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Nazilager

1943 – Obersturmbannführer Lt. Colonel Carl von Glasow and his fellow battle-weary officers of Rommel’s 15th Panzer Division, Afrika Corps, have endured the humiliation of surrendering to the Allies in Tunisia. Resigned to riding out the war in a North African prisoner of war camp they are surprised to learn they are being shipped instead to a U.S. Army POW camp in America. Nothing prepares them for the vivid contrast between the burning sands of the Tunisian desert and the murderous tank wars they waged there and the small, peaceful and idyllic Georgia coastal island town of Sorrel Island.

During the summer the population swells as mainlanders from nearby Savannah alight from the daily Central of Georgia trains or drive over the causeway in their Ford Deluxe Fordors and Chrysler 66s. Vacationers flock to the pristine beaches, revel in the cool saltwater breezes, and enjoy the amusement pier with its Ferris wheel and the music pavilion that host traveling big band tours.

Referred to as the “Nazi camp” by the locals, and Nazilager by the inmates who still proudly wear their sand-colored desert fighting uniforms their presence incites disturbing emotions. The coastal islanders are nervous about sharing their idyllic location with a hastily constructed POW camp for captured German officers. They couldn’t feel further away from the ravages of the far away war “over there” and yet they are not immune from it. The persistent chatter on the beaches and in the hotels and rooming houses is the likelihood of a prisoner escape.

A groundswell of opposition and fear from year-around residents erupts when on the first day a German escapee is shot in broad daylight. Young first-term town council president and mayor Connie Hopkins does her best to assuage their fears all the while confronting her own feelings when Major Bill Ferguson, the camp’s assistant commandant, launches a campaign to seduce her.

Meanwhile behind the fences and guard towers, and inside their wooden barracks and mess halls, several renegade Nazi officers embark on a plan to escape to neutral Argentina. And when Lt. Colonel von Glasow learns of the plan his mettle is tested as he makes the most fateful decision of his life.

Reviews

"Highly recommended." —Enas Reviews (London)

"The characters leapt off the page, the narrative was tense and exciting, especially towards the end, and I loved the final few pages - very satisfying. You don't have to be a lover of war stories to enjoy this book. I finished it in two days and thoroughly enjoyed it. Certainly worth five stars." —Readers' Favorite

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About JR Rogers

J.R. Rogers is a literary historical thriller novelist of espionage and foreign intrigue.

He is also a prolific short story writer a number of which have been published in various literary publications and/or online sites. Besides writing fiction his interests include art, culture, gender equality, indie film, and photography.

Over the years the peripatetic author has held a number of positions including working at a Washington, DC government relations firm, an international efficiency consultancy (he spent two years in Quebec, Canada, and at various locations in the United States), and finally as a writer with a Los Angeles-based aerospace defense contractor.

An avid reader he holds a B.A. in French literature from Georgia Southern University – Armstrong Campus, studied information management at The American University and short story writing at the University of California, Irvine, Division of Continuing Education.

He has lived in Canada, Europe and West Africa and now lives with his partner in southern California.

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