Shot down at the battle of Midway, Navy Lieutenant Jack Stewart loses his flight status and is ordered to a desk job in Washington, D.C. Enroute, the former Rhodes Scholar meets the Director of Operations for the newly formed Office of Strategic Services. At the same time, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt have been working to integrate their intelligence efforts against ...
Shot down at the battle of Midway, Navy Lieutenant Jack Stewart loses his flight status and is ordered to a desk job in Washington, D.C. Enroute, the former Rhodes Scholar meets the Director of Operations for the newly formed Office of Strategic Services.
At the same time, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt have been working to integrate their intelligence efforts against Hitler’s Germany. Churchill’s requirement for FDR to get an American into the most closely guarded part of MI-6 is that the individual must accept a commission in service to the King. Jack Stewart is offered that opportunity which would get him back into the war.
Now a member of the Royal Navy and promoted to Lieutenant Commander he arrives in England. It is the fall of 1942 and he reunites with Professor Thompson, his mentor from Oxford. He also rekindles a romance with his former girlfriend, Pamela Thompson, the professor’s daughter.
As part of MI-6’s, Special Operations Executive (SOE), Jack is tasked to build a strike team to take into Europe. His missions are directed at thwarting new Nazi weapons. Jack puts together an eclectic team and leads several dangerous operations into Europe. Despite being wounded, his efforts for MI-6 are successful. Stewart is promoted to full Commander and awarded the British Distinguished Service Cross.
At the direction of FDR, Jack meets Winston Churchill. They hit it off and Jack develops a friendship with the Prime Minister, spending time as his aide at the Quebec Conference in 1943. Churchill uses Jack as his intermediary with FDR to preclude releasing critical intelligence information to the Americans. Jack realizes his loyalties have shifted to his adopted country.
The war is reaching a critical phase prior to the D-Day invasion. England has a deep plant agent in Hitler’s staff. Since 1940, this man has been supplying information to MI-6 on the most sensitive aspects of Hitler’s strategy. In the final chapters, Jack is sent to save this spy, code name Bishop. Now under suspicion by the Gestapo, Bishop must work with MI-6 to escape from Hitler’s headquarters in East Prussia. During the rescue, Jack flies a British Mosquito fighter back to England, after the pilot is wounded.
As D-Day approaches, Stewart has become a key operative for British Intelligence. He has overcome the ghosts of Midway and reconciled maintaining a relationship during war. Jack realizes his future lies in England, as a King’s officer. He accepts the offer by Churchill to remain with MI-6 permanently.
John Schork graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and went on to spend 26 years in Naval Aviation. He commanded an A-6 Intruder squadron, Attack Squadron 95 (VA-95) and was the Commander, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Currently he resides with his wife Carole in Sammamish, Washington.