With Mother Russia under siege, a daring 17-year old teenage girl hangs up her ice skates and heads for the skies. Initially rebuffed as a child in a man's world, her unparalleled flying skills make believers of even the most battle-hardened Russian pilot.
At the tender age of 18 she becomes the world's first female flying ace. By the age of 21 she has lived a breathtaking existence, completing 268 missions against Hitler's vaunted Luftwaffe, recording 15 solo kills, and assisting on countless others. In the process the publicity surrounding Lilia's exploits make her Hitler's worst nightmare. She is also shot down four times,falls madly in love with her handsome squadron commander, and still finds time to laugh, smile and read poetry, her other great love.
Lilia's incredible, and largely unknown story in the West, is set as historical fiction against the background of a devastating war that claimed the lives of as many as 30 million Soviet soldiers and citizens. Despite the difficult times, Lilia's bittersweet story contains the simple desire of many woman: to have a loving husband that brings surprises, a family full of laughter and love, and a world where peace reigns supreme. For all people, for all time.
Lilia's only fear was that her sacrifices, and those of so many others, would be lost in time. Sadly, that is precisely what happened. Lilia was lost somewhere over the Eastern Ukraine seven days before her 22nd, and she did not receive her just due for another 47 years!
Call Sign, White Lily is proof positive that life is a destination to an unknown destination.
About the author
M.G. Crisci Stories that entertain, people you'll remember, literature that matters.
Manhattan born M.G. Crisci is the critically-acclaimed author of nine books based on true stories or real events in the genres of literary fiction, mystery, love and drama. He is also an internationally-recognized expert on consumer motivation and behavior, and a thought-provoking East-West social activist. He has been elected to Who's Who in the World 21 times.
San Francisco Literary Review called his latest book, The Salad Oil King, "a classic American crime story expertly crafted by a master storyteller."
"My life has been touched by many noteworthy events," says Crisci. "Converting those events into entertaining and thoughtful books has become my professional passion. That's why I use a simple crafted, almost elegant style, to create approachable word pictures. I invite the reader to journey with me INTO the story."
Crisci's body of literary work has received favorable reviews from a diverse variety of media outlets. His story of a tortured theatrical agent, Mary Jackson Peale, has been hailed as "one of the top ten books of the year," while Save the Last Dance, a 79-year love affair littered with broken promises has been called "a bittersweet love story for the ages."
Despite having no Russian ancestry, Crisci has also completed two iconic books about Russian life and its heroes: Call Sign, White Lily, an Amazon historical fiction best-seller, and Seven Days in Russia, a revealing photo-journalistic peak into today's Russia.
Recently, Mr. Crisci completed his first motion picture screenplay, ACE 44, in collaboration with one of Russia's most respected directors for the past three decades, Vladimir Alenikov. The one-of-a-kind love triangle involves a deadly teenage Russian female pilot, her dashing squad leader, and a decorated American war hero, set against the backdrop of WWII.
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