I am a bit burned out due to a number of reasons. I have the desire and drive to write but the well is a bit dry at the moment. So what I am going to do is rewrite my first novel online. I wrote this a couple of years before AA I and right after I wrote a book on the German Police in World War II. It sold, maybe, 70 copies. I liked it and I think it is a good book.
The book you are going to read is based on actual events I researched. The characters are my invention. You will see where the original Gardener and Max started out from. The book is extremely violent and I have been told very depressing. So be it. The period it covers was an extremely violent and depressing period.
The story takes place during WWII and is told from the point of view of an enlisted German Police officer who served in one of the police battalions that were deployed there. Most of these battalions where hunter-killer units that deployed in company or below strength for the first couple years of the war. They primarily killed Jews but they also killed anyone who was lined up in front of them. Almost every one of these battalions shot at close range tens of thousands of civilians of all ages, often the numbers were higher.
I think some of the readers here may enjoy this story. Why? Because it is about what ordinary men did when when their government told them to do it. These men were career police, often middle aged, who were not fanatics. They did what they saw as their duty. The methods used by the German Security forces, especially in their anti-partisan war were extremely brutal but they also have been copied. Their system of Zones, ID's, labor divisions,and axillary units will read like current history. I hope you enjoy it.