A Break in the Storm
Noldan Publishing (October 2004)
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In this suspenseful thriller, Erich, a high-principled young German, seeks revenge for the death of his father in World War I and his mother in its aftermath. Inspired by Hitler's promises of revenge, Erich joins his movement, only later to discover the price he must pay. Brilliant young Lise, who dreams of becoming a scientist, has an affair with Erich. Steeg, Erich's superior, hiding an ugly secret and filled with lust and ambition, seeks by foul means to destroy Erich and make Lise his. A triangle ensues, of love, hatred, treachery, and heroism. Enter Andr?, who witnessed his family's massacre, and Mueller, a world-famous physicist. As the story nears its climax, Lise and Erich both grow, and must make decisions that will change all their lives. The background is the 1936 Rhineland Crisis, when Hitler reoccupied the forbidden Rhineland zone, gambling that the Allies would not react. Amazingly, Hitler's bluff succeeded, and the last chance to avoid World War II was squandered.