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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Arnhem, 1944. Captain Stanley Adam Malcolm Parker - Sammy to his friends - and his platoon have fought bravely, but it was always a losing battle. The bridge was unwinnable. After he and his men are forced into cattle trucks and transported across Germany on a three day journey without food or water, Sammy lashes out at an SS officer with brutal and devastating consequence ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published March 26th 2012 by Acute Angle books (first published March 13th 2012)
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I bought this book for my Kindle for a ridiculously low price and was rewarded many times over. The story line is well covered by other reviewers so I'll stick to my impressions. The characters are passionate and very well crafted by Mr. Thomas. The concentration camp experiences by some of the protagonists were horrific - and the author did a fantastic job of painting a very bleak inmate experience. No human should ever have to experience this. The book is very heavily laced with a political sc ...more
Juliette Hill
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant is the only way to describe Pegasus Falling and the extraordinary talent of Author William E. Thomas in the first book of his incredible epic work, The Cypress Branches. A masterpiece of historical fiction, the book captivates the reader who is introduced to a spirited young British World War II Paratrooper, Captain Stanley Adam Malcolm (Sammy) Parker in 1944.

In Arnhem, his unit is tasked with defending an important bridge from the German Army. Forced to surrender and taken to a POW c
Harry Nicholson
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
[[ASIN:0956229913 Pegasus Falling: Cypress Branches trilogy: 1]]
I was surprised and even startled by the scope of this story, by how it moved across the landscape and through the drama of Europe at the close of WW2 and into the chaos of Palestine. From many sources we know the ugliness of Hitler's mind, and hardly need more. However, in 'Pegasus Falling', William Thomas shows, with great beauty, how love can outlast the brute. He gives us a story that will linger in the mind.
Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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I think there is a book inside all of us, a story that begs to be told, an idea that needs to be put onto paper, and a dream that needs to be shared. Sometimes the story playing out in my head is more like a comic strip some days, but there is something begging me to let it out. Mostly I ignore it. I don’t think I have the courage.

Some people choose to listen to their inner selves, and William E. Thomas, author of Pegasus F
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have been kept spellbound by this wonderful story, William E Thomas has an amazing way with words and has created a cast of characters who are warm and realistic yet still have flaws. He has taken much of the setting of this story from his own life experiences, and this shines through in his writing, only someone who was there could express such a real feeling for a place and an era.

Captain Stanley Adam Malcom Parker, aka Sammy, of the Parachute Regiment, is the hero of the story. Captured dur
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in WWII, concentration camps, Jewish Palestinian issues
Recommended to April by: Zohar -
I'm between I liked it and it was OK. The writing was very good, but the use of foul language which was used liberally, became distracting and personally distasteful. That being said, this is a classic World War Two story of trial, triumph and disaster.

I really liked that Mike Harris, the grandson of the author, published this book for his now deceased grandfather William E. Thomas. The personal back-story is what captured my attention. However, there was one misspelling that should have been c
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I was pleased to win a copy of this book as the synopsis suggested that it would be right up my street. As a novel it blends themes of war, politics and romance almost seemlessly. Covering issues as charged as the Palestinian mandate, it was thought provoking and you could not help but reflect on current events in the middle east in light of the events highlighted in this book. Definitely a must read for anyone who enjoys novels set in the post WW2 period.
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I was trying to win this book on Good Reads as giveaway but not such luck ...I bought it in kindle version and I have to say it it was amazing book ! WOW . WWII story at it best ! I highly recommend to the people that like WWII books.It is a love story also and it made me cry ...I cant wait till the second part.This book it will stay with you long after you finish reading .Enjoy ..worth the money !Awesome !
Caleb Blake
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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For Captain Stanley Adam Malcolm Parker, salvation from the torment of incarceration in a concentration camp was not provided by the allied soldiers who liberated him. It was provided by the Jewess who shared his despair, who clung to him as his strength dissipated. And after the war was won, he needed to find her again to give his life meaning.

Pegasus Falling is th
Zohar -
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Pegasus Falling : Cypress Branches trilogy (Volume 1) by William E. Thomas is the semi-autobiographical novel of the author who served as a British paratrooper in World War II. Mr. Thomas’ book was self published by his grandson, Mike Harris who is a copy-editor and proofreader, republished the book in three parts.

Captain Stanley Adam Malcom Parker, known as Sammy (S.A.M. Malcom), is a British captain in the Parachute Regiment during World War II. During operation Market he was captured but afte
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book because the author's story intrigued me but from the first page I was gripped by the story itself. Captain Sammy Parker of the Parachute Regiment is dropped at Arnhem during the latter part of World War II. The book opens with scenes of battle as German troops massacre Sammy's men. As a result of attacking a German officer, Sammy is sent to a concentration camp which is strictly against the Geneva Convention. There he suffers unimaginable hardship and privation and al ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5. Guys, by now you probably know that I really like WWII fiction. I think it's a fascinating point in time that really changed our world and set into motion some of the things that we still see today (just look at how the UN is set up, it's still very WWII-esque). Automatically, I knew I was going to be very excited for the book.

Now a little background about the coolness of this book in particular. The author, himself, had been working on this book for a long time. He is now 87 and beginning
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, with a request for review.

When I finished this book, I wasn't sure quite how I felt about it. It's emotional in parts. The relationship between Captain Stanley Adam Malcolm Parker (Sammy) and Naomi, forged in the concentration camp at Matthausen, is deep and frequently painful. The story relates well the disruption war causes in the lives of everyday people. It touches on not only the well-known horrors of the Holocaust, but also the horror
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I began this novel I believed it was going to be a war/Holocaust based novel and I was quite wrong. Although it begins in this period and both these events are central to the whole novel as it unfolds, this novel is much more preoccupied with the Jewish question and also the personal romantic love story of several of the individuals involved.
Captain Sammy Parker is one of those characters you don't forget in a hurry and as his story is followed throughout Arnhem, Matthausen Concentration Ca
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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To call Pegasus Falling a war novel is, I think, not really doing it justice. Certainly there is an element of war in the novel, and the main character is a solider, but it is more really about the effects of the second world war than about the war itself. And it’s a story about love, of all different types. It was certainly an emotional book, especially when Sammy was in the concentration camp, and towards the end, in fact in some ways I didn’t like the end because it was so emotional- although ...more
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
simply amazing. not at all what I expected, but I'm keen to know what will happen next.
Carolyn Stuart
Loved it and I am on to the second book in the trilogy
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William Edward Thomas was born in West London in 1925.

He left The Brompton Oratory School when he was 14 and started work as a messenger at the BBC. When war broke out, his mother insisted he left central London and went to work with his father at a factory in Harrow. While still a teenager, William joined the army and was soon recruited in to the parachute regiment. By the time peace had been dec