Carl F. Haupt

Carl F. Haupt lived as a hobo during the Great Depression when he was 15 years old. Carl served in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1966 with the rank of Master Sergeant.


In 1992, Carl and his wife, Sarah, started helping struggling families in Agua Prieta, Mexico, across from Douglas, Arizona. They brought food and other necessities, helped build over 100 homes and delivered 25 donated mobile homes.


All author royalties from Gary Gatlin: Reluctant Hero go to Angels on the Border, a non-profit organization established by Carl and his wife to continue their charitable work.

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This Is the World War II Book Series You’ve Been Waiting For – a la Jason Bourne


Sworn to help his family’s farm, American Gary Gatlin must find his own way around Japanese-occupied Taiwan (Formosa), always under the watchful eye of brigands and austere military officials. What if this tall American were a spy?


Gary Gatlin: Reluctant Hero, the first book in Carl Haupt’s eagerly-anticipated World War II trilogy, brings the uncertainty and excitement of the Pacific theater to life, all the way to the seat of a fighter plane during some of the most tense, heart-pounding moments. He wasn’t looking for adventure or trouble, but they always had a way of finding him. From sabotage to theft to kidnapping. Hidden gold coins to shark-filled waters to fatal bombings. Gary finds a way to survive.


But who is Gary Gatlin? He is the hero that every man wants to be and every woman loves. A chance encounter alters the course of Gary’s simple German-American childhood in Utah, changing his destiny forever. But is he up to the task? Can he make his family proud?


On the eve of World War II, Japanese-occupied Taiwan is a dangerous place for an American, but he’s armed with his parents’ values, a stack of agricultural journals, jiu jitsu lessons and knowledge of Japanese poetry. Can Gary summon the courage to do what’s right, even when he constantly finds his life in danger? Gary is a man of honor, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Gary is dedicated to learning advanced farming techniques and earning the trust of Japanese farmers and Chinese fruit sellers. But he must also gain the trust of foreign spies, local kidnappers, untrusting military officials and a beautiful, headstrong woman who he may never see again. Will Gary be able to make it out alive?


If you’re drawn to tales of World War II and ships, planes and sturdy characters from the 1940s, then you won’t be able to resist the story of Gary Gatlin: Reluctant Hero (Book 1). Carl Haupt’s first title in the series is a fascinating window into a unique time, a unique place, a unique man and a very unique turn of events. You’ll never look at World War II’s Pacific theater in the same way!


This is the story of a lifetime.

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Follow the continuing adventures of Gary Gatlin in Gary Gatlin Returns,

the 2nd book in this engaging, suspense-filled World War II trilogy.

In this thrilling sequel to Gary Gatlin: Reluctant Hero, Gary Gatlin

accepts Admiral “Bull” Halsey’s offer of a commission in the US Navy.

Because of his unique language skills and knowledge of Formosa, Gary’s

soon dispatched to the island as a secret agent. His mission is complicated

by his reunion with a love he’d left behind, Kasumi Saito. Without hesitation

she serves alongside him as he allies with native brigands to spy

and wreak havoc on the Japanese military. As the American offensive

continues across the Pacific, Gary undergoes new training and returns

to combat as a Navy aviator. But Gary’s moral compass remains steadfast

as even during the savage battle to sink the super-battleship Yamato, he

risks his life to rescue enemy sailors. Though the end of hostilities is in

sight, Gary is spirited into Japan on a clandestine mission to save lives

from the most catastrophic weapon of the war.

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