Meet Patrick Parker.
All the way from Texas.
I’ve been following Pat on Twitter for some time. His novels have garnered numerous 4 and 5 star reviews. They’ve won awards.
Here’s a note from his website:
“My goal is to entertain you. I want you to be thrilled and on the edge of your seat all the time, wondering what is going to happen next.”
I’m happy to tell you I have a copy of the book Pat is telling us about this week. I’m anxious to dig in.
Patrick has agreed to share the Story Behind the Story with us.
Hi Allan! Thank you for the opportunity to be a guest on the Scribbler.
Patrick Parker received his bachelor’s degree in management and his master’s degree in international relations. He joined the US Army and spent five years in Italy and one in Germany. After retiring from the military, Parker spent an additional fifteen years in the defense industry. Now retired again, Parker enjoys writing, going to the range, and astronomy. He lives in Texas.
Parker is the author of Six Minutes Early, War Merchant, and Treasures of the Fourth Reich. All are available through Amazon.com (http://amzn.to/1izsnBH).
Title: Treasures of the Fourth Reich
Synopsis: Treasures of the Fourth Reich is based on actual events.
The story begins in September 1944 in the Alps where SS Major Fabian is planning to abscond with a large portion of loot the Nazis planned to use to fund the Fourth Reich. As the officer in charge of security for the mine in which some of the art works are stored, he has an excellent opportunity for some sleight-of-hand that will keep him in riches for decades. The art disappears, a body is found and identified as Fabian’s, and no one is the wiser.
In 1993 Maria Connor, an art expert from Panama and her husband, retired Lieutenant Colonel Dix Connor, are quietly pursuing their careers in Italy when Maria becomes fascinated with the tales of lost Nazi plunder. Maria stumbles across several valuable art pieces she believes were lost during the war. She begins a clandestine and unofficial investigation when she is shown a panel from the Amber Room which was originally in the Summer Palace of Peter the Great and stolen by the Germans when they invaded Russia during the war.
Maria’s sleuthing leads to Fabian’s journal which documents everything he stole from the Nazis—a staggering fortune of art treasures—and the locations spread around the Tirol. During her investigation, Maria gets kidnapped in order to protect the stolen art from discovery. Dix then enlists the help of friends with military intelligence connections to help find Maria. They learn that OSS Officer Robert Hamilton, responsible for the official repatriation and restitution of the Nazi loot stored away in the Bavarian salt mines, took advantage of his unique situation and formed a secret organization with a German farmer. Pegasus, as their organization was called, possessed the only record of Fabian’s fortune.
Dix and his friend exchange the journal for Maria, then flee for their lives. Along the way they learn that certain secret files from the end of the war, thought destroyed, were going to be turned over to the G-7 during a meeting in Munich. These files would expose Pegasus and Hamilton as the leader. During the meeting, Pegasus planned to assassinate the Russian President and destroy the files. Pegasus kills those that get in the way or are no longer of use to the organization. Dix and Maria became an obstacle to Pegasus and must be eliminated.
Armed with the only evidence against Hamilton, narrowly escaping his last trap, they race against the clock to the Munich meeting of the G-7 to stop an assassination, avoid arrest by the authorities, death by Pegasus, and bring down the deadly organization trafficking in stolen treasures.
The Story Behind the Story: When I was in the Army I lived and traveled in Europe for six years and was intrigued with European history. I toured and visited museums, churches and castles in Italy, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland and Austria. Some were used by the Nazis to store loot, while others concealed hiding places for the treasures. I read a lot of history about the Nazi pillage. After reading one story about the Nazi stashes in the Bavarian salt mines, it occurred to me how it could have played out. So, I took a “what if” approach to history and wrote the story.
A question before you go, Pat.
What have been the most enjoyable and the least enjoyable about publishing?
I think the most enjoyable aspects of writing and publishing is when you receive a review stating how much the reader enjoyed the story. Often, I am asked, “What parts are real and what parts are fiction?” I always try to make it realistic and leave the reader asking that question.
I think the least enjoyable is that it takes a long time, and writing is a solitary venture.
My other books:
In a world of espionage, deception, betrayal, terrorism, and murder, Dydre uses the next assignment Zsigmond gives her—the deliverance of new technology to terrorists—to escape his merciless grip.
Dydre, a single mother, is caught up in a world she doesn’t want. Her boss Clayborne Zsigmond—a black market arms dealer—uses her six-year-old son as a pawn to keep her in line. Visitation is a reward for her obedient behavior.
Forced to deal with the worst terrorists and dictators around the world, she uses disguises and a deadly poison to give her an edge in dealing with those that want to kill her. To stay alive, she has honed her skills that few could defeat.
When an opportunity occurs to break free from Zsigmond, she moves fast but the risks she takes puts her on the firing line when her plan goes deadly wrong, and success looks bleak. Those she thought she could trust betray her. Not only is her life in jeopardy but also her son's as she finds herself pitted against Zsigmond, his mercenaries, a double-crossing businessman, terrorists, the FBI, and a man from the Department of Defense.
Six Minutes Early
Former Delta Force commander Max Kenworth is comfortable living life far from the front lines. But when terrorists raid a classified installation containing formidable portable devices, Kenworth returns to the fray to hunt down the dangerously equipped enemy. And with a disgraced Special Forces officer leading the attack, Kenworth fears the U.S. is doomed to face mass destruction.
Bombarded by bureaucratic incompetence, political corruption, and holes in national security, Kenworth struggles to locate the operatives and their plundered nukes. But as the elusive traitor reaches American soil, Kenworth must work fast to protect millions of innocent lives from radioactive devastation.
Can Kenworth outsmart the merciless rebels and prevent a nation-wide catastrophe?
Broken Arrow: Acts of Treason (anticipated release is Spring 2022)
"Broken Arrow" is the code word used by the military and NATO to describe a lost or stolen nuclear weapon.
During the attempted coup d’état in Turkey in 2016, former Green Beret, turned traitor, teams with terrorists and steals six nuclear weapons from the US Air Base in Incirlik, Turkey.
Max Kenworth and his team chase the terrorists across the Middle East and South America, capturing four of the nukes. One disappears somewhere in the Middle East and the other one is discovered in Manhattan, NY.
The traitor sets a trap for Max and takes him prisoner. Does Max get free and disarm the nuke or does he meet his fate along with Manhattan? No spoilers here. I hope you will preorder a copy of this thriller when the release is announced.
Thank you again, Allan, for having me as a guest on the Scribbler!
It’s my pleasure to have you as a guest, Patrick. Thank you for taking the time to tell our visitors about Treasures of the Fourth Reich. I wish you continued success with your novels.
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