Fortress

By: Eugene C. Mullen

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With America thrust into war after Pearl Harbor, Steve E. Larson leaves behind a life of luxury in being the head CEO of the LHM Oil Company and joins the United States Army Air Force for the adventure. He quickly learns the harsh realities of war in flying combat missions from England in the summer of 1943.

As the heated battle over the skies of Germany’s Fortress Europe start taking their toll on Steve, he finds comfort in the arms of Englishwomen. Yet with each mission, life becomes more meaningful, as he meets two women that change his life.

Captain Ann Toille of the British Woman’s Auxiliary Air Force, hardened by the war and as cold as ice, defends herself from Steve’s advances by using the Bible and God, which he just shuns, though he feels their sting.

Carolyn Vaurnet, French resistance, befriends Steve as he tries to make his way to Spain after he gets shot down on a mission over Germany. He learns that there is more to life than just a night on the town, especially when he leaves her with a bullet in her back.

He returns to England with no sight of the war ending and is told that he is going home instead of staying. With the uncertainty of Carolyn being alive or dead, he reverts to his old ways, only to regret it. Then fate stepped in, Captain Ann Toille, and June 6, 1944.

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About the Author

Eugene Conrad Mullen, born in Pasadena, California 1955, to parents of the complete opposites, mom born in Alhambra, California in easy going Methodist, and my dad from Philadelphia, strong Irish Catholic, they met while they were both at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina during the Korean War, their marriage did not last long five years and three kids. Dad was a dreamer never found his pot of gold. Lived with my moms parents for ten years and learned good work and life ethics do to my forty years in staying at the same job, taking a break to serve a church mission, then marriage for the past twenty-six years and blessed with a son and two daughters. I prefer the great outdoors, National Parks the beauty of nature to city life, good rock and roll music, and a little country rock. Love sports growing up, especially baseball. I started watching and liking the TV series 12 O’clock High, as a kid to where I started reading about that time period of World War II and became fascinated from the standpoint of the war fought from England and the romance. For it was almost like Camelot, men mount their horses, (planes) and fight the dragon, returning to the warmth of England till the next time. Not like the foot soldiers fighting every day, always pushing forward. For almost six years, Europe was under the Iron Fist of German control, still it became a haven to downed Allied flyers. To the Germans they were wanted men on the run, but to the civilians they were heroes, they gave them hope. They would give them the shirt off their backs, their last bit of food, they could not show their gratitude enough towards them, helping them escape back to England, Camelot. I’ve lived a humble life! My legacy is a strong family, been very blessed through the years, one day at a time.

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