Desperate Mission revolves around a real SS plot, Operation Phoenix, which smuggled many high-ranking Nazis to South America at the end of the war, including Dr. Josef Mengele, who performed ghastly experiments on adults and children in Auschwitz, and Adolph Eichmann, chief of the extermination camps. However, many people through the years have written that Adolph Hitler was not killed in Berlin, and also fled the country. More amazing are reports that he had a boy with Eva Braun, and the child was taken with him to Argentina.
But Ranger Captain Michael Brennan and his men, concentration camp escapee Miriam Pascal, who becomes his lover, and resistance fighters are sent on a dangerous mission to capture or kill Hitler before he can leave Germany. Others had already died trying. Brennan and his people have to battle their way through Europe and into Berlin to find Hitler. When the allies discover Der Fuhrer has a son, the mission becomes even more critical, as they fear the boy will be trained to build a new army, and the billions the Nazis have stolen to create an even deadlier Fourth Reich.
In addition to my own military experience, I’ve interviewed combat veterans and airmen of World War II, visited a concentration camp, and interviewed several Holocaust survivors. I also spent much time at the New York Public Library and the National Archives, and studied several hundred books, memoirs, articles, news stories, and official government documents. Books like The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William L. Shirer, Inside Hitler’s Bunker, by Joachim Fest, and The Fall of Berlin, by Anthony Read told the story of the last days of Adolph Hitler, Eva Braun, Josef Goebbels, and Martin Bormann that they spent in the dank, dark and foul air of Der Fuhrer’s concrete bunker buried deep in the heart of Berlin. Premier Josef Stalin referred to it as “the lair of the fox.”
The Black Truth, by Peter Neumann, detailed the barbarism of the SS and Gestapo, while memoirs such as Winston Churchill’s Their Finest Hour, and General Eisenhower’s Crusade in Europe, provided the inside story of how the allies won the most destructive war in our history. Erich Kuby’s The Russians and Berlin 1945, details the massive, successful push from Russia through Poland, East Prussia, and the capture of the capital city.
Finally, I owe a great debt of gratitude to Dr. Donald M. Goldstein, Professor Emeritus of Military History at the University of Pittsburg. He is a retired Air Force colonel, and author of twenty-seven books on the war, including the seminal At Dawn We Slept, probably the best ever written about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, critiqued my work and helped me in its completion.
I hope that literary agents will consider representing my book, which I think will be both entertaining and informative to the many readers still interested in World War II, as illustrated in in the sales of best-sellers like The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, All the Light We Cannot See, The Zookeeper’s Wife, Jeff Shaara’s The Rising Tide and The Steel Wave, and recent movies like “Dunkirk,” and “Hacksaw Ridge.” Please contact me.