Daughter Fulfills Her Father's Dream by Publishing Book

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Byline: DAN SCANLAN

World War II intelligence officer Frank Alfred Parrella wrote "Naked Escape, The Race for Peace" in his retirement, and his daughter Maureen brought it into the 21st century after he died July 27, 2008.

Now the book, a political thriller about one man's effort to destroy an evil politician in the near future, has been published.

Maureen Parrella, a Mandarin resident and former English teacher, runs GoalGetters, a vocational services company that helps people with disabilities. Her father wrote the book in the mid-1980s but couldn't get it published. At the urging of family, she worked to make it happen.

"I felt closer to him because I was walking with him. It is like we did this together. Even though he wasn't there, it was his gift to me," Parrella said. "It did cost a lot of time, money and effort, but it was worth it. I wanted to get it in print on the one-year anniversary of his death, but the publisher did it in August. But I was talking to my dad, saying 'Just a little longer.' "

Frank Parrella had a doctorate in foreign affairs and was a foreign intelligence officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency and U.S. Air Force during World War II. He based his book on his work with the Pentagon, his daughter said.

Parrella said she didn't know where the manuscript was until after her father's death, when she found it in his office desk. …