PRLog - Dec. 8, 2012 - PHOENIX -- Inspired by the heroism of Walter (Buck) Merkel, Jr., this novel lets the reader witness gut-jarring missions over Nazi Germany, as he and fellow airmen dodge 8mm slugs ripping through the fuselage of their B-17. Upon reaching enemy targets, feel the adrenaline coursing through their veins while winging over 88mm anti-aircraft flak, spraying death upward in the form of shrapnel, capable of ripping an airplane, engine or airman to shreds.
At the onset of World War Two, Ilona, a sophisticated woman of privileged Jewish class from Budapest, embarks on a dangerous journey by train through Nazi occupied Europe to England. For too long, she watched Hungary turn into a police state, now Ilona sought to escape the Gestapo's midnight arrests and mass executions. Grappling with fear of discovery at any moment, she uses cunning and deception to outwit the Nazis.
Their worlds collide when Buck meets Ilona working as a singer in London's cabaret district. They find love in each other's arms until the war pulls them apart. When Buck receives orders to report for a secret mission, Ilona vows to wait for him but soon encounters a life-changing discovery. Nothing will ever be the same.
A similar war-time romance (novel by Randall Wallace) was launched as a film – http://en.wikipedia.org/
About Victor Merkel
Many years prior to earning a reputation for writing serious novels and non-fiction, Victor Merkel worked as field sales engineer for a Chicago firm; however, his evenings filled with dire passion for writing articles, short stories and novels.
Born to a bricklayer and homemaker in rural East Pennsylvania, Victor attended Tamaqua High School. After serving in the U.S. Army, he majored in business administration at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
During the peak of his career as a sales executive, he secured multi-million dollar contracts with international companies to produce and distribute industrial electronics.
Merkel’s life as a struggling teen inspired him to write his first published novel—— Misery Mountain. His success caught the attention of Joseph Baca, activist, who commissioned him to write Constant Reminder, a biography.
Tailgunner fulfills a long-time dream to honor Victor’s eldest brother, Walter C. Merkel, Jr., for service to his country during World War Two.
Victor Merkel and his wife, Fran Merkel, reside in Arizona. They are parents of a daughter, Deb Merkel Wanamaker, who lives with her family in Pennsylvania.
About Ann Frommer
Ann Frommer’s first novel has been a life-long dream. After reading Victor Merkel’s first book, Misery Mountain—— Ann and Victor, former Tamaqua, Pennsylvania school mates——reconnected and a long-distance friendship began.
While Ann lived in Budapest, Vic invited her to co-author his next book, Tailgunner. Budapest seemed to be the appropriate setting for research and creation of the heroine——Ilona.
Ann’s father, Edgar Arner, a former private pilot whose barnstorming antics entertained her, also gave some colorful background to the story.
She and her Hungarian-born husband, Robert, travel widely and live part of the time in Budapest.
Ms. Frommer, an RN with a successful healthcare management career, wrote and published multiple medical articles. She was the editor of a healthcare quality newsmagazine, The Alert, which won national recognition.
Ann studied liberal arts at Columbia, art at NYU and completed her bachelor’s plus master’s degrees at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey.
When Ann is not writing, she is either traveling with Robert or exhibiting her photography of European scenes in various New Jersey galleries. Ann and Robert reside in New Jersey.
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