Clear Blue Sky: A Novel - eBook  -     By: F.P. Lione
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Revell / 2007 / ePub

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It is the beginning of a gorgeous September in the City that Never Sleeps. Summer may be officially over, but Labor Day Weekend means ethnic festivals, dancing the streets and lots of overtime for police officer Tony Cavalucci. When crowd control gets unusually dangerous, Tony starts to wonder why he even does this kind of work. And going home does not bring him any more respect. His neurotic and dramatic family disapproves of both Tony's fiancee and his new-found faith.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 9781441237248
ISBN-13: 9781441237248
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It's the beginning of a gorgeous September in the City that Never Sleeps. Summer may be officially over, but Labor Day Weekend means ethnic festivals and dancing the streets and lots of overtime for police officer Tony Cavalucci. When crowd control gets unusually dangerous, Tony starts to wonder why he even does this kind of work. And going home doesn't bring him any more respect. His neurotic and dramatic family disapproves of both Tony's fiancé and his new-found faith.

All this foreshadows what's about to come to the people of New York on September 11, 2001. Normal day-to-day events and fantastic weather lead up to the most difficult day in the city's history. Now Tony finds himself in brand new territory. As he fights to survive and help others survive as well, Tony learns all over what faith means, what family means, and what life itself means. The author of this highly compelling novel is an ex-cop who survived the World Trade Center rescue efforts. Consequently, the storytelling throughout the book rings with authenticity. All of this makes for a fast-paced and deeply moving page-turner that is at times funny, at times horrible, and always full of humanity, compassion, and the presence of God. The Liones offer their very best work in Clear Blue Sky.

Author Bio

F. P. Lione is actually two people--a married couple by the name of Frank and Pam Lione. They are both Italian-American and the offspring of NYPD detectives. Frank Lione is a veteran of the NYPD, and Pam was a medical sonographer in vascular ultrasound until she decided to stay home full time with their two sons. Frank and Pam divide their time between New York City and Pennsylvania. They are the authors of the Midtown Blue series and Clear Blue Sky. To contact the authors, log on to their website at www.midtownblue.com.

Author Bio

F.P. Lione is actually two people—husband and wife duo Frank and Pam Lione. Frank is an NYPD vet, while Pam is a former medical sonographer. Both Frank and Pam are Italian-American offspring of NYPD detectives.

The Liones’ have been featured in the Associated Press and Newsday after penning the Midtown Blue trilogy, releasing the novels The Deuce (2005), Skells (2006) and The Crossroads (2006). Ironically, The Deuce was en-route to the printers on 9/11.

Frank and Pam, who had no prior writing experience, readily admit that many of the characters entangled in their writing are based on elements of family, friends and fellow NYPD officers. In particular, Frank draws parallels to the character Tony Cavalucci.

“Tony reminds me of what my life was like when I first started out as a cop—but when I started to rely on my faith, I became a more caring, helpful and stable person like the character of Joe Fiore,” he says.

They lived in Staten Island, New York, while Frank was assigned to the NYPD’s Midtown South precinct, which covers Times Square. Today, the Liones’ have two sons and split time between New York City and Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, nestled in the Poconos.

Frank and Pam believe the NYPD was more prepared for 9/11 than the history books remember them for. “During the millennium celebration in Times Square, New York City was on the highest alert I’d seen in my career at that point. The city was ready for an impending terrorist attack. We had credible terrorist threats, so the city had body bags stockpiled, chemical showers in place, and bomb searches conducted throughout Times Square,” the Liones recall.

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In this novel about the attack on the World Trade Centers on 9/11, what drops out of a Clear Blue Sky clarifies all of the muddiness in Tony Cavalucci’s life. Tony is a cop in Midtown Manhattan, facing the same stresses as everyone else: making ends meet, trying to keep off the alcohol, and mediating between his feuding, dysfunctional family and his fiancée. He’s been avoiding church, too, because he thinks the pastor and the soloist are having an affair. We follow him and his buddies on the streets, out fishing together, and interacting with family for a week.

When his family breaks into a brawl in front of his fiancée, her son, and his partner’s Christian family, Cavalucci thinks things can’t get much worse. Suddenly neither his fiancée nor his family is talking to him.

Then, as he and his partner head home on the morning of September 11, they see smoke pouring out of the World Trade Center. Before they can reach the building, they see the second plane strike the second tower. As their precinct rushes to help, they almost end up in one of the towers, but his captain refuses to obey orders. Through the next few days of horror, the police officers and firemen experience moments of utmost tragedy mixed with tenderness and camaraderie.

F.P. Lione, the writing team of Frank and Pam Lione, establish the mundane problems of life by leading us through the week before 9/11 and into the horror of it. All of the ordinary problems seem overwhelming until something truly devastating puts everything in perspective. The Liones explore what really matters—our relationship with God, loved ones, our nation, and those around us—through Tony’s viewpoint. As Tony deals with questions of enduring temptation, how to be honest with those he loves most, what to do when men we look up to fall into temptation, and the order of our loyalties in relationships, his partner and Christian mentor, Joe Fiore, models and discusses them with a look at Scripture. Tony repeatedly deals with what it means to “leave and cleave” from Genesis 2:24. When it looks as if Tony will lose both his fiancé and his family, the terrorists strike.

Clear Blue Sky does not easily slip into a genre. It’s neither your typical police procedural, nor a typical suspense story. It relies more heavily on character than most suspense stories, yet shows a solid grounding in police procedures, camaraderie, emotions, and humor due to the Liones’ extensive police background. The humor comes across as strongly realistic. Without being sentimental, the Liones take the reader back to 9/11 to relive that day, but from the perspective of those involved most closely. – Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com

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