Wade Fowler’s historical JFK novel “The Compass Island Incident” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for December

Wade Fowler’s historical JFK novel “The Compass Island Incident” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for December

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for November for its Milford House Press fiction imprint. Wade Fowler’s The Compass Island Incident, a thriller that incorporates the JFK assassination, took the top spot. Wade also nabbed fourth place with his Harrisburg-based thriller The Honey Trap. Marie Sontag’s historical young adult novel The Bronze Dagger was second. Sontag also took the 15th position with The Alabaster Jar, another novel in the series. Jess Steven Hughes took the third spot 15 with his historical novel set in Ancient Rome, The Broken Lance. The humorous Miss Feesenschneezen Is Ill by David Parmalee, a young adult novel about unusual substitute teachers, was fifth. Parmalee also took the 14th slot with his historical novel The Sea Is a Thief.  Mark Mitten took 6th and 1th with his two Western novels, Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave and Hard to Quit.  Sherry Knowlton took two spots with her Alexa Williams murder mystery novels that have political twists, Dead of Autumn and Dead of Summer.

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for December 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 4 The Compass Island Incident Wade Fowler Detective Thriller
2 9 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag Historical YA
3 7 The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical
4 The Honey Trap Wade Fowler Detective Thriller
5 Miss Feesenschneezen Is Ill David Parmalee Humorous YA
6 8 Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave Mark Mitten Western
7 11 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Detective Thriller
8 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical
9 12 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Detective Thriller
10 14 Three Rogues in Gettysburg J Geoffrey Barber Historical
11 2 Hard to Quit Mark Mitten Western
12 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical
13 6 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical
14 10 The Sea Is a Thief David Parmalee Historical
15 The Alabaster Jar Marie Sontag Historical YA

Fowler’s novel The Compass Island Incident took the top spot due to author activities. Sontag’s book, The Bronze Dagger, benefited from orders from schools. Jess Steven Hughes’ The Broken Lance made the list due to his ongoing book signings. The others were helped by ebook and online sales

Secret missile test witnessed by JFK off the coast of Cuba tied to his assassination in “The Compass Island Incident: November 1963”

Secret missile test witnessed by JFK off the coast of Cuba tied to his assassination in “The Compass Island Incident: November 1963”

MECHANICSBURG, PA – Sunbury Press has released The Compass Island Incident: November 1963 a novel by Wade Fowler, under its Milford House Press imprint.

About the Book:

John Franklin Kincaid clocks out at 4 PM on Thursday, August 27, 1953, after his shift at New York Shipbuilding Corporation’s sprawling shipyard in Camden, New Jersey, never to be seen or heard from again.

A little more than a decade later, a little girl is assailed by a terrible recurring nightmare. She dreams she is a man, buried alive in a dark compartment in the bowels of a ship under construction.

On November 16, 1963, President Kennedy helicopters to that ship, now a US Naval vessel called the USS Compass Island, as it steams off the coast of Florida to witness the firing of a Polaris missile clandestinely targeting Cuba’s Fidel Castro.

And so topple the first dominoes in a chain of events leading inexorably to the president’s assassination one week later in Dallas, Texas.

Who killed JFK — the president and shipyard worker? The answers abide on the Compass Island as the old ship casts off on its final voyage to the scrap yard in October of 2003 with descendants of John Franklin Kincaid on board and determined to solve not one, but two murder mysteries.

About the Author:

Wade Fowler is a career journalist with more than thirty years of experience with daily and weekly newspapers. He was a copy editor, feature writer and beat reporter for The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, PA, for 10 years before leaving to become editor of the Perry County Times in New Bloomfield.

He has won Keystone Press Awards for investigative reporting, feature series writing, and headline writing and is a former president of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors.

Fowler is a native of North Carolina, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a graduate of Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.

He and his wife, Sharon, live in New Cumberland, PA. They have three children and two grandchildren.
by Wade Fowler
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
258 Pages
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical

Also available on Kindle

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