Ray Summers and Bill Gateway found it hard to believe it was going to be 50 years since the end of World War II. They had become lifelong friends on a beach in the Philippines during that turbulent time. Even though they lived on opposite sides of the country, the distance didn’t keep them from staying in touch and watching each other’s families grow. A reunion with their WWII military unit would be a great opportunity to get old comrades together to celebrate and remember a time when they were all part of history. They hoped all their planning would culminate in a reunion to remember. Little did they realize this reunion would involve a change in plans so drastic it would put all of them in harm’s way one more time. It would take one of their highly decorated, military sons to help bring them all home safely and keep several countries from going to war. This is an adventure story whose pages are interwoven with bravery, treachery, and political intrigue.
Jeff Thrall was born in a farming community in central Wisconsin and his family moved to Western New York when he was young. He grew up in a suburb of Rochester and spent his summers in Canada canoeing and camping. This is where he learned to enjoy reading and storytelling because there was no television or even electricity. Mr. Thrall currently lives in Rochester, New York with his wife and has three grown children and three grandchildren. He worked for a local police department for twenty-three years where he supervised reserve officers and has recently retired as transportation administrator for a local school district. He is a graduate of SUNY Brockport with a BS in Biology, master’s in education, and CAS in School Business Administration. He previously published 'The Reunion' in 2005 and ‘The Superintendent’ in 2021. He has been working on several other projects including a second edition of “the Reunion’ scheduled for 2022 and the ‘The Retirement’ scheduled for 2023. See http://www.jeffreythrallbooks.com.
Far too often in life we make a judgement based on appearance. This can be a mistake when dealing with people. I've always considered myself open minded, but the older I get the more I recognize the mistakes I've made over the years. Many were based on appearance. Someone's age, how they're dressed, financial situation, ethnic origin, and who knows how many other excuses. Take your time when evaluating someone else. Don't jump to the first conclusion you see. More information is better than not enough.
Benny listened to the soldier’s footsteps carefully as they disappeared. He looked at the old man sitting across from him and decided he really wasn’t a very smart policeman. Benny guessed him to be no match for a younger man such as himself, especially since he’d just completed months of intensive physical training. Now that Sanchez was gone, he decided this would be his chance to escape. When he heard the door at the end of the hallway close, he lunged at the old policeman. Benny prided himself on his speed and agility, guessing he could quickly overpower the old man. He would use the confusion that would follow to make his way to the outer hallway, up the elevators, and hopefully, off the base. He never hit the old man. Everything became a blur!He couldn’t breathe! His momentum carried him passed the policeman, onto the floor. He tried to focus, but all he could think about was how he was going to get his next breath. It felt like a vice closed on his throat. He couldn’t get it to release. His mouth was open, he tried to gasp for breath, but the only sounds to be heard were the low guttural sounds of his vain attempts to bring oxygen to his lungs. He kept telling his body to fight, but it needed oxygen. Slowly he began to lose consciousness. He thought that he heard a soft, gentle voice telling him to sleep.