The Preserve: A Novel
(Wendell Lett)

The US Territory of Hawaii, 1948: A WWII veteran turned deserter seeks a cure to his combat fatigue (PTSD) at a mysterious facility called the Preserve, but his handlers aim to turn him into a vile assassin for a deadly plot that runs all the way to General MacArthur.

The Preserve is based on true events such as the Yamashita gold conspiracy, includes real-life characters like nefarious US intelligence operative Ed Lansdale, and offers a sobering take on the dark side of American hegemony in the postwar era. 

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Praise for The Preserve:

”Readers will root for Wendell, with his unrelenting demons, as he soldiers on, fighting for his sanity and his life." —Publishers Weekly

“Gripping and intelligent … with characters I instantly liked.” —Guido Eekhaut, award-winning author of Absinthe and Purgatory

“Highly atmospheric and a great read.” —Ron Lealos, author of Pashtun

“In The Preserve, Steve Anderson once again paints a compelling and page-turning thriller.” —Peter Riva, author of the Pero Baltazar safari thrillers

“Inspired from these real-life events spanning the Yamashita gold conspiracy and General MacArthur’s inheritance of the ‘secret mother lode’ of looted fortune, Steve Anderson’s The Preserve, set in the Hawaii of 1948, raises the curtain on the American hegemony that persisted in the postwar era.” The Big Thrill magazine

Published by Skyhorse Publishing / Simon & Schuster. Here’s the book description:

A Heart-Racing Postwar Thriller Ripped from the Pages of History
Who will reap the rewards of war?
Hawaii, 1948

Troubled WWII hero turned deserter Wendell Lett desperately seeks a cure to his severe combat trauma, and The Preserve seems to be his salvation. Run by Lansdale, a mysterious intelligence officer, and Lett’s ambitious wartime XO Charlie Selfer, the secretive training camp promises relief from the terrors in his mind. Together with Kanani Alana, a tough-minded Hawaiian also looking for a new start at The Preserve, Lett begins to feel hopeful.

All illusions are shattered, though, when Lett discovers The Preserve’s true intentions—to rebuild him into a cold-blooded assassin. The deadly conspiracy runs deep, all the way to General Douglas MacArthur, and his refusal to cooperate is met with merciless punishment. His only hope is Kanani and her dangerous escape plan that would grant freedom from The Preserve—if he can hide while surviving the harsh wilderness of the Big Island.

Based on true events, The Preserve is a fast-paced historical thriller that will leave you breathless.

The Preserve: A Novel is the second book featuring troubled war veteran Wendell Lett. Lett’s nightmarish experience in WWII is told in my novel Under False Flags. More about this book’s journey here.

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