THE HATTERAS AFFAIR presents a fictionalized account of a German plot to infiltrate the coastal defenses of America early in World War II. In the Spring of 1942, isolationist America was suffering heavy losses at the hands of marauding U-boat fleets operating with virtual impunity off the Eastern Seaboard near Cape Hatteras. Eager to combat the U-boat menace, the Department of the Navy turns to Great Britain who agrees to supply a flotilla of converted trawlers equipped with the latest in anti-submarine detection gear. Germany's premier intelligence service, the SS Gestapo, learns of the Allied scheme by extorting top secret information from a Jewish-American civilian naval worker whose sister is imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp in Poland. The German Navy High Command, directed by the Fuhrer, dispatches their finest U-boat crew and commander with a Gestapo team, to Virginia on a secret mission to sink the trawlers at their docks. THE HATTERAS AFFAIR culminates off the coast of North Carolina's Outer Banks, where the main character, a battle reluctant Coast Guard Commander turned trawler captain, confronts the German U-boat and it's decorated commander while on patrol near Hatteras Island. The sea battle produces a surprising outcome as both commanders lose their ships and are forced together in an epic struggle for survival in treacherous seas off Cape Hatteras.THE HATTERAS AFFAIR contains several intriguing sub-plots that involve the compromised Jewish family, the trawler commander and crew, the Gestapo and U-boat teams, and residents of the Outer Banks. Each of the sub-plots add an interesting dimension that supports and enriches the novel's story line.
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Published November 13, 2001
Literature & Fiction, History.