V2: A Novel of World War II

The new novel V2, by Robert Harris, delves into the moral compromises made by German rocket engineers during World War II. Terrific book. Click here to read my full review in the Washington Independent Review of Books.

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A Ghost from the Battle of the Atlantic

Diving on World War II shipwrecks off the Outer Banks of North Carolina fired my interest in the Battle of the Atlantic. Years later, the Battle of the Atlantic figured in my novel, Silver Wings, Iron Cross. One of the most fascinating wrecks off the NC coast is the U-352, a German U-boat sunk by the…

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Folding Fact Into Fiction

My thanks to David Stewart, Eric Dezenhall and Roger Williams for a fine evening of literary discussion on the latest edition of History Author Talks. In case you missed the live show, click here to watch. Our topic: Folding Fact Into Fiction.

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Fact into Fiction: The Historical Novel

Life doesn’t always follow a perfect narrative arc. So, when authors write historical novels, they can’t just make up everything. They have to stay within at least the broad guardrails of history. How do authors thread that needle? I’ll discuss how writers meet that challenge with my friend and fellow author David O. Stewart on…

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Diving Into the Past for a Historical Novel

Twenty-six miles off Morehead City, NC, the dive boat pitched and rolled. I fought seasickness as I pulled on my scuba gear. Everything gets harder when you’re trying not to lose your lunch; even strapping on fins becomes a struggle. I screwed the regulator onto my air tank. Cracked open the valve and watched the…

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Be Like Bob, Know Your History

One of the smartest guys I ever knew was an old squadron mate. He was an enlisted man, a loadmaster on the C-130 Hercules. He had no formal education beyond high school and his training in the Air Force and Navy. But his hobby was reading history. Every time you saw him, he had a…

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Silver Wings, Iron Cross

Dear friends and readers, Near the end of World War II, a downed American pilot and a deserting German officer try to survive as the Third Reich collapses around them. That’s the heart of the action in my upcoming novel, Silver Wings, Iron Cross. I grew up hearing my grandfather’s stories of his service with…

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The World War II Book Challenge

The New Year brings the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II–a fitting moment to learn more about the war, its causes, and its legacy. And we seem to need it. Too many people know too little about the most significant event of the 20th century, an event that still shapes our world.…

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