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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785266275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785266273
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Based on actual accounts, this epic adventure encompasses several interconnected lives caught up in the maelstrom of war in Europe and North Africa and on the U.S. home front. Bomber pilot Mark White struggles to stay alive in England while using letters to woo Emily Hagan, his "Rosie the Riveter" from back home. Mark's best friend in his unit is Chaplain Lee Grant. Having bitterly disappointed his father by becoming a pastor, Lee seeks to do more than just minister to his men: he wants to be an active combatant. As the war rages on, the stories of these characters and many others intertwine with devotion and faith, binding them and the plot together. First novelist Vaughan, a retired military officer, writes in a brisk, straight-to-the-gut style. His engrossing historical will appeal to male readers. Highly recommended for most collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Robert Vaughan is the author of more than 250 published works including The Valkyrie Mandate, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and Andersonville, which was made into the popular TNT television mini-series. He has written westerns, romances, historicals, and adventures. A retired military officer with tours in Vietnam, Korea, and Germany, Vaughan has received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Vaughan and his wife, Ruth, live in Gulf Shores, Alabama, where he is actively involved as a lay minister at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church.

More About the Author

Robert Vaughan sold his first book when he was 19. That was 57 years and nearly 500 books ago. He wrote the novelization for the mini series Andersonville. Vaughan wrote, produced, and appeared in the History Channel documentary Vietnam Homecoming.

His books have hit the NYT bestseller list seven times. He has won the Spur Award, the PORGIE Award (Best Paperback Original), the Western Fictioneers Lifetime Achievement Award, received the Readwest President's Award for Excellence in Western Fiction, is a member of the American Writers Hall of Fame and is a Pulitzer Prize nominee.

Vaughn is also a retired army officer, helicopter pilot with three tours in Vietnam. And received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, The Bronze Star with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal for valor with 35 oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

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If you need to reestablish faith in mankind, then TOUCH THE FACE OF GOD is the book for you.
Lester Williams
It is most refreshing to read a book that doesn't have profanity or references to explicit sexual siuations.
Losone L. Parmeter
I highly recommend all three of these and I am continiously seeking more book written by him.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Author/Reviewer Denise Clark on October 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
`Touch the Face of God', takes the reader on a journey through two years of the air war against Germany during World War Two. Focusing mainly on the 605th Heavy Bombardment Group, a handful of bomber pilots are introduced; their hopes and fears as well as those of their loved ones, and the toll such trying times takes on their strength and faith.
Mark White, a top-notch theologian who nevertheless finds it difficult to rely on God is the main lead, accompanied by his close friend, Army Chaplain Lee Grant. Grant, one of a long line of military men, not only tries to minister to the needs of the bomber pilots, but must also endure consistent criticism from his commanding officer and father for his decision to become a chaplain instead of a combat soldier. Mark's sister, Susan, elopes with her Army boyfriend just before he's sent into combat in Italy, while Mark's girlfriend, Emily, is chosen to represent `Rosie Riveter's' in a traveling USO show. Each character is in some way related to the next, down to and including the character of a young Tuskegee airman who ultimately saves Mark's life, expertly interweaving points of view and developing cultural and religious differences between the large cast of characters.
Each well-developed character in this emotional novel is brought to life under Vaughan's skilled pen, exploring the everyday fears of not only combat soldiers, but also those that are left behind to wait and worry. A fast moving plot that carefully balances action, dialog and narrative Touch the Face of God offers a gut-wrenching and emotional read while at the same time offering a detailed though `painless' history lesson.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David C. Leaumont on May 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is a superb historical fiction in the setting of WWII. The book, while dealing heavily in the American daylight bombing campaigns, is not a typical book about the war. There are a few aspects that make this book unique when comparing it to other WWI books.

This is a book that deals with a few characters and covers all aspects of their lives: families left at home, US soldiers in an armor division, US aviators in a B-17 bomber squadron and US fighter pilots. This also deals with the human aspects of the soldier's relationships with the families back home and in their deployed locations. This is not a hard-core war book, nor is it a mushy romance novel. This book also deals heavily in the spiritual aspects of the members involved.

The writing is superb and gripping. I couldn't put the book down. I relished the spiritual aspects of the book, and there are all types of people involved from chaplains, church members, knowledgeable agnostics and a-spiritual people. One of the main characters, a chaplain in the USAAF, shows the relationship between a chaplain and the bomber crews flying daylight precision bombing missions over Europe. Some of the missions are merely mentioned in a journal-like setting. Others are described in detail. But, the book does not focus only on the aircrews and their plight, but also deals with men under the command of Gen Patton in N. Africa. You get to know the characters, making it more than names when characters succumb to enemy fire.

This is not a book for someone looking for a hard-core wartime historical fiction, because of the softer aspects dealt with in the writing. But, this should not be overlooked because of the real-life air this book sets up.

A superb read and one of the rare fictions I will keep in my library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
Definately one of Robert Vaughan best! I loved this book and so will you. An entertaining blend of history, adventure, drama, romance and spirituality. Vaughan gets you inside the minds and hearts of his characters. You will feel like you are with these young airmen on their flying missions in Europe during WWII. A page turner that you wont want to put down right up to the magical ending. You will want to share it with others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Al Sanson on June 28, 2006
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This is a very good story, quite touching, and what a beautiful cover! It really depicts the times. I like books such as these. Flags Of Our Fathers is another favorite! I am a regular WWII buff when it comes to things like this!

The opening train sequence captures your imagination and then you just cannot let go! Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 2002
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Robert Vaughan's new inspirational novel of World War II aviators touched my heart in very special ways. I am of the generation known as the "Baby Boomers," that is, not the "greatest" generation. But I value good history and good historical fiction, especially when there is a strong spiritual message in such writing. Certainly, Touch the Face of God qualifies on all counts. It is exciting adventure, wonderful human interest, sad and uplifting, and it presents a picture of a time now seemingly long past -- but a time that has shaped our own in so many ways. Like some of the other reviewers, I have followed Robert Vaughan's writing career (especially the American Chronicles, published several years ago), and I think that he is getting better and better as a writer and storyteller. I eagerly look forward to his next work of fiction from Thomas Nelson.
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