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Dropping The Peppermint

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Very fast-moving action that will keep readers interested and in suspense until the very end. Some historical and many grammatical errors.

Synopsis

In the closing days of WWII Hitler relied on the use of V2 Rockets or
Vengeance Weapons as a last resort to halt the advancing American and Russian
forces. What concerned the Allied High Command was the fear that the Nazi’s may
have also developed a working nuclear device to go along with it.
What Marshall discovers is a secret underground faction of Nazis known as the
Werewolves. The groups membership includes a mixture of physicists and fanatical
Nazi officials who have been working behind the backs of Hitler and his staff. Who
understood early on that Hitler would lead them to destruction and secretly developed
a plan to overthrow him in case they needed to. But they would have to get rid of the
armies closing in on them. First on their list was Patton's third army. Then they
intended to turn on Berlin, killing Hitler and the surrounding Red army.
Marshall must weave his way through a maze of spies and double agents as he peels
back the layers of lies and disinformation. He along with Lachelle Keating a nurse with
a field Hospital Unit is his only ally or is she?

If the book cover does not grab readers’ attention, then nothing will! A large Nazi flag drapes over a mushroom cloud catering on the swastika Goodreads for some reason has another cover, which is good, but not as effective.


    The author knows how to generate suspense and keeps readers enthralled to the very end. There are many twists in the plot, many double agents, and the main character, an advertising executive-turned OSS officer cannot be sure of anyone or anything.


     However, there are a few negative things that do reflect on the book as a whole, and they must be mentioned. If they can be corrected for future publication, then that would be wonderful. As no publisher as listed, my assumption is that this is self-published. More about that later.


    There are run-on sentences, which are easily-corrected.  There are some glaring historical errors, e.g. Czar Nicholas II is said to have been an ally of Abraham Lincoln (that was Alexander II). General Patton’s Third Army is said to be in Potsdam, far to the north of where he actually was. In April 1945 the Soviets were approaching that area. Peenemünde, the V-1 and V-2 launching sites, was on the Baltic, not in Bohemia. US scientist Robert Oppenheimer was Jewish, and thus not likely to have been even tacitly cooperating with the Nazis.


    Whenever the German language is used, it seemed as if someone used google Translate. I had enough of that in my teaching career. The result is wrong, ungrammatical, and for anyone who knows the language, frustrating.


    There is also an alteration of the Nazi Werwolf program. Artistic license allows for that to a certain extent, but given some of the above-mentioned errors gives one pause.

    

    When all is said and done, these errors cost the book a star in this review. As this is a Kindle Publication, the good news is that these errors can be edited at any time. Self-publishing removes a text from professional editing and having a professional look over the manuscript. (Full disclosure; my second poetry book is on Amazon KDP. After I regained my rights to it that was the best platform for it).


    There is much to commend Dropping the Peppermint. The author is wished every future success possible.


   

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I am a published poet with four books out there of my own, and two in collaboration with artist Carol Worthington-Levy. Additionally I have drafts of a novel and one short story in the process of being sent out.

Synopsis

In the closing days of WWII Hitler relied on the use of V2 Rockets or
Vengeance Weapons as a last resort to halt the advancing American and Russian
forces. What concerned the Allied High Command was the fear that the Nazi’s may
have also developed a working nuclear device to go along with it.
What Marshall discovers is a secret underground faction of Nazis known as the
Werewolves. The groups membership includes a mixture of physicists and fanatical
Nazi officials who have been working behind the backs of Hitler and his staff. Who
understood early on that Hitler would lead them to destruction and secretly developed
a plan to overthrow him in case they needed to. But they would have to get rid of the
armies closing in on them. First on their list was Patton's third army. Then they
intended to turn on Berlin, killing Hitler and the surrounding Red army.
Marshall must weave his way through a maze of spies and double agents as he peels
back the layers of lies and disinformation. He along with Lachelle Keating a nurse with
a field Hospital Unit is his only ally or is she?

“The chaos of war conveniently hides things we do not wish to see.”

 

CHAPTER 1

 

In a stuffy archive chamber buried deep in an office in Washington, D.C., a reporter sits at a metal desk lit by a solitary lamp. The eerie, sepulchral chamber is silent except for the reporter’s calm breathing. The faint glow from the bulb hints at a mane of long hair. His shirt is polyester brown, a shade that doesn’t exist in the natural world. A Steno pad and tape recorder are sitting on the table in front of him. He takes out a pack of cigarettes, shakes one loose, pops it in his mouth. and lights up with flip butane lighter. He exhales and smoke fills the small room.

There is a faint knock at the door and the person on the other side doesn't hesitate before entering. The silhouette of the figure is backlit from the hall lights. He is wearing an American Air Force uniform. The shoulder epaulets contain three gold stars. On the breast pocket is a myriad of medals. An insignia patch reads “military intelligence,” a pseudo-branch of the CIA. He is not as calm as the man waiting and scurries inside. The dark shadows obscuring his face, the soldier slams a folder down in front of the seated individual.

It is a common blue briefing file. The soldier nervously eyes the folder. “That’s it,” he says. “Don't ask me for anything thing more. That's all there is. Everything else was burned after the war.”

Leaning forward, the reporter opens the file. TOP SECRET is stamped on the front in big red letters along with the file name: PEPPERMINT. The reporter’s breathing quickens and his hands shake as he turns the pages.

“If anyone knew how close we came to losing and what we did to secure our future, this country's credibility would go down the toilet. These were sealed for one hundred years by the CIA,” says the officer as he leaves.

“Then why show me?” asks the reporter.

The officer does not answer. The reporter looks at the page as the door closes. The faint echo of footsteps carries from the hall. The reporter settles into his seat and begins to read.

 

MISSION REPORT: Dropping the Peppermint

STATUS: Ongoing

AGENT: Unknown

SUBJECT BRIEFING: Eyes Only - UnknownOccurrence

 

America, 1946

     

The woods are deep and dark. A tiny cabin is secluded in the forest, a place where people go to hide. A single oil lamp burns in the window. The small shelter has no utilities connected.

     Inside, a man sits in the darkness, hunched over a table. Notes litter the floor as he hammers away at a manual typewriter. A bottle of whiskey and a pack of Lucky Strike cigarettes are his only companions. A full beard covers his face, the hair unkempt. His body is emaciated. He has deteriorated so that anyone who knows his identity will not recognize him. He trembles as he reads aloud what he is writing.

     “They swore me to a secrecy oath, but that doesn’t mean I have to keep it locked away in my head. The deaths covered up to look like accidents, fabrications accepted as the truth.”

His mind is a jumble and he is teetering on the insanity’s edge.

“I have to get it down before I forget; everything is a tangle of lies and misdirection. Even I'm not sure of the facts anymore. The power of God was unleashed upon an unsuspecting population in April 1945 and I was thrust into the middle of it. I trust no one. Finding out the truth depends on whether you believe the credibility of the source. You must give them your faith. These are the unknown occurrences from the end of World War II.

     Armed conflict has a way of shattering what little facts remain, making them harder to distinguish from lies or disinformation. Small bits must be pieced back together to form a clearer picture. What transpired in April 1945 is best described as a birth, the awakening of mankind from its infancy. Like any delivery, it was brought into being through pain and suffering, but this child was unlike any other. It possessed inhuman power, and if unleashed, would bring nothing but destruction. It was the dawn of a new age whose parents were scientists, but not its keepers. Other men with nefarious plans of their own wanted to adopt it.

This is my story, one of many, and these are just a handful of the details. These people have the patience to wait till the time is right, to gain enough influence to manipulate politicians and governments at will. If you are reading this, maybe you can make sense of it. The world is a dangerous place. Be careful how you judge us.”


About the author

As for myself, I have over thirty five years experience working in the newspaper industry. I have covered everything from homicides, to Presidential elections. I currently live in my hometown of Rome, Georgia just north of Atlanta. view profile

Published on July 01, 2020

60000 words

Genre: Historical Fiction

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