The author, TL Criser, is a retired advertising executive with years of writing experience.
He authored his personal Vietnam War chronicle, “The Ghost in the Orange Closet” (Amazon) which received tremendous accolades from Pentagon’s Senior Staff, attesting to his skill as a writer.
Mr. Criser next authored a young adults tale, “The Little Beggar’s Shoes”
He also co-authored “Doctors are from Jupiter, Compliance is from a Galaxy Far Far Way” a medical coding tome. (Amazon)
THE CANNED MEAT CONSPIRACY
In the same period as the bestselling books “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak and “A Woman in Berlin” by Marta Hillers; “The Canned Meat Conspiracy” revolves around a German SS clandestine operation causing the first deaths of WWII. This 52K (pages) historical-fiction novel, based on authentic events, begins in 1939 Berlin. Code named, “Canned Meat,” it chronicles the SS team, dressed as Polish soldiers, who seize a German Radio Station. They announce to the world, “Poland has invaded Germany!”
Three Polish dressed “Canned Meat” are killed at the scene and left as evidence, providing Hitler a “False Flag” propaganda tool for war. Pieter, the protagonist, is a reluctant member of the unit. The story line follows Pieter’s joyful youth in a small German city and the thrill of being selected for the 1936 German Olympic Fussball Team. An injury during the games, put Pieter into a depressed and confused state, making him susceptible to the antagonist, SS Colonel Rolf Himmler, recruitment propaganda. He joins the SS to fight communism.
The saga follows his tribulations after saving Himmler’s life and being wounded during a train sabotage mission. Post-Traumatic Stress is the underlying theme; as well as, his family’s loathing the anti-Semitism generated by the Nazi regime. Additionally, they actively assist their Jewish neighbors from being interned in a labor camp.
Pieter falls in love, has sex in an open field, and begins work at a railroad yard. A train from Paris, carrying priceless art stolen from the Louvre Museum is accidently bombed by Allied Forces. Pieter saves two paintings. Rolf, aware of the art protector’s action, devises a plan to steal them; however, it ends poorly for Rolf.
Pieter, not wanting to profit from the paintings, finds a way to deliver them to the young woman who was wounded during the “Canned Meat” operation. He intends for her to benefit from the substantial reward and partially compensate for the death of her mother; killed by Rolf! As the war progresses, Pieter becomes a hero during an Allied bombing raid by saving an unborn child. The additional trauma increases his inability to cope with stress. His father introduces him to Ernest Hemmingway’s “A Soldier’s Home” to help with the PTSD.
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