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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Beth Townsend - The Kindle Book Review
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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Mr. B. MacEllen
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... Read more
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For Captain Stanley Adam Malcolm Parker, salvation from the torment of incarceration in a concentration camp was... Read more
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 morePublished on October 4, 2012 by vintage heart
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 morePublished on August 12, 2012 by Joanna
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
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
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 morePublished on May 12, 2012 by dgoat13