James Hockenberry

Author Hockenberry’s October 2017 Blog

I am most pleased with the reaction to my new book, So Beware. I am busy over the next few weeks with books signings, lectures, and appearances. All fun. I’ve signed up for Thrillerfest 2018 and have added something they call “Mastercraft,” a one day seminar of ten writers led by a major thriller writer. I plan to bring the opening chapters of the third book in my WWI Intrigue Trilogy: Send the Word, which I am working on in the midst of everything else. It will center on events in 1918. A friend of mine (and an excellent writer) participated last year and said it was a great experience.
I have a wonderful opening line: “Panic creates its own unpredictable force, and US Army Captain Gil Martin felt its cold impact shiver down his spine.”
I’ve changed some of the content of the blog. I’d love you to send any thoughts, comments or suggestions to info@jameshockenberry.com . Many thanks.
Strong positive reaction to SO BEWARE
You can purchase the book either through my website (soft cover only), www.jameshockenberry.com, Amazon (soft cover and eBook), or one of the stores listed below.
Brief synopsis: In So Beware, Gil Martin, and Paul & Shannon Keller, the “saviors of New York City” from Over Here, are once again caught in a cauldron of deceit and danger. Europe is in ruins. The victors of the Great War demand retribution. They meet in Paris to patch together peace accords. Three forces threaten the talks: Lenin’s call for worldwide revolution, the renegade German Freikorps’ refusal to accept defeat, and the Allies’ disagreements over the shape of the post-war world. These forces converge on Martin and the Kellers. They fight diabolical enemies, mysterious associates, and time to thwart attempts to doom the fragile peace and to keep the Allied leaders safe. Events engulf them. The tension climaxes when an air assault threatens the final signing of the Versailles peace treaty. Failure to stop this attack could ignite a new cataclysm.
Please note that I am offering a discount for anyone who orders any 2 or more of my books at my website. My first book, Over Here, and So Beware are companions that, although stand-alone, complement each other, expand the depth and emotion of the characters, and flow nicely together.
Christmas is coming!
10 Things You did Not Know About the Paris Peace Conference (1919)
 
As a compendium to So Beware, I have compiled a list of 31 facts you did not know about the Paris Peace Conference which started in January 1919 and ended with the signing of the Treaty on June 28, 1919. I will share these with you over this and the next two blogs.
1) World War One did not officially end on November 11, 1918 when Germany signed the armistice. The war between Germany and the Allies officially ended on June 28, 1919 with the signing of the Paris Peace Treaty.
* The treaty itself was about 200 pages and about seventy-five thousand words. It contained 450 articles.
2) The Treaty of Paris merely settled terms between the Allies and Germany. Other treaties concerning the Central Powers were:
* The Treaty of Saint-German-en-Laye (1919), Austria
* The Treaty of Neuilly (1919), Bulgaria
* The Treaty of Trianon (1920), Hungary
* The Treaties of Sevres (1920) and Lausanne (1923), Turkey
3) Several Allied Generals, including General Pershing, the American Expeditionary Forces Commander, and French General Mangin advised against the armistice and argued that the Allies should press into Germany and force an unconditional surrender. The war-weary Allies rejected their pleas.
4) In 1940, Germany forced France to sign its surrender in the same railroad carriage that was used to sign the armistice in 1918. After the signing, Hitler destroyed it.
5) President Wilson arrived in Paris on December 1918 to a triumphant greeting. Various banners proclaimed: “Vive Wilson,” and “Wilson le Juste”.
6) France lost 25% of its male population between the ages of 18-27 during the war. Its aim for the treaty was to prevent Germany from ever inflicting such losses on it again.
7) World War One saw the end of four empires: Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottomans, and Russia.
8) After the armistice, the Allies posted tens of thousands of men in Russia to support the White Russians in their fight against Lenin’s Red Army in Russia’s civil war.
9) President Wilson, who grew up in the South during the American Civil War, is the only President to experience a complete military defeat in his lifetime.
10) Germany asked for the armistice on the basis of President Wilson’s 14 Points. The final terms differently from them substantially. Germany was not even asked to join the League of Nations. She felt betrayed.
BOOKS ON SALE AT
 
Classics Book Store
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APPEARANCES
Friday October 20 – author lecture, 6pm
Deutscher Club of Clark
787 Featherbed Lane
Clark, NJ 07066
(732) 574-8600
Saturday October 21 – book signing, noon, 2:30pm
Newtown Bookshop
2835 South Eagle Road
Newtown, PA  18940
(215) 968-2400
Saturday October 28 – book signing, noon, 2pm
Classics Book Store
4 West Lafayette Street
Trenton, NJ   08608
(609) 394-8400
Saturday November 11 – book signing, 1pm – 4pm
Bucks County Free Library Author Day
Doylestown
Wednesday November 15 ­ lecture,  noon – 1pm
NJ State Library
185 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
(609) 278-2640
Sunday November 19 – book signing, noon – 5pm
Deutscher Club of Clark
787 Featherbed Lane
Clark, NJ 07066
(732) 574-8600
 
 
WHAT AM I READING?
Confederate Waterloo – The Battle of Five ForksApril 1, 1865 by Michael McCarthy
Another of my passions is the Civil War. This book nicely describes this
important but little known battle. Not the best book on Civil War battles.
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, by John LeCarre
The classic; I read it in advance of his new novel which
refers back to events contained here.
The Queen’s Gambit, by Walter Tevis
Another book from a Thrillerfest author. Looks at the rise
of a young US chess champion. Good, not great.
Revelation, by Carter Wilson
Fascinating psychological study. Powerful and disturbing.
Clever and well written. Something different; worth a look.