes in English and in French. In 2008, he was awarded the medal of “Ordre des Arts et Lettres” by the French Ministry of Culture and Communications in Paris for his outstanding contribution to French culture.$2.99–$10.00 Select options
The Broken Harmonica is the compelling saga of Cornelius Wright as told in his own words: from his earliest coming of age on a plantation in the old South to his journey to freedom. Through nearly one hundred years of his life Cornelius tells the dramatic tale of his time spent as a soldier in the Civil War, forging a path toward the freedom he holds so deeply in his heart. Cornelius's personal struggles transform him, even after the freedom comes and he must continue the fight to find a way for himself and his family in the complex and divided world of the late nineteenth, early twentieth century America. In the midst of it all is a harmonica, an instrument that becomes symbolic of his life, his trials and legacy.
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Samuel K. Leonard is the pen name for Joel Armand. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York with an MA in Psychology. In 2003 he earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Temple University and has spent much of his life employed in the service of children and families. Joel resides with his family in New Windsor, New York.$26.55 Select options
This novel is a mock epic, a satirical, and an allegorical view of a dictator and his evil influences. Two friends share their manuscripts describing one of the first European settlements in the Americas; the finding of the original Journal of Christopher Columbus; the development of a cruel dictator; his extravagant wedding; the struggle of a hero against the dictatorship; and the end of it caused by the destruction of a great tsunami. It is a description of the struggle between good versus evil. This book will be perfect for anybody interested in reading literature: historical fiction, magic realism, religion, mythology, folklore, etc. because of all the entertainment and humor involved in it.$10.50 Select options
Tungee Cahill deposits gold in San Francisco bank and becomes target for assassination. Shanghaied and put on board a ship bound for Liverpool. The ship is rife with plots from mutiny to piracy. Tungee joins the skipper and they crush the mutiny. They round Cape Horn and make their way up East Coast of South America to St. Katherine’s Island. At St. Kat the scurrilous ship owner issues new orders, and sends the ship to West Africa for another slave run. In West Africa 350, Africans are herded on board. Back at sea a British and American warship give chase. The skipper elects to dodge into a heavy storm where winds and rain batter the ship, but they manage to survive. After the storm, some slaves are allowed to stay on deck. Tungee observes the Africans doing various rituals and incantations. Is it voodoo or witchcraft? Nobody knows, and by the time they find out, it’s too late. A tribal king called Kumi had inspired scores of his people, to make the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Tungee returns to San Francisco and begins his quest to reclaim his fortune. During his search Tungee meets the lovely Laura Du Beck and romance blossoms.
About the author
TOM BARNES grew up in the South, studied English Literature at Middle Georgia College and Drama at The Pasadena Playhouse. His military service was spent in naval aviation and he was a member of the original Hurricane Hunters. Following his hitch in the navy Tom went to New York where he worked in theater, Television and wrote documentaries for PBS. Tom is the author of ‘Doc Holliday’s Road to Tombstone,’ ‘The Goring Collection,’ ‘The Hurricane Hunters and Lost in the Bermuda Triangle,’ and his latest ‘Tungee’s Gold.’$2.99–$19.99 Select options