D.D. O'Lander ~ Author, Speaker, History buff.

PARATUS is in the sights of U799

Sitting on the saddle of the attack periscope and operating the foot pedals, Jakob Prüsche swung the periscope through a 360º sweep. He knew well the dangerous game of hide-and-seek he played when a Yank cutter hunted them. With the Americans crossing through his view on this stark night, his movements were swift.

A freighter came into his sights.

With his skipper’s slight smile, Garrick Bechtler knew death awaited another ship. Data for targeting had been relayed. Aft tubes were ready. Jakob gave the order to fire. Detonations followed in quick succession. The freighter was near enough that U799 rocked. Judging by the repetitious explosions, she undoubtedly carried munitions ....

As the aft torpedo tubes were again readied, Jakob ordered a position shift. Now Jakob’s focus turned to the American cutter. “The Yanks want a piece of us,” he said so softly few of the men nearby heard him.

But Garrick heard and knew Jakob’s intentions. They had avoided this cutter since dusk. Now she was their target. Garrick envisioned the glory for sinking such a prize and the jubilant welcome they’d receive upon their return—

Snapping Garrick’s mind back to their plight and quashing his lapse into boastful musings, Jakob began relaying targeting data ...

“Tubes five and six ready for firing,” echoed from aft.

While Jakob Prüsche sized up U799’s options, Garrick felt a trickle of sweat creep down his back. What if I were in command? Would I dare to fire down the throat of an American cutter? It is a brazen act to contemplate.


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14.11 | 19:20

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Denise, thank you so much for your reply! I wish you well as you work towards publication of ‘Pawn’. I’ll be watching for it n Spring 2019! I am truly a fan!

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Marcia, thank you for your interest. I'm working through the glitches of being a self publisher. Hopefully, late Spring 2019. Denise

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