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Publication Date: 2007
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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.
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 copbut 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 NYPDs 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 Id 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.
When his family breaks into a brawl in front of his fiancée, her son, and his partners Christian family, Cavalucci thinks things cant 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 mattersour relationship with God, loved ones, our nation, and those around usthrough Tonys 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. Its 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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