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—-William H. Allen, president of the American Fighter Aces Association
"This is a rich slice of Pacific War history . . . Davis's account is replete with heroes, villains, and idiots. He asks all the right questions and comes up with most of the answers."
—-Joseph L. Galloway, Senior Military Correspondent, Knight Ridder Newspapers, and coauthor of We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young
"Fascinating history that reads like a detective novel. I'm green with envy."
—-William Stevenson, author of A Man Called Intrepid
"I have long been fascinated by Yamamoto—-his brilliant career as a strategist and as a warrior and his Wagnerian end as those American pilots hunted him to the death. . . . Davis fleshes out the dramatic story in splendid fashion."
—-James Brady, Parade Magazine columnist and author of The Coldest War and The Marine
"Lightning Strike is a wonderful contribution to World War II history and a remarkable story, remarkably told, gripping and page-turning from start to finish. Davis has both a great sense of drama and a great lust for the truth."
—-Craig Nelson, author of The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid
"An enthralling book that yields new and surprising insights."
—-Monika Jenson, former 60 Minutes producer and author of Spite House: The Last Secret of the Vietnam War
"Exquisitely researched and vividly narrated. Lightning Strike puts the reader in the cockpit. . . . Years of confusion shrouding the mission are finally swept away, deftly and conclusively."
—-David A. Witts, author of Forgotten War, Forgiven Guilt: The 13th Air Force
"Lightning Strike is a crisp salute to some of the bravest pilots ever to fly in defense of the United States. Compelling and deeply human, by turns triumphant and profoundly sad, Don Davis's book sheds valuable new light on one of World War II's most pivotal fighter missions."
—-James D. Hornfischer, author of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors
"A terrific flying story and a great history, Lightning Strike strips away the legends and the lies to reveal who really shot down Admiral Yamamoto."
"Lightning Strike is an exciting, well-documented, and masterfully written story. Mr. Davis weaves together the various complex personalities and contradictory facts. . . . It was a delightful read for me, a guy who thought he knew all about the [Yamamoto] mission."
—-Bob Manhan, executive director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
"Lightning Strike is a truly wonderful history of the early days of World War II and the desperate fighting on Guadalcanal. The analysis of the air warfare and the great detail about the men who fought in the air in the Solomon Islands is brilliantly done."
—-George Chandler, World War II Ace, Pacific Theater, and co-founder of the Second Yamamoto Mission Association
Posted January 21, 2012
I found this to be a very engaging book. While it's primary focus is the mission to shoot down Yamamoto's flight, it does a very thorough job of covering the principal figures' histories to help support the authors findings regarding the truth behind who actaully shot down Yamamoto.
I highly recommend this book.
Posted March 30, 2011
Posted June 18, 2007
A better title might be 'A Brief History of the War in the Pacific.' The vast majority of the book is a summary of the war in the pacific up to April 1943 -- and that is a good thing. So, while only a small part of the book is devoted to the mission itself and the controversy that occurred after, I thought the author did a good job of putting the mission in the proper context of the conflict up to that point in the war. The only criticism that I have (and it's minor) is his choice of providing explanations to certain military terms. Presumably, most readers will be military history buffs and will certainly know, for example, that an ¿ace¿ fighter pilot is one that has five confirmed kills. Yet the author mentions this no less than three times at different points in the book. At the same time, the author makes references to attacks in ¿regimental size¿ ¿ a term that can have different meanings depending on the army being discussed. Make no mistake however, this is a very good book and is a perfect reintroduction to an important chapter of our fighting history.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2012
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