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Harmon General by Kimberly Fish COVER REVEAL + EXCERPT

May 13, 2018


HARMON GENERAL: Misfits and Millionaires #2 by KIMBERLY FISH
Genre: Historical Fiction / WWII / Spies 
Exp Date of Publication: June 16, 2018
Number of Pages: 330

Harmon General is book two in the WWII historical fiction series entitled Misfits and Millionaires—set in Longview, Texas. The novel picks up about two months after the story line in The Big Inch ended.
Familiar characters and locations get a shot of adrenaline from the biological hazard espionage going on at the U.S. Army’s new medical hospital treating diseased and wounded soldiers—a 156-acre pop campus created as part of a master plan to place U.S. Army hospitals around Texas specializing in long-term wound care for WWII soldiers. The Office of Strategic Services has one of its best agents in place as a nurse at Harmon General—Sgt. Emmie Tesco—and she’s soon up to her blood pressure cuff in intrigues at the hospital campus, particularly the mission to stop a culprit code-named “Dr. Death” who is accused of skewing the malaria test protocols being established at Harmon so that no one will notice him preparing to sell the malaria research to the enemies of the Allies. Heroes and villains circulate in Longview from the post at Harmon General, and Emmie ropes Lane Mercer into helping manage the overload of responsibilities. Readers of The Big Inch will better understand what drives Emmie Tesco and why poking at old wounds can be a messy affair. The backstory of Lane Mercer and her first husband gets a brutal airing too, and stakes grow dangerous for Lane and Zeke Hayes as the plans they’d wanted for their wedding are upended by well-meaning, Aunt Edith.

"The war that changed the world brought the world to East Texas through Harmon General, a significant US Army hospital that treated thousands of wounded soldiers in Longview.  In Harmon General, we meet again Lane Mercer, a World War II heroine, and we enjoy again how the drama of her secret service to the nation and her complicated personal relationships pull us into the vast impact of the world war." -- Dale Lunsford, Ph.D., President, LeTourneau University

Kimberly Fish started writing professionally with the birth of her second child and the purchase of a home computer. Having found this dubious outlet, she then entered and won The Writer’s League of Texas manuscript contest which fed her on-going fascination with story crafting. 


She has since published in magazines, newspapers, and online formats and in January 2017, released the first novel in the Misfits and Millionaires series set during the World War II years in Longview, Texas—The Big Inch. Her second book, Comfort Plans, was published later that same year. She lives with her family in East Texas.


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What’s  real  in  the  WWII  historical  fiction  novel,  Harmon  General?  


Much  like  in  the  novel,  The  Big  Inch,  I  researched  the  very  real  history of  the  U.S.  Army’s  hospital  built  south  of  Longview,  Texas  known  as Harmon  General.  Not  only  was  I  stunned  by  the  level  of  medical procedures  invented  and  established  into  modern  medical  practices  by  the research  done  at  Harmon  General  (like  malaria  treatment,  prosthetics, and physical  therapy)  but  also  by  the  astounding  number  of  25,000  patients treated  during  the  short  tenure  of  this  hospital  (1942-47.)  I  was particularly  impressed  by  how  well  received  this  hospital  and  its incoming 5000-member  personnel  were  treated  by  the  local  Longview  community. The  local  volunteer  wing,  known  as  The  Gray  Ladies,  was  serious business in  Longview.    I  spent  many  hours  at  the  Longview  Public  Library, reading  old  issues  of  Longview  News  Journal,  researching  old  files  in  San Antonio  at  the  U.S.  Army’s  Medical  Museum  at  Ft.  Sam  Houston,  but  also in  going  through  the  archives  at  Gregg  County  Historical  Museum listening to  old  audio  tapes  of  interviews  with  those  who  were  stationed  at Harmon.  All  the  context  of  the  novel  is  real,  the  speaking  characters  in the  novel  are  imaginary—some  are  compilations  of  actual  historical figures,  but  as  with  TBI,  I  changed  the  names  to  protect  their  privacy.  


To  be  fair,  I’m  not  aware  of  actual  intellectual  property  theft  at  Harmon General,  nor  is  there  any  official  documentation  that  the  OSS  or  the  FBI were  ever  called  in  to  resolve  issues  on  the  campus.  But  then,  there never  is—is  there? 

A  conversation  between  Lane  Mercer  and  Molly  Kennedy  



        Molly  looked  at  her  with  skepticism  then  settled  on  the  bench, arranging  her  skirt  to  cover  her  knees.  “That’s  crazy  talk,”  Molly  huffed. “Thinking  you  don’t  need  anyone,  that  you’re  the  new  American  miss  and can  do  it  all.”

       “I’m  not  that  foolish.  I  know  I  can’t  do  a  lot  of  things.” Lane  glanced  over  the  crowd  milling  on  the  courthouse  steps,  taking  one last  study  for  suspicious  characters  before  she  sat  next  to  Molly.  “But  I’ve learned  I  can  do  some  things,  just  like  Emmie  has.  We  had  to  learn  to depend  on  ourselves.  I  mean—”

       “The  sooner  you  admit  you  need  someone, the  sooner  you  remember  that  underneath  all  that  linen  armor,  you’re  a human  being  just  like  the  rest  of  us.”

       Lane  glanced  down  at  her  beige skirt,  buttoned  so  tightly  that  there  wasn’t  even  room  for  her  stiletto,  but that  was  due  more  to  her  aunt’s  cooking  than  a  matter  of  self-sufficiency. “I  know  my  faults.”

       “Do  you?”  Molly’s  brow  quirked.  “Your  shell  is  getting flinty,  Lane.  Something  about  this  business  has  turned  you.”

       Her  mind spun  with  images  from  Washington  to  France  that  might  justify  Molly’s position.  

       “Granted,  I  didn’t  know  you  before  you  moved  here  last summer,”  Molly  added.  “But  nicely  raised  young  girls  from  the  South come  with  a  less  jadeddisposition.  It  takes  years  to  grow  steel  in  our stems.”

JUNE 22-JULY 1, 2018

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