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Now WHAT to buy Dad for Fathers’ Day? How about a Ripping Read? Perhaps “Nor the Years Condemn” by Justin Sheedy…

19 August 2012

A Ripping Read? Well, please don’t take it from Me…  No.  Please, however, see the latest reviews of my book, “Nor the Years Condemn”, from blokes who’ve just read it…

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! “Nor the Years Condemn” is currently available at DYMOCKS BOOKSTORES, George Street Sydney, Chatswood, Macquarie Centre, Broadway, Bondi Junction, Rouse Hill and Camberwell (and orderable from the link), also as a print-on-demand paperback from AMAZON, and as an Ebook at SMASHWORDS. Please see below the write-up for the book at the Dymocks retail website…

At the beginning of World War II, Britain was in the deepest trouble imaginable. 5 minutes flying time away crouched a monster. Alone against it, Britain called out to her Empire. For pilots. From all corners of that Empire, they volunteered. Only the best & brightest were chosen. Australian Daniel Quinn was one of these young men who came to fly against the monster. They had a 1-in-3 chance of survival.

“Nor the Years Condemn” is based on the true story of the young Australians who flew Spitfires against the all-conquering might of Nazi Germany. In their late teens and early-20s, for the job at hand they had to be the ‘shining ones’, rendering the death of so many of them doubly heart-rending for the reader. Daniel Quinn, flanked by the often hilarious young men of his elite ilk, leaves his peacetime life behind to fight tyranny in this portrait of doomed, brilliant youth.

With in-the-cockpit flying sequences that readers have described as ‘cinematic’, “Nor the Years Condemn” is also a story of the mothers cursed to relinquish their wonderful sons to war, of first love, of strategic deception and betrayal, of brotherhood and once-in-a-lifetime friendship on a knife’s edge. It is a story of shining young men destined never to become old, and of those who do: the survivors ‘condemned by the years’, and to their memory of friends who remain forever young.

Author Justin Sheedy

Author Justin Sheedy

So there you go, folks.  Once again my eminent thanks to the above reader-reviewers.  Please do consider my book for Fathers’ Day, and wishing a great and happy Day to all Dads. — Justin Sheedy, August 2012.

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