WELCOME AUTHOR SOPHIE SCHILLER
Sophie Schiller grew up in the West Indies amid aging pirates and retired German spies. She was educated at American University, Washington, D.C. and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.
"But Erich, I don't understand. Why would anyone want to harm you? I feel like there's something you're not telling me. Sometimes you act like it's me you don't trust."
"It's for your own safety," he says, snapping the book shut. "The less you know about me, the better. Because of the war, my situation is delicate. And desperate times require desperate measures."
"What do you mean, because of the war?"
Erich shuffles his feet. "The truth is I escaped the war. Or if you prefer the correct military term, it's called desertion. And desertion during times of war is a serious offense. So serious in fact, that if the wrong people were to find out about me, my life would be in grave danger."
The sudden awareness that I'm harboring a dangerous fugitive hits me like a mountain of bricks. My throat tightens and I feel the blood rushing from my head.
"Erich, why did you lie to me?"
"If I had told you I was a war deserter, would you have let me stay in your house? Would you have trusted me? Or would you have alerted the authorities?"
I shake my head. "I don't know. I can't believe this is happening to me. I've read about all the atrocities. I know about the saboteurs. What if I've put all of our lives in danger?"
"Abby, listen to me," he says. "It was a question of survival. I didn't know if I could trust you. But I assure you I have no ulterior motive; you have nothing to fear from me. But if you've changed your mind, if you want me to leave, I'll be gone by morning. Yes, I admit I'm a deserter, but I did it because I refused to continue causing the deaths of more innocent civilians. Can you at least try to understand that?"
His clear blue eyes are searching mine in earnestness. He's searching for the compassion and understanding that exist at the core of every human being, but are so scarce in times of war. He touches my arm with his warm, strong hand, sending shock waves through my body. But all of this is too overwhelming. I take a step backwards.
by Sophie Schiller
Abby Maduro is a young girl living a purposeless existence when she rescues a handsome deserter from a German U-boat, Erich Seibold, who has washed ahore on her Caribbean island. Abigail hides Erich in the basement of her house and friendship and love blossom between the unlikely pair. Unbeknownst to Abby, St. Thomas is a hotbed of German spies and saboteurs who use their Hamburg steamers to aid the Kaiser's war effort. When island's German Consul, Lothar Langsdorff, discovers Erich's presence on the island, he forces him back into the conflict. Langsdorff blackmails Erich into committing sabotage and murder, throwing the whole island into chaos and plunging Abby headfirst into the dangerous world of German spies. When Erich is arrested, Abigail faces the ultimate test. But as long as Lothar Langsdorff is on the loose, Abby relies on her wits, bravery, and a little island magic to save Erich and rid her tranquil island of a nest of German spies.
If you can imagine "Summer of My German Soldier" set on a Caribbean island replete with German spy characters, Old World Danish characters, colorful West Indian characters, blazing Luger pistols, a mad Voodoo Queen, and a brave and resourceful heroine, then you have a good picture of Spy Island.