Tuesday, January 8, 2013
A Higher Call- An Inspiring True Story from WWII
You never know what you will see in England. A duck sitting on a brick wall - talk about keeping calm! This was taken in Eastbourne, England in June of 2012. I loved all the different color greens of the trees and the bushes and the bright green of the feathers on the mallard's head. And look at the bright blue under the wing, I love the color of this bird! (Mall-ARD, you must pronounce it there, not Mall-erd, the way we say it in the USA!) And isn't this a sweet walk, don't you just want to keep walking along this path?
If you have been reading my blog for a time, you might know that I love to read any books written by veterans of World War II. I spoke with many of the veterans when I worked for many years as a travel agent arranging their army/navy reunions. I have written about Louis Zamperini and how, when I read "Devil At My Heels" in 2004, I wrote a letter to the publisher and Mr. Zamperini actually wrote me back! He even told me when Laura Hillenbrand was writing a book about him. ("Unbroken") It was finally released in November 2010, and it is now in development for a movie! I can't wait to see who will play Louis Zamperini and I can't wait for the movie! I also told you about W.S. Connor who was an Army veteran from World War II and was a survivor of the Leopoldville which was kept top-secret for 50 years. After being rescued from the freezing waters of the English Channel, he then went on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge. I was able to get him to speak at my boss's Rotary Club Meeting, and I am glad that I was able to convince him to do so...
Now, I must tell you about a book that just came out a few weeks ago, and the name of the book is "A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat And Chivalry In The War Torn Skies Of World War II" and it is written by Adam Makos and Larry Alexander. You may look this book up on any of the book websites but you may order the book at Valor Studios and you may find it here.
I really can't tell you that much about the book since I have only read just a bit about it, but it sounds as if it is an extraordinary tale... A young American pilot, Charlie Brown being escorted to safety by a German pilot, Franz Stigler. From the sound of it, they were forced to remain silent about it for many years. If you click on the link above to Valor Studios and order a book from there, it looks as if it includes a bookplate with not only the author's signature, Adam Makos, but also an American pilot and a German pilot who were advisors to the author in the writing of this book.
Now, before anyone asks me, no I don't get anything for telling you about this book. Are you kidding me? I am the worst book reviewer ever! And Adam Makos and Valor Studios doesn't know me from a sack of potatoes. I just found out about this book today and am sharing this with you. When it is made into a movie, you can say that you read it here first! (Maybe everyone else knows this book, and I am the last to know!)
Thanks everyone, who took the time to leave me comments on how I might be able to get new photos to go onto my posts. It is still not working but I live in hope!