Book Title: Fabyan Place: Two WWII GIs Fight to Survive and Overcome Racial Strife as POWS by Peter Angus
Category: Adult Fiction 18+, 350 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Dottenfritz Press
Release date: August 2021
Content Rating: PG13 + M: Some use of the “F” word, some swearing, bigoted pejorative vernacular common in the 1940s, treatment attributed to Nazi captors in both a POW and Death Camp and one antagonist suicide.
“Enthusiasts of this genre will be impressed by the book’s authenticity. The author has a deep knowledge of the Second World War and offers many historical insights and details that I was not aware of.” — David Aretha, editor, World War II Chronicle and The Holocaust Chronicle
Should racism prevent you fighting for your country?
Does bigotry still live even after a war has ended?
Must standing at the gates of hell in a POW camp forever change a man?
Memories of his internment as a prisoner echo as a young war veteran returns to his family and an enigmatic visitor arrives unannounced on Christmas morning.
The guest brings memories of the war, the horrors of the camps and the life-altering changes in his own psyche as his family prepares for their annual feast.
Fabyan Place is an engrossing suspenseful historical fiction novel about two mixed race young men from urban New Jersey and rural Georgia whose experiences clash in a Nazi concentration camp.
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The story follows Sonny and John and their difficult issues being a different race. I enjoyed these two characters and was intrigues by their stories. The author does an amazing job describing each scene with such detail, I found myself not wanting to put this book down. The storyline flows so smoothly making it easy to read and follow. Though I will say the content of the book makes it difficult to read at times. This is a book that anyone enjoying WWII stories would enjoy. I trust you will check out this intriguing story to read for yourself.
And now read this Interview with author Peter Angus (email@example.com
How did you do research for your book?
Fabyan Place is a WWII historical fiction novel, a timeframe in I’ve been very interested in since my Dad was a veteran in the artillery and told me about his time fighting the Germans. I wrote Fabyan Place because one holiday season a few years back I remembered my grandmother told me when I was ten or eleven years old about her son, (mom’s brother and my uncle) and his capture by the German’s during the Battle of the Bulge. As the memories started trickling back, I wrote an outline based on the information I remembered and started to flesh out the story from there. Obviously, I wrote fiction to fill in the gaps, but I did internet research to find out the feasibility of my created facts including such things as geography, weather etc. I also took a deep dive into everything via published diaries, from the treatment of captives to their living conditions and combining that with what my grandma told me.
There are quite a few books out there about WWII....What makes yours different?
There are a few things that make it very different. There are many books out there in the genre, but very few cover the almost banal but brutal existence of POWs from a fictional standpoint. Many folks are aware of stories of the fictional and highly unrealistic Stalag 17 and the TV show Hogan’s Heroes, where POWs pull the wool over their captors’ eyes or detailing their clever escapes, but many times they fail to give a realistic portrayal which you get from the very non-fiction diaries that were written by released prisoners after the war, and I read several of them. I incorporated many of the stories I read from the diaries into Fabyan Place.
Next, one of the story’s main protagonists is in the Quartermaster Corps. Most fictional stories about WWII involve epic battles and life and death situations in combat, but there are none that I could find that highlighted the work done by the majority of the soldiers worldwide - supplying the fighting soldiers whatever they needed in the war zone. Feedback I have received has been very favorable for this viewpoint
Finally, I give a different historical perspective on the life of the African American soldiers during the War. Most stories of their participation is usually only touched upon if they are mentioned at all and most people have imagined them (mostly from movies or stories) as being cooks, orderlies or band members. Nearly 80% of the African Americans were in the service (non-combat) forces. In addition to the African American fighters that I highlight in the book, there were the backbone rear-echelon companies and battalions supplying the war effort. At the height of the war, Quartermasters were providing over 70,000 different supply items and more than 24 million meals each day. When it was over, they had recovered and buried nearly a quarter of a million Soldiers in temporary cemeteries around the world.
What genre do you write and why?
Historical fiction is my topic of choice. I do it for several reasons, but primarily I started to become interested in this genre in grammar school with a series called ‘We Were There’ that my sixth-grade teacher handed me when I couldn’t decide what books to read. She knew that I was very interested in the war, and the series told the story of some fictional experience, like Pearl Harbor or the Boston Tea Party, and it gave a fictional human story against the historical backdrop. It was a great learning tool for me as a youngster!
Pete Angus spent his early years in New York City and environs. From there it was working and living in Vienna, Belgrade, Warsaw, Moscow, and Paris before settling in his current base, London. Fabyan Place, his first novel, is drawn from his own recollections and his extensive study of WWII military history. Pete has caught the writing bug and is currently working on a new mystery series featuring a military CID officer investigating unusual crimes in the 1940s.
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