It's 1943 and Jack Devine, a farmer's son, is finally called up to the RAF. Jack dreams of becoming a pilot, breaking hearts, and returning home a hero. The realities of training are very different, with boredom, bullying, and casual violence the norm. Drawn together by a love of jazz music, Jack makes friends with Terry, a worldly Welshman dabbling in the black market; Joe, an active Communist, as well as Yorkshire poet Doug. Jack, Joe and Terry form a jazz band to surprising acclaim and for a while an alternative future to that preordained for each seems possible. But the initial camaraderie soon gives way to simmering resentment as age-old tensions resurface, ultimately resulting in tragedy. 'I was captivated by Jack's coming of age amid the personal and political dramas of the Second World War. Finely-crafted, hugely compassionate and often very funny, First Time Solo is an assured debut flight by an author to watch.' Zoe Strachan, author of Negative Space, Spin Cycle and Ever Fallen in Love. 'This is an assured debut in which Maloney uses a confident and authentic grasp of era and setting to create a compelling set of characters facing issues of friendship, loyalty, ambition and revenge. An engrossing read.' J David Simons, author of The Credit Draper, The Liberation of Celia Khan and An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful. Shortlisted for The Guardian Not The Booker prize 2014
What is the Subject Area?All distributed applications need to know where resources are to be able to use them.
Active Directory is the mechanism for tracking resources (components, applications, users etc.) wherever they are on distributed networks. This is a book for experienced systems developers and programmers who would like to use HTTP (the protocol of the Internet) to deliver sophisticated system level solutions using light-weight client browsers.
Meet just a few of the animals and people who have been a part of SOAR, the Southport/Oak Island Animal Rescue. You'll meet Captain Jack, a dog that was shot and left to die before being rescued by one of our volunteers; Sadie, a dog found in horrible living conditions with a broken, use leg and covered by fire ants; and Saint, an unwanted dog who became a best friend and service dog to a paralyzed young man. You will also read about a tragedy that occurred when pit bulls gained access to our property and cattery. These stories will give you a glimpse of life, and death, inside a small country animal shelter.
Only minutes before Sherrill is to marry Carter, the man of her dreams, she discovers him in the arms of another woman. When Sherrill finds that the other woman is desperately in love with Carter, she decides the wedding must go on--with the other woman as the bride! Later, as Sherrill arrives at the church to watch the wedding that should have been hers, she stumbles out of the car--and falls into the arms of a passing stranger. When Sherrill looks up to apologize, she sees a tall, handsome man whose piercing eyes seem to see deep within her.
Shaken and distressed, Sherrill lets the man help her into the church. He stays close beside her throughout the ceremony and is her encouragement and support through the rest of that painful day.
Soon he is no longer a stranger . . . and more than a friend.
" julianna, i'm writing these letters to you because it's all i can do "
Parker Nevil never thought that he would find love again after Vikki left him.
He left his home in New Zealand in pursuit of happiness moving to the small village of San Bart, Costa Rica. He is hired to teach in the tiny village school, which he finds humbling and satisfying. His past catches up to him, but he is unsure what do with Vikki (his one true love) that has presented herself close to ten years later. He struggles with how to handle the only woman he has ever loved.