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  • File Size: 205 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Julie Thomas (October 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SGYPG6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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My first creative writing consisted of short stories and the first chapters of many novels when I was about eight. They centred around pre-revolutionary Russian princesses who rode through the snow on troikas and were called Tatiana. I suspect I was heavily influenced by "Doctor Zhivago" and I shudder to think what happened to my princesses when the revolution came.

After years in the media I 'semi-retired' and settled down to write!

My novel "The Keeper of Secrets", has been published as a trade paperback under the William Morrow imprint and also as an ebook.

I have three other books on Amazon now: a book of quirky short stories "Stirred, Not Shaken" and a non-fiction book of my Dad's letters home during the war (he was a Spitfire pilot in England and the Middle East)called "Our Father's War" and I have the first novella in a crime trilogy called "In Vino Veritas." It is about wine, crime and love amongst the vines!

For the last two years I've lived in the gorgeous town of Cambridge, about two hours south of the city of Auckland (where I used to live) in the North Island of New Zealand.

Apart from writing and reading, my other passions are family, music of many sorts (especially opera and musical theatre - you can see my influences in "The Keeper of Secrets"), travel, theatre, cooking, my beloved and highly intelligent cat and sport.

Welcome to my world, I hope you enjoy my work.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jennyrose on October 5, 2011
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As a topic, World War II has been brought to the public countless times and through every form of media. What we easily miss, however, are those accounts which come from a truly personal and honest source.
The authors, for whom these documents were functional correspondence or personal records, are those whose involvement in the War now provides a window through which younger generations obtain a glimpse into the reality of this period in history.

Harold Thomas' letters are an expression of this very reality; at the same time they maintain an eloquent simplicity, through which the young pilot's character appeals first-hand to the reader.

These letters are well edited and presented.
Their message is as important now as it was at the time of their composition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 25, 2012
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I so enjoyed this book. The synopsis is well done elsewhere so I won't repeat here. As a WWII buff, it was a pleasure to find still another personal account with the bonus unique perspective of a New Zealand volunteer who tells a bit of the not very well known story of his country's contribution to the war as well as his own experience. It is impressive to read of the dedication of this man and his fellow New Zealand pilots who fought for England long before the Pacific war threatened New Zealand itself. Hal Thomas seems to be a modest man who performed heroically as did so many others whose names are not in the history books. Well edited and very moving. Many thanks to the family of Hal Thomas for sharing this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Kirkman on February 17, 2012
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This was a wonderful book. Being a die hard Spitfire nut, with books about them and pictures and models of them all over my house
I jumped right on this book. To actually get to read letters from a pilot that got to fly and fight in them was just a dream come true for me. I learned so much from the letters, it was like I was there. Thank you so much for letting us read the letters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig Wood on January 2, 2012
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"Our Father's War" is a collection of letters sent home from Europe and the Middle East by a WWII air force pilot. That pilot, Hal Thomas, was a young New Zealander, originally stationed in England and later assigned to duty in Egypt. The letters are a fascinating glimpse into the day-to-day life of a combat pilot. The danger of his missions is apparent, as is his effort not to let that danger alarm his family back home. Although many letters emphasize his time spent relaxing and catching up with friends while on leave, the numbers speak volumes about the risks that Flight Lft. Thomas faced. Among the 21 reservists who trained together in New Zealand, he was just one of four to survive the war.

This e-book is a very quick read. It's the equivalent of 90 printed pages, so you can easily complete it in one sitting. I found the book to be well edited, with just enough introductory and concluding material to provide sufficient context to the letters themselves. "Our Father's War" is well worth the download, providing an interesting first-hand perspective from the front lines of the second world war.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jetpack on December 9, 2011
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As a World War II buff, I was happy to download this collection of letters of a fighter pilot during the war.

Flight Lft. Hall Thomas was a Spitfire pilot in Great Britain and the Middle East and his daughter has published a collection of his letters, letters written to him and at least one official report from an engagement during the war. The letters really bring Lft. Thomas to life. You can feel his intensity to fight, as learns for himself what the British have been going through, his disgust at those who have been shirking their duty, his joy at hearing from his family and his pain as his friends die or disappear. It's very interesting that censorship seems to be much higher in the Middle East, then it was in Great Britain. The letters also show how normal soldiers were during the era. They like girls and want warm socks, just like the rest of us.

The author was lucky to have such a collection of letters to draw upon. My father was a Marine in Korea, and almost never talked about it. I wish I had something similar to understand better what he went through and the price he paid.

Easy recommendation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug DePew on June 29, 2012
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I enjoyed "Our Father's War" very much. I read a lot of World War II history and history in general, but I particularly enjoy reading the stories of the regular men and women who fought it. This collection is extremely rare and valuable. First of all, it's from a fighter pilot. I haven't read a lot of their stories. I also don't know if I've ever read a WW-II memoir from a New Zealander. This is a great collection.

Hal Thomas had quite a sense of humor which made this book very readable. I enjoyed getting to know him through his letters. The book is spiced with enough of the war to remind us that it's a deadly serious business Mr. Thomas is in, but the off duty travels and hijinks lent a realism. It's just a great addition to World War II literature.

I realize Julie Thomas put this together for the younger members of her family. It is a treasure for anyone who'd like to see World War II from a different perspective.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bart Moray on August 3, 2012
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I really enjoyed reading this book of letters. What a wonderful window into the life of a man and family during WW2.
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Thanks for that. If you go to Smashwords and search for it (not sure I can put the link on here) you will find it free and downloadable in all formats, including PDF for computers. You can also get a Kindle Cloud free and then download whatever you like and read it using the Cloud programme... Read More
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