The CAPTURE OF the NAZI Who Put Adolph Hitler into Power.
Escaping the Pennsylvania Coal Mines Meant Going Face-to-Face Against Hermann Göring’s Luftwaffe…Unarmed!
THE FOLLOWING ARE EXCERPTS FROM THE FIRST REVIEW, PUBLISHED JULY 8, 2021. LINK: https://bookreviewdirectory.wordpress.com/?p=19361&preview=true
Midnight Flight to Nuremberg is a historical, non-fiction recount of Harry E. Watson’s experiences during WWII. Black-and-white pictures placed strategically throughout the book range from personal photos of Harry and his comrades during the war, to representative images of what Harry had likely experienced. They provide a historically-accurate account which allows readers to actively visualize the story. The author strikes a good balance between telling Harry’s story and providing interesting historical and military facts about WWII to vary the content and ensure that readers are not only entertained, but are learning something along the way.
The book begins with a brief prologue where the author describes how he was introduced to Harry and his general approach to interviewing his subject, something he clearly excels at. The prologue serves to frame the story and provide a glimpse at the author’s writing process and progression of his relationship with his subject. It will prove helpful when events in the book become so vivid that readers may forget it’s nonfiction.
One of the book’s central themes, establishing Harry as a self-proclaimed risk taker, is shown early via vivid stories from his early childhood, where 10-year-old Harry squirmed his way into abandoned coal mines in Western Pennsylvania to collect enough coal to warm his family’s home. Though he thought nothing of it at the time, the stories showcase Harry’s personality and set the stage for his military career. Though the compilation of Harry’s stories can easily stand alone, it is Harry himself who proves to be the heart and soul of the book. He is smart, meticulous, and dedicated, which he proves again and again through his actions during each mission. (EXCERPTED FROM THE FULL REVIEW BY THE BOOK REVIEW DIRECTORY. WWW.BOOKREVIEWDIRECTORY.COM
I sent a pre-publication copy out for some input. Here are some results:
“We found the narrative compelling” Julie Huggins, Assistant Editor, Smithsonian Books.
From: Dave Williams
To: Marcus A. Nannini
Subject: Midnight Flight to Nuremberg
“WOW! I don’t know what else to say. All through this book it felt like I was right there with Harry. It was amazing. Another home run. I Can’t wait for the next book!” Dave Williams
Born into a multi-generational coal mining family, Harry proved to be a risk-taker at a very young age. When he turned 18, the lure of a poster from the United States Army Air Corps proved too much to resist. Before he was 20, he’d be the youngest flight instructor on the airbase with an already proven record of taking risks when necessary and for being a uniquely qualified pilot.
It took him precisely one mission to demonstrate his bravery, piloting, navigational skills, and having a knack for knowing when taking a chance was warranted. Thereafter, whenever a pilot was needed for a mission probing deep behind the enemy lines, Harry was the man they called on.
You’ll find yourself in Harry’s shoes and experiencing the same chills he did. This is not your run-of-the-mill World War II Pilot story.
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