Friday, November 25, 2011

Fatal Incident by Jim Proebstle

Fatal Incident by Jim Proebstle

Based on true events,  Fatal Incident is a World War II historical novel that highlights the Army's Air Transport command in Alaska.  In 1943 Captain Roy Proebstle's plane, a C-47, crashed in the Mount McKinley Range.  20 serviceman were lost in the crash and a rescue mission was never attempted.  Fatal Incident is Jim Proebstle's fictional account of what might have happened to his uncle on that fateful day so long ago.

Captain Nick Morgan is a pilot on loan from Northwest airlines in Minnesota where his pregnant wife Martha lives, while Nick is stationed to fly in the Alaskan wilderness for the U.S. army.  Nick trains to fly in one of America's most dangerous landscapes and transports soldiers from place to place, while writing letters to his dear wife.

The Lend-Lease program trains Soviet pilots in Alaska and sends them home with U.S. planes to fight the Germans.  Russia was a U.S ally during WWII but that doesn't mean they didn't have spies in place in the U.S. at that time.

The two story lines intersect as Captain Nick Morgan's plane disappears and everyone is left with questions as to what happened and why.  The Russians just may hold the secret to unlocking the mystery of the Fatal Incident.

Fatal Incident is a novel of WWII that contains great character development, an entertaining storyline and real events from history.  There is a great espionage element to the story as well as romance and intrigue.  If you are a WWII buff, a historical fiction reader or someone who loves planes and spies, this is a novel for you. 

I love the cover art of Fatal Incident and the end pages contain maps of Alaska and flight routes.  I learned a lot about the strategic importance of Alaska during World War II and enjoyed the backdrop of the author's personal story.  My grandfather flew in WWII in Normandy and in Europe and so I am always attracted to books like these.  I am going to share my copy of Fatal Incident with my father in law.  He will love it!

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