By Diane Skwarek
Individually, Jay Flynn, Kaenan Oliver, and Dominic Oliver have prolific writing careers. Together they formed the writing team Oliver Flynn and their first, self-published novel Jitterbug Lift.
We follow the exploits of Michael Neumann, Holocaust survivor; Joshua “Max” Fader, the Communist; Sonya Ziegler, the German; and, Chauncey “Chance” Mitchell and George “Nevada” Post, the American airmen.
Starting with an insider’s viewpoint of Kristallnacht, 1938, the full-throttle momentum pulls you in and you are one with the Jews running through the streets of Berlin. Flash forward to 1945, we are in the pilot’s seat of an American B-17 over Germany and we’ve just been hit.
After Chance and Nevada receive their discharge, the plot thickens when Nevada starts his own air transport company and takes on a secret job to airlift cargo out of Russian-occupied Berlin.
The writers’ style is exceptional. They don’t dumb down to an eighth-grade reading level like many American publishers seem to think the public needs. The chapters are short and direct with each chapter’s specific headings keeping the reader focused on the timeline.
This historical fiction has spot-on research. The scene descriptions are so detailed that it seems you are living the story with the characters. You feel the vibrations when the bombs drop … what it feels like to fly in formation and enemy machine guns rips through the plane … to risk your life scavenging for food.
At the end of WWII, Berlin was divided into four occupied sections — British, French, Soviets, and the Americans. There is much to learn what it was like to live in post-war Germany; none of which would be included in American history books. How the people lived just to survive and behind the scenes of how the Allies and the Soviets controlled Germany and the start of the Cold War.
Oliver Flynn will be signing copies of Jitterbug Lift at Vroman’s Bookstore located at 695 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m.
The book was recently chosen as one of Shelf Unbound’s Favorite Covers in their 2013 Indie Books Award Competition.
Jitterbug Lift is available in paperback at Vroman’s Bookstore, and in paperback and e-book editions at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.