a bit about the book

Night of Flames paints a vivid and terrifying picture of war-torn Europe during WWII. It’s the tale of a Krakow university professor Anna and her husband Jan, a Polish cavalryman. Separated and forced to flee occupied Poland, Anna soon finds herself caught up in the Belgian Resistance, while Jan becomes embedded in British Intelligence efforts to contact the Resistance in Poland. He seizes this opportunity to search for his lost wife Anna. Through the long night of Nazi occupation, Anna, Jan and the ordinary people of two countries fight a covert war of sabotage and resistance against the overwhelming might of the German war machine.

Watch the Video!

The book is available to the trade by Independent Publisher's Group.

Night of Flames now available at all bookstores

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Continuing my excursion into the 21st century, I now have an actual website. Check it out at www.douglaswjacobson.com

Saturday, April 17, 2010


I was interviewed on NPR radio - Milwaukee recently for background on the secret murders of thousands of Polish army officers in the Katyn Forest in 1940. You can hear the interview by clicking here on WUWM.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Good news sometimes comes mixed with tragic news. I was just informed that my second historical novel, THE DARK AND SILENT, has been accepted for publication. The book focuses on the brutal murders of twenty thousand Polish officers at the hands of the Soviet NKVD in April, 1940, and the ensuing cover-up. Then, just a day later, the world was shocked to learn of the plane crash and tragic loss of Poland's government officials. The plane crashed near Smolensk, Russia and the Katyn forest, the same location where the Polish officers were murdered 70 years ago.

In 1940, The government of the Soviet Union secretly ordered the murders in an attempt to eradicate the elite of Polish society. The Soviets denied any involvement in the Katyn massacre for over fifty years, until the 1990's when then Soviet President Boris Yeltsin revealed the secret order signed by Joseph Stalin authorizing the murders. In yesterday's plane crash - 70 years later - more than eighty of Poland's top government officials and military leaders died in the exact same location.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


In honor of veterans everywhere, one of the most memorable war poems ever written . . .

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hand we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields

- Lt. Colonel John McCrae, MD
Canadian Army

To veterans everywhere - Thank you for your service.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Comet Line & Night of Flames featured in CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

Due to the wonders of virtual book tours and the entuhiasm of one of the bloggers, the story of the Comet Line was recently published in the CHICAGO SUN TIMES. It's a great tribute to the brave people of the Comet Line who risked their lives for freedom and one of my greatest inspirations in writing. Check out the link.

Friday, September 25, 2009

NIGHT OF FLAMES Book Tour - Week 4

Week 4 Book Tour Stops:

As the Pages Turn- interview & guest post
Diary of an Eccentric - review
Lit and Life - review
New York Book Cafe - review

Monday, September 14, 2009


The NIGHT OF FLAMES book tour begins week three. here are the tour stopes for each day.

Monday 9/14, My Reading Room

Tuesday 9/15, Miss remmer's Review

Wednesday 9/16, You've GOTTA Read This

Thursday 9/17, Paperback Writer

Friday 0/18, The Book Connection