History and the fate of great nations often turns on remarkably small events--a note dropped on the ground, a garbled radio message, or a case of mistaken identity... Or one person who goes against his or her nature for a split second and causes the elaborate machinery of war and politics to completely break down.
During World War II, occupied Paris was a city filled with people acting contrary to their better natures. The Saints Departed, is a novel of these ordinary/extraordinary people and their supreme moments when regimes could suddenly topple, leaders falter, and the course of war irrevocably change direction. Based on many factual plots and stories, The Saints Departed centers around an ill-fated love affair between an overconfident German agent and a female French Resistance fighter bent on revenge, who find themselves entwined in a massive conspiracy that will end either with Hitler's death and a pre-invasion peace with the Allies, or a persecution of the French people far worse than anything imaginable.About the Author:
Author Jack Trammell is 34, with a wife and 3 kids, a middle school teacher and writer, and also teaches college classes on writing and the Internet (at the University of Richmond and the Hand Workshop in Richmond, Virginia). His writing credits range from history (in which he holds an undergraduate degree and is certified to teach) articles in places like AMERICA'S CIVIL WAR, LINN'S STAMP NEWS, SCHOLASTIC MAGAZINE, etc. to poetry in contemporary journals like the FAUQUIER POETRY JOURNAL, THE POET'S PAGE, etc, and he recently published a chapbook of poetry entitled APPALACHIAN DREAMS (Escape Press, Richmond, VA).
He has published numerous educational articles on special education (he's certified in three areas and holds two master's degrees; one from Virginia Commonwealth University (M.Ed.), and the equivalent second from The University of Virginia in special education) in places like the GIFTED EDUCATION PRESS, THE CRUCIAL LINK (journal of Virginia middle schools), etc.
His first book-length manuscript, a novella "Brethard," was published with Working Writers in New York. He also published his own text book for the classes he's teaching, entitled ELECTRONIC FRONTIERS.
THE SAINTS DEPARTED represents one of his most recent efforts, and entailed extensive research in this country and in France (by a third party), as well as several important re-writes with the aid of a professional literary agent. Another novel he wrote is serialized on the Internet (at the Fiction Network), and a young adult novel is ready for traditional publishing.
His next project is an unfinished Civil War novel, with special emphasis on the area of Virginia where he lives as part of the setting.
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