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by Rick Birkenholtz 

It’s 1939 and Europe is at war. Rural Iowa may seem far removed from the danger, but Rebecca VanderVelden will soon learn that is not the case.

Rebecca and her father operate a small, struggling trucking company in Iowa City. Due to the recent death of her mother, Rebecca has assumed added responsibilities of the business, the household, and eight-year-old Andrew. She has little time for men—until Erick McBranden rolls into town and is hired as a truck driver. Erick has a tragic past of his own, but their attraction to each other is undeniable.

Just as Rebecca and Erick are getting to know one another, Erick is unfairly fired by her father. The next day two men with German accents show up at the door with a mysterious crate they need shipped immediately to Des Moines. With no other drivers available, Rebecca reluctantly gets behind the wheel of their oldest truck to make the run. As the adventure unfolds, Rebecca and her father begin to realize the men’s intentions and the shipment are far from innocent—and that they may in fact be Nazi spies!

In spite of being fired, Erick comes to Rebecca’s rescue when he finds her and her stalled truck along the road. The pair makes a run together across Iowa that includes mechanical breakdowns, destination changes, near-death road experiences, good Samaritans, Madison County covered bridges, secrets revealed, car chases, a gun fight, Dutch letters, and much more.

RICK BIRKENHOLTZ was born in 1948 and raised on a farm in rural Colfax, Iowa, also home to James Norman Hall, author of Mutiny on the Bounty and several other novels. Rick’s love of books and reading was encouraged by his mother, who enrolled him in a book of the month club where he read books aimed at pre-teens and teens.

In high school Rick’s favorite subjects were history, art, and English. He enjoyed writing short stories and poetry for his English classes. When he had free time Rick liked to draw cartoons and caricatures. Upon graduation he received the English Award.

While attending Iowa State University, Rick dreamt of writing a novel. He wanted to put his love of history, antique cars, and adventure stories into a novel. One was started. However, due to the workload created by his double major and minor, there was never enough time to fulfill this dream.

After graduation from ISU there was a job, marriage, starting a business, helping his father with the farming, and raising a daughter. However, a busy life did not drown the desire to write. A second novel was started. The manuscript for Rebecca’s Run took the next ten years to complete!

Now retired, Rick hopes to finish a play he has written and then start writing another novel. Rick wants to encourage aspiring writers, both young and old, to find the time to follow their dreams. Good luck!

Product details: Hardcover, 358 pages