An Anonymous Airman
Professionally edited: for line and content. Fly back to a time to when most planes had propellers and jet aircraft where new. This adventure thriller is a pleasing blend of Catch 22, Biloxi Blues, and Full Metal Jacket. As with all good stories, the journey begins with turmoil and life-threatening stress. From the shores of Lake Michigan, it weaves its way through military training, the bayous of Louisiana, across the Pacific Ocean, to a stormy landing in a crippled plane, on Pago Pago, and a conversation with death. The adventure continues to Australia where friendly young women of the Royal Australian Women's Air Force help create pleasing memories and smiles. Fate enters the game and carries our reluctant hero to Southeast Asia, with his trusty Nikon and forty-five automatic. Humor tempers personal loss and reality, through this adventure. Personal values are continually measured alongside of reality. This poignant journey leads to the understanding that it is all a game. The Game of Life. Our hero learns the potent value of mistakes, how to treasure friendship when found, and how to avoid the cold clammy fingers of being alone. He learns life is similar to chess. A serious game that has rules, but the rules can be bent.
- Paperback | 340 pages
- 152 x 229 x 14mm | 363g
- 16 Dec 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Illustrations, black and white
About C Allan Butkus
Born on the shores of Lake Michigan. Educated in Waukegan, Illinois, and at University of Hawaii, BA's in Psychology and Communication, MA Communications. Graduate work in Educational Communications. Five books published. Received more than 75 writing awards for prose and poetry. Award winning Photographer. Guest speaker at various organizations in area. In addition, recorded On National Public Radio and You Tube. Short stories in three anthologies. President of Twin Lakes Writers and Chair the Cherokee Writers Guild. Fourteen years in U.S. Air Force, Vet for Korean War and Viet Nam, worked as Weapons Specialist and Airborne Radio Supervisor. USAF expert with Carbine, Gold and Silver Medals for Excellence in Competition (.45 Hardball), NRA Lifetime Master Class Pistol Shot, three guns, (indoor and outdoor). First Class Radiotelephone License. Worked for Hawaiian Telephone Company, Island Telephone, IRS, and Dept of Labor, as Position Qualification Specialist and Supervisory Personnel Management Specialist.