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Shades of Iraq in New World War II Novel
Shades of Iraq in New World War II Novel
Brooklyn, New York -- Nov 11, 2004 --
Eli Ellison died of prostate cancer this summer, but his memory lives on. Shortly before his death, Mr. Ellison, 81, a retired New York City teacher and Army Air Corps veteran, co-authored Dear Mom, Dad & Ethel: World War II through the Eyes of a Radio Man with his son, Mark Stuart Ellison, 43. The product of six years of research and writing, Dear Mom, Dad & Ethel is a hilarious and heartbreaking account of the elder Mr. Ellison’s days as a radio truck operator in Western Europe between 1943 and 1945. It also has striking relevance to today’s war on terrorism.
“Dear Mom, Dad & Ethel is about fate and faith in wartime,” notes co-author Mark Stuart Ellison. “By 1944 Adolf Hitler had become a terrorist. His buzz bombs and V-2 rockets were specifically designed to break the will of civilian populations. Their inaccuracy added to the sense of insecurity. People never knew when or where they’d hit. Like the terrorist bombings in Baghdad, V-weapons were a Damocles Sword over the heads of both soldiers and civilians.
“The Battle of the Bulge was a terrible time for the Belgian people. Imagine being liberated from a brutal tyrant who occupied your country for years, only to be threatened with his return a few months later. Verviers (Belgium) was a focal point in the battle. Food and fuel were scarce, and there were prolonged power outages because saboteurs were cutting electrical lines. Sound familiar?”
Vets will appreciate Dear Mom, Dad & Ethel’s realism, historians its extensive documentation, and the casual reader its engaging storyline. Told through a unique blend of familial letters, romance, and history, Dear Mom, Dad & Ethel primarily takes place in Belgium and Britain in the period between the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge.The hero, Don Quix, is a daring optimist, seemingly immune to the random tragedy around him.
When Don is caught AWOL with buddy Ken Jackson, his dreams of flying are shattered, but he still manages to become a sergeant in a fighter control squadron. Hard-luck Ken is sent to a demolition unit. Pilots’ eyes and ears on the ground, Don is typically five to ten miles behind front lines, except during the Battle of the Bulge, when he’s right on the front lines. In Verviers and Liège (Belgium), he has daily encounters with buzz bombs but suffers only minor cuts dodging shrapnel. Using forged passes to visit sweetheart Denise Vervier, he freely roams restricted areas when similarly venturesome soldiers are being court-martialed.
Dear Mom, Dad & Ethel delicately balances agony with humor, often prurient. “It’s ninety percent factual, except for the sex scenes, which are absolutely true,” quips the younger Mr. Ellison. A loveable rogue, Don beds women wherever he finds them: on trains, in forests-- even in a field tent under the nose of an inspecting officer!
But tragic loss eventually takes its toll. Don’s reunion with Ken in Verviers is violently cut short. Another close friend, Technical Sergeant Stanley Firestone, dies in a V-1 attack while pulling a shift for a newly engaged radio man.
Mark Stuart Ellison has worked as an attorney and reporter. His articles have appeared in Physicians Financial News, Dutchess Magazine, and The Poughkeepsie Journal.
Eli Ellison was a radio truck operator in the 327th Fighter Control Squadron from 1943 to 1945. A retired New York City teacher, he died on July 6, 2004.
Dear Mom, Dad & Ethel
World War II through the Eyes of a Radio Man
Trade Paperback ISBN: 0-595-31916-5
Trade Paperback Price: $20.95
Hardcover ISBN: 0-595-66444-X
Hardcover Price: $30.95
Publication Date: Oct. 2004
Publisher: iUniverse Inc.
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