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One Hot January
     

One Hot January

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by J. Conrad Guest
 

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Imagine an alternate history in which the United States fails to enter World War II in time to help the Allies defeat the Tripartite before Germany becomes too strong to defeat. Imagine a future in which Germany has perfected genetic engineering and is systematically eradicating whole nations in an effort to secure the empire Hitler vowed would last a thousand years;

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Imagine an alternate history in which the United States fails to enter World War II in time to help the Allies defeat the Tripartite before Germany becomes too strong to defeat. Imagine a future in which Germany has perfected genetic engineering and is systematically eradicating whole nations in an effort to secure the empire Hitler vowed would last a thousand years; a future in which Hitler lies in a cryogenic chamber, awaiting treatment for a cancer for which a cure has been discovered. Imagine a future in which a faction of genetically engineered people, opposed to Hitler's tyranny, choose to travel back in time to amend future history by influencing Churchill to withhold from U.S. Intelligence the vital decrypt specifying the date and time of the raid on Pearl Harbor. Imagine a fast-talking private investigator from the Bronx named Joe January who uncovers the seemingly impossible plot by grudgingly agreeing to help a pretty young woman locate her missing father--a Professor of Archeology from Columbia College who must prevent the secret of Hitler's location from falling into the wrong hands...

Imagine all of the above and you have the ingredients for my novel One Hot January. Populated with characters fictional as well as factual, the plot is based on the premise that Winston Churchill did indeed withhold such a decrypt from U.S. Intelligence--a decrypt that many believe lies locked away in a box, to remain unopened for seventy-five years. Hitler's detractors from the future believe that by allowing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to take place, President Roosevelt would have no choice but to declare war, without the support of Congress, or else incur the outrage of the American public. To declare war openly would prevent Germany from developing the atomic bomb first, thereby becoming too strong for the Allies to defeat. One Hot January takes into account the theory of what many historians have long suspected: a plot to draw the U.S. into World War II.

By the end of One Hot January, January is transported one hundred years into the future where, in the sequel, January's Thaw, he must survive by his century-old sagacity in our modern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935171454
Publisher:
Second Wind Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

J. Conrad Guest is the author of two other novels based on Joe January - One Hot January and January's Thaw. He is also the author of Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings, nominated a 2010 Michigan Notable Book. A Retrospect in Death seeks to discover the meaning of life. 500 Miles to Go is a romance about the importance of, and the risks associated with, our pursuit of dreams. A tale of fatal attraction, A World Without Music chronicles a Gulf War veteran's efforts to leave behind his past and find the love that will make his life worth living.

Visit J. Conrad at www.jconradguest.com.

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One Hot January 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Dellani_Oakes More than 1 year ago
Cynical, sarcastic, wary and somewhat paranoid, one might even say Joe January's jaded. He's very much a man's man and enjoys being single and playing the field. So, it's a bit of a puzzler why, when he meets Melissa MacIntyre, he doesn't jump at the chance to bed her. Instead, he does his best to rid himself of both Melissa and her brother whose story of their missing father fails to elicit any sympathy from the hard bitten January. Imagine Joe's surprise when six years later, he meets up with Melissa once again. Not only has her father never been found, but her brother, Benjamin Junior, has gone missing as well. Mysterious notes and a strange package found their way to Miss MacIntyre's possession and she's come to Joe January once again for help. Set in the 1940's, the backdrop of WW II infiltrates the story of "One Hot January". Pursued by Nazi spies, Joe, Melissa and his friend Lance must find why her father disappeared and what happened to Benjamin Junior before it's too late. "One Hot January" is a cleverly written sci-fi detective story for all mystery lovers.
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
Failing to enter World War II in time to help the Allies defeat the advancing German forces, the U.S. tragically allows Hitler's brutal empire to rise and rule the world. After years of oppression and systematic genocide, a rebellious faction of Hitler detractors hatches a plot to go back in time and alter the course of future history. Their main objective? To draw the U.S. into WWII, thereby aborting Hitler's sinister plans before they even have the chance to be born. The unlikely key to their success? Joe January, a fast-talking private investigator who stumbles upon the plot while in the process of tracking down a missing Archeology professor who holds a potentially earth-shattering secret... One Hot January is nothing if not intriguing. In his thought-provoking tale of speculative fiction, author J. Conrad Guest skillfully combines dramatic fiction with historical fact to present a winding, suspense-filled mystery thriller. Driving the story along is the unflappable Joe January, who - despite finding himself thrust in the midst of a time-traveling conspiracy theory come to vivid life - remains the quintessential cool, sardonic hard ass with a heart of gold. As such, his unique energy alone is sure to captivate the reader's interest as Guest unfolds his action-packed tale at a steady, compelling pace - all the way up to the bombshell surprise ending. A dynamic, highly recommended instant classic. Morgan Drake Apex Reviews