'Eagle's Nest' by Bes Stillwell Launches
In "Eagle's Nest," author Bes Stillwell's latest work of fiction, Thomas Berg, an aspiring architecture student living in modern-day Germany, chooses to join the Civil Service and is assigned as caretaker of Eagle's Nest, the mountain chalet originally built as a 50th birthday present to Adolf Hitler from the German people. Thomas moves into Eagle's Nest and is assigned maintenance work in the winter months, when the site is closed. He is getting ready to study architecture at University and draws architectural sketches at night. His drawings attract a most fearsome guest, the ghost of Adolf Hitler.
Hitler's ghost begins to make frequent visits to Eagle's Nest, engaging Thomas in conversation and debate. Thomas begins to investigate this strange phenomenon and discovers that many on Kehlstein Mountain and around the town of Berchtesgaden, where the house is located, claim to have seen Hitler's spirit. The book follows Thomas's experiences as he searches for answers as to why Hitler's ghost has come to haunt him.
"I have toured Eagle's Nest and have always been fascinated by it. It's a lavish building built for Hitler as a birthday present when Germany was starving," said Stillwell. "It's a haunting experience to be there and it inspired me to make it the setting for a science fiction novel."
Author Bes Stillwell is an American of German, Austrian and Swiss descent and wrote Cousin to bring voice to what the average powerless German might have felt during the Holocaust. Raised in New Jersey, Stillwell currently resides in Florida.