Finish Line is the final chapter of Fine Line, the sequel to Woodcutter’s Revival. Both historical fiction novels, written by Jerry Slauter are set at the beginning of the final phase of the Industrial Revolution.
President Wilson was able to delay the United States involvement in World War I. Prior to our official engagement, American flyers wanting to go to war had to volunteer through the Royal Air Force in Canada or the French Foreign Legion’s Lafayette Escadrille.
Daryl finished his service in the Punitive Expedition with the Aero Squadron and returned to Williamsport for a quick visit. He met the others at Mudlavia for a relaxing couple of days. He announced that he was going to Boston to volunteer for the French Foreign Legion.
Michael and Stewart tried to talk him out of the decision, telling him he had already given three years of service to his country. The following is an excerpt from Finish Line:
Daryl smiled. He said, “I’m grateful that you’re watching out for me. I want to go to serve my country in France. I’ve come to realize how close you become as a unit. Sure, I got close to all of you when I lived in town. Richard has become like a grandfather to me. Michael, you have been like a father. Stewart and Pastor Richard are like older brothers. You all have your families and your lives. I always felt like I was just hovering in and out of the group.
“Being in a unit with the Aero Squadron was the first time I realized the focus and singularity of living in a group, fighting and working for a common cause. We were ensuring each other’s survival.”
Michael said, “I know the feeling. I still feel like some of the Rough Riders are my life-long friends. You know the Germans are not going to be throwing rocks at you. They’ll be shooting real artillery and bullets. They’re playing for keeps.”
Jerry is a retired school teacher who loves to spend time with his family, including children and grandchildren. He published Woodcutter’s Revival in 2012 and plans to release the sequel, Fine Line, in 2014. He likes to travel and speak about writing and the topics of his writing and research. He works in his wood, leather and metal shops at home. Writing aligns well with his passion of reading and research. Jerry is available to speak in schools and churches or conferences and seminars.