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10 September 2011

Dear Reader!  My massive thanks to you for reading my new ebook, Nor the Years Condemn.  Hope you’ve enjoyed it.  (NOW PUBLISHED IN PRINT-ON-DEMAND FORMAT AT AMAZON!)  Please do leave your comment on the book in the field beneath the below cover.  First reader responses – SEE BELOW!  And please do spread the online word re Nor the Years Condemn.  I’d also love to hear from you at my Facebook page and the Book’s Facebook page.  Yours sincerely, Justin Sheedy.

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  1. 3 December 2011 5:17 pm

    FIRST READER RESPONSE TO “NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN” (!) My sincere thanks to the excellent Martin Zitek for the following response to the book…

    “Finished it and loved it! An excellent perspective and I’m a big fan of Factional (fact mixed with fiction) writing. A splendid job, Justin. You can tell a lot of effort was put into the research to get things right. More please!! Cheers, Justin.”

    Thank you very much indeed, Martin. I’m delighted (and relieved) that the book worked for you like this.
    – Justin Sheedy.

  2. 17 December 2011 6:26 pm

    SECOND READER RESPONSE TO THE BOOK. This time from Michael High via Facebook.

    “Justin, got my copy on the Nook. VERY engrossing. A bit past where DQ and the Commander have had a serious chat. Enjoying VERY much.”

    Thank YOU, Michael.
    – Justin Sheedy.

  3. 15 January 2012 1:18 pm



    “Nor the Years Condemn”: Where to start? The writing. Excellent. Everything flowed and, from the first chapter to the end, was fluid. Hints here and there as to what may happen in the future were freely dropped along the way. This kept me engrossed, kept me reading.

    The story. Again, excellent. The history behind these young men (and women), the planes they used, the circumstances surrounding this time frame, et cetera – all well done. I thoroughly enjoyed the “story” of each character and how they interacted with each other. There were some shockers in there; war is hell, no? I also liked the hint of “espionage” involved.

    “Nor the Years Condemn”, to me, was a fantastic read. I can but recommend this book to others and impatiently await Justin’s next work.

    Mike High
    Colorado Springs, CO

    Thank you Very much, Michael
    – Justin Sheedy.

  4. 15 January 2012 2:19 pm

    AND HERE IS ANOTHER FULL REVIEW – From my fellow Australian, the excellent Martin Zitek.

    “Nor the Years Condemn” recounts the horrors of war as seen by one elite and effective unit of WWII. The author puts us there, in that time, by depicting: language, description of locations, the attitudes of the people and the spirit of the nation that would see it prevail through its darkest period of history. The reader is shown in clear, flowing narrative how war can touch us all, from the other side of the world, to the heights of the clouds.

    The characters feel so real, we are sure they must have existed. The flying is portrayed so brilliantly, we feel an ace fighter pilot must have possessed Justin’s head while he wrote this. The planes themselves become characters, even though mere machines, they became tools of victory and a symbol of ingenuity, technology and bloody determination. This is a testament to the research undertaken by the author and his wordsmithing we see as the end result.

    We should count ourselves lucky today that the whole world has not been embroiled in such conflict and we hope it never will be again. Recounting the bravery of these men, and the staggering odds against their surviving, should make us never forget.
    We will remember them.

    Martin Zitek
    Sydney, Australia.

    My sincere thanks to you, Martin.
    – Justin Sheedy.

  5. 24 January 2012 9:22 pm

    This one from Ms Shell Lancaster…

    Review by Shell Lancaster, Melbourne, Australia.

    The book “Nor The Years Condemn” is a must have for any history buff. Not only for an insight into what it was like at the start of the war, but also an insight into Sydney at the time. Not only for the boys, everyone will take something away from this. Could definitely see this made into a mini-series or movie. The author sucks you in from the start, it is very hard to put down. You can tell that the author did a lot of research when writing this book and is passionate about the story and characters. Hoping there will be a sequel.

    Thank You, dear Shell
    – Justin Sheedy.

  6. 25 February 2012 3:37 pm

    Another good review of the book at its Amazon page, this time by Celia Byrnes of Iowa, USA…

    “An Unusual WW2 Aviator’s Story, a Terrific Read!!”

    This book follows the life of an Australian pilot from volunteering, training, shipping out to England, until the wind down of the war. Meticulously researched our fictional characters story is wholly believable, from descriptions of military training, learning to fly, airborne dog fights, war torn London, relationships formed and lost. A gripping story of war, love, loss and survival. As a Brit I found it an unusual perspective which is frequently overlooked, try not to let it make you late for work– it did me!

    My huge thanks to Celia Byrnes.

  7. 4 March 2012 8:18 pm

    Latest reader response to “Nor the Years Condemn”, this time from the most excellent Denise Boneham from England… She writes…

    “Well I finally got around to reading this the other day. I was predisposed to like it before I started cos it was about Aussie aircrew but it surpassed even my huge expectations. It made me laugh and cry at different times. It’s a work of fiction but the voices and characters almost seemed like it was veterans speaking. Well done, Justin, there’s a mini series in this. Bomber Command based novel next pretty please Justin!!!”

    My sincere thanks to Denise – please see her review at a great historical website, Commonwealth Forces in World War II. Denise, along with the above reader-reviewers of “Nor the Years Condemn”, will now feature in the next print-on-demand edition of the book in its Special Acknowledgements section.

  8. 25 March 2012 8:41 pm

    I have just received another great reader response to ‘Nor the Years Condemn’. This time from James McDonald of Sydney. He writes: “Justin, I finished ‘Nor the Years Condemn’. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Quite moving in parts. Learned lots of interesting stuff in the book. Will start combing bookstores for more of this kind of thing, as well as biographies, memoirs… Eagerly await a sequel.”
    Thank you very much to you, James McDonald.

  9. 26 March 2012 9:10 pm

    Another good review of “Nor the Years Condemn”, this time from Andrew Landström of Sweden: Andrew writes: “I really think it was good… I think a lot of social aspects go missing in a lot of novels about war… like family, love and the main characters’ own feelings… Some authors seem not to be able to get the balance right. I think you did… I laughed out loud in some parts of the book as well as being moved almost to tears. In short your book gives a very living picture of what went on behind ‘the stiff upper lips’…” My huge thanks to Andrew L –Justin Sheedy.

  10. 30 April 2012 10:10 pm

    I’ve just received another excellent reader review of “Nor the Years Condemn”. This time from Justin Osborne of Gainesville, Georgia, USA. See below!

  11. Justin Osborne permalink
    1 May 2012 10:41 am

    This was an excellent book and shows what the young men went through during World War 2 while flying the latest fighters of the day and the sacrifices they made to protect the free world from Nazi Germany and the imperialist Japan. I strongly recommend this book for anyone that is a WW2 buff. I give this book 10 stars.

  12. 2 May 2012 12:18 am

    My sincerest thanks to Justin Osborne. He will be included in the Acknowledgements Page of the next edition of “Nor the Years Condemn”, in both ebook and print-on-demand versions, as will all Reader-Reviewers of “Nor the Years Condemn”.

  13. 16 May 2012 11:10 pm

    Hot off the Presses: A review of “Nor the Years Condemn” today from Stephen Horsman. Stephen writes…

    “Nor the Years Condemn. What a captivating read. Justin tells the story in such a way that one feels like one has become a character in the story. I believe that there is sub plot which pays tribute to the Australian men and women who volunteered their services for mother England during WWII and the sacrifices they made in doing so. The reader feels the ultimate glory of becoming a fighter pilot – the wish of all who volunteered – but only a very few actually achieved this dream. We see the reality of what those poor boys (and they were boys) had to endure when faced with the reality of a dogfight. I would recommend this book to all who have a love of history or aircraft of the era.”

    MY PROFOUND THANKS to Stephen Horsman. He will be featured, as will his review, in the Special Acknowledgements page of the next edition of the book.

  14. 21 May 2012 10:38 pm

    New Review of “Nor the Years Condemn” at WeRead. Reviewer, Andrew Landström of Sweden…

    “Nor The Years Condemn” by Justin Sheedy is a book among many about the young men who risked all to fly, fight, love and lose during World War 2. What makes this book stand out is the way it is written, the closeness you get with the main character. I’d have to say it is written with soul and is very balanced when it comes to describing situations where technology and man meet. I lost myself in descriptions of emotional trauma, being moved by the characters emotions, which I find a bonus. It is about everything around an individual caught up in the vortex of war, family, friends, love, loss, victory… life very extreme. Life very well.”

    Eternal thanks to Andrew Landström.

  15. 4 June 2012 10:43 pm

    Veteran Film, TV and Theatre Writer & Performer, Tim Bean, who ordered Nor the Years Condemn from AMAZON, has just penned the following Review of the book…

    NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN is Goodreading.

    NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN, by Justin Sheedy, is an engrossing war novel set amid Britain’s fighter squadrons during WWII. In 1939, Daniel Quinn, 20, Sydney University 1ST XV Rugby star, applies to join the RAAF almost on a whim. It’s a whim which will have him flying a Spitfire over Nazi Germany with a one in three chance of survival. Told mostly from Daniel’s viewpoint, NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN details the misfortunes of war experienced by a generation of young pilots, the best of the best, most of whom will die young. Daniel faces his first flight, first kill, first love, first loss and first meeting with a young colleague old before his time. It’s a tense, well told story, gripping, from prologue to epilogue. (To those readers in the habit of skipping prologues, a word of advice: Don’t skip this one.) Justin Sheedy’s no-nonsense style of writing fits perfectly with his subject matter. The detailed research is obvious, yet there are no glaring information dumps. Instead, the exposition is so well integrated that it becomes part of the drama. In all, NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN is a very good read which, incidentally, would also make a very good movie.”

    My huge thanks to Tim Bean. Please see Tim’s veritably iconic contribution to Australian Film, TV, Theatre and Cultural Scene HERE. Tim’s incomparable insight recently provided me, as the author and cover-designer of the book, with a true ‘light-bulb-going-on’ moment re a potential improvement to the back cover of Nor the Years Condemn. Tim’s suggestion has resulted in an enrichment of the all-important experience for the bookstore browser of the book in being ‘drawn into’ the Key Character of the book, an experience richly promised by the front cover and which has now been made a reality, and to wide public approval.

  16. 13 June 2012 9:06 pm

    Another excellent Reader Response from Nathan Dickey of Waco, Texas, who ordered Nor the Years Condemn from AMAZON


    Anyone who is interested in RAF/RAAF stories or historical fiction focusing on WWII will enjoy this. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it so far; I like stories that allow you the chance to connect with the character, and this one does that quite well for me. A big thanks to the author for making it available as print-on-demand, and for writing a story one can get lost in. …I love the writing style.

    Massive thanks to Nathan Dickey, who, along with all the above Reader-Reviewers, now features in the Special Acknowledgements (pages) of Nor the Years Condemn. — Justin Sheedy.

  17. 17 June 2012 4:13 pm

    Another lovely Review of “Nor the Years Condemn”, this time by Stephanie Speakman of the USA, who purchased the book from AMAZON, where she gave the book a 5 STAR Rating


    Justin Sheedy convincingly paints Sydney and London from a fighter pilot’s perspective. The story jinks like a Spitfire in Focke-Wulf’s crosshairs. An airman’s story and a love story, Nor the Years Condemn captures the essence of a time when life expectancies were short, when young men and women made the most from the moments they had as they gave their all to save the world they knew. Mateship was an unspoken assumption, and understatement a common denominator. Sheedy is totally at home in 1943; he knows the aircraft and their idiosyncrasies, the spirited thoroughbred of a Supermarine Spitfire, the unforgiving war horse of a Typhoon that could kill a pilot as easily as the enemy. He evokes blitzed London, its atmosphere of rubble, unexploded bombs, and dive-in-the-wall pubs contrasting sharply to the Sydney his protagonist, Daniel Quinn, left behind, brought to mind through family letters. An historically correct, beautifully crafted novel, Nor the Years Condemn leaves me anticipating Justin Sheedy’s next work. Five stars!

    My most profound thanks to Stephanie — Justin Sheedy.

  18. 19 August 2012 2:15 pm

    Latest Reader Reviews!

    Reader Review by Paddy O’Connor, UK…
    “I found this tale absolutely magnetic… His writing is highly readable and the storyline maintained my interest right from the beginning. His research was obviously long and deep, for the authenticity of locations, the excitement of the fight sequences, the overall strategic needs & detail and the general run of the plot made a brilliantly enjoyable book which ended with really quite unexpected pathos that was entirely in keeping with the spirit of the story. Happily, he avoided being drawn into the trap of broadening the two obvious love elements, yet managed to provide an interest in that direction by capturing the war-time emotional need for immediacy rather than the measured courting of less stressful times. I say all this, not because the author and I become ‘friends’ on Facebook following a mutual (UK) friend’s recommendation of the book but because what I say is exactly what I feel – and I look forward greatly to reading the sequel… Keep writing Justin Sheedy – you tell a brilliant tale.”

    My Heart-felt thanks to Paddy.

    Reader response from Logan Meddler Dehn, Indiana, USA…
    “Justin, I absolutely LOVED your book. Every detail all fits together to make an amazing, compelling, and fascinating story! The best book I’ve ever read! I almost felt like I was there; I could see every scene in my mind and almost feel the rumble of the Spitfire’s engines. I would recommend this book to anyone!”

    Sincere cheers to Logan – Justin Sheedy, August 2012.


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