The Verdict is the fifth book of Cap Parlier's epic To So Few series of historical novels.
The Battle of Britain has been raged in the skies above Southeast England for nearly two months, and the Germans sought air superiority in preparation for and in support of their planned cross-Channel invasion - code-named Operation SEALION. They only obstacle to the continued success and domination of the undefeated German Wehrmacht juggernaut was the Royal Air Force Fighter Command.
By the beginning of September 1940, the pilots of Fighter Command awoke each day to face yet another relentless day of multiple combat sorties against overwhelming numbers of Luftwaffe pilots, as they struggling to fight off their own mind-numbing fatigue.
The Verdict takes the young pilots of Fighter Command and No.609 Squadron through August and September 1940 - the most intense and conclusive phase of the greatest battle in all of aviation history. For Brian Drummond and Jonathan Kensington, as with their brethren, they lived moment to moment, doing their part in the defense of Great Britain and liberty itself, with the stark knowledge their next moment, their next flight, could be their last. Amid the fragility of life, they find love and a tenuous grip on a sense of normalcy.
The saga continues.
The Trial is the fourth book of Cap Parlier's To So Few series of historical novels. Young, American, volunteer pilot Brian Drummond and his British buddy Jonathan Kensington had been with No.609 Squadron for only six months, when the Spitfire fighter squadron moved south to join the foreboding fight. The Trial takes the young pilots of Fighter Command through August and September 1940 - the most intense and conclusive phase of the greatest battle in all of aviation history. Amongst the unrelenting, mind-numbing fatigue of multiple sorties each day and the constant specter of death all around them, Brian and his brethren throw themselves into long odds against the overwhelming numbers, skill and experience of the Luftwaffe. Yet, the young pilots find the means to love and enjoy the pleasures of life amid the trauma of war. Brian becomes an ace and is awarded his first Distinguish Flying Cross at the same ceremony that King George VI awarded the George Cross to Missus Charlotte Palmer - the woman who saved Brian's life from drowning in the large pond at her farm. These are the months of aerial combat that will establish these pilots as legend, to be known for eternity as The Few.
This is the second of a dozen books in Cap Parlier’s To So Few series of historic novels. Brian Drummond becomes a fighter pilot in the RAF as World War II opens in Europe. It does not take long for him to demonstrate his skills with the best fighter airplane of its day. As with all bands of warrior brothers, the special kindred bonds forged in the heat of battle expand their lust for life.
Just after his 18th birthday, Brian Drummond leaves his Kansas home in the spring of 1939 during the last days of peace. He crosses the border into Canada and joins the Royal Air Force. The last vestiges of Brian’s innocence are lost forever as he enters the crucible of war. With the help of one of Churchill’s cousins and others, Brian completes his training and gains the assignment he seeks. He hones his skills with the elegant but deadly Spitfire Mark I during the Phony War – the lull before all of Europe was engulfed – and becomes a man. Brian struggles against his parents who use U.S. Federal law in a desperate attempt to force their son to return home before its too late; against his emotions boiling within personal conflict and the loss of his mentor; and against a sometimes not-so-subtle discrimination. Brian makes mistakes, falls victim to the foibles of young men unconstrained by any sense of accountability, and manages to become a valued member of that very small brotherhood of warriors.
A contemporary romance with a young Jewish woman finding her way as the world changes around her. "Wealthy people can buy problems that the poor or average working people could never imagine." So went the advice from the New York attorney who inserted himself in Susan Fisher's life. Never before had Susan ever needed to consider the problems wealth can bring. Usually, her problem had been the opposite.
Susan Fisher's life is in a turmoil and she needs to deal with ambiguities and indecision brought on by drastic changes in her life. She needs to figure out her place in a world with a previously unfamiliar Jewish heritage and a radical change in fortune. Susan's path to resolving these ambiguities and changes brings her romance, confusion and, ultimately, a new direction in life. Susan Fisher grew up as "that Jewish girl on 4th Street" in her hometown of Moline, Illinois, but there was very little that was really Jewish in her life. Her parents, a professor and a high school teacher, gave her a well-rounded, but decidedly secular upbringing. She is beautiful, intelligent and hardworking, but when her parents pass away unexpectedly, Susan, a college sophomore at a small Christian college, finds herself thrust into life-changing situations and she must question her purpose in life, her values and her Jewish heritage. Brought to New York City by a cryptic phone call from an attorney for a deceased aunt, Susan is forced to come to terms with the ambiguities a dramatic change in station, locale and opportunity brings her. Susan's aunt has left her not only an inheritance that will certainly change her future, but also a taste of her lost Jewish heritage that her parents disdained. Along the way, Susan finds herself questioning those things she had always thought important, when she is uprooted and transplanted into a far-different world from her comfy, Midwestern, academic roots.
Susan confides in an acquaintance that she wishes she had a Disambiguation Page like those on Wikipedia.com, where she could quickly and safely decide between the identities and choices for her life that a new romance and the myriad changes she encounters require. Susan finds the biggest ambiguity she must face is in her own heart and sense of self. Author Kevin Ready gives a interesting voice to this tale of a young woman coming of age and making her life choices. The book gives an interesting view of Jewish heritage and custom, as the young, supposedly Jewish woman experiences her ancestral celebrations, history and values for the first time. A rabbi's long-lost granddaughter finds her heritage in Kevin Ready's delightful story.
“...this all-engrossing you-can’t-put-it-down tale of a rabbi’s long-lost grandaughter will provide a very enlightening and very entertaining read... . This wonderful novel reads as if it is an engrossing day dream - a ‘what if’ that almost everyone has at one time or another.”
The Jewish Press
“… a fascinating read. …I was introduced to a new world alongside Susy as she learns of … Judaism …and discovers the heritage she’d never known. … a deftly woven chronicle that will prove to be a highly popular addition to both personal reading lists and community library Contemporary Fiction collections.”
San Francisco Review of Books