James Hockenberry

Author Hockenberry’s September 2017 Blog

Author Hockenberry’s September 2017 Blog

It has been a few months since I last wrote a blog. I was waiting for *So
Beware*, the second book in my World War One Intrigue Trilogy, to become
available. It took longer that I had expected, but I am pleased to announce
that it is now out.

I’ve changed some of the content of the blog. I’d love you to send any
thoughts, comments, suggestions, or requests for multiple books to
info@jameshockenberry.com . Many thanks.


You can purchase the book either through my website (soft cover only),
www.jameshockenberry.com, or Amazon (soft cover and eBook).

*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.


I learned this by reading an obscure footnote in a WWI book. It is both
fascinating and significant. I have mentioned in the past how Germany made
a calculated gamble in the Spring of 1918 to roll all of its die and launch
an all-out win-now offensive. The Kaiser nearly won his bet as the Allied
armies were reeling by April-May 1918. The gamble was predicated on the
assumption that America would not have time to field an army capable of
making a difference on the Western Front before the Kaiser secured a
victory. The Germans based their assumption on the time it would physically
take to transport hundreds of thousands of soldiers across the Atlantic.
Germany calculated that it would take until 1919 for enough U.S. soldiers
to reach Europe. By that time, the war would be over.

The Germans grossly underestimated the timing. By the summer of 1918,
America was sending over 200,000 men a month to Europe (with no end in
sight). At the same time, Germany was calling up 14 and 15 year-olds. Why
did German make so big a blunder? Aside from their exaggerated confidence
in the ability of their U-boats to sink the troop ships, the Germans
underestimated the capacity of Allied shipping itself. They failed to
include what became a major source of troop transport  – German merchant
ships that were docked in neutral America harbors (New York, Baltimore, San
Francisco, etc.) at the start of the war. Chased by the British navy, these
ships found safe harbor in American waters. However, once America declared
war on Germany, the U.S. impounded these ships for its own use. One ship,
the *Leviathan*, alone carried 10,000 soldiers in one crossing.

Germany based its calculations on the known existing U.S. transport
capacity, not its potential one. I am intrigued by the implications. I
think Germany would still have launched its Spring Offensive, but when it
stalled, they might have asked for peace earlier. The last 100 days of WWI
were the costliest of the entire war. Hundreds of thousands of lives could
have been saved.


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Please note that Bekky’s Village Workshop (also known as Let’s Steep) in
Peddler’s Village, PA is closed. I will no longer be making book signings

* *Saturday September 16* – book signing,    2pm-5pm
Sleepy Cat Urban Winery
1840 Allen Street
Allentown, PA

* *Sunday September 24* – author to discuss book, afternoon
“Afternoon of Wine and Rogues” charity event
Private home in Princeton

* *Saturday October 7* – book signing,    noon – 2pm
Collingsworth Book Festival
Along Hadden Avenue
Downtown Collingsworth, NJ

**Sunday October 15* – book signing,  10am – 4pm
Local Book Faire
Prallsville Mill
Stockton, NJ

* *Friday October 20* – author lecture, 6pm
Deutscher Club of Clark
787 Featherbed Lane
Clark, NJ 07066
(732) 574-8600

* *Saturday October 28* – book signing, noon – 2pm
Classics Book Store
4 West Lafayette Street
Trenton, NJ   08608
(609) 394-8400

* *Wednesday November 11* ­ 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


*A Very Dangerous Woman* by Deborah McDonald and Jeremy Dronfield
A true story of a real life Russian spy during the Lenin and Stalin years.
Fascinating read.

*Shoot Like a Girl; One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in  *
*Afghanistan** and on the Home Front* by Mary Jennings Hegar
An autobiography by an Air Force Rescue helicopter pilot.
She’s a fun kick-ass character.

*Lenin on the Train*, by Catherine Merridale
The true story of how Lenin’s returned to Russia (with the help of Germany)
start the Revolution. A must read for anyone interested in this subject.

*The Spy Across the Table* by Barry Lancet
I met Barry at this year’s Thrillerfest and this book is part of his Jim
Brodie Thriller series. Barry, and Asian expert, lives in Japan
and this book concerns Chinese and North Korean spies.
Unique and well told.