Flying Officer Ernest Russell Lyon, aged just 21, was shot down in his Spitfire near Plœmeur in France in July 1944 and buried by the Germans in an unidentified grave in Guidel Communal Cemetery.
This is the story of research by his nephew, Richard Lyon, sixty years later, aided by the sterling work of a number of French civilians, to establish that the grave was indeed that of F/O Lyon, in the process changing the burden of proof required by the authorities before a grave could formally be recognised. It is also evidence of the esteem in which such pilots are held, even today, that so many dignitaries attended the ceremonies marking the unveiling of a stele, and the placing of a new headstone on the grave.
The poems in this book were written over a period of about 50 years.
They are not in chronological order but in sections under various headings. Some have appeared previously in Poetry Space.
Seriously wounded in Vietnam, Captain John Henry Tyler is recovering in Hawaii. An old Japanese man, Master Suro Tanaka, an authentic master Ninja, offers to teach him the skills of a Ninja, in gratitude to the captain for saving his grandson’s life.
Ten years pass before John Henry Tyler returns home to Chicago, where he decides to become a Baptist preacher. He begins his ministry in the partly burned-out ruins of a church in a run-down, drug-ridden neighborhood. After a 10-year-old drug addict takes a knife to his mother, Reverend Tyler has the sad duty of burying the mother and son at the same time. He then decides to use his Ninja powers to remove the cruel yoke of the drug pushers from the souls of his poor downtrodden people.
So he covers his head with the black hood of a Ninja warrior and arms himself with a Ninja’s weapons. Then under the cloak of darkness, the Reverend brings down the neighborhood drug house. After destroying all of the illegal drugs he escapes across the roofs, at the same time throwing money down to the streets into the waiting hands of the poor people.
And the people rejoice in the miracles brought on by their new hero-savior: Preacher John.more
Working out of the Essex Police Headquarters at Chelmsford, newly promoted DI Dave Calloway finds himself rekindling an old friendship with DS Bob Hand. Together, they investigate recent and cold killings that are mysteriously linked to a brutal robbery at a jeweller’s, 17 years before. The Landlord of The Fallen Oak public house in Whitechapel, East London,
John Garron knows more than he is telling about the dark events of the
past and Calloway knows it.
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