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The Caul a Trilogy Part I Born with a Mission

James Allan Matte

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ISBN 10: 1419626728 / ISBN 13: 9781419626722
Published by J. A. M. Publications, Williamsville, NY, 2005
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Title: The Caul a Trilogy Part I Born with a ...

Publisher: J. A. M. Publications, Williamsville, NY

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

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He was born with The Caul, invulnerable to Danger, Destined for Adventure. According to legend, those born with the Caul, a protective membrane covering an infant’s body, are special beyond measure, resistant to physical harm until a fabulous destiny has been fulfilled. On a cold March night in 1931, the extraordinary James Markham emerges into the world, enveloped by the Caul, which stands as a prophecy to the wonders and tribulations he will encounter in his life. Born with a Mission is the first installment in the epic trilogy, The Caul, establishing the early adventures of the young Jim Markham. Taught early by his French-Canadian Grandmaman in Montreal to face challenges instead of retreating from them, Markham learns that he is indeed different, and assumes a responsibility of defending the weak and powerless that travels both the years of his life and the lands of this earth. This is a story of self-sacrifice and justice. From taking a beating for a victimized schoolmate in boarding school, to defending the honor of a black friend hounded by a racist punk in New York, to preventing a mad Frenchman from killing his wife in a bar; it’s evident that James Markham may very well be a foundation of hope and fortitude for dark, dark times ahead. Prepare yourself for an expedition across this wondrous and terrible world through the eyes of a courageous young man secured by his faith and powers beyond comprehension, trained by the United States Air Force and Office of Special Investigations to confront, and obliterate, evil.

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Professor of English Literature, ECC, Buffalo, New York..

The Caul, A Trilogy
Part One: Born With A Mission
By James Allan Matte

Remember the name Markham--it may soon be a household term. Part I, the lengthiest of the three books in this trilogy, introduces the protagonist James Markham as a child born with the Caul of Destiny during the Great Depression in New York City who must suffer the tribulations of abandonment, poverty and expatriation to Canada where he experiences the harshness of gratuitous corporal punishment in the French Canadian schools. This prepares him for his repatriation as a teenager to New York City where he hones his survival instincts amongst the city toughs. The Korean War becomes his theatre of operation and the US Air Force his guardian and only home. The military takes him to England and France setting the stage for the fulfillment of his providential destiny in Parts II and III. Markham's coming of age is virtually a memoir of the experiences author Matte actually navigated.

This is an odyssey from The Karate Kid to James Bond, only it really happened, a life so exciting that I had to reread it after I had first finished the entire three-part trilogy. This is definitely a book for people of all ages and maturity. The saddest part of this trilogy is that it had to end. Hopefully there will be a Part IV.

Book Review by Ellen Tanner Marsh, NY Times Best Selling Author.

The Caul, A Trilogy
Book One: Born With A Mission
By James Allan Matte

How do we recognize our destiny? How do we know when to act and with whom we should form our alliances? Is it a feeling? An event?

Sometimes, as with James Markham, the hero of James Allan Matte's ambitious autobiographical trilogy, The Caul, it's with the help of a caul, a rare and protective membrane he was born with. Legend has it that those born with a caul are marked for greatness or are gifted with the second sight--the ability to see into the future and perhaps change it for common good.

Because the past is almost always a prologue to future greatness, Book One introduces us to the young James and takes us along on his journey as he makes friends and experiences a number of adventures, all of which strengthen his character and his keen sense of faith and morality. From Montreal of the 1940s to Manhattan, Markham faces his own personal challenges, attending boarding school and discovering the joys of baseball on the simmering streets of New York City. But clearly his greatest challenge is about to begin as he grows up and enters the Air Force.

Based on the life experiences of the author, this deftly-paced novel takes you on an insightful journey, brilliantly detailing all the incredible events and exotic locales that help forge Markham's indomitable strength and courage. A deeply stirring novel about faith and Christianity, this is also the sensitively rendered tale of a boy growing into manhood, whose great destiny is still just a glimmer--cleverly presented so that we are propelled into anxiously awaiting Book Two of what promises to be a riveting trilogy.

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