Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hidden Heroes of WW II

We’re T. C. Archer, the writing duo of Evan Trevane and Shawn M. Casey. We met at an online advanced writer’s workshop about ten years ago. Our collaboration began on a lark with the post WWII film noir story The Pickle My Little Friend, and has evolved into nearly a dozen works, which include the series we’re going to talk about today The Phenom League, and the Daphne Du Maurier winner and romantic thriller, For His Eyes Only.

Chain Reaction is the first in our Phenom League series and is set during WWII. For this series, we took a cue from the great Connie Willis, who writes science fiction/alternate history that strictly adheres to our world history. So how does a book get classified as alternate history when the history doesn’t diverge from real world history? In our case, we call the alternate history elements What you won’t find in the history books. We portray world events as being credited to someone other than the real heroes behind the scenes, which means these heroes never made it into the history books and were expunged from existence. There’s a good reason for this anonymity…some of these heroes weren’t quite human.
We were kicking around the idea of some sort of superhero story, which led us to the mid-twentieth century where heroes represented justice, truth, freedom and, of course, the American way. This piqued our interest in WWII, an era rich with intrigue, love, science, drama and, yes, love. During the war, questions were raised on everything from Hitler’s obsession with the occult to the Ghost Army that created tactical deceptions to fool the Germans.  
Many things that helped win the war are so fantastical that they border on fiction. Consider an average man who decides to help the war effort and starts to spy for Great Britain—without actually joining British Intelligence! This man not only became one of the greatest spies of all times, but was single-handedly responsible for the ruse that fooled the Germans and allowed the Allies to land in Normandy. In Chain Reaction you’ll find some of these fantastical elements sprinkled throughout the book, some in the history books…some not.
Currently, we’re working on the next two books in the series. The first is entitled Desert Fox and takes place in El Alamein when Rommel marched across Egypt. Our hero is a five thousand year old mummy who has been guarding his pharaoh. The second novel takes place in Chauny, France, with the underground Chauny Line where Allied soldiers were hidden from the Germans. Our hero is a WWI pilot who was shot down and killed, but he never passed over.  He must discover the secret weapon that the Germans are reported as having. You might even see a space ship in this book—after all, the Germans were experimenting with anti-gravitational flying machines. You just can’t make this stuff up!
Chain Reaction
For love of county and a woman, Jordan Pierce must sacrifice his humanity.
Former Chicago Detective Jordan Pierce put his life on hold in order to protect America's secret weapon against the Nazis; The Manhattan Project. But he can't protect himself against the disease eating away at his humanity. Jordan discovers how much of his soul this infection has devoured when he falls in love with the woman who could destroy America. Choosing her, means choosing the monster he's becoming, making him the most powerful man he's ever known.
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Evan and Shawn

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