Proebstle_coverFatal Incident is based on a true story involving a military air disaster on September 18, 1944 at 11,000 feet in an uncharter area of the Mt. McKinley range in Alaska. While no evidence of the 3 crew and 16 passengers, dead or alive, ever surfaced; we do know the recovery effort conducted about six weeks after the crash was significant. No evidence as to the cause of this crash was ever uncovered. As an anniversary tribute to those on the plane I thought readers would be interested in a few of the original 1944 photographs taken by the recovery team.

Historical Fiction Finalist

Fatal Incident
by Jim Proebstle
Emerald Book Company




Mainstream & Independent Titles Score Top Honors in
the 4th Annual International Book Awards

LOS ANGELES – USA Book News announced the winners and finalists of THE 2013 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) on May 20, 2013. Over 300 winners and finalists were announced in over 80 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USA Book News, said this year’s contest yielded over 1000 entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.

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Praise for Fatal Incident

Jim Proebstle has written a unique and compelling story, a true event cloaked in the fabric of fiction. Though much of Fatal Incident is speculative, every consideration is grounded in rock-solid fact. This narrative works on so many levels that it doesn’t matter whether or not you accept Proebstle’s conclusions concerning the mystery at the heart of the story. Either way, you’ll enjoy a hell of a good read.

—William Kent Krueger
New York Times bestselling author of the Cork O’Connor series

Brimming with intrigue, espionage, and romance, Fatal Incident is a captivating story of determination and grit set against the backdrop of WWII. In this historical novel, author Jim Proebstle leaves the reader questioning the cause of a fatal C-47 airplane crash in Alaska that occurred during the closing years of the war. What really happened? Was there a colossal cover-up by the US government involving the true facts surrounding the disaster and the ensuing rescue and recovery effort? This tale of alternate history will leave you speculating as to what actually did take place on that fateful day in September of 1944.

Proebstle does a formidable job developing his characters while constructing a chillingly believable story peppered with brilliantly unexpected twists and turns!

—Marilyn Jax
Award-winning author of The Find and Road to Omalos

Fatal Incident is a heart-pounding tale of espionage, suspense, love, geopolitics and heroism capturing a Soviet Union attempt to steal United States secrets of the atomic bomb. I recommend this book to everyone interested in World War II mysteries. Proebstle offers an exciting and credible scenario in this historical novel based on the true-life events that led to the unexplained military casualties of a C-47 transport crash in the starkness of Alaska’s Mt. McKinley Range.

—Bob Bao
Author and editor of the MSU Alumni Magazine

Listen to a WGN Radio Interview with Jim Proebstle on The Sunday Papers Show hosted by Rick Kogan.

Listen to an interview with Jim Proebstle on Fascinating Authors, hosted by Penny C. Sansevieri.