Passing thru Paradise by Jeff Sommer

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Josh Sanders was a sixteen year old Depression-era kid who dreamed of being a pro football player, but when his father is shot and killed during a robbery Josh’s spirit is broken, and his life takes an unexpected turn. Angry and bitter over his father’s tragic death, Josh joins the Army Air Corp and distinguishes himself as a fighter pilot during WWII, until his plane is shot down on D-day. After his life is saved by a young French girl, Josh joins a group of resistance fighters and soon learns the true meaning of courage. But as the war comes to an end Josh pays the price for his own moral courage when he makes a fateful decision, one that changes his life forever.

Years later, haunted by his own war-time memories, and the fate of the young girl who saved his life, his disillusionment is put to the test as he is faced with another crucial decision -- whether to come to the aid of a young draft-dodger during the Vietnam War.

But it will be his final decision that brings closure to his long and bumpy ride through a generation of war and revolution, when he returns to France, twenty five years after the war has ended…to find the woman who saved his life.
This novel spans the three most critical, turbulent events of the twentieth century – the Great Depression, WWII, and the Cultural Revolution of the 1960’s. Epic in scope, yet intimate in style, this is a story of courage and compassion, of love and abiding faith, that speaks to the very heart of what it means to be human.

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Published January 24, 2013 by Publish Green. 172 pages
Genres: War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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