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Pegasus Falling: Cypress Branches trilogy (Volume 1) Paperback – March 26, 2012
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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
In Arnhem, his unit is tasked with defending an important bridge from the German Army. Forced to surrender and taken to a POW camp, he ultimately finds himself in a concentration camp. There, Sammy meets and befriends Naomi, a Jewish woman, who after the death of her family, makes extraordinary sacrifices to save her life.
Allied victory in Europe brings liberation of the camps and re-assimilation to the victims of war. During his rehabilitation, Sammy discovers that the scars of war run deep. While recovering, he meets a beautiful young British Foreign Officer, Lesley Carrington, whom he finds quite attractive. The adventures that follow bring many surprises.
Mr. Thomas' eloquent descriptions and character development paint a vivid picture of the atrocities of war, post-war Europe and the distinct personalities that are woven together in this moving tale.
The dialogue throughout will delight, tantalize and move the reader with its witty and philosophical exchanges about the social, political and economic issues confronting the world during the war and its aftermath, as the story moves to the complexities of Palestine.
Pegasus Falling has a magical and mesmerizing effect, revealing Sammy--mind, heart and soul. We feel all his emotions--his pain, passion, and love! I will read this book many times over to again experience this literary gem!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
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... Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Lincs Reader
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
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