Books set in this period are always very hard, and I really look up to Authors brave enough to do it.
Between These Walls by Michael Newman released in March in the Historical Fiction genre.
A novel of historical fiction that turns on two key events: the discovery of a beautiful blonde woman’s body in the back seat of a burnt out SS staff car during the last days of World War II, by US Army Medical Corps Colonel Samuel Singer, and the unsealing more than four decades later of a security-taped package from Germany, bearing a secret that changes the life of New York art curator Daniel Singer, the adopted son of Colonel Singer.
As Daniel learns more about the package’s contents, he unlocks the history of three families — one American and two German – through tumultuous times, from the end of the First World War to the rise of Adolf Hitler, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and through to three Middle East wars. Along the way, he gets entangled in the web of the Mossad, Israel’s top secret spy agency and Naomi one of its beautiful operatives, and is ultimately faced with a life-altering choice – and the opportunity to right the most heinous of wrongs.
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Meet the Author:
A Hungarian refugee (1956) and the son of Holocaust survivors. A retired lifetime entrepreneur living on Toronto’s waterfront with my wife and cocker spaniel. Enjoys reading, mainly books about WW2, boating and worldwide travel. Father of three kids and grandfather of eleven.
Realism in fiction
by Michael Newman
One of the main protagonists in my historical fiction novel, Between These Walls, is Samuel Singer, a colonel in the U.S. army’s medical corps. I named and modelled the appearance of Colonel Singer after a former business associate of mine. In my book Colonel Singer sneaks away to Israel without telling his wife or son, to help in that country’s 1948 War of Independence to establish itself as a sovereign nation. The act of sneaking away into a war zone without telling anyone was based on my own trip to Israel during the Second Lebanon War. Like Colonel Singer in the story I snuck out of the house leaving a letter to my wife, drove to the airport and caught a flight to Tel-Aviv. There I was met by a retired Israeli Army Colonel from the Intelligence Corps. We drove north toward the Lebanese border. Like Colonel Singer I went right into the thick of the fighting with rockets fired by Hezbollah from Lebanon exploding all around us. I stayed at the home of another retired Israeli Army paratroop colonel whose two sons – one an Apache helicopter pilot – were on the front lines. I visited various locations that were under fire during my week’s stay in northern Israel, sometimes with rockets exploding mere meters from us. The experience of being under attack helped me with creating realistic battlefield scenarios for my book. Two major Canadian newspapers wrote about my secret trip. It was this journey that I undertook to Israel that I used to write aboutColonel Singer’s trip to Israel to help his old friend Mickey Marcus, a real life figure and a general, in the novel. Below are some pictures from my trip. The man in the red golf-shirt is Uri Ben Nesher, the Israeli Army Colonel who met me at the airport on my arrival. I am the one on the right. The picture was taken on the Israeli-Lebanon border. There is nothing like real life experiences to instill realism into a historical fiction novel.
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