Keith R Parris - United States Air Force Pilot Wings

Keith R. Parris was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1946. He graduated from Clemson University in 1969 with Highest Honors and was a Distinguished Military Graduate. He served nearly eight years in the United States Air Force as a fighter pilot, flying F-4E Phantom II aircraft, in Europe, Asia and the United States. He married Janet K. Baugh, of Waco, Texas, in 1974 and later returned to school at The University of Texas at San Antonio and graduated at the top of his class in 1979 with an MBA Degree. He worked for 21 years in the gas and gas liquids industry where he served as Director of both financial and operational areas. Much of his business career was with Valero Energy Corporation. He retired from industry in December 2001 and began devoting himself to his lifelong passion of writing. In 2004, his first novel, THE SERVANTS OF FREEDOM, was published and received the "Editor's Choice Award" from iUniverse. With SHEPPARD'S GATE, a rewriting of the earlier novel, the author has improved the book from start to finish, adding compelling new characters and scenes that enhance the enjoyment of his insightful storytelling. REMEMBER is his first collection of poetry and is presented on this website for your enjoyment. PETER'S DREAMS AND OTHERWORLDLY THINGS became a concept in the author's mind before the "New Millennium" but its birth was carefully guarded until it could be wonderfully illustrated by Janie Lewis. Most recently, the author completed a collection of short stories entitled THE POLYCHEM PLASTICS PLANT AND OTHER STORIES, followed closely by a very special work entitled WHISPERS AND LITTLE WHITE LIES. Mr. Parris and his wife lived in Europe and Asia before making their home in Texas.

His works include:

The Servants of Freedom
The Servants of Freedom is a grand adventure lived by a young fighter pilot flying in the skies over Europe. It is about love, courage, terrorism and survival. This is the story of courageous military men and women of the United States Air Force, willing to sacrifice everything for the cause of freedom and yet eagerly celebrating each victory. Join with them and experience aviation in a world different from any you've ever known. Climb alongside the fuselage, step into the cockpit and get ready for the thrill of your life when the afterburners kick you in the pants and send you hurtling down the runway into the "delirious blue." More...

 

Sheppard's Gate
Sheppard's Gate is a book of passion and understanding about the camaraderie, trust and sacrifice of our men and women in military service overseas. It captures the exhilaration that sustains and sometimes haunts the dreams of ambitious fighter pilots. In this rewriting of his earlier novel, The Servants of Freedom, the author has improved the book from start to finish, adding new characters and scenes that enhance the enjoyment of his insightful storytelling. Join the souls on board Sheppard's Gate in their struggles with adversity and their search for life and love. More...

 

Peter's Dreams and Otherworldly Things
Peter's Dreams and Otherworldly Things is the story of an imaginative young boy on a journey to a seemingly unattainable horizon. His dream of finding freedom from fear leads him on a once in a lifetime adventure into the unknowns of fortune itself. Summon the courage to challenge the secret monsters that threaten Peter's very existence and share Peter's tale of adventure. Abandon disbelief and step aboard the Liberty on her maiden voyage into Peter's private world. Judge for yourself what is real or what is beyond fantasy. More...

 

The PolyChem Plastics Plant and Other Stories
The PolyChem Plastics Plant and Other Stories contains simple and direct, yet original and powerful new works. The author's pen has not been asked to give words to his characters. Indeed, his task and that of pen and ink have been to listen to the characters who present themselves and to faithfully record their stories in their own words, as if these words were being recollected and told face-to-face to the reader. More...

 

Whispers and Little White Lies
From her father's untimely tragic crash to her lover's oppressive hand and, ultimately, to her own destructive actions, Whispers and Little White Lies paints a picture of complexity and confusion in the mind of a little girl grown up in a struggle for understanding and survival. The mysteries of life given and life taken away, whether by acts of mankind or act of God, have been debated and contested by the most learned men and women throughout history. The best reasoned thoughts of those seeking to illuminate these mysteries have been variously chronicled. This fictional account of the mysteries surrounding Katherine Carmichael's life and loss, of promises made and promises broken, is such a chronicle. It tugs relentlessly at the fragile veil cloaking the very private mysteries of her troubled existence. The reader may see Kate as a truly sympathetic figure or as another black widow protagonist, pulled grudgingly from the celluloid of an American film noir. In either case, I trust those who venture here will discover that her story keeps its promise to deliver a memorable excursion into the sometimes shadowy corridors of fiction. More

 

Remember
Remember is a collection of beautifully descriptive and vigorously musical poems. This poetry is a worthy testament to the careful thought and uninhibited rendering of the author's form and verse. Here, the poetry of the sentence and the mastery of rhyme are imaginatively woven into a rich and comprehensive whole. Celebrate life's most festive interactions and the sensibilities of life's most intimate moments. This is gifted and gritty, intense and daring work with unmistakable heartfelt vitality and sincerity. Free Download...

 

Great Thinkers and Other Scoundrels
In Great Thinkers and Other Scoundrels, I have endeavored to express my admiration for Will Rogers and Mark Twain, two enormously talented and respected men, by following in their footsteps to shine a humorous and satirical light on a few of the pressing issues of our day. The topics I have chosen come straight out of today's headlines, editorials and commentaries. I hope you will join with me and share in my unusual, but well-intentioned, small prick at the borders of our present day frailties. If you will, please also allow me to invite you to consider and hopefully enjoy two poems following Great Thinkers and Other Scoundrels that offer a slightly stronger approach, possibly a poke instead of a prick, to the enormous disparity we find in our present day human condition. More...

 

 
 

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