In the rural hillside villages north of Budapest, the townsfolk believed the tall, dark, black-haired, cryptic Dmitri Sterescu possessed a mystical, magical clairvoyance and could see the future simply by gazing upon the fallen oak leaves covering the forest floor.
“The Flying Phaeton ... Beautiful.” ~ USAAF Capt. Nicholas Throckmorton - August 29, 1942 ~ “Ducky! We’re going to the cinema ... we’re off to see the Wizard, by Jove!” ~ ANS Nurse Sister Guendolen Peate - November 20, 1944 ~ “You will learn to appreciate the taste of Puerto Rican rum.” ~ Jovita Vasquello - April 1, 1946 ~
This time however, he wasn’t the pilot at the controls and his precise flight plan was still being written.
"The Flying Phaeton" is historical fiction that follows Nicholas Throckmorton from adolescence to maturity. His youthful innocence is destroyed by family tragedy and as the years pass, personal revenge transcends criminal violence and transforms to international comeuppance. Lives are left to rust in junkyards ... relationships are ground to mulch ... and loves are recycled as the Air Corps Captain leaves a trail of memories across the globe. Nicholas pilots through an arid marriage and climbs away from a dying love affair in the Roaring 20s before he levels off to lusty one-night stands, harsh revenge and personal reflection in the Dirty 30s. The world becomes engulfed in war and his turbulent flight through life then detours to Indochina and the Southwest Pacific as he navigates around steamy relationships, an emotional love affair and self realization during the Fighting 40s. As World War II comes to an end, a changing world presents personal and professional challenges for the fighter pilot. Studying the view from the cockpit, Nick finds someone approaching from an unfamiliar horizon at ten o'clock high, and quickly learns that he cannot clearly see life's runway if he continues to focus on his stormy past. This is book #5 of the Throckmorton Family Novels. Although it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story, the familial quirks, quandries and questions of the previous four are clarified within the pages of "The Flying Phaeton".
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