Raiding the Empire of the Sun: Tinian 1945
He didn’t know how it would happen but he knew the United States would be drawn into the war so he decided if he was going to fight, he’d want to do it while flying. Then Dec 7, 1941 came and the unthinkable happened. By that time Emil Jenson had become a pilot and so he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a pilot instructor. When the Nazi’s fell, Captain Emil Jenson was transferred to the Marianas to fly B-29 Superfortress Heavy Bombers in the pacific theater.
Raiding the Empire of the Sun: Tinian 1945, is a historical novel of B-29 Superfortress missions over Japan during the last year of WWII. This book is based on real life events of a B-29 crew, describing life on Tinian Island as well as the dramatic happenings in the skies over enemy territory until the end of the war.
The Fading of Lloyd
Reviewed By Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite ***** Five Stars
What was it like to live with a mental condition in the early years of the 1900s? The Fading of Lloyd by Kit Crumpton captures a family’s story as they struggle to cope with the mental retardation of one of theirs amidst social changes affecting everyone. In a story with a wonderful historical and social setting, readers meet Lloyd, an “imbecile” who is diagnosed with schizophrenia, institutionalized, and later dies in very tragic circumstances. In this book, the author explores the perils of life in an asylum and makes a powerful indictment of the way psychiatrists and professionals working in mental institutions treated their patients. Follow the family’s shock as they live through the tragedy.
The reader immediately experiences a deep sense of sympathy for the Huttleston family as they get to know the challenges they face. The story revolves around this family, but it makes relevant references to the social and cultural revolutions taking place just after the First World War. The story is filled with many surprises, family drama and secrets, and the reader is interested to understand why Lloyd is the way he is. Readers are introduced to great characters, including Kimberly Weatherspoon, the killer with a rare pathological condition, Private Huttleston, and a host of others. Kit Crumpton explores her characters in unusual and skillful ways, allowing readers to connect with them because they are real and memorable. The Fading of Lloyd is crafted in excellent prose, with great dialogues sprinkled throughout the story. It’s a story that is emotionally driven, skillfully plotted, and accomplished with a master’s touch.
The Fading of Kimberly
Kimberly, a beautiful narcissist, commits a murder of passion and ends up in an insane asylum. Her father agrees with the doctor’s recommendation for her lobotomy. Riley Natch is a criminal psychopath whose heinous crimes lands him in the same institution. When Kimberly was a child, she had watched one of Riley’s murders. Eddie Fisk, a hospital assistant working in the asylum, knows both patients and is drawn into their circumstances to his own demise. This historical novel is set in the early twentieth century at Elgin State Mental Hospital. The director and hospital doctors struggle in providing care for those they believe can be cured amongst those who are forever dependent upon the hospital’s care.
Review comment - The truly fascinating theme of The Fading of Kimberly is the psychological perceptions, theories and practices of the time – and how they dramatically affected, or could affect the lives of patients, their families, and the medical community at large. Then we have the multi-faceted social views, and medical views, that supported, explored mental illness, yet also denied it existed. This was also a powerful theme in The Fading of Lloyd, but it had just begun – with tragic, heartbreaking consequences. The Fading of Kimberly is in the same time-frame but goes further into the disgusting and destructive medical choices that were made with Kimberly – another character who could be perceived as an ‘innocent’.
- Maria D'Marco