Author Steven T. Collis is proud to announce the release of his second book, The Immortals: The World War II Story of Five Fearless Heroes, the Sinking of the Dorchester, and an Awe-inspiring Rescue. The book tells the story of Four Chaplains of different faiths and a Black petty officer who sacrificed themselves to save hundreds of other soldiers when a Nazi U-Boat sank their ship during World War II.
Four chaplains were assigned to the SS Dorchester: Alexander Goode, a Jewish Rabbi; John Washington, a Catholic priest; George Fox, a Methodist minister; and Clark Poling, a Protestant minister. They offered comfort, reassurances, and prayers to the more than 900 men on board the ship. Now known as the Immortal Chaplains, the men were aboard the Dorchester when the ship was torpedoed by a German submarine.
The non-fiction book is thoroughly researched and alternates between the points of view of the Nazi U-boat captain and crew (from journals and later interviews) and the survivors of the SS Dorchester, who credit the chaplains with saving their lives.
The book also offers the story of another hero, Charles Walter David, Jr., whose story has largely been untold until now. The young, Black petty officer was aboard a Coast Guard cutter traveling with the Dorchester. David dove into the glacial water again and again, despite hypothermia setting in, to rescue from the frigid sea the same men the chaplains had saved during the sinking of the ship.
Thanks to David and the Immortal Chaplains, hundreds of soldiers survived the attack. The Immortals explores the power of faith and sacrifice and narrates the lives of five heroic men who believed in something greater than themselves, giving their all for people of vastly different beliefs and backgrounds.
The Immortals was published by Shadow Mountain Publishing and is available on Indie Bound, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM, Walmart, Bookshop, and anywhere books are sold.
To view the book trailer for The Immortals, please visit https://youtu.be/1qP5L9oxdSM
Steven T. Collis
Steven T. Collis is a storyteller at heart. He is also a law professor at the University of Texas School of Law and the faculty director of Texas’s Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center and Law and Religion Clinic. Previously, he was the Olin-Darling Research Fellow at the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School and chair of the Religious Institutions and First Amendment Practice Group at Holland & Hart LLP. He is an engaging and sought-after speaker nationwide on religion and law. Collis received his MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He is the author of Deep Conviction: True Stories of Ordinary Americans Fighting for the Freedom to Live Their Beliefs. He and his wife have five children and reside in Texas.
Shadow Mountain Publishing
Shadow Mountain Publishing is a general trade publisher of fiction and non-fiction. They are the publisher of the New York Times bestselling series Fablehaven and the sequel series Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull. Shadow Mountain is also known for their Proper Romance® line of sweet romances. Non-fiction titles include cookbooks from popular bloggers Six Sisters’ Stuff as well as the New York Times best-selling history book 7 Tipping Points that Saved the World. Shadow Mountain’s best-selling fiction titles include Jason F. Wright’s Christmas Jars — now a major motion picture, and the award-winning The Rent Collector by Camron Wright. Shadow Mountain Publishing believes in cultivating stories worth telling, questions worth exploring, and beauty worth sharing to improve the lives of families, children, and our society.
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