A Cast of Falcons

Phillip Parotti

Young pilots of the Royal Flying Corps take to the air above the Sinai desert in 1916 to fight German pilots flying far superior aircraft. Will their determination and aggressive spirit be enough to prevail?
Date Published :
October 2021
Publisher :
Casemate
Series :
Casemate Fiction
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781636240886
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Young pilots of the Royal Flying Corps take to the air above the Sinai desert in 1916 to fight German pilots flying far superior aircraft. Will their determination and aggressive spirit be enough to prevail?

Phillip Parotti’s new novel offers fast-paced action in the skies over the Sinai desert in 1916. Lieutenant Devlin Collins, an Irish-American flier in the Royal Flying Corps, expecting to fly on the Western Front, instead finds himself flying antiquated two-seater bomber and photo reconnaissance missions over the Egyptian desert against the forces of the Central Powers which are trying to capture the Suez Canal. Pitted against German machines which are up-to-date and well equipped, the men of the RFC fight at a considerable disadvantage as they go forth to meet their enemy, but committed to their cause and with aggressive spirit, no matter how great the stress of battle, they proceed and prevail, continually forcing the Turks and Germans back as the army moves slowly toward Palestine.

Constantly endangered by superior German machines, facing incessant ground fire during their bombing and strafing attacks, Dev and his fellow pilot Crisp drive home their attacks with unremitting determination. In the off hours from combat, Dev discovers that he has a particular talent for planning his flight’s air raids. This talent manifests itself completely in the campaign’s culminating attack on the German redoubts at the battle of Magdhaba, an attack so successful that when the pilots are finally pulled back for a rest after a year of fighting, Dev is promoted and invited onto the staff at GHQ is order to apply his expertise to air planning as the army moves on Gaza with the intention of driving into Palestine.

About The Author
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Phillip Parotti grew up in Silver City, New Mexico, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1963, and served four years at sea on destroyers, both in the Pacific and the Atlantic, before exchanging his regular commission for a commission in the U.S. Naval Reserve. In addition to a number of short stories, essays, and poems, Parotti has published three well received novels about The Trojan War. In retirement, Parotti and his wife, Shirley, live in their hometown where he continues to write and work as a print artist. Together, they have two daughters and four grandchildren.

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