Wednesday, June 12, 2013

New Release: Face of the Angel

For those of you who have been holding your breath, my new release about the life of Doctor Josef Mengele in South America will be live at Smashwords and Amazon within hours.
Doctor Josef Mengele selected thousands for the gas chambers on the platform of the train station at the Auschwitz death camp.  The survivors called him the Angel of Death.  He was brilliant, urbane and charming, and he performed vivisection on the prisoners he spared from the Zyklon B.  Then he spent forty years being hunted.

Although once in the hands of the U. S. Army, Mengele was never charged with war crimes.  He moved about with the help of dozens of people, sometime unwittingly though often knowing full well who he was, and he evaded the scores of professional Nazi hunters and spies for forty years even though his wife's name was in the phone book.  The stories told about him by Simon Wiesenthal and the other pursuers grew in proportion to the years that they searched for him as did his fear and sense of isolation as well as the price on his head.

Now, read the facts and the fantasies surrounding the Angel of Death in South America.

I began collecting material on Mengele in 1985 when his grave was discovered in Brazil.  The circus surrounding his exhumation and the flood of information suddenly flowing from the people who harbored him was surreal.  Since then much has been revealed about how he passed his time in hiding virtually under the noses of those who wanted so badly to hang him.

Face of the Angel is a fictionalized version of the truth that retains the more bizarre rumors of his life in South America that have been discounted by at least some of the researchers.  It is, after all, a story, one that I hope you will find both informative and entertaining.

I must thank Hurricane Sandy Skipper for that rather striking cover art.  I'd also like to thank Lyn Alexander, author of The Officer's Code, and Nikola Vukoja for ironing a few wrinkles in the manuscript.  If you discover any typos, especially missing words, please be kind and inform me so I may correct them.

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