Hello, Welcome to the website of John Alex Owen, author who wrote the novel, “Schweres Wasser”, or Heavy Water in English.

An Ordinary Man Becomes an Extraordinary Spy

As the Second World War grinds to an end, the Nazis are desperate to hide assets and information that the Allies might use to their advantage.  All of the Allies know that the Germans were developing the atom bomb, but no one knows the exact nature of their research or how far it went.  Coming out of the rubble of post-war Berlin are strong indications that a hidden cache of atomic weapons research exists and Russia and the United States both want it for themselves. US army intelligence has launched a critical mission to track down Nazi atomic weapon documentation and either retrieve it for the United States or destroy it so the Russians can’t use it. The US needs a special person for this mission: a physicist who can pass as a native East German, who can take care of himself in a dangerous environment, and can interpret highly sensitive scientific research, written in German. Enter Rick Malloy, a man who has no interest in being a hero, but who is called to serve his adopted country. From Cambridge, Massachusetts to Berlin, Rick must follow clues to find Nazi technology while being pursued by the East German secret police and the Russian NKVD. Extensively researched, realistic, and compelling, Schweres Wasser is a vivid portrait of a man facing impossible odds in dangerous circumstances-and finding the best of himself.

Buying my Book

Schweres Wasser is now available for purchase.  You can buy it on Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com.  It is available in hard cover, paperback, Kindle and Nook formats right now, and will be available in Apple eBook format very soon.

If you wish, you can also log on to the publisher’s website, Outskirtspress.com and buy the book there.  You will receive a 10% discount by purchasing directly from the publisher