My novel is a supernatural mystery that explores the Nazis and their facination with the Occult. The good guys are a U.S. GI platoon known as The Lucky Seven, led by Lieutenant Jack Chambers. During the first weeks of October 1944, the Lt. Chambers and his platoon have pushed the Germans out of France and Belgium and now are fighting tooth-and-nail in the bloody Huertgen Forest that borders Belgium and Germany. All Lt. Chambers wants to do is get his few surviving buddies out of the war in one piece. But Fate has a different agenda for the Lucky Seven, and especially Jack Chambers who has ties to a top-secret war he didn't even know was taking place. Until now.
The Lucky Seven are chosen to lead a rogue commando team behind German lines. The mission: infiltrate a Nazi weapons camp. As Lt. Chambers and his men venture into the thick and foggy woods, they discover something evil is hunting them. Trapped behind enemy lines, the Lucky Seven takes refuge in an abandoned Nazi weapons base. There, Lt. Chambers discovers the Nazis have been using Occult rituals to create a terrifying new weapon. A relentless evil force that won't rest until every soldier is dead.
The novel weaves together the war-time adventure of Lt. Chambers and his platoon with historical facts based on my research of the Nazis and the Occult. The Indiana Jones movies Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade depicted the Nazis on quests for the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail. There is plenty of evidence the Nazis went on such quests in search of mystical ways to gain more world power. In fact they formed an entire division called the Ahnenerbe-SS. You can read more about the book's prologue at www.BrianMoreland.wordpress.com.
Visiting a private museum with a German historian. The museum took up many rooms in the basement of a German manís home. The mannequin in the mask was so creepy it found its way into the book.