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Unspoken Valor

Sometimes heroism is lost to history. Jack and Charlie are two of the millions of farm boys who drop their bales of hay and join the Army or Navy in 1943 because it was the right thing to do. The lifelong friends served together in basic training, but are separated to pursue additional military training that fit their individual talents. Mere weeks after their separation, Jack finds himself assigned to his dream job, gunner on a B-17 crew that makes regular bombing runs over Germany. Charlie is disappointed to be assigned to ‘company clerk’ school, but soon finds himself assigned to General Dwight Eisenhower’s staff at allied headquarters in London. A perfect confluence of events brings the two friends back together during a time of critical planning for the D-Day invasion of Europe. In the midst of a Nazi attack on the D-Day planners, the two young men carry out incredible acts of heroism that ultimately save the invasion plans, and possibly, the entire war effort against Hitler and his Nazi regime. Medals for valor are considered for the two men, but a decision is made at the highest levels that public knowledge of the pair’s actions would be detrimental to the war effort. The two soldiers’ meritorious service to their country and the world is forgotten…almost.

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STEVEN ABERNATHY has worked in his lifetime as a farm laborer, truck driver, carpenter, car salesman, Army officer, public school teacher, dentist, educational writer, and, most recently with his oldest son, John Abernathy, a novelist. "I just haven't figured out what I want to be when I grow up." the author quips. Abernathy was a candidate for United States Congress in 1984. This exposure to the perils of political life combined with his life-long interest in national and presidential history help bring to life with uncanny realism his novel of political intrigue and murder, A Question of Character. The author cites Zane Grey and Doc Holliday as his two favorite dentists who moved on to successful careers in other fields, but when he is not writing or promoting his work, Abernathy still practices dentistry (exclusively root canal treatments) in the northeast Arkansas town of Jonesboro and in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.