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Portsmouth - Spies, U-boats, and Romance on the Outer Banks

portsmouth bookcoverPortsmouth is set on the North Carolina Outer Banks in 1942 during the Battle of the Atlantic when German U-boats operated freely off the east coast of North Carolina. Two German U-Boats were sunk off the North Carolina Coast that spring, the U-85 and the U-352. We follow Kurt Sanger, a German who came ashore on the Outer Banks and falls in love with a local girl while on a spy mission.

Published: Sep. 04, 2009
Words: 77,740
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458171481

by Gael M. Hawkins, June 23, 2008

"A terrific read for anyone interested in the Barrier Islands of NC and their amazing history plus a little bit of Nicholas Sparks-ish love story woven in to make all of us baby boomers recall what young love on the beach was like. The early years of WWII off the US coast have been kept secret from the average American until recently. This novel recounts the bravery and hardships endured by so many ordinary citizens caught up in that period and also provides an accurate glimpse into the particular culture of the coastal fishing villages that struggled to survive the elements, the changing moires...and the Germans! Grab a chair, prop up your feet and turn off the phone for several enjoyable hours."