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.
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.
The Saint Gaudens Modern English Version of the Holy Koran is translated from the original Arabic into modern English. It avoids the use of archaic linguistic style and conveys the original meaning in language easily understood by the modern reader of English. This volume is meant to help the general reader to understand the importance of Islam in the modern world and to assist students understand the nuances of the Koranic verse.
The purpose of this work is to provide the English speaking reader with a easily readable version of the Koran. It is curious that most previous English translations of the Koran adopt a linguistic affectation of the King James Version of the Christian Bible in an attempt to give their edition an affectation of religious or biblical flavor. The archaic sixteenth-century English of King James does a disservice to the Classical Arabic original Koran when read by a modern reader. Other available versions of the Koran in English carry a stilted, imprecise English more appropriate for a Bollywood movie.The words of the Prophet Mohammed and his God should not be in the stilted voice of a Shakespearean era Anglican cleric or a inarticulate English voice. The unnecessarily confusing language of most Koranic translations leads to misunderstanding of basic concepts and difficulty in study by modern English readers. Just as modern, revised versions of the Christian Bible have become a standard for Bible study, it was felt that a more modern version of the Koran would serve Western readers. One thing we have kept from the archaic biblical English format is the capitalization of pronouns referring to God. It seems to give clarity to many massages when the deity is speaking of himself, especially in the Arabic translation, where pronouns are highly repetitive. We also use the first person plural "We" when the deity speaks of himself, since the original Arabic clearly has God speaking of himself in the plural pronoun and verb form. While it remains a tenet of the Muslim faith that study of the Koran should be in the classic Arabic, the reality is that many would-be readers of the Koran have no knowledge of Arabic and little grasp of King James' vernacular and, thus, the need for this work.
To explain the British attack on the French fleet at anchor in the harbor at Mers-el-KEbir [3.July.1940], Sir Winston Churchill said, "What matters are events, not words." His uncharacteristic humility vastly understates the enormous power his words held in those dark days during the summer of 1940. Through the prism of the selected documents and speeches, placed in the context of surrounding events, as Churchill succinctly noted, we see the evolution of the most horrific human tragedy in recorded history.
The Clarity of Hindsight offers readers a unique compendium of spoken and written words from the World War II era that span the war years (1931-1945) as well as the contributory years (1916-1939) and the aftermath (1945-1950). Through the prism of the selected documents and speeches placed in the context of surrounding events, we see the evolution of the most horrific human tragedy in recorded history. There are well-known, historic words from famous leaders as well as obscure documents only recently declassified and publicly released. Through these words, we see more clearly why the events of the mid-20th century played out as they did and millions of people paid a grotesque and staggering price. The magnanimity of victors after the century's second, great, global confrontation contrast dramatically with the retribution imposed after the first Great War. Hopefully, the words and deeds of the era will help us avoid such tragedies in the future. We must all learn the lessons from those years. Peace is too precious to squander with the repetition of prior mistakes.
Lest we ever forget . . .