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Unspoken Valor

by Steven Abernathy


Product Details:
  • Pub. Date: 2014
  • Publisher: Mockingbird Lane Press
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-6341549-3-2

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Overview

This needs to be a movie! - Bruce Collier of The Beachcomber Magazine

Experience the terror of being a twenty-year-old crewman on a B-17 bomber as you do battle with enemy fighters, anti-aircraft cannons, and the body numbing cold of high altitude daylight bombing in WWII. Experience the thrill of a young man who makes the abrupt change from a farm laborer in a rural community to one who hunts Nazi spies who have infiltrated General Dwight Eisenhower's staff in London. 

Jack and Charlie are two of the millions of farm boys who drop their bales of hay and join the Army or Navy in 1943 because it was the right thing to do. The lifelong friends serve together in basic training, but are separated to pursue additional military training that fit their individual talents. Mere weeks after their separation, Jack finds himself assigned to his dream job, gunner on a B-17 crew that makes regular bombing runs over Germany. Charlie is disappointed to be assigned to 'company clerk' school, but soon finds himself assigned to General Dwight Eisenhower's staff at allied headquarters in London. 

A perfect confluence of events brings the two friends back together during a time of critical planning for the D-Day invasion of Europe. In the midst of a Nazi attack on the D-Day planners, the two young men carry out incredible acts of heroism that ultimately save the invasion plans, and possibly, the entire war effort against Hitler and his Nazi regime. Medals for valor are considered for the two men, but a decision is made at the highest levels that public knowledge of the pair's actions would be detrimental to the war effort. 

The two soldiers' meritorious service to their country and the world is forgotten...almost. 

"Unspoken Valor" is a thriller that puts the reader right into the action of WWII. Historically accurate in many scenes, some of the combat sequences are reflective of military reports and personal letters and blogs of actual combatants. The historical novel is written to provide entertainment along with an education from a soldier's perspective about the bravery, terror, and self-sacrifice experienced in war. Sometimes heroism is lost to history. "Unspoken Valor" is a tribute to the many whose valor may have gone unrecognized.

Editorial Review

Editorial Reviews

Bruce Collier, Beachcomber Magazine…Steven Abernathy, Unspoken Valor Review... 

 Abernathy is a Destin resident and author, and Unspoken Valor is his fourth novel. His tale blends fact and speculative “what-ifs,” transporting Missouri lads Jack and Charlie to the deadly skies over World War II Europe and the inner circle of the Allied Supreme Commander. It’s a fast-moving tale, full of coincidences and twists that probably aren’t half as strange as the truth, especially when it comes to World War II. Jack does battle as a B-17 gunner, and Charlie helps Eisenhower smoke out a German spy on the eve of D-Day. One performs a feat so fantastically heroic that I’m half-convinced it actually happened. This needs to be a movie.

Midwest Book Review...

 Unspoken Valor

Steven Abernathy

Mockingbird Lane Press

http://www.mockingbirdlanepress.com

Kelly & Hall Book Publicity

9781634154932, $12.95, 252pp, www.amazon.com

Synopsis: Sometimes heroism is lost to history. Jack and Charlie are two of the millions of farm boys who drop their bales of hay and join the Army or Navy in 1943 because it was the right thing to do. The lifelong friends served together in basic training, but are separated to pursue additional military training that fit their individual talents. Mere weeks after their separation, Jack finds himself assigned to his dream job, gunner on a B-17 crew that makes regular bombing runs over Germany. Charlie is disappointed to be assigned to 'company clerk' school, but soon finds himself assigned to General Dwight Eisenhower's staff at allied headquarters in London. A perfect confluence of events brings the two friends back together during a time of critical planning for the D-Day invasion of Europe. In the midst of a Nazi attack on the D-Day planners, the two young men carry out incredible acts of heroism that ultimately save the invasion plans, and possibly, the entire war effort against Hitler and his Nazi regime. Medals for valor are considered for the two men, but a decision is made at the highest levels that public knowledge of the pair's actions would be detrimental to the war effort. The two soldiers' meritorious service to their country and the world is forgotten... almost.

Critique: Exceptionally well written and a compelling read from beginning to end, "Unspoken Valor" will prove to be of exceptional interest for personal reading lists and community library collections.

The Daily Telegram ADRIAN, MICHIGAN, SUNDAY APRIL 5, 2015 Review...

THE DAILY TELEGRAM “Unspoken Valor” Novel honors WWII heroism

A recently released novel weaves stories of WWII heroism and historical facts in “Unspoken Valor” by Steven Abernathy. According to the author, the novel was written in honor of his late father, Jack, who served in the 925th Engineer Aviation Regiment. Throughout the remainder of his life, the decorated war veteran refused to tell about his war experiences.  “Unspoken Valor” is a combination of research, history and a dose of storytelling in tribute to the men who served.

Jack and Charlie are two of the millions of farm boys who dropped their bales of hay and joined the Army or Navy in 1943 because it was the right thing to do. The lifelong friends serve together in basic training, but are separated to pursue additional military training that fit their individual talents. 

Jack is assigned to his dream job, gunner on a B-17 crew that makes regular bombing runs over Germany. Charlie is disappointed to be assigned to ‘company clerk’ school, but soon finds himself chosen as aide to the chief of staff for Gen. Dwight Eisenhower at Allied Headquarters in London. 

A perfect confluence of events brings the two friends back together during a time of critical planning for the D-Day invasion of Europe. In the midst of a Nazi attack, the two young men carry out incredible acts of heroism that ultimately save many lives and preserve the secret invasion plans.

“Unspoken Valor,” 2014 Mockingbird Lane Press, is available at Amazon.com. 

Meet the Writer

FACT FILE


Name: Steven Abernathy

Official Websitehttp://www.stevenabernathy.net



Biography

Steven Abernathy is not afraid...of anything! It's not that he owns the recipe for bravery, or that he is superhuman or supercalifragilisticexpialidocious; it is simply that his real-life experiences have conditioned him to deal with 'stuff' as it comes his way. The author quips, "I have survived an airplane crash, a heart attack, a run for U.S. Congress (in which I was defeated, thank goodness), and over 40 years of marriage to a lady who loves cats. What else could possibly be out there to frighten me?"

First published in 1975, Steven has written four novels, educational booklets, and columns for several small newspapers and blogs. "People ask me what are my qualifications as a writer or columnist. My answer is simply life experience. If I have a single qualification that sets me apart from other writers, it is that I have a wide range of experience and a pretty sound understanding of Americans from just about every walk of life. You hear people say, 'I knew from the time I was a child that I wanted to be a ______ (fill in the blank).' Not me. I've tried just about everything out there, sometimes by choice, often from necessity. Among other things, I have worked as a farm laborer, carpenter, assembly line worker, apprentice electrician, truck driver, hospital orderly, teacher (both public school and college), military officer, dentist, and author. Friends and family say I just don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I have run for Congress, crashed an airplane, survived a heart attack, written five books, and been married to the same wonderful lady for more than 40 years. I have shared a bologna sandwich with fellow cotton-pickers while taking a brief break from our $5 per day job, and I have schmoozed with Bill Clinton during more formal meals. I even had lunch one time with Connie Kresky (Playboy Playmate of the Year in 1969). She was infinitely more interesting than Bill Clinton. That's all I'm saying."

Steven and wife Michele currently live a nomadic life, splitting time between their homes in Destin, Florida and Jonesboro, Arkansas. When not writing or traveling he prefers to spend quiet time with family or sail the usually calm waters of Choctawhatchee Bay. All of his stories are fiction, but they are also a reflection of real people, real experiences, and real events to which he has been exposed during his life. One of Steven's great interests is history, and each of his books includes events that are historically factual, but at some point are 'embellished' to fit the framework of the story. "If I did my job well, the reader will never know exactly when real history becomes fiction. That is what I like the best!"

Features

BooksGoSocial Interview

A Book Every 30 Days and at Least One Plane Crash – and Interview with Steven Abernathy

BooksGoSocial Nov 20, 2015 | Interview 

This week here at BooksGoSocial, we’re talking with Steven Abernathy, the author of Unspoken Valor.

Tell us something unexpected about yourself!

Along with being a writer, I am also a general aviation pilot with over 2000 hours logged as pilot in command, and an ASA certified sailor. In my past I have been a candidate for U.S. Congress (thank goodness I lost the race), have survived a heart attack, and have walked away (actually limped a little) from an airplane crash. I have dined under a farm wagon while taking a break from a $5 per day job with fellow farm laborers, and have shmoozed with Bill Clinton during more formal meals. I even had lunch one time with Connie Kreski (Playboy Playmate of the Year, 1969). She was infinitely more interesting than Bill Clinton. That’s all I’m saying.  

What people seem to find most unbelievable for a fiction writer, however, is the fact that I am also a practicing dentist, doing root canal treatment 2-3 days per week. Until recently I commuted weekly from my office near Memphis, Tennessee to a group of dental clinics around Tampa Bay, Florida, where I provided root canal treatment for their patients as well. Actually, two of my heroes are Zane Grey and Doc Holliday. Both were dentists who found gainful employment in other fields (Grey as a writer and Holliday as a gunfighter). I have finally been able to retire from the long commute and spend as much or more time writing and publicizing my novels as I do dental treatments.

My lovely wife of 42 years and I have two sons. The oldest is also a writer and a publisher, and teaches at a small university. The youngest son is a scientist, a nanoengineer who is busy developing submicroscopic structures that may someday help sick patients reverse such devastating diseases as diabetes, Altzheimer’s disease, heart disease, cancer and more. What he does sounds like science fiction, but it’s real! When not writing or doing root canal treatment (ugh!) I enjoy spending quiet time with family and sailing the usually calm waters of Choctahachee Bay in Northwest Florida. I also enjoy travel, and find that my favorite way to promote books is face to face with readers at old fashioned signing events. 

What kind of books do you write?

Since 2004 all of my books have been fiction. I haven’t really settled into a specific genre, but my last two novels, Unspoken Valor and Ghosts of the Siege, are historical fiction. I find I really enjoy the research into actual historical facts as a framework around which I can build a story. Earlier novels, A Question of Character and its sequel, Nikita’s War, were political thrillers based loosely on current events. A fifth novel, Noah, is a story about a pilot who crashes an airplane (I had first-hand experience in that) in Eastern Europe and discovers Noah’s Ark. All that supports the fact that ‘genre,’ is a pretty fluid term in my mind. One book I am currently outlining is a self-help book on how to get a better job. What kind of books do I write? I’m all over the map. 

What inspired you to write?

The need for income. When my wife and I were first married and in college, we lived in a low budget mobile home park for students, both attended classes full time, and both worked nights and weekends at minimum wage jobs to pay the bills. A fellow student introduced me to the publisher of high school level textbooks. Luckily for me, the company needed some educational materials (Spirit Master textbook supplements, if you are old enough to know what that is) for health and science books. Never having been smart enough to be afraid of any challenge, I promised them I could crank out a book every 30 days. They gave me the job. I found I really liked writing. The rest is history. 

What makes your writing stand out from the crowd?

I have no doubt what makes my writing stand out from the crowd is my broad life experience. I had a great childhood growing up poor in a rural farming community in the 1950s and -60s. Everyone worked. Everyone understood the need for work and the value of work. It sounds pitiful and sad, but my father worked at least three different jobs at the same time. My mother used to take me with her to pick cotton and do other seasonal farm related work. My first job (in elementary school) was picking cotton. I later graduated to cutting and bailing hay, driving a tractor, working at a cotton gin. Over the years I was a carpenter, a truck driver, a retail salesman, a hospital orderly, an apprentice electrician, a museum display artist, a schoolteacher (both high school and college), a military officer, a dentist, and a writer. I probably missed some things, but the point is I have worked with and have a pretty good understanding of people from just about all walks of life. I write in a way that farm laborers and CEOs can understand and enjoy my works. My latest book, “Ghosts of the Siege,” might even qualify as a young adult novel, with a bonus that they might even learn some American history while reading an entertaining story. 

What is the hardest part of writing – for you?

The hardest part is what comes after the writing. Finding agents, publicists, publishers and people who will help market my books is completely foreign to me. I loved working directly for a publisher in the 70s. I did the writing; they did the marketing and sales. It worked great. Working as an independent novelist is a different animal. No matter how popular a previous book might be, the next book starts all over at the bottom of the pile, with the author looking for new agents or publishers all over again.

Where do you like to write – what is your routine?

I have a wonderful balcony overlooking the harbor in Destin, Florida. It’s in a quiet part of town and the view is nothing short of idyllic. I often sit out there with my laptop and a glass of peach iced tea. Once I have an idea and a story structure, the peacefulness of that balcony seems to make the words flow onto the page. I don’t really have a routine. Sometimes I do not write at all, but am always searching for an idea for the next book. If I have no firm story idea, I never try to force words into a sham of a story just to have something in print. When I do find a sound idea, however, I create a very open structure for the story and let the words take me where they will. 

What do you do when you are not writing – do you have a day job?

As I stated earlier, I still work a few days each week as a dentist. I have always felt my patients deserve the very best treatment available, so I spend several days each year traveling to continuing education classes to the latest and best techniques of dental care. For the last few years I have done almost all root canal and related treatment with a surgical laser. It is the cutting edge of dentistry, and being new technology is always changing in regard to specific techniques. Sometimes during my education travels I am able to arrange book signing events for my novels as well. That’s a great way to use my time efficiently. 

Do you work with an outline or just write? 

I do not physically write an outline, but I do have a very broad general outline for all of my stories. My latest two books are historical novels. That allowed me to use the historical facts as an outline and weave my fiction within that framework. I discovered I really like that structure, and plan on using the technique more in the future.  

What advice would you have for other writers?

I see two kinds of writers out there. My oldest son has a degree in creative writing from a very fine school. Throughout his education I was amazed at the creative technique and the craft of writing he learned in school. If your goal is to create fine literature, I recommend you find a good school and get an MFA in creative writing. What I write is a different animal. I see myself as a simple storyteller. I look to writers like Louis L’amour, Clive Cussler, and even Mark Twain, none of whom had college degrees but all of whom were (are, in the case of Cussler) consummate storytellers. If you are that kind of writer, like me, you just need to write. When you think you are finished, find a professional editor, who will doubtless rip your story to shreds and reduce you to a quivering pile of literary jelly, but will make your story more interesting and readable. 

How important is marketing and social media for you?

I have a suspicion that social media is very important to book marketing, but I have never learned to use it efficiently. My approach is more old-fashioned. I really prefer face to face marketing at book signing events or educational venues. 

What’s your next step?

There are two elements to every writer’s next step: First, keep writing. That’s what I do. Right now I am working on two different ideas for historical novels and one structure for a self-help book. One of those ideas will soon ‘flesh out’ better than the other two, and that will be my next book. Second, keep promoting your existing books. Most writers, if they are anything like me, hate the business and promotion part of the industry. Writers prefer to write! In this day and age, however, such a miniscule percentage of books ever make it to the shelves of major bookstores, it falls on the writer to be his or her best advocate and best publicist. If you make time for both elements and do them well, your books will soar above the crowd. 

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