Codename Parsifal: A WWII Thriller

by Martin Roy Hill (Author)

Named Best Military Thriller of 2023 by BestThrillers.

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Named Best Military Thriller of 2023 by BestThrillers.

The Spear of Destiny. The Roman Legionnaire’s lance that pierced Christ’s body as he hung on the cross.

Legend claims whomever possesses it will become a great conqueror. But if they lose it, they will lose everything—including their lives.

Shortly before WWII, Hitler stole the spear from a museum in Vienna. In the last weeks of the European war, he lost it. General George Patton orders an American OSS team to find the spear and recover it. Unknown to the Americans, both the Russians and the Germans have also sent commando teams to retrieve it.

In the dying embers of Europe’s largest conflagration, the three teams are on a collision course that will lead them to one of the evilest places on earth—the ideological heart of the Nazi SS.

Inspired by historical events.

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"Libraries and readers seeking military intrigue and thriller encounters that are supercharged with action and satisfying twists and turns will find Codename: Parsifal just the ticket for those seeking a thoroughly forceful read." (D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review) "Hill is no stranger to historical fiction and it shows. His attention to detail and knowledge are ever apparent and add depth to the already intriguing plot (which is itself based on true events)." (BookLife Prize) "Codename Parsifal is a brilliant book." (Reader's Favorite) "Historical fact meets historical fiction in an entertaining fusion that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat throughout." (Reedsy Discovery)

Martin Roy Hill (Author)

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Martin Roy Hill has led an eclectic life. Soldier, sailor, journalist . . . well, not a spy, but he has written about them. Martin joined the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve when he was 19, the same year he sold his first published piece to Reader’s Digest. He spent a total of 13 years as a Coastguardsman, in two tours, involved in small boat search and rescue, emergency medical response, port security, and maritime law enforcement. In between those tours, he served in a counter-insurgency unit in the U.S. Navy Reserve. After a final stint of Coast Guard active duty following the 9/11 attacks, Martin was offered a commission as a medical service corps officer in a component of the California National Guard, where he trained combat medics for Iraq and Afghanistan. Later, Martin converted to the military police, retiring in 2016 as a major and executive officer of an MP unit. Martin also served as a wilderness medic and operations sergeant with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Wilderness Search and Rescue Detail, where he was cross trained as a tactical (SWAT) medic. Martin also spent several years as a medic and security specialist with a federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team. Martin received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from CSU Dominguez Hills, and spent more than 20 years as a writer and editor for newspapers and magazines. His investigative reporting earned him numerous journalism honors, including two William Allen White Awards. His stories were included in three of the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ annual compilations of the best investigative reporting. He also worked as a freelance correspondent for LIFE and Newsweek. After serving on active duty following the 9/11 attacks, Martin switched careers, becoming a U.S. Navy analyst in combat casualty care, a position he held for 16 years. Between his military, public safety, and journalism careers, Martin experienced many adventures. In the Coast Guard, he participated in dozens of rescues, chased Russian spy ships and smugglers, protected dignitaries, and once was nearly lost at sea in a storm. In the Navy, he was assigned to liaison with a USCG patrol boat during war games, and ended up participating in what at the time was the largest drug bust in U.S. history. He’s been known to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, and once followed a migrant trail from the U.S. into Mexico (at that country’s request) to locate the remains of a woman who died along the trail so the smuggler leading her group could be prosecuted for her death. As a journalist, he covered disasters, air crashes, wild fires, as well as national and international leaders. Martin’s freelance credits include Reader’s Digest, LIFE, Newsweek, Omni, American History, Writer’s Digest, Coast Guard Magazine, Retired Officer Magazine, The Compass, Aviation History, Mother Jones, the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion, and Travel sections, and many more. He was a lead contributor to the 1995 WWII anthology, “From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki: America at War,” published by the Retired Officer Association, and a contributor to the 2013 American Civil War anthology “Gettysburg: Three Days that Saved the United States,” published by I-5 Publishing. Martin’s background plays a significant role in his writing, which many reviewers have noted has a sense of realism not often found in fiction. His first book, DUTY, a collection of short stories centered around national service, was named the 2012 Best Short Story Anthology/Collection by the San Diego Book Awards Association. His novel, The Butcher’s Bill, received the Best Mystery/Suspense Novel of 2017 from the Best Independent Book Awards, the Clue Award for Best Suspense Thriller from the Chanticleer International Book Awards, the Silver Medal for Thrillers from the Readers Favorite Book Awards, and the award for Adult Fiction from the 2018 California Author Project. Besides his novels, Martin’s short stories have appeared in such publications as Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, ALT HIST: The Journal of Historical Fiction and Alternative History, Mystery Weekly Magazine, Crimson Streets, Nebula Rift, Devolution Z, and others. Martin is a professional member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers.

Codename Parsifal: A WWII Thriller

"Libraries and readers seeking military intrigue and thriller encounters that are supercharged with action and satisfying twists and turns will find Codename: Parsifal just the ticket for those seeking a thoroughly forceful read." (D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review) "Hill is no stranger to historical fiction and it shows. His attention to detail and knowledge are ever apparent and add depth to the already intriguing plot (which is itself based on true events)." (BookLife Prize) "Codename Parsifal is a brilliant book." (Reader's Favorite) "Historical fact meets historical fiction in an entertaining fusion that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat throughout." (Reedsy Discovery)

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