Cassius Mullen and Betty Byron’s new book “Before the Belle” is an epic and historical work of war, honor and courage.

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Recent release “Before the Belle” from Page Publishing authors Cassius Mullen and Betty Byron is both entertaining and emotional; this work depicts the story of a crew with the Army Air Force in World War II.

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Cassius Mullen and his wife Betty Byron, both published authors, have completed their newest work “Before the Belle”. Cassius Mullen is a West Point graduate, veteran and traveler with an interest in military history. Betty Byron is a devoted writer, traveler and author. “Before the Belle” is a gripping and potent work that delves into the past and the untold stories from WWII.

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Cassius Mullen and Betty Byron’s profound work will keep the reader on the edge of their seat!

On May 3, 1943, a lone American B-24, named Hot Stuff, on a secret mission from Bovington airdrome in England neared the Icelandic coast bound for the United States. Captain Robert “Shine” Shannon was at the controls. He and his nine man crew of Hot Stuff had been honored a week earlier as being the first heavy bomber in the Eighth Air Force to complete 25 combat missions. That number was a benchmark established by the Army Air Force for bomber crews to be rotated back to the United States where the plane and its crew would tour the country to promote the war effort.

By the time Hot Stuff and its crew received word they were to rotate back to the States, they had endured not just 25 but 31 combat missions. A combat mission was defined as anytime an American aircraft came under hostile fire over enemy territory.

Hot Stuff was honored to be chosen by Lt. General Frank Andrews, commander of all American Forces in the European Theater of Operations, to fly him and his staff to Washington, D.C. for an undisclosed meeting. However, the accomplishments of Hot Stuff and its crew along with those of Andrews went unheralded in the annals of World War II.

Readers who wish to experience this mesmerizing work can purchase “Before the Belle” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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