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A World War II Memoir
of Lt. Harlan E. Highfield
"I can't even tell you how much I enjoyed it. I didn't want it to end. It was wonderful."
-N. Griffith, Wilmington, DE

It reads so naturally, nicely combining the factual with the narrative."
-C. Casey, Baltimore, MD

"It was an easy and enjoyable read that was quite enlightening. I learned a lot about one person's situation from an intimate perspective, it also made me think about how others around the world may have similar stories."
-D. Moser, Fort Myers, FL

"Chuck did a great job telling us about his dad's interesting life and accomplishments. There were some emotional parts that brought a tear to my eyes."
-W. Eubank, Lewes, DE

 Secret Bank
"Bought SANIBEL'S SECRET BANK, started reading it the next day and couldn't put it down. Now what am I going to read? Seriously, it was a nerve-wracking joy to read. Thanks!!"
-B. Murphy

"Sanibel's Secret Bank" was really something....suspense, drama, romance, and an ending that just blew me away! Very interesting and most enjoyable. Well written, Chuck.
-C. Lewis, Newark, DE

"Great read with so much suspense, the ending was wild. I too am a Skidmore graduate, many years before Gwen, and commend you on all the accurate facts about the college and Saratoga Springs. I also enjoyed the epilogue to know how everyone is doing now." 
-L. Harvey, Sanibel, FL

"A Bank that takes evil to new heights (and depths). Interesting characters, gators, sunsets, mosquitoes. All these elements come together in Highfield's suspenseful Sanibel's Secret Bank. A reading experience that captures the good life that Florida's Gulf Coast offers along with the dangers that can lurk in the mangroves."
-C. Casey, Baltimore, MD          
"Highfield's descriptions of Sanibel are detailed, which brings the taste of home cooking to the book. It's a nice blend of the reality of Sanibel's settings, hitting the fiction world of Highfield's storytelling."
-Sanibel-Captiva Islander/Island Reporter

"I was really hooked when I started to read it. The novel holds one's interest in trying to determine what is 'the bank,' and how it affected the characters' lives."
-C. White, Wilmington, DE

"I really enjoyed your latest book (great story). You did an excellent job! It was hard to put down, and it was so easy to get involved in the story and all of the characters."
-R. Macheski, Bear, DE        
"He (Highfield) has immersed himself in island life and writes knowledgeably about South Florida."
-Island Sand Paper, Fort Myers Beach, FL

"I could hardly put down Sanibel's Secret Bank... Keep up the good writing and vivid imagination, you have a gift."
-G. Narwold, DeLand, FL

"Just finished the book and I have a hankerin' for a grouper sandwich. Well done!"
-D. Moser, Fort Myers, FL       

I really enjoyed the book, good story and fun characters, action and suspense!  I kept trying to figure out the ending, but didn't come close."
-A. Anderson, Newark, DE

"I just finished reading your new book, Sanibel's Secret Bank, and it was awesome! Great story - it draws you in fast and you can't stop reading it! Loved the reporter character, too. You are an amazing writer!!!"

-K. Hendry Weeg, Fort Myers Beach, FL


"I enjoyed how you gently told the story with soft dialogue you could hear."
-H. Thomas, Gainesville, VA 
"I just finished reading Streets, and absolutely loved Morris Scott and the entire story. The novel was so unique, and I just wanted to reach out and give Scott a hug. He was such an easy-to-love character. Thank you!"
-L. Staley

"His (Highfield's) sympathetic portrayals embrace his subjects' humanity and individuality."
-The Key West Citizen, Key West, FL

"Finished Streets and really enjoyed it. Your book put a real human face on street people."
-R. Immesberger, Wilmington, DE

"I thought it was an excellent presentation of the reality and dignity of those who choose, for whatever reason, to live a different lifestyle. A marvelous book."
-E. Champney, Wilmington, DE

"It was fun to read, and different, with a great cast of characters. I laughed a lot and got emotional a couple of times."
-A. Hubbard, Newark, DE

"You have a fertile imagination, and you did a great job presenting the life of street people in understandable terms. I will definitely recommend your book to others."
-A. Schoen

"All in all, Streets is an amazingly multi-layered tale dripping in Key West sunshine and smelling faintly of cheap jug wine--a bittersweet and insightful glimpse into the lives of street people that entertains as well as uplifts."
-The Island Sand Paper, Fort Myers Beach, FL


"I just finished In Sun Down Far, thought-provoking, melancholic. I loved the insights in Ellis-Irving conversations." 
-E. Ichton, Worcester, MA

"...great leading character. I definitely relate to him. Great writing..."
-B. Gangaware, Lake Luzerne, NY

"...the story of finding one's own way in life-and losing one's way, too-is touching. And, the portrait of the beauty of the Gulf Coast of Florida is enticing."
-C. Casey, Baltimore, MD

"My wife and I have read IN SUN DOWN FAR and thought it was an extremely enjoyable and intriguing read. I definitely identified with Ellis' take on enjoying what you are doing in life. Money and success are important but they truly don't bring happiness. Will be reading Streets shortly." 
-G. Ovens-Sanibel Island, FL      
"The novel offers an interesting—and slightly chilling—summer read.”
-Out & About Magazine, Wilmington, DE

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     Three novels for a tropical getaway.    

    And, a WWII Memoir.   


To purchase autographed copies of any or all of my books, please e-mail the author at                            

A World War II Memoir of
Lt. Harlan E. Highfield


Written from his son’s perspective, and coupled with autobiographical material, LIBERATED chronicles the World War II experiences of Lt. Harlan E. Highfield.

Harlan’s training as a P-40 fighter pilot in the U. S. Army Air Corps led to flying combat missions in the North African Campaign. After being shot down in the Tunisian desert, and following his subsequent wounding, Harlan spent over two years as a Prisoner of War in camps in Italy and Germany.

The April 29, 1945 liberation of Stalag VII-A by General Patton’s 14th Armored Division allowed Harlan to return to civilian life where he was successful as an educator, administrator, coach, husband, and father.

This is one person’s story that serves as an example of the many sacrifices made by millions during World War II.



Sanibel's Secret BankSanibel's Secret Bank
by W. C. Highfield
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Unknown to the residents of Sanibel, a powerful bank dealing in international finances exists on the island. The building complex of "The Bank”—as it is called by company personnel—is camouflaged in the J. N. "Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge. A nepotism prerequisite for employment adds greater security to the clandestine nature of the operation.

It is late-summer 2011, and The Bank’s unlawful trading practices and illegitimate monetary resources are on the verge of scrutiny by industry regulators. Furthermore, The Bank’s money-obsessed leadership group performs ruthless acts to eliminate anyone viewed as a threat to their quest for world financial domination.

Bennett Stradley leads a close-knit band of young employees as they set about on a course to avenge the evil wrongdoings of The Bank. Ben’s budding romance with co-worker Gwen Copeland is complicated by The Bank’s stressful environment and the couple’s activist role in pursuing justice. (More details...)
Streets, by W.C. HighfieldStreets
by W.C. Highfield
INIn Sun Down Far, by W.C. Highfield SUN DOWN FAR
by W.C. Highfield
At 30, and homeless for years in Key West, Florida, Morris Scott's life is transformed by a series of surreal, nocturnal happenings in the Key West Cemetery. But don't refer to him, or any other street people, as homeless. He can't stand that word.

Streets is gritty and character-driven. The narrative addresses homelessness... (More Details)

Set in Southwest Florida, IN SUN DOWN FAR chronicles events that take place during an eleven day period in April 1990. The story concerns beach vendor Ellis Parkington's struggle to come to grips with his view of the complexities of human behavior. The music of the blues is interwoven throughout this tale of the ups and downs in friendships, relationships, and life on the tropical island of St. George Beach. (More Details)
W. C. Highfield
W.C. Highfield

My interest in writing began in the early 1990s. With eagerness to write stories for children, I successfully completed a course in Special Publishing offered by the Institute of Children's Literature. Several stories I wrote are accessible to read on this website.

In 2000, I decided to write an adult-themed novel. Self-published in 2001, IN SUN DOWN FAR is set on Fort Myers Beach, Florida, but I fictionalized all of the names of locations and establishments (to protect the innocent and the guilty). Having regularly visited Fort Myers Beach since 1991, I drew on many personal experiences, and worked some of them into the book. The narrative presents an island slice of life with an emphasis on the music of the blues. I strive to strike a correlation between the two.

My second novel, Streets, was completed in 2010. Concerned with the persistent quandary of homelessness in America, I take a quirky look at how one character gradually alters his behavior in an effort to escape its clutches. The main character lives on the streets of Key West. He undergoes a series of surreal experiences that have a positive impact on his life. These inspiring and motivating events help drive him to uncharacteristic acts of heroism.

My third novel, Sanibel's Secret Bank, was released in the fall of 2014. There is a secret bank located on Sanibel that is a powerful dealer in international finances. Residents of the island have no idea it exists, since it is camouflaged in the J.N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge. "The Bank," as it is called, is led by a ruthless group that eliminates anyone viewed as a threat to their quest for world financial domination. The main character leads a close-knit band of young employees as they set about to avenge the evil wrongdoings of The Bank. Read more...

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