Inspired by the true events of an Air Transport Command aircraft disaster in Alaska in 1944, National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) Knowledge Source Partner Jim Proebstle has penned his second novel, “Fatal Incident.”
Proebstle is the founder of Prodyne Inc., a management consulting firm, in which he still remains active while writing his novels. He is one of the many NAMA Knowledge Source partners who provide NAMA members with real solutions to real problems in their areas of expertise.
“This historical fiction story will attract readers interested in conspiracy, espionage and the human emotions of people in love separated during war,” said Proebstle in a prepared statement.
The cause of the 1944 crash in Alaska’s Mount McKinley Range remains a mystery to this day. No bodies were recovered and none of the 20 people onboard the ill-fated flight was ever heard from again.
The novel explores the possibility that a conspiracy involving espionage was to blame for the crash.
The story begins in Depression-era Minnesota with young Nick Morgan and his soon-to-be bride, Martha, soaring high above the clouds over the upper Midwest in a plane piloted by Nick. They are excited by where life will take them.
New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger of the Cork O’Connor series, has said, “Jim Proebstle has written a unique and compelling story, a true event cloaked in the fabric of fiction. Though much of ‘Fatal Incident’ is speculative, every consideration is grounded in rock-solid fact. This narrative works on so many levels that it doesn’t matter whether or not you accept Proebstle’s conclusions concerning the mystery at the heart of the story. Either way, you’ll enjoy a hell of a good read.”
Said Bob Bao, author and editor of the Michigan State University Alumni Magazine, “’Fatal Incident’ is a heart-pounding tale of espionage, suspense, love, geopolitics and heroism capturing a Soviet Union attempt to steal United States secrets of the atomic bomb. I recommend this book to everyone interested in World War II mysteries.”
Proebstle’s first novel, ‘In the Absence of Honor,’ was released in August 2008, and has received positive reviews and industry awards.
He and his wife, Carole, call northern Minnesota home for the summer months. Deer Park, Ill. is their permanent residence, close to their two children and five grandchildren.