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Forgotten Sons
May 3, 2021
Anne Montgomery
Fiction: General/Other
A soldier’s mysterious death at the end of World War II drives a search for who he was and why he died.

I am representing Anne Montgomery, author of Forgotten Sons, a gritty WWII historical novel, based on real-life letters given to the author.

Bud Richardville, an easy going, likable man, escapes the poverty of rural Indiana and is inducted into the Army as the United States prepares for the invasion of Europe in 1943.
A chance comment has Bud assigned to a Graves Registration Company, arguably the most difficult job in the military. Bud and the other men in his unit are tasked with locating, identifying, and burying the dead. When Bud ships out, he leaves behind his new wife, Loryane, a mysterious woman who has stolen his heart but whose secretive nature and shadowy past leave many unanswered questions.

When Bud and his men hit the beach at Normandy, they are immediately thrust into the horrors of what working in a graves unit entails. They must clear away the corpses quickly, in order to protect incoming soldiers from the trauma of seeing the mounting cost of war. As the months drag on, Bud and his men are faced with cleaning up the ghastly remains of the Battle of the Bulge, the death tunnels beneath the bombed-out city of Brest, France, and the concentration camp at Dachau.

Bud’s personal life begins to unravel. His little boy is born too soon. Loryane gives him little comfort sharing nothing personal or kind in her infrequent letters. Then he meets Eva, a once aspiring concert pianist who, because of her husband’s work with the Resistance, is tortured by the Nazis. Still, Eva is an optimistic soul, who despite the war and her missing husband, can see a positive future.

The traumas caused by his work and losses in his personal life beat Bud down. He has a decision to make. Will he choose the right one?

Anne Butler Montgomery has worked as a television sportscaster, newspaper and magazine writer, teacher, amateur baseball umpire, and high school football referee. Her first TV job came at WRBL‐TV in Columbus, Georgia, and led to positions at WROC‐TV in Rochester, New York, KTSP‐TV in Phoenix, Arizona, and ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut, where she anchored the Emmy and ACE award‐winning SportsCenter. She finished her on‐camera broadcasting career with a two‐year stint as the studio host for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Montgomery was a freelance and/or staff reporter for six publications, writing sports, features, movie reviews, and archeological pieces. Her previous novels are A Light in the Desert, The Scent of Rain, Wild Horses on the Salt, The Castle, and Wolf Catcher. Montgomery taught communications at South Mountain High School in Phoenix for 20 years. She is a foster mom to three sons, and spent 40 years officiating amateur sports, including football, baseball, ice hockey, soccer, and basketball. When she can, she indulges in her passions: rock collecting, scuba diving, musical theater, and playing her guitar.
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