I’ve had a few emails asking how the next book is coming along … so here is an update. First of all, this book is a follow up to Ghost Sniper. That’s the World War II story where an American sniper named Caje Cole faces off against the legendary German ghost sniper Kurt Von Stenger, also known as Das Gespenst.
Cole is a sort of modern day mountain man (actually, his friends call him a hillbilly) who uses his trapping and hunting skills from growing up in the southern Appalachians to match wits with Von Stenger, who is an amazing marksman and strategist.
Short of a spoiler, let’s just say that that Cole and Von Stenger have some unfinished business. This next book is where that business is concluded (in rather spectacular fashion, I might add).
Most of the other characters also return, such as the wisecracking Vaccaro and the intriguing French Resistance fighter Jolie Molyneaux. There are also a few new characters to make this a fresh story.
It was tough picking a title for this novel. I loved the title Wolves of Ardennes, but wiser minds have suggested using Ardennes Sniper to make a better connection to the previous book. When writing, I always seem to need the title first, and then everything else just falls into place. So, changing titles is rather monumental for me and I hope that the wiser minds were correct and that Ardennes Sniper (that’s pronounced Ar-Den) was a good choice.
While the draft of the novel is finished, there is some revision to do, some answering of questions about things like 88 mm guns and Springfield 1903A rifles, then the whole editing process, cover design, etc., etc. … let’s just say it’s quite a bit of work involving several people to get a book into print.
But Ardennes Sniper is well on its way. You’ll see the snipers in action soon … in December 1944 at the Battle of the Bulge!