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Product Details

  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146807265X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468072655
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,502,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Justin Sheedy had his first book, "Goodbye Crackernight", published in 2009, a comic memoir of growing up in 1970s Australia, back in a long-lost era when a child’s proudest possession was not a Playstation but a second-hand bike. "Goodbye Crackernight" was so warmly received by Australian readers that it secured Justin a place on the program of the prestigious Byron Bay Writers’ Festival 2010 and is currently orderable through all bookstores and online. For details and to read excerpts and rave reviews of "Goodbye Crackernight", visit Crackernight.com. There you’ll also find Justin’s many short stories and articles, all free to read and enjoy. Justin is now delighted to see his latest book, "Nor the Years Condemn", published and in print. Based intensively on a chapter of true World War Two history largely untold in fiction format, "Nor the Years Condemn" is the heart-rending 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. The book has already received precisely the sort of reader responses that Justin has long hoped for: “Finished it and loved it! An excellent perspective and I’m a big fan of Factional (fact mixed with fiction) writing. A splendid job, Justin. You can tell a lot of effort was put into the research to get things right. More please!! Cheers, Justin.” To read the book's excellent reviews in full, see the link: http://crackernight.com/2012/01/17/great-reviews-of-nor-the-years-condemn-by-justin-sheedy-now-available-in-print-on-demand-paperback-at-amazon. Justin is currently writing the sequel to "Nor the Years Condemn", reading excerpts available at Crackernight.com. He would love to hear from you and to share your thoughts on "Nor the Years Condemn" at Crackernight.com, at the book's Facebook page, at his personal Facebook page or on Twitter. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

More About the Author

Justin Sheedy had his first book, "Goodbye Crackernight", published in 2009, a comic memoir of growing up in 1970s Australia, back in a long-lost era when a child's proudest possession was not a Playstation but a second-hand bike. "Goodbye Crackernight" was so warmly received by Australian readers that it secured Justin a place on the program of the prestigious Byron Bay Writers' Festival 2010.

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.

Justin has just released his latest, "Ghosts of the Empire", Book 2 in his "Nor the Years Condemn" series, and to Rave Reviews. 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.

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.

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Hoping there will be a sequel.
sydjazz
The way its written gives you a connection to the characters and the attention to detail is superb, adding to the realism and feel of the story.
NathanD
The flying is portrayed so brilliantly, we feel an ace fighter pilot must have possessed Justin's head while he wrote this.
MartinctZ

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MichaelHigh on January 16, 2012
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"Nor the Years Condemn": Where to start? The writing. Excellent. Everything flowed and, from the first chapter to the end, was fluid. Hints here and there as to what may happen in the future were freely dropped along the way. This kept me engrossed, kept me reading.

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.

Mike High
Colorado Springs, CO
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sydjazz on January 23, 2012
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The book Nor The years Condemn is a must have for any history buff. Not only for an insight into what it was like at the start of the war, but also an insight into Sydney at the time. Not only for the boys everyone will take something away from this. Could definitely see this made into a mini series or movie. The author sucks you in from the start it is very hard to put down. You can tell that the author did alot of research when writing this book and is passionate about the story and characters. Hoping there will be a sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MartinctZ on January 16, 2012
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"Nor the Years Condemn" recounts the horrors of war as seen by one elite and effective unit of WWII. The author puts us there, in that time, by depicting: language, description of locations, the attitudes of the people and the spirit of the nation that would see it prevail through its darkest period of history. The reader is shown in clear, flowing narrative how war can touch us all, from the other side of the world, to the heights of the clouds.

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.
Martin Zitek
Sydney, Australia.
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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 Australia and Canada before seeing service in the second World Air War. The hero arrived in England just after the 'Battle for Britain' and still managed to have more than one hair raising experience, commencing with air support over Normandy and on. If you love flying, you will find this book hard to put down and most enjoyable.
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'Nor the Years Condemn' by Australian novelist Justin Sheedy draws the reader in and simply will not let go.

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'
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