If you like WWII books you will enjoy this. A great story of courage and forgiveness, It is right up there with Unbroken. It shows that even though they may be the enemy, they are still humans.
This was such an incredible story, it's hard to know just what to say, but that adjective hardly begins to cover it. Makos' research and detail in recounting the events of the lives of the two pilots during the war was so in depth, you would think he had been there, watching over their shoulders the whole time. And it isn't just about the one fateful day when their paths crossed in the air over Germany... It was a full biography of both men and their careers as pilots, everything that lead to them being who they were that day, and their lives after.
It was a sad story in that they were at war and terrible things and death surrounded all of them, but it was uplifting too because they survived it and not only that, they did so with bravery and integrity, answering that "higher call" despite the horrors and hatred all around. And how incredible, that not only did they both survive, but that they found each other decades later...
Makos' words and storytelling were powerful and masterful, adding to the already intense emotions evoked by the story. I ran the gambit of emotions with them, from laughing at a pilot's glib remark, sharing terror in crisis and in suspense with the bomber crew as they fought to fly home, and cried at tragedies and the loss of good men, and also joined in the tears at the reunion of Franz and Charlie.
The narration by Dean was well matched to the tone of the book - he was documentary-like in his narration at times, but kept you feeling connected with the men and action, and adapted adequate character voices for dialogue. He took the authors words to the next level, putting you there in the scene, in the cockpit and the foxhole, praying and wondering when the war would finally end.
Certainly an unforgettable tale, and those images of the wounded Pub and other moments will not soon leave my mind.
Excellent story and wonderful insight into the life of a German pilot including the challenges faced by those loyal to their country but conflicted by the actions of their leaders.
I was really pleased to have read this book because while I know there was a difference between Germans and Nazis I wasn't able to separate the two very well before this book. This book really opened my eyes to the bravery and courage of those fighting for their country, Germany and NOT the Nazis. Such a wonderful story about how there are good people everywhere. I loved this perspective and I think the author did a wonderful job of balancing the American and German perspectives without demonizing either side - a difficult thing to do in my opinion.
Definitely worth the read!
Told a story of WWII that I has never heard before. I'm not a huge history fanatic, so some people may not be as surprised as I was to learn of the chivalry and common decency of the German air force in WWII. This is a truly enjoyable story , and well told from both sides.
I cried and laughed and felt like I was with them both.
War is terrible. To fight for ones country is fighting for your family, friends, and loved ones.
This true story tore my heart out in so many ways, but I loved all of it.