Sunday, June 9, 2013

VAN STOCKUM | Time Bomber by Robert Wack

Dr. Robert Wack and Alice Tepper Marlin. Photo by
JT Marlin. 
June 9, 2013–Time Bomber is a book about a bomber pilot who takes part in the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France.

Written by Robert Wack, it is about to be released by Boissevain Books. This is a story about love, regrets, destiny and redemption, during the decisive battles of the invasion of Normandy in 1944, 69 years ago.

The central character is Willem Jacob van Stockum, a brilliant University of Maryland mathematics professor. It is based on a true story about a man who abandoned a promising academic career and became an unlikely RAF bomber pilot in World War II. 

After surviving a merciless training program, he flew six missions before and after the D-Day invasion of Europe. When his plane is shot down on June 10 behind the lines over Normandy, Wack presents a sci-fi angle to make this the genre that he wants the book to be classified in.
While they fight for survival in the French countryside, they meet up with ruthless French Resistance fighters and two strangers who are not what they seem. Willem’s pioneering academic work on time travel and Einstein's Theory of Relativity pose intriguing “what if?” questions compelling him to face the implications of his work and the consequences of choices in a universe of infinite possibilities.
The author, Maj. Robert Wack, is a pediatrician in Maryland. He consulted closely with relatives of Willem van Stockum to get the historical parts of the book right. The book is faithful to the real life of Willem J. van Stockum, who was my mother's brother. Order in paperback or in Kindle version from Amazon.