BIRCH HILL BOOKS

THE WORLD OF ACTION AND ADVENTURE

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Fred Maynard Whitaker was an infantry rifleman in the United States Army in World War II. He was just 17 when he enlisted in June 1943, and by the time he entered combat in December 1944 the end of the war in Europe was only six months away. But during those six months he participated in the grueling Ardennes German offensive that has come to be known as the Battle of the Bulge. He also took part in the fierce fighting that surrounded the crossing of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers, as well as the other fighting that took place as the Allies pushed east into Germany. Fred received a Purple Heart as well as other honor and service medals, but they are of no real importance. The personal risks large and small that he and others like himself took for their country make all of them heroes with or without decorations. This is his story.

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It is 1928, and a renowned Paris jeweler named Claude Debrosse has gone to North Africa in search of a rare yellow glass. He has disappeared, and Parker "Camel" Hicks has been asked to advise his daughter about the wisdom of going to North Africa to find him. But headstrong and spoiled, the girl is determined to go and stumbles into a world she knows nothing about. She is kidnapped and rescued by Hicks, but the story does not end there. Hicks learns that her father may be alive and that rare red sapphires may be involved in his disappearance. It is a story with many twists and turns toward an uncertain end.

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The Morven Pass-through . . . . . . a curious archway that in the twentieth century frames the entrance to a grape arbor and in the nineteenth to a drawing room in a Northern Virginia plantation house. Made from meteoritic iron and strongly magnetized, it is a gateway through time for those with the ability to use it. Born more than a century apart, Peter Matthews and Peggy Daingerfield possess this rare ability, and the bridge in time that forms between them through the arch results in an adventure that is both triumphant and tragic. Matthews must go back in time to save the Union general Ulysses S. Grant and preserve history, while Daingerfield must help Matthews so that her own crusade against slavery will not fail. But their efforts are not without cost.

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The arch of Morven . . . the story continues. Lost when the vine-covered pergola was torn down, the arch has been found by Cottus Rickert, a science advisor at the Smithsonian Institute. From the time that Peter Matthews’s book was first published Rickert has believed all of Matthews’s claims and is convinced that the arch is the key to understanding time travel. But now he must convince Matthews to help him find a second person with the power to use it so that experiments in time travel can be carried out. It is a quest complicated by the laws of time travel and a detective’s search to find a renegade mafia accountant. It is an adventure that twists and turns toward an uncertain end. The Pass-through Resurrection is the second book in the Morven Time Trilogy.

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The arch of Morven . . . the story continues. Bart Dayton’s new life is disrupted when he learns that a young girl has appeared naked out of thin air on the Washington Mall. He knows immediately what has happened and needs to talk to her . He still has the arch, and he knows that it may be the only way that she can return to her family. His quest to make contact with her is made more difficult when the girl runs away from the authorities and teams up with a truck driver who is being pursued by the Chicago underworld. It is another adventure that twists and turns toward an uncertain end. The Pass-through Salvation is the third book in the Morven Time Trilogy.

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The Genesis Cloud . . . not being alone is only half the story. And there are reasons for the silence. Only one file in the United States government bears the designation SENTKO, an acronym for Special Executive Need To Know Only. SENTKO is a security classification created specifically to hide Galaxy, the government's most closely guarded secret. For more than half a century the information contained in the special file has been secure. But now the SENTKO-shrouded secret has been divulged to a doctor by one of his patients, the last living member of an unofficial committee created in 1947 by President Harry S. Truman to deal with the Roswell incident and the as yet unnamed Galaxy. The doctor has also been told something else by his patient. There is a second secret that the government does not know, a secret so incredible and frightening that it almost defies imagination. And unknown to the doctor, his knowledge of both secrets has marked him for assassination.

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It is spring, 1940, and the yet to be named Manhattan Project is already stalled. Franklin Roosevelt has been told that the detonation of an atomic bomb is dependent upon a specially designed charge of conventional explosive and that only one man, a Polish mathematician and physicist, has worked out the mathematical formulas for its design. Unfortunately, the scientist is a prisoner in a Soviet concentration camp in Siberia. Roosevelt enlists a close friend and confidant, William Donovan, to rescue the Pole from the Gulag. Donovan calls upon a Canadian bush pilot, William Tavish, to head the mission. Tavish, who is currently flying for the RAF in the beginning Battle of Britain, wants no part of Donovan's plan but is forced to volunteer. It is a daring mission onto foreign soil with the fate of the atomic bomb and possibly victory in the coming world war hanging in the balance.

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In 1680 in the face of a bloody Pueblo Indian revolt Franciscan monks race to hide a fortune of gold and silver. Their desperate mission is successful but forgotten. Only the determination of a lone priest keeps the secret alive. In the late Twentieth Century purely by accident the Vatican discovers the existence of the lost treasure and is determined to recover what it regards as its own sacred property. Rome enlists the help of a commercial geologist and mining engineer, an expert in aerial radar scanning, whose reluctant efforts do not go unchallenged by the criminal elements on whose land the gold and silver are hidden. Duplicity and bad luck threaten to destroy him and his recovery team, and only his loyalty to a friend and his love for a woman push him to succeed.

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