Meet the authors at Island Bound

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 3:45pm

Author James Benn

James R. Benn, author of the acclaimed Billy Boyle World War II mystery series will be at Island Bound Bookstore Sunday, August 25 at 4 p.m. to talk about his newest book in the series: “When Hell Struck Twelve.“ “This is Benn’s stellar 14th WWII mystery... The author makes the most of the tense and dramatic backdrop to this high-stakes whodunit. Benn has surpassed himself with this installment.” — Publisher's Weekly starred review.

According to Benn, “My idea for a historical mystery series set within the Allied High Command during the Second World War began with the first title, “Billy Boyle,” which takes place in England and Norway in 1942. The second, “The First Wave,” carries on a few months later during the Allied invasion of French Northwest Africa. Benn has now written 14 books in his Billy Boyle series, as well as two stand-alone novels.

A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Benn received his MLS degree from Southern Connecticut State University. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, and the Author’s Guild. Benn says he has learned two valuable lessons since starting to write that have been very helpful. The first is a quote from Oscar Wilde, who said, “The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of one’s pants to a chair.”

Author David Roll

David Roll, author of “George Marshall: Defender of the Republic” will appear at Island Bound Bookstore on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. to talk about his book.

Nearly 75 years removed from the end of World War II, and nearly 60 years after his death, General George C. Marshall’s legacy still lingers. Churchill famously called him World War II’s “organizer of victory.” President Truman described him as “the greatest military man that this country ever produced.” A generation remembers him as the man who saved Europe, and helped define American foreign policy for the twentieth century. But today, Marshall seems barely human, more statue than flesh and blood, and some historians seem determined to tear down his legacy. In Roll’s rich history are valuable lessons about leadership, from Marshall’s steady climb up the Army ranks, to his education in the uses and limits of political power, and to his own lifelong struggle to control his temper. He was a master of organization and decision-making, a deft reader of political winds, and a surprisingly effective influence upon Congress.

David L. Roll is Senior Counsel at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a Washington DC-based international law firm, Nonresident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and founder of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, a public interest organization that provides pro bono legal services to social entrepreneurs around the world.