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Mark A. Pierce, Inc.

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"Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye; four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie. When the pie was opened the birds began to sing. Wasn't that a tasty dish to set before the king?

The king was in the counting room, counting all of his money; The Queen was in her chambers eating bread and honey;the maid was in the courtyard, hanging out some clothes. Along came some blackbirds and snipped off her nose.

This seemingly innocent childhood rhyme has multi-layered meaning within the historical novel it is referenced to by first time novelist, Mark A. Pierce.

"Four And Twenty Blackbirds" is a saga beginning in June of 1943 and ending around 1983. The protagonist, Franklin (Frank) Sackett is inextricably drawn into a vortex of history that he tries to stay out of. But the Battle of Christmastides on December 26, 1944 had its own course with the records of fate. Within that record is an omission, however. Sackett, and two brothers from his Wisconsin-based unit, are three men out of that groups' 24 inductees (700 in total) that make up the first integrated military army in American history. But why isn't it in the country's history books? What happened?