Return to Shangri-La

by Thomas G. Casey



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/21/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 282
ISBN : 9781728336923
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 282
ISBN : 9781728336909
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 282
ISBN : 9781728336916

About the Book

It was Sunday afternoon on December 7th at the home of Charles Reed. His wife, daughter and six year old son Chip hear the radio report that Pearl Harbor is under attack by Japanese planes. Charles learns days later his brother stationed at Wheeler Field was killed, which ignites an uncontrolled permanent hatred for the Japanese which his son Chip quickly inherits. Thirty six years later, Chip Reed, a senior airline pilot and successful real estate investor, loses his wife and son in a head on crash in her Japanese sports car hit by a Japanese pickup truck. A year later he buys a B-25, has it restored and named “Ruptured Duck. After the show, he is in a real dogfight with a Japanese pilot flying a Zero fighter from the show which blows up in his flight path causing severe damage to his plane and forced to crash land killing his best friend. While recuperating he learns his life will be cut short due to a blood disease. He makes plans to settle his grievances and hate for the Japanese and makes plans to have revenge with the Japanese automaker for killing his uncle, his wife and son and best friend. With his plane completely restored, he tells the Chinese Government he wants to take his plane of tour of China visiting the towns and cities the Doolittle Raiders escaped through. His plan was approved and he ships his plane to China to begin his mission to end his life flying into the auto maker in Tokyo who killed his family and best friend. Chip Reed will have to outsmart the Chinese and Japanese defense systems before he can reach Tokyo.

About the Author

Thomas G. Casey was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Westfield, New Jersey. After serving in the USAF as a flight engineer for the Military Air Command during the Korean War he moved to Florida and today lives in Sarasota with his best friend and wife Catherine and two Shih-Tzu pups, Lady and Missy. A private pilot and experienced sailor he worked for SAIL Magazine for thirty years. His work took him to almost every island in the Caribbean calling on Governments and international chartering companies, which led him to write an adventure novel called Island Drummer. He also wrote a personal story about his job working at a New Jersey Beach hotel, Beaches Blondes and Bellhops. Most recently he wrote an illustrated children’s educational book called “Angus, A Boy & His Sailboat” with his own artwork. As a devoted fan since childhood of Jimmy Doolittle and the eighty pilots and crews who flew the famous raid on Tokyo in 1942, Tom volunteered to manage the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Association. He and Catherine became their business managers arranging all their annual reunions and public appearances. Recently Tom was elected President of the Association to continue the legacy of their mission and their personal dedication to family and country.