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Pegasus Falling (The Cypress Branches Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

William E. Thomas
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***FINALIST - The Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books of 2012***

“Powerful, raw and emotive” The Kindle Book Review
"This is an intrigu­ing story, grip­ping from the first page to the last and full of sor­row, hap­pi­ness, kind­ness and heart­break" Zohar Laor, ManOfLaBook.com
“A marvellously panoramic story of how individuals dealt with the devastation of war” Damaskcat, amazon.co.uk Top 50 Reviewer


Arnhem, 1944. Captain Stanley Adam Malcolm Parker - Sammy to his friends - and his platoon have fought bravely, but it was always a losing battle. The bridge was unwinnable. After he and his men are forced into cattle trucks and transported across Germany on a three day journey without food or water, Sammy lashes out at an SS officer with brutal and devastating consequences...for him and his German opponent.

Instead of spending the rest of his war as a POW, Sammy is sent to a concentration camp.

Spared an immediate death, Sammy discovers firsthand the full horror of the final solution. Amongst the desperation and destitution of the camp, he encounters Naomi, a Jewish housewife from Dresden. Having seen her family murdered, Naomi has learned to survive by making the most unimaginable of sacrifices. She is the woman who Sammy comes to depend on to survive himself.

But when the camp is finally liberated, the couple are separated and Sammy embarks on a journey across a continent devastated by war and wracked by ongoing tensions to find out what happened to the woman he loves.

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About the Author

William Edward Thomas was born in West London in 1925. He left The Brompton Oratory School when he was 14 and started work as a messenger at the BBC. When war broke out, his mother insisted he left central London and went to work with his father at a factory in Harrow. While still a teenager, William joined the army and was soon recruited in to the parachute regiment. By the time peace had been declared in Europe in May 1945, he had been “dropped” in to a number of key battles and become a much decorated soldier. He was still only 19 years old. Following the war, William served in Palestine until 1948. He has always believed passionately that education leads to opportunity. He has studied part time for both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree and was one of the first students to enrol with The Open University. William has six children. As they were growing up, he was working and studying in shifts as a merchant seaman and an engineer, working his way from factory shop floor to management. In his mid fifties, he decided to work full time as a lab technician at his Alma Mater, The Open University and remained there until his retirement. It was during his retirement that he decided to set himself the challenge of writing a novel. The Cypress Branches is the result. William's health started deteriorating shortly after finishing The Cypress Branches and he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2006. Shortly after the hardback book's launch in the summer of 2009, his health deteriorated to the point where he could no longer live at home. He is now cared for at a home in central Milton Keynes where he is visited by his wife Sheila and family members daily.

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  • Print Length: 348 pages
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  • Publisher: Acute Angle Books; 1 edition (March 13, 2012)
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  • Language: English
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Epic July 14, 2012
Format:Paperback
Pega­sus Falling : Cypress Branches tril­ogy (Vol­ume 1) by William E. Thomas is the semi-autobiographical novel of the author who served as a British para­trooper in World War II. Mr. Thomas' book was self pub­lished by his grand­son, Mike Har­ris who is a copy-editor and proof­reader, repub­lished the book in three parts.

Cap­tain Stan­ley Adam Mal­com Parker, known as Sammy (S.A.M. Mal­com), is a British cap­tain in the Para­chute Reg­i­ment dur­ing World War II. Dur­ing oper­a­tion Mar­ket he was cap­tured but after attack­ing an SS offi­cer, was sent to spend the rest of the war in a con­cen­tra­tion camp. The same impul­sive­ness which has got­ten him to the camp also helped him to survive.

Naomi is a beau­ti­ful Jew­ess who has lost all her fam­ily to the gas cham­bers and is now used as a con­cu­bine of the Nazi com­man­der. Sammy and Naomi help keep each other alive dur­ing the hor­rors in the camp, but are sep­a­rated once they are lib­er­ated. Sammy, whose anger knows no bounds, gets intro­duced to the priv­i­leged diplo­mat Les­ley Anne "Car­rie" Car­ring­ton who is a beau­ti­ful, no non­sense lady. Car­rie and Sammy find their way into Pales­tine, serv­ing their coun­try while try­ing work their way out of the hor­rors they have witnessed.

Pega­sus Falling : Cypress Branches tril­ogy (Vol­ume 1) by William E. Thomas was an amaz­ing and emo­tional jour­ney through­out World War II and the after­math. The obser­va­tions made by Mr. Thomas are incred­i­bly accu­rate and stand the test of time, he makes intel­li­gent, thought­ful and remark­ably astute obser­va­tions about the way the super­pow­ers have divided the spoils amongst them, the orderly tran­si­tion of world power from Eng­land to Amer­ica and the redraw­ing of the world's borders.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, raw and emotive June 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When I began this novel I believed it was going to be a war/Holocaust based novel and I was quite wrong. Although it begins in this period and both these events are central to the whole novel as it unfolds, this novel is much more preoccupied with the Jewish question and also the personal romantic love story of several of the individuals involved.
Captain Sammy Parker is one of those characters you don't forget in a hurry and as his story is followed throughout Arnhem, Matthausen Concentration Camp and then in Palestine, he is surrounded by other fascinating and interesting characters.
I am a huge fan of historical fiction, particularly that set during and in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War and I particular enjoyed the first part of this novel, which took place in those periods. However, in the second part we find Sammy in Palestine, close friends with a group of Jews, some of whom experienced the complete loss of their family life and almost their livelihood in Germany in the 1940s. The second half of this novel is harder going as elongated discussions between Sammy, his new found love Carrie and their Jewish friends reach some very deep and interesting political points.
Thomas has succeeded in creating an emotionally powerful novel which is full of wonderful characters, my favourite of whom is Carrie by the end, a woman in the unlikely role of a high position in the Foreign Office who becomes very close to Sammy and his friends. The end is also extremely powerful and fitting, however sad.
I would love to read further works by the author.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Politics mix nicely September 9, 2012
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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my Kindle for a ridiculously low price and was rewarded many times over. The story line is well covered by other reviewers so I'll stick to my impressions. The characters are passionate and very well crafted by Mr. Thomas. The concentration camp experiences by some of the protagonists were horrific - and the author did a fantastic job of painting a very bleak inmate experience. No human should ever have to experience this. The book is very heavily laced with a political screed as relates to the UN/US creation of the State of Israel in 1948. The author is very careful to show the reader his strong doubt as to the validity of Israel's creation even as he has deep concern for the plight of Holocaust-era Jewry. I look forward to the next instalment in the trilogy - even as I regret that Mr Thomas - wasting away in his dementia - will never pen another work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Folded Wings March 27, 2013
Format:Paperback
Pegasus Falling: Cypress Branches trilogy: 1
I was surprised and even startled by the scope of this story, by how it moved across the landscape and through the drama of Europe at the close of WW2 and into the chaos of Palestine. From many sources we know the ugliness of Hitler's mind, and hardly need more. However, in 'Pegasus Falling', William Thomas shows, with great beauty, how love can outlast the brute. He gives us a story that will linger in the mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! March 4, 2013
Format:Paperback
I have been kept spellbound by this wonderful story, William E Thomas has an amazing way with words and has created a cast of characters who are warm and realistic yet still have flaws. He has taken much of the setting of this story from his own life experiences, and this shines through in his writing, only someone who was there could express such a real feeling for a place and an era.

Captain Stanley Adam Malcom Parker, aka Sammy, of the Parachute Regiment is the hero of the story. Captured during a daring battle with the enemy, he spends the rest of the war incarcerated within a concentration camp. Sammy is a brash, outspoken man, who hands out his own personal forms of punishment. It is his inability to keep quiet and accept what is happening that lands him in more and more trouble, but it also helps him to discover Naomi - a beautiful, mysterious Jewish woman who has had to sacrifice her soul in order to keep her life. Sammy and Naomi keep each other alive through the horror of this place, they are scared and they are desperate but their love somehow makes them stronger.
When, at last, the camp is liberated Sammy and Naomi become separated. Near to death, and angry, Sammy is interviewed by high ranking officials from the Foreign Service. And so, the reader is introduced to another strong female character; Lesley Anne Carrington. A woman from a privileged background who is strong, takes no nonsense and also beautiful.

The story follows Sammy, Naomi and Lesley through the end of the war and moves from Europe to Palestine, detailing the plight of the Jewish people as they struggle to find a place that can be their home.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A passable story from a well-meaning author
I read this book as suggested by my local book club. I was initially moved by the story of the author, and how his grandson fought to get his story told. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. B. MacEllen
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweeping tale in second world war Germany and post-war Palestine
Cross-posted from Papyrus Independent Author Reviews.

For Captain Stanley Adam Malcolm Parker, salvation from the torment of incarceration in a concentration camp was... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Caleb Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable and Moving Epic
Brilliant is the only way to describe Pegasus Falling and the extraordinary talent of Author William E. Thomas in the first book of his incredible epic work, The Cypress Branches. Read more
Published 18 months ago by vintage heart
5.0 out of 5 stars WWII story at its best !
I was trying to win this book on Good Reads as giveaway but not such luck ...I bought it in kindle version and I have to say it it was amazing book ! WOW . WWII story at it best ! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Joanna
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving story of love and loss
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, with a request for review.

When I finished this book, I wasn't sure quite how I felt about it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by J. Weight
4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing debut novel - part 1 of a trilogy
I read this on a recommendation, and couldn't have been more pleased that I did.

Thomas writes eloquently, with a scrupulous attention to detail, and a fine ear for... Read more
Published 23 months ago by hazyshade
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read.
Got this book on a recommendation from a friend. I am a big fan of historical fiction, so this book was right up my alley. From the very beginning this book grabs you. Read more
Published 23 months ago by dgoat13
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I started reading this book because the author's story intrigued me but from the first page I was gripped by the story itself. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Damaskcat
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***2012 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Award FINALIST***

William Edward Thomas was born in West London in 1925.

He left The Brompton Oratory School when he was 14 and started work as a messenger at the BBC. When war broke out, his mother insisted he left central London and went to work with his father at a factory in Harrow. While still a teenager, William joined the army and was soon recruited in to the parachute regiment. By the time peace had been declared in Europe in May 1945, he had been "dropped" in to a number of key battles and become a much decorated soldier. He was still only 19 years old.

Following the war, William served in Palestine until 1948.

He has always believed passionately that education leads to opportunity. He has studied part time for both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree and was one of the first students to enrol with The Open University.

William has six children. As they were growing up, he was working and studying in shifts as a merchant seaman and an engineer, working his way from factory shop floor to management. In his mid fifties, he decided to work full time as a lab technician at his Alma Mater, The Open University and remained there until his retirement. It was during his retirement that he decided to set himself the challenge of writing a novel. The Cypress Branches is the result.

William's health started deteriorating shortly after finishing The Cypress Branches and he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2006. Shortly after the book's launch in the summer of 2009, his health deteriorated to the point where he could no longer live at home. He is now cared for at a home in central Milton Keyneswhere he is visited by his wife Sheila and family members daily.

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