In one of his beloved early bestsellers, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener crafts a tale of the American men who fought the Korean War, detailing their exploits in the air as well as their lives on the ground. Young and innocent, they arrive in a place they have barely ever heard of, on a ship massive enough to carry planes and helicopters. Trained as professionals, they prepare for the rituals of war that countless men before them have endured, and face the same fears. They are American fighter pilots. Together they face an enemy they do not understand, knowing their only hope for survival is to win.
"A vivid and moving story, as well as an exciting one...The humanity of the people is deeply felt." (Chicago Tribune)
"Michener's best...a story of action, ideas, and civilization's responsibilities." (Saturday Review)
"The Banshees screaming over Korea, the perilous landings on an aircraft carrier deck 'bouncing around like a derelict rowboat,' a helicopter rescue from the freezing waters...all are stirringly rendered." (The Denver Post)
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Great Story, Awfully Read
I read the book years ago, and recently re-watched the movie again. I had forgotten how closely they two media followed each other; a rare happenstance in many books to movies. Listening to this book however was a terrible disappointment. The performance was subpar at best. With no inflection in the performer’s voice, the listening experience is close to hearing one continuous run on sentence, read by a third grade student.
It has been, and I did!
- Trey Clarke "Treyzguy"