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Nor the Years Condemn Paperback – January 9, 2012
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More About the Author
In 2012 Justin released "Nor the Years Condemn", an historical fiction based on the stunning true story of the young Australian fighter pilots of World War Two. A tale as exhilaratingly heroic as it is tragic, "Nor the Years Condemn" is a portrait of shining young men destined never to grow old, and of those who do: the survivors 'condemned by the years', and to their memory of friends who remain forever young.
In 2013 he released "Ghosts of the Empire", Book 2 in his "Nor the Years Condemn" series, and to Rave Reviews.
Justin has just released his 4th book, "Memoirs of a Go-Go Dancer", his long-awaited sequel to his 1st release, "Goodbye Crackernight". "Memoirs of a Go-Go Dancer" is Justin's rock & roll portrait of teenage in the 1980s under the threat of nuclear annihilation before he ever kissed a girl - To his delight, Rave Reviews are already flooding in.
Justin's books are available in Kindle & paperback at Amazon, Dymocks bookstores, Waterstones, WH Smith, The Book Depository and via ALL bookstores. Justin relishes signing copies of his books at regular bookstore events and would love to hear from you at his Facebook pages, on Twitter or at his blog, Crackernight.com. He lives in Sydney, Australia.
MEMOIRS OF A GO-GO DANCER by Justin Sheedy
Justin Sheedy's first job out of school was a symbol of his rebellion against the 1980s - a decade so lame it cried out for any other. Crackernight, the annual fireworks festival of his childhood, was gone. So was childhood. Justin's teenage would be a search for new fireworks. He would find them. In his legendary schoolteachers, in questioning his elders, in playing rock and roll, in marching against nuclear madness, and in that scariest of all things known to Man: GIRLS. And all that was before he became a Go-Go Dancer! Then the fun REALLY started... (Caution: You could be IN this.)
GHOSTS OF THE EMPIRE by Justin Sheedy
As the storm of World War II breaks, Mick O'Regan is a peaceful Sydney working-class boy. Yet he and the shining youth of his generation are cursed to enter a world of high-speed life and death. Like first-time Aussie backpackers they cross the planet to save the British Empire, their job on arrival the most dangerous of the War: flying for Royal Air Force Bomber Command.
Based on a true Australian war story only now being brought to life by author Justin Sheedy's vivid historical fictions, "Ghosts of the Empire" is also a story of young people living life to the full while they can - in a blacked-out world where dance partners, sex and death flow in equal abundance.
Though standing on its own as the white-knuckle excitement saga that it is, "Ghosts of the Empire" is the much-anticipated sequel to "Nor the Years Condemn", Sheedy's highly acclaimed story of shining young men destined never to grow old. 'Ghosts', it is said, are the spirits of those who die violently, tragically, or when ripped from life too young. "Ghosts of the Empire" is their story.
NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN by Justin Sheedy
At the beginning of World War II, Britain was in the deepest trouble imaginable. 5 minutes flying time away crouched a monster. Alone against it, Britain called out to her Empire. For pilots. From all corners of that Empire, they volunteered. Only the best & brightest were chosen. Australian Daniel Quinn was one of these young men who came to fly against the monster. They had a 1-in-3 chance of survival.
"Nor the Years Condemn" is based on the true story of the young Australians who flew Spitfires against the all-conquering might of Nazi Germany. In their late teens and early-20s, for the job at hand they had to be the 'shining ones', rendering the death of so many of them doubly heart-rending for the reader. Daniel Quinn, flanked by the often hilarious young men of his elite ilk, leaves his peacetime life behind to fight tyranny in this portrait of doomed, brilliant youth.
With in-the-cockpit flying sequences that readers have described as 'cinematic', "Nor the Years Condemn" is also a story of the mothers cursed to relinquish their wonderful sons to war, of first love, of strategic deception and betrayal, of brotherhood and once-in-a-lifetime friendship on a knife's edge. It is a story of shining young men destined never to become old, and of those who do: the survivors 'condemned by the years', and to their memory of friends who remain forever young.
GOODBYE CRACKERNIGHT by Justin Sheedy
Crackernight! One night a year, the infinite normality of the suburbs is shot with utter magic. 'Goodbye, Crackernight' is the story of one boy's childhood in 1970s Australia. It is a story of fireworks, of fun that cost nothing, of second-hand bikes, UFO-crowded skies, streakers, lime green Valiants, half-sucked Sunny Boys and electric pink hotpants. It is a story of growing up and innocence left behind - at a three-day swinging pool party. It is the tale of an era, of far simpler times, of an annual neighbourhood festival and an Australia now long gone.
Top Customer Reviews
The story. Again, excellent. The history behind these young men (and women), the planes they used, the circumstances surrounding this time frame, et cetera - all well done. I thoroughly enjoyed the "story" of each character and how they interacted with each other. There were some shockers in there; war is hell, no? I also liked the hint of "espionage" involved.
"Nor the Years Condemn", to me, was a fantastic read. I can but recommend this book to others and impatiently await Justin's next work.
Colorado Springs, CO
The characters feel so real, we are sure they must have existed. The flying is portrayed so brilliantly, we feel an ace fighter pilot must have possessed Justin's head while he wrote this. The planes themselves become characters, even though mere machines, they became tools of victory and a symbol of ingenuity, technology and bloody determination. This is a testament to the research undertaken by the author and his wordsmithing we see as the end result.
We should count ourselves lucky today that the whole world has not since been embroiled in a such conflict and we hope it never will be again. Recounting the bravery of these men, and the staggering odds against their surviving, should make us never forget.
We will remember them.
This story follows the war of an Australian law student who leaves school to volunteer in the RAAF as a fighter pilot. Beginning with the highs and lows of pilot training, the plot continues on to England and the early, uncertain and scary days as a new Spitfire pilot. Inexperienced pilots had no chance unless they could find a way to stay alive long enough to learn how to kill. Not an easy task, and one very well covered by Sheedy. Lucky, and not so lucky accidents and incidents take their toll, but the novel's protagonist persists and survives, against all odds. He moves up the chain of command at a harrowing pace, eventually becoming a fighter ace and assuming command of his own squadron flying ground attack Typhoons. Action prevails, both in and out of the cockpit.
The plot and character development show a wealth of research. It is clear that Sheedy consulted with warriors who lived the actual events, and no fault in fact or concept was evident. This is not, by any means, a pretty story; rather, it shows war the way it really was: gory and nasty. In short, this book is as real as it must have been.
I cannot remember when a novel so engrossed me and forced me to read all hours of the day and night. Sleep and work may have interrupted my progress, but I made it through in 5 days, a near record for this plodding reader. I was honestly disappointed that I had to spend time to sleep before my reading could continue. This is a fine novel, and one that begs a sequel.
The cover art says it all: "First time overseas. With a unique job. Stop Hitler."
Well done to the Allied fighter pilots, and to Justin Sheedy.
Marc H. Stevens
Author of 'Escape, Evasion and Revenge: The True Story of a German-Jewish RAF Pilot Who Bombed Berlin and Became a POW'
I have never been in a war personally, never flew a plane, have never lost someone I care about to a violent death, but I found myself relating to the characters in such a way that I felt their fear, anger, love, loss and determination in a way that moved me.
There were many parts of this book I found particularly enjoyable, but my favorite would have to be the character development of the main character, and particularly powerful was his connection and communication with his younger brother throughout the story. It struck a chord with me.
I couldn’t imagine changing anything about his book, except to say I’d like it to not end. But I guess all good things must come to an end. Thank goodness there’s a sequel!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action, drama, history and character driven stories. I’ll be reading a lot more from Mr Sheedy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great job of writing by author balanced mix of plot and detailed text. He does present air combat sequences but most are very brief. Read morePublished 10 days ago by JK
Recommended to me by a friend on FB, it is well written and exciting, I enjoyed it very much! EPublished 12 months ago by Tom & Erica
A good, well structured story with believable characters.
A young man's desire to become a fighter pilot at the beginning of World War II takes him to places he never thought... Read more
Nor the Years Condemn online from Amazon. This is a great yarn from a great 'Yarn Spinner' about those brave young men who were selected for the RAAF flying training program in... Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by Maxwell R Hamilton
My interest was piqued when i saw it was about RAAF pilots in WWII, something we here in the US have to dig for and from my initial thoughts on the book, before it was read, I knew... Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by NathanD
A war story,a love story and, above all ,an historically correct novel for pilots and armchair readers alike. Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by S.Speakman
Mr. Justin Sheed made a great story about the life of a young Australian that went to England during WWII to became an aviator; as the reading goes on you can almost visualize all... Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by p47br
This was an excellent book & shows what the young men went through during World War 2 while flying the latest fighters of the day & the sacrifies they made to protect the free... Read morePublished on April 30, 2012 by Historybuff20