Tom Gregory is one of the "ninety-day-wonder" lieutenants in WWII. A knee injury keeps him state-side, where he becomes the commanding officer of an Italian prisoner of war camp in a tiny Oklahoma town. Tom falls in love with WAC lieutenant Connie Ballard and together they try to juggle the Italian prisoners, the townspeople, and a Creek Indian community only miles from the camp. Tom is Italian-American and finds to his surprise that he finds friendship and understanding at last among people ostensibly his enemy.
Jack gives an overview of the book:
"Calm down, Vito. No, you're not going home just yet. We can't send you back. Even though the Italian government has surrendered, Mussolini and Hitler haven't. I know there has been talk of prisoner exchanges, but that's not going to happen. The war with Italy is finished, but Mussolini isn't." Tom looked into the befuddled eyes of Vito D'Amico. "You are no longer prisoners of war. Now you are prisoners of fate."
A fourth-generation Oklahoman, I am an author and journalist. My recent novel "The Confederate War Bonnet," was chosen as best historical/military and best Midwestern fiction in the 2009 Independent Publishers Awards (the IPPYS). My new novel, "POWs at Chigger Lake," about a...