Author: Sam BatyPosted: September 16, 2012
Footsteps to Forever is a story filled with suspense, romance, and danger. It’s 1941, and the world is at war. Two uniquely qualified U.S. army lieutenants – Jennifer, a beautiful nurse, and Jonathan, who falls in love withher almost immediately – are sent to rescue a world-famous physicist in Norway. The physicist had been dispatched by Roosevelt to spy on German atomic energy progress. Chased by the enemy, hampered by the physicist’s deteriorating health, impacted by a blossoming romance, and faced with harsh winter conditions, the young Americans and their allies struggle. An epic battle occurs –with results that echo throughout the novel.
As the war rages, Footsteps expands to include the doomed Allied raid at Dieppe, the Russian Front, the Normandy D-Day invasion, andferocious air battles in the Pacific. Fictional characters include an American fighter pilot, a British Special Operations officer, overworked medical personnel, and a pairof German officers — one cruel, the other surprisingly tender-hearted.
Human emotions smolder, clouded by issues of conscience and morality. Survivors meet again – enemies as well as friends – in ways both dreamed of and quite shocking.
Even though the ferocious battles of World War II have concluded, the world is unfortunately not a safer place. The iron curtain has dropped in front of Eastern Europe, Josef Stalin is focused on world domination, and United States Army nurse Jennifer Haraldsson is on a mission to find her former patient and foe, German POW Otto Bruner. Once attracted to Otto until wartime secrets divided them, Jennifer must know the truth. Does she love him or not?
After Otto is transferred to a detention camp in West Germany, he remains devastated by the loss of Jennifer and witnessing the post-war destruction of his beloved Germany only makes it worse. Desperate to win Jennifer back, Otto summons his friend Ernst Peiper to help, but they soon discover they are being targeted by a group of Nazi extremists and must be transferred to another camp. But Otto is ready to risk everything for love and escapes off the transporter truck into the dark of the night.
In a last-ditch effort to rendezvous, Otto and Jennifer throw caution to the wind and cross into the other’s territory, never realizing that their unsettled world is much more complicated than they ever imagined.
Although World War II is over, the world is not a safer place. The Soviet Union has lowered an iron curtain in front of Eastern Europe, and Josef Stalin desires complete world domination. American nurse Jennifer Haraldsson and her former patient and German POW, Otto Bruner, have returned to their former lives with unfinished business. Although deeply in love, both realize the obstacles to spending their lives together are too overwhelming.
Haraldsson, who now serves as a nurse at Walter Reed Army Hospital, knows that Jack MacLaine, United States Army Intelligence Officer, is her best hope for romance. After she accepts his marriage proposal, she naively thinks her life will return to normal. Unfortunately, she has never been more wrong. After the North Koreans attack South Korea, MacLaine is sent overseas. It is not long before Haraldsson is enlisted by her boss, Dr. Brad Taylor, to travel to Korea to launch a mobile army hospital. As the two work tirelessly to set up their MASH unit, Haraldsson has no idea that an unexpected tragedy is about to strip away her newfound happiness.
Many twists and turns occur in this continuing historical thriller. The great political and military dramas of the times unfold as the legendary Marine First Regiment Commander Chesty Puller, General Douglas MacArthur, General Matthew Ridgway, and President Harry Truman assume their commanding roles.
In this continuing historical saga, an American nurse soon realizes that amidst the chaos of war, nothing is guaranteed—especially love.
Books: iuniverse press 2008-2012