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Unpunished [Kindle Edition]

William Peter Grasso
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Book Description

Congressman. Presidential candidate. Murderer.

Unpunished is a tale of murder, ambition, corruption, and the redemptive power of love. Leonard Pilcher, a scion of entitlement and privilege, is a congressman, presidential candidate...and a murderer. As an American pilot interned in Sweden during WWII, he kills one of his own crewmen and gets away with it, without suspicion. Two people have witnessed the murder--American airman Joe Gelardi and his secret Swedish lover, Pola Nilsson-MacLeish--but they cannot speak out without paying a devastating price. Tormented by their guilt and separated by a vast ocean after the war, Joe and Pola maintain the silence that haunts them both...until 1960, when Congressman Pilcher's campaign for his party's nomination for president gains momentum. As he dons the guise of war hero, one female reporter, anxious to break into the "boy's club" of TV news, fights to uncover the truth against the far-reaching power of the Pilcher family's wealth, power that can do any wrong it chooses--even kill--and remain unpunished. Just as the nomination seems within Pilcher's grasp, Pola reappears to enlist Joe's help in finally exposing Pilcher for the criminal he really is. As the passion of their wartime romance rekindles, they must struggle to bring Pilcher down before becoming his next victims.


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About the Author

A lifelong student of history and lover of alternative historical fiction, William Peter Grasso’s novels explore the concept of “change one thing...and watch what happens.” The results are works of fiction in which the actual people and historical events are weaved into a seamless and entertaining narrative with the imagined. Retired from the aircraft maintenance industry, William Peter Grasso is a veteran of the US Army and served in Operation Desert Storm as a flight crew member with the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF). These days, he confines his aviation activities to building and flying radio-controlled model aircraft. On the heels of his popular debut novel, East Wind Returns, Unpunished takes us on another fast-paced ride through war, love, politics, and murder.

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  • Print Length: 444 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Q136YU
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I wanted Pilcher dead by page 18, so the author did a good job of making him hateable. But there were no purely good characters or purely bad ones. This was exceedingly well written, keeping me captivated and dying to keep reading, even if it was late and I was dead tired. The sex between Pola and Joe was red hot, the dialogue was funny, yet spot on, and the characterizations were so complex that the main characters were more real than the people I spoke to today. I was surprised sometimes by the plot twists, when the author took the book in an unexpected, exciting direction. By the time I neared the end, I wasn't sure if Pilcher was going to end up punished or unpunished, as the title of the book implies. My one regret was that all the adult characters were very self-serving, thinking of their own interests first instead of what was morally right. But I have to admit, the characters were more believable because of this.

Note: A Free Review copy was provided by the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars War and Politics Take Front Stage April 19, 2012
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A very well written novel with gripping character and plot development. With the events taking place over a span of nearly 20 years, it is almost two distinct novels involving the same characters.

It would be "criminal" to reveal any portion of the plot. The book was so engrossing that I could not put it down until I found out what happened, yet the plot and characters were so interesting that I also did not want the book to end. Splendid job of writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific July 14, 2012
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I had no idea what to expect when I bought Unpunished.

What I ended up getting was a fast-paced story that taught me something I didn't know (regarding Sweden's role in WWII) ... characters I really enjoyed ... and a thrilling race to try and stop a killer before he can get himself elected president.

Enjoyed it so much that I immediately bought and read East Wind Returns, which I also loved!
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4.0 out of 5 stars How's is going to end? July 18, 2012
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How's it going to end? This is one of those books that wraps you up so well that you keep asking yourself that question. It's filled with twists you don't expect,some that you do expect but they surprise you anyway, memorable characters - even the ones you hate. It combines a war story with a political drama and a crime story. What more could you ask for in a light summer read?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, despite being a little predictable July 4, 2012
By Bun
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Nice change of pace from the last few books I've read. I don't normally go for WWII stories, but this one is more about the consequences after the war. While the main villain is a little too bad for words, the story is interesting and takes the reader in different directions. Of course, everything is neatly wrapped-up in the end, but one can't have everything!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good on several levels. June 25, 2012
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I've always been a fan of aviation subjects as well as WWII books. This book explores the seldom touched subject of interned flyers. (Those who landed and were held in neutral countries until the war's end.) It tells the story of getting there, staying there and coming home in a way I've not seen before. Anyone interested in flying, war or mystery writing should enjoy it and learn something at the same time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put Down April 15, 2012
By ntpilot
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From the beginning I found this book hard to put down. The background between the war time events and the "modern day" action was easily achieved. The characters ranged from morally evil, corrupt and guilt ridden to a few who realize truth, although terrible to face, can be liberating. There were some instances that were a bit of a stretch in the story telling, particularly one involving a plane incident, but the book still made for a good read. I am not an editor or literary critic, I just enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who likes a "cold case" crime to be closed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a bit disappointed February 13, 2013
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I have read all of Peter Grasso books and have enjoyed them all though unpunished is not the best of them .Still it is a complete varietion from his military orientated previous books .Partically in the more affordable kindle editio it is still good value .Bill Starke Canoelands Australia
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History is a parade of chance outcomes, influenced by any number of natural forces and human whims. As a lifelong student of history and lover of alternative historical fiction, William Peter Grasso's novels explore the concept "change one thing...and watch what happens." The results are works of fiction in which the actual people and historical events are weaved into a seamless and entertaining narrative with the imagined.

Grasso's five previous novels--East Wind Returns, Unpunished, Long Walk To The Sun, Operation Long Jump, and Operation Easy Street--have spent many months in the Amazon Top 100 for Alternative History and War. His newest novel, Operation Blind Spot, is the fourth book in the Jock Miles World War 2 adventure series, which began with Long Walk To The Sun.

Retired from the aircraft maintenance industry, Grasso is a veteran of the US Army and served in Operation Desert Storm as a flight crew member with the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF). These days, he confines his aviation activities to building and flying radio-controlled model aircraft.

Follow William Peter Grasso at: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorWilliamPeterGrasso

Contact William Peter Grasso at wpgrasso@cox.net

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