I received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and Simon, Shuster the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would write a review and place it on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon and my history book review blog. I also posted it on my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.
I requested this book because I am an avid reader of american history with an emphasis on World War II among others. This is the first book by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin that I have read.
This book is well written and engaging. It depicts the buildup and mission of B-17 666 that was rebuilt by a crew of individuals who did not always fit with the military approach. The book does a very good job of describing the mission and the fierce air battle that ensued in order for 66 to return. It focuses primarily on two individuals – Jay Zeamer and Joe Sarnoski and gives much less detail to the rest of the crew.
At times the book falls into historical fiction, in particular when recounting what the crew members were thinking at different times (they all passed away years ago). There is also some dispute as to the accuracy of a number of items in the book including the actual crew members.
I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good read on an event in World War II, but keeping in mind that it may not be entirely accurate history.