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.
In a world like the one we know, and yet not so, Frank Turner is a young man with some unusual talents who wants to become a wizard. He leaves his home in Sedgemoor to be trained by a wizard in another town, and meets Robyn and her father and travels with them.
Robyn is a little older than Frank and wants to become an adventurer, and so after Frank has received his basic training, and some rather disturbing information, they join up with Alun, Thor and Doug and go to seek their fortune. They meet with some success but not without killing some Orcs they came across. They also discover that things are not quite as they seem politically.
Robyn and Frank fall in love and eventually return to Sedgemoor as a married couple, but things become a lot more complicated, and they have to set out again. This time things don’t all go their way and they make some shocking discoveries.more
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
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