Brad Schaeffer is a historian, author, and musician whose columns have appeared in several news media outlets including the New York Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, and here at The Daily Wire. He delves into historical fiction with his novel “Of Another Time and Place.” The story takes place at two points in time, first in the modern-day streets of London, but also in the skies of Europe during the second World War.
The book is described as a “a novel about love, redemption, and two young lovers separated by war and desperate to survive the unparalleled violence consuming their war-torn nation. It is the story of a country gone astray, mesmerized by their mad Fuehrer, and the artist-turned-warrior and his courageous bride who vow to break his spell and make a difference, even it if means dangling at the end of a Nazi rope.”
The plot involves American reporter Rachael Azerod, who flies to England in order to meet Harmon Becker, the former German WWII hero to whom Hitler himself awarded the highest honors. However, there is more to his story than meets the eye.
Becker explains how as the second World War breaks out, he joined the German air force known as the Luftwaffe, leaving behind his parents and his fiancé Amelia, who is protesting the rise of the Third Reich as the Jewish community begins to be targeted.
After battling in the skies above Russia, Becker is transferred to Belgium where he is promoted to captain and tasked with training a new squadron of pilots.
He is given leave to travel and meet Adolf Hitler himself, who is to give him an award for his prowess in the sky. He stops off at his hometown where he learns a secret. Amelia has been hiding a Jewish family in the woods near their town — but not just any family. It is none other than his former music teacher under whom he studied prior to the war. Now, he must make a choice to either do the right thing, or report his own loved ones to the dreaded Nazis.
“Of Another Time and Place” is not simply a historical novel, it tells the story of a man who is torn between a genuine love for his home country and his forced loyalties to the Nazi regime.
Schaeffer perfectly captures this tragic moment in history. It is an excellent and well-crafted plot that engrosses you as you travel with Becker on his journey of divided loyalties and dangerous secrets. Every step of the way, you feel the tension build as Becker makes choices that he knows could get him and his entire family killed by the deadly Gestapo. It is a story that you do not want to miss.
The Daily Wire’s editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro says of the novel, “I love Brad Schaeffer’s writing, and ‘Of Another Time and Place’ is no exception. Buy it and read it. You won’t be disappointed.”
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