Newly Released Historical Novel Tells Tragic World War II Love Story
and Closely Examines the Importance of Virtuous and Corrupt Intentions
A young German womans life changes forever during World War II when she falls in love with an American soldier whose life she saves; historically accurate events in both Germany and the U.S. are interwoven throughout the book
Jϋrgen D. Beck explores the topics of vice and virtue in his new historical novel The Intent. This heartfelt and poignant story, at its core, asks readers to ponder the following question: What is the intent of the heart? Notes Beck, “To some extent, the book is born from my need to reconcile postwar years in my native Germany as a young boy.”
To that end, Beck’s novel returns readers to Germany during World War II, where a young woman’s actions save a young American aviator shot out of the sky. After nursing him back to health and protecting him from authorities with the help of her initially reluctant family, Helga Berger and Tom Williams fall in love.
For seven weeks, Helga’s family cares for and protects Tom; eventually he is safely smuggled out of the country. He fully intends to be reunited with Helga, but for now he returns to the United States, where he inevitably begins to question his former willingness to perform what he has been told is his duty. He loves Helga and wants desperately to marry her, but while the war rages, this is impossible. When time and tragedy intervene, Helga desperately tries to reconcile the life ahead of her, with the life she once dreamed of.
Throughout the novel, which depicts numerous historically accurate events in both Germany and the U.S., Beck explores what he calls “the fallacy of ‘War for peace’” and concludes that “The nastiest form of evil is pretending to do well while having alternative motives.”
Beck’s The Intent brings to mind the old proverb “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” and makes you wonder: what is the road to heaven paved with?
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Jürgen D. Beck was born in Schweinfurt Germany . At age fourteen, he left home and moved to Essen Kray, where he worked in a coal mine for the next four years. At age eighteen, he boarded the creek liner Akadia and immigrated to Canada where he earned a living as a construction labourer, dishwasher, and bartender. Within a few short years his command of the English language allowed him to become a banker and restaurant owner. Always ready to seek new challenges, he obtained his pilot’s license and sold pleasure aeroplanes for several years. This venture in turn led him to the insurance and investment field. Jürgen lives with his second wife Felicia and his adopted son Alex on Lower Beverly Lake, in Eastern Ontario, Canada. He has three children from his first marriage, and seven grand children. A life long passion for meeting people with diverse backgrounds took him to South and Central America, Hong Kong, Taiwan, across Canada, the U.S.A. and most of Europe, several times.
The Intent is his first novel.
It would take several lifetimes to read all that has been written
about the incredible sacrifices, madness, and the naked truth of
World War II.
Looking back though…it was hell on earth for the approximately
three to four hundred million people directly affected
during the war and the postwar years. The proverb “War for Peace”
remains a blistering slur to those who lost someone close to their
hearts. Remarkably, many took refuge in believing their sacrifice
was necessary to save the world from evil. In a few short years, yesterday’s
enemy is today’s ally. Tomorrow this may change again.
The shift of power is fickle and always suspect. Financial gain and
corrupt power quickly dislodges compassion and common sense.
Whatever the reason, the transfer of power has always been at the
expense of Joe Average. Ignorance and fanaticism demand a hefty
price. The failure to admit that war can never bring lasting peace
proves humanity is still in diapers.
Transferring power secretly, perhaps the oldest pervasive tactic
known to implement total control, is implemented by mega powers
worldwide. Even the “educated” masses are by and large ignorant;
successful indoctrination rules their lives. Have we become what
George Orwell called “hollow dummies”?