Author: Antonio F. Vianna
Details: Tommy Martin enters the U. S. Army as an infantryman. He and 15,000 US troops land in Marseille under hectic and nerve-racking conditions. Those who survive begin the long walk to Munich, experiencing battle victories along the way, as well as further loss of fellow soldiers that total close to half of those that set foot in Marseille.
During the last few months before discharge Tommy is assigned to Munich, the location of Hitlers Fhrerbau. There he is ordered to protect priceless works of art that Hitler had stolen until the items can be turned over to the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives personnel. During that time a Sergeant in Tommys platoon finds in the basement many personal items that belonged to Hitler; for example, two gold plated luger pistols inscribed to Hitler, a gold/ruby ring with a swastika and an ordinary looking desk with Hitlers initials and a swastika. Tommy takes an interest in the desk set and is given authorization to send the object to his parents as a War memento.
In partial retirement, 40 years after World War II ends, Tommy Martin watches on television a RKO newsreel documentary that draws attention to Hitlers missing desk set, the far from ordinary item that was used to sign the 1938 Munich Pact. The narrator indicates the item has probably been destroyed, but if it still exists it is priceless. Tommy realizes he owns the lost item.
Against the wishes of his wife he decides to find the value of the item. He teams up with his son and then later on meets a man who completes his inner circle. Disappointing leads and a trail of tears lead them nowhere as the trio runs into people who attempt to take advantage of them.
Antonio F. Vianna holds a BS from Union College (Schenectady, New York) and a MM from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). He is a former US Air Force officer of the Vietnam War Era and a former human resources executive. He teaches business undergraduate and graduate level courses at several San Diego–based universities. Vianna is affiliated with the following organizations: Military Writers Society of America; National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. (Reboot); International Doctoral Empowerment Academy; Society of Human Resource Management; Society for the Advancement of Management; Delta Mu Delta International Business Honor Society; Publishers & Writers of San Diego; and Read Local–San Diego. This author has written nine screenplays, six of which are adaptations from his nineteen published novels. He has also authored two published prescriptive works of nonfiction.