J.D. Keene, author of "The Heroes of Sainte-Mère-Église"

The Heroes of Sainte-Mère-Église is J. D. Keene’s first novel and was born from his passion for history. Although initial ideas were set to paper in early 2018, it didn’t come to life until he visited the village of Sainte-Mère-Église in Normandy France. While there, …

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The Heroes of Sainte-Mère-Église

The Heroes of Sainte-Mere-Eglise: A D-Day Novel

On May 10, 1940, SS Sturmbannführer Gunther Dettmer stands on the border of Germany and France. He waits with the German war machine for the order from Adolf Hitler to start the western Blitzkrieg–the “lightning war.”

Six hundred kilometers away, WWI veteran René Legrand plows his fields. He is enjoying the life he has made with his wife and two sons in the peaceful village of Sainte-Mère-Église. Since the end of the last war, he has tried to forget the atrocities he’d witnessed. Most of all, he has tried to forget the horrors he inflicted on others as the deadliest assassin the French Army has ever known, unaware he will soon need the skills of war he once used to perfection.

His youngest son, Jean-Pierre, lives the life of a typical thirteen-year- old. He attends school, helps his father in the fields, and tries not to be nervous around the mesmerizing Angelique Lapierre. Events will soon force him to become a man, and along with his father, brother, and a small group of citizens, harass their German occupiers and help the Allies prepare for the D-Day invasion…

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