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Fatal Incident Hardcover – May 1, 2011

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About the Author

Jim Proebstle has his BA and MBA from Michigan State University where he was fortunate enough to also play on a National Championship Football Team in 1965 and earn academic honors. His corporate career in sales and management prepared him to form Prodyne, Inc.--a management consulting firm.

Currently, Jim and his wife, Carole, reside in Deer Park, IL, which is close to their two children and five grandchildren.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Emerald Book Company; First Edition edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934572772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934572771
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book originally because my grandfather was on the airplane that the book is based on, along with the mystery of what actually happened back in 1944. But I must admit, this fictional account of the story was hard to put down. The characters were extremely believable, and the plot (and twists) kept me interested to the last page. I highly recommend this book, and am eager to read the author's other work.
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I really enjoyed reading this account of an actual event that happened in Alaska in 1944. My dad was one of the soldiers from Anchorage who went on the expedition up into the uncharted Alaskan Wilderness to find that plane and any survivors or bodies.
Dad didn't talk about this trip much and it wasn't until after his death that I found his photographs and account of his trip up to Mount Deception. That is a whole other story for another time and place.

I can't really comment on writing style or other technicalities because this story was so personal for me. I do know from my own research into this event that it is a piece of Alaskan history, WW2 history and Mountaineering legend. I guess no one will ever know for sure what happened that day in 1944, but this book was certainly an interesting theory about what happened and intimate look at one family's struggle to find understanding and peace about those events that happened so long ago.
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Based on true events, Fatal Incident is a World War II historical novel that highlights the Army's Air Transport command in Alaska. In 1943 Captain Roy Proebstle's plane, a C-47, crashed in the Mount McKinley Range. 20 serviceman were lost in the crash and a rescue mission was never attempted. Fatal Incident is Jim Proebstle's fictional account of what might have happened to his uncle on that fateful day so long ago.

Captain Nick Morgan is a pilot on loan from Northwest airlines in Minnesota where his pregnant wife Martha lives, while Nick is stationed to fly in the Alaskan wilderness for the U.S. army. Nick trains to fly in one of America's most dangerous landscapes and transports soldiers from place to place, while writing letters to his dear wife.

The Lend-Lease program trains Soviet pilots in Alaska and sends them home with U.S. planes to fight the Germans. Russia was a U.S ally during WWII but that doesn't mean they didn't have spies in place in the U.S. at that time.

The two story lines intersect as Captain Nick Morgan's plane disappears and everyone is left with questions as to what happened and why. The Russians just may hold the secret to unlocking the mystery of the Fatal Incident.

Fatal Incident is a novel of WWII that contains great character development, an entertaining storyline and real events from history. There is a great espionage element to the story as well as romance and intrigue. If you are a WWII buff, a historical fiction reader or someone who loves planes and spies, this is a novel for you.

I love the cover art of Fatal Incident and the end pages contain maps of Alaska and flight routes.
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Being a former bush pilot in Alaska I see this fiction could certainly be a reality. The reading was easy. The only unrealistic was the barn storming. Giving rides was a good touch. Bush flying has changed a bit due to the pipeline money infusion.
The villages in the Arctic now have runways rather than dirt or grass strips or no strips at all. Just flat places to land a plane.
The mountains are pretty well described, like Mt. McKinley and the Lake Minchumina area of the crash. A very good read and I would certainly recommend it.
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"This is the second book written by my friend Jim Proebstle. The setting is during WWII and I was really into the book from the beginning. Jim develops his characters in an easy reading style and I really appreciated the insight to how it was really like from a civilian point of view. He weaves together a powerful story that builds to an exciting climax. I think this one would be a great motion picture."
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First off, super great book. I was never really a fan of American History growing up (which is why I passed with a C and high-fived myself on report card day), but as I got older and could appreciate what our history as a country meant, I am more interested. Which is why I pretty much loved this book. It's based on true events, and that's good and bad.

It's good because I feel like it's probably a really accurate description of war time but bad because... innocent people are made to be pawns and I get that's how life is... but it certainly doesn't seem fair.

I also have to say... you know I've mentioned it before but character development is a big thing with me. The author does such a fantastic job creating these characters and really giving you enough information to really picture them in real life. And most books would never play out well in a movie, but I think this one actually would.

I feel like I can't really speak about parts of the book without giving away key pieces of the story because there are certain characters I feel very strongly about (Cricket), some I'm disappointed in (Nick), etc. There are also some parts of the story that made me tear up because it is sad. Not going to lie.

Overall? I think if you like a really good and compelling mystery- this is your book. If you like anything about American history- this is your book. I had a hard time putting this book down because the entire time I felt like it was going to come to a terrible end, and while it isn't the ending I expected at all- it was great. I also want to mention I love, love, LOVE the "Author Notes" section because it gives you real information that was used in this book and is just fascinating on it's own to read.

I highly recommend this book to curl up with this winter when it's cold. This would also make for a really great gift for a reader you know.
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