FROM AUTHOR NICK JACOBELLIS
THE FRONTLINE FUGITIVES is a plot driven historical fiction story about the search for two 18 year old fugitives, who join the U.S. Army to avoid arrest, after they rob a bank that results in the death of a New York City Police Officer. Their escape plan is both daring and ingenious. While being assisted by an aging retired gangster, the two fugitives change their appearance as best as possible and use fictitious identities to get through the Selective Service induction process. Once the two fugitives are inducted into the U.S. Army, the wanted men “blend in” with millions of troops and look forward to the day when they can live on foreign soil as free men when the war is over. Even if the two fugitives don’t survive the war, dying in battle seems like a much better alternative than being arrested and convicted in a New York court for murder, bank robbery and other serious crimes.
THE HUNT FOR THE TWO FUGITIVES is complicated by the fact that the wanted teenage felons have no prior criminal history. The investigators working this case are also unable to find any personal photographs of the two fugitives. Without photographs or fingerprints of the two subjects, the civilian and military investigators are unable to prevent the fugitives from being inducted into the U.S. Army.
The fact that the main witness in the case is an African American Police Officer, also creates certain operational problems for the two primary law enforcement characters of this story. This is the case because it is no easy task for an African American Police Officer (Patrolman Al Parker) and a white U.S. Army CID Agent (Major James Beauregard) to travel together in a segregated society while searching Army bases for two fugitives. Even more bizarre is how U.S. military personnel during World War II were segregated, despite the fact that white troops and African American soldiers were killed and wounded on the same battlefields without discrimination.
NICK JACOBELLIS is a Medically Retired Senior Special Agent of the U.S. Customs Service and a former New York Police Officer who was physically disabled in the line of duty while working undercover as a federal agent. During his career with the U.S. Customs Service, the author was assigned to various duty stations and conducted smuggling investigations of international significance while working in the New York Metropolitan area, South Florida, Boston and the Southwest.
The author was born and raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Police Science in 1974 from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The author is married, has two sons and two grandsons.
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THE FRONTLINE FUGITIVES Books I and II
"The insanity of it all is mind-boggling, yet it happened."
"Finding two fugitives among the millions of men who are serving in the U.S. Army during World War II proves to be no easy task."