HN Books is now offering,” Over Here” . Over Here promises a suspense thriller, well founded in historical fact. Over Here draws parallels with 9/11 and other events in the contemporary war on terror, while describing crucial but little-known aspects of U.S. involvement in World War One.
World War I explodes onto the streets of New York in Over Here, an historical thriller by James Hockenberry. SERGEANT GIL MARTIN of the city’s elite Bomb Squad battles an extensive and well-financed German clandestine war designed to stop the flow of American goods and money to the Allies. His main adversary is DANIE CAARSENS, a former Boer weapons and explosives expert whose remaining purpose in life is revenge against his old enemy Great Britain. Caught between them is the pacifist German-American businessman, JOHN WITTIG, whose inside knowledge of Morgan Bank secrets is coveted by German agents.
Action moves from New York Harbor and across Manhattan to the power centers of Washington and Berlin. The stakes mount when German saboteurs bomb American munitions ships and factories. Meanwhile, Caarsens foments labor unrest among African-American workers, operates a German-financed company that disrupts the U.S. munitions industry, and attempts to assassinate a prominent government official. His greatest success occurs when he blows up Black Tom Island, a major munitions depot behind the Statue of Liberty. The action culminates as Caarsens attacks Wall Street with bombs and poison gas in a desperate attempt to destroy and terrorize America’s financial center, with Martin hot on his heels.
German saboteurs actually destroyed Black Tom Island on July 30, 1916 in an explosion that reached 5.5 on the Richter Scale. It was the largest terrorist attack by foreign agents on U.S. soil before the tragedy of 9/11. Well founded in historical fact, Over Here draws parallels with 9/11 and other events in the contemporary war on terror, while describing crucial but little-known aspects of U.S. involvement in World War I.