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Mitch Topal

Mitch Topal

Wilmington, Delaware

Mitch Topal is a Public Relations professional who writes and edits content for the media including websites, annual reports, editorials, feature stories and newsletters.

Mitch is Vice President of the Delaware Press Association, a member of The Public Relations Society of America and the American Association of Political Consultants.

This is Mitch's first novel, a non-fiction work about a decorated WWII bomber pilot who beat the odds and survived 25 missions over Nazi Germany. It's named "Against All Odds, The Ray Firmani Story."

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Born in upstate New York, Mitch graduated from Syracuse University and worked for Donnelley Marketing and in the commercial lithography industry before starting his own company in 1999.

As Managing Partner of Out of the Box Communications, Mitch has spent the last 17 years providing compelling and effective P/R and communications for commercial and governmental clientele. He is an achievement-driven Public Relations and Communications expert with outstanding qualifications in all phases of corporate and government communications.

Mitch writes and edits content for websites, annual reports, editorials and newsletters. He is Vice President of the Delaware Press Association, a member of The Public Relations Society of America and the American Association of Political Consultants.

This is Mitch's first novel, a non-fiction work about a decorated WWII bomber pilot named "Against All Odds, The Ray Firmani Story." A labor of love, this book is the culmination of a life spent surrounded by World War II veterans. These men and women are the only first hand link we have with the greatest and defining event in our global history and we are losing them to the ages. According to the VA, they are dying at a rate of 740 per day. Most are well into their 90th decade and a small handful are fit enough, both physically and mentally, to remember and reiterate their experiences.

Ray Firmani is one of them. His story is no less amazing than that of Louis Zamperini, the protagonist in Laura Hillenbrand's
Unbroken. Statistically, Ray should not have survived the war. He beat those odds, earned the DFC, and went on to have a successful career and family. He has spawned four generations, including grandchildren, great grandchildren and is expecting his first great, great grandchild.

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Success! Against All Odds sold 257 pre-orders by July 2, 2016, was pitched to 32 publishers, and will be self published.

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Receive your very own Paperback copy of "Against All Odds." For those who want a true to life war story that includes love, danger and the constant threat of meeting a violent death in the sky, this book won't disappoint.

"Against All Odds" is a compelling war story that has just the right amount of historical background to support the narrative.

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-Fans of WWII novels
-Individual buyers
-Followers of the book's Facebook page (almost 250 likes, most have
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-Members of the Delaware Press Association (DPA - the author is Vice
President)
-Volunteers, visitors and staff of the Dover Air Mobility Command
Museum who've helped us with research and a venue for our video,
and have offered to help market it with a book signing event and
prominent shelf space in the museum store
-Many friends and neighbors who've asked to buy one (50+ of them)
-General public


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1 copy for individuals priced at $25 signed by the author and Ray Firmani, the subject of the story.

-Book collectors
-Military history buffs
-Collectors of military memorabilia
-Museum staff and volunteers at DAFB
-Airmen at DAFB and the Delaware Air National Guard base
-DPA event attendees
-VFW chapter members

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Receive 5 copies of "Against All Odds," and receive special acknowledgement in the book as a patron sponsor. See your name in the printed book and I'll personalize your copies.

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-Collectors of military memorabilia
-Museum staff and volunteers at DAFB
-Airmen at DAFB and the Delaware Air National Guard base
-DPA event attendees
-VFW chapter members

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Receive 50 copies of "Against All Odds," for executive teams or employees. This reward includes special recognition in the acknowledgements section of the book and a private session on heroism and to share my story.

-Corporate sponsors that would like to use it for publicity and events
-Institutions of higher education that want to make the book available to
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-Non-profit veterans organizations that subsidize historical projects or would like to sell the book to raise money for their missions
-Museum stores

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150 copies bundle for those who'd like to sponsor our effort to get this story into the hands of readers.

-Corporate sponsors that would like to use it for publicity and events
-Institutions of higher education that want to make the book available to
students at a discounted rate
-Non-profit veterans organizations that subsidize historical projects or would like to sell the book to raise money for their missions
-Museum stores

150 copies + ebook included +$750 shipping; guest appearance and book signing event by the author and Ray Firmani at no additional cost; private tour given by Ray Firmani and the author of the restored B-17G "Sleepytime Gal" at the Dover Air Mobility Command Museum; prominent mention in the book's acknowledgement section.

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Update #13 - We found a missing crew member! Jan. 23, 2017

Here's a piece of great news. I was doing some research trying to find out if any of Ray's crew mates were still alive. Unfortunately, most are not or there is no information about them. BUT, I was able to locate Hubie and his phone number, which I passed on to Ray yesterday.

I just got off the phone with Ray who could hardly contain his excitement. Ray re-connected with his ex-navigator and friend this morning and they had a 45 minute conversation getting caught up with each others lives and reminiscing about their war experiences. Hubie is doing very well and lives in Florida.

Ray and Hubie will now stay in touch regularly.