The Daring Adventures of Paul Ehrlich

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Paul Ehrlich pens new novel of WWII experiences, “The Blue Hippopotamus”

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Soldiers often have a number of exciting experiences and exhilarating stories. For author Paul Ehrlich, he assuredly had his fair share. In his new book, “The Blue Hippopotamus: A Semi-Autobiographical Novel As told by Earle Porlock to Paul Ehrlich,” (published by Trafford Publishing), Ehrlich recounts his often larger-than-life stories to his alter-ego and pen name-Earle Porlock,

The Blue Hippopotamus” tells the courageous story of Ehrlich and his elite group of U.S. Marines during World War II as they take on the dangerous rescue of a critical underground leader from a Nazi concentration camp and ultimately bring him to safety.

“We rescued a wonderful man,” Ehrlich explains. “And while bringing him to England and to safety, we converted a Nazi SS officer into an anti-Nazi hero.”

Ehrlich’s story doesn’t end with a daring rescue, however. His book is full of exciting adventures, from a beautiful love affair he had with a girl on his way to England, to a friend, “the Guru,” who asked him to help steal an ancient Egyptian artifact from a museum – an artifact that turns out, when it is eventually stolen, to be a replica from the gift shop. The original had already been stolen by someone else.
Paul Ehrlich, aka Earle Porlock, on writing “The Blue Hippopotamus”:

“Writing ‘The Blue Hippopotamus’ was great fun—sort of reliving my early life and making some incidents even better than they were the first time. What I wanted most of all was to write a page-turner, to give the reader a chance to actually live and feel what I had lived and felt. In a sense, my own life was a page-turner, from day to day, and a wonderful one that I enjoyed and loved—even the difficult and painful happenings. I think that I’ve been tremendously lucky to have had such a—almost a charmed life—and that’s what I wanted to share with the reader.

Ehrlich and the other Marines were made to swear they’d never tell the story. But seventy years later, when he is 90 years old and the last survivor of his team, he feels “The story could, and should, be told.”

About the Author
Paul Ehrlich is an engineer who specialized in time and motion study and machine design, and is also a concert violinist who has played in top orchestras and gone on world tours. A record he made in 1964 was dubbed Recording of the Year in the New York Times Sunday music section. he enlisted in the Marine Corps right after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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