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A good read - with a caveat
on December 28, 2015
The major "con" I have with this otherwise very good book is that the description of it is misleading. The main event of the story - the encounter between the two planes and events that happened in the future (I am being vague here so as not to spoil it) - actually took up perhaps 15% of the book. The rest was mostly about the German pilot’s life and career from childhood to shortly after the war. Maybe ten percent of the book was about the American pilot, Charlie Brown. For a book that is about following a higher call, I would ask the author why be misleading about the description and advertising?
That being said, it was still a very good read. Franz Stigler had a very interesting career as a fighter ace. The tidbits of various characters' encounters with Goering and Hitler (although only one or two of the latter) were also revealing. The many other acts of heroism and chivalry were inspiring and eye-opening. It was valuable to learn (or have the knowledge further reinforced) that most of the German soldiers (and German citizens) were not members of the Nazi party, didn’t know about the holocaust until very late in the war, and just wanted to fight for or support their country. And, yes, the main event of the story was also quite fascinating.
In short, while I recommend this book, I do hope that readers of this know what they are really getting. To the author, on the slim chance that he might read this review, I suggest that if he does do a second edition, let the amazon and back cover description be more accurate and trust that the book can stand on its other merits.