Ace of Acesby Chris Berman, Rob Bignell (Editor), Zachary Havas (Illustrator)
Earth, 2287: After untold thousands of years of bloodshed, humanity is finally at peace. War has been banished by the science of genetics, tempering mankind's violence, but not our desire to explore the worlds of other suns. However, there are others among the stars who seek our destruction. Facing annihilation, and without military leadership, those of the 23rd century must reach across the sea of time, plucking five Second World War aces from the heat of battle, to train and lead the young and aggressive outcasts of humanity's Second Enlightenment in the art of aerial combat. Fact meets fiction in a story that weaves the biographies of five actual WW II pilots-Douglas Bader-GB, Gregory Boyington-US, Adolf Galland-D, Lydia Litvyak-USSR, and Saburo Sakai-J-into this fast-paced tale of adventure.
Praise for Ace of Aces
"Chris Berman has written an imaginative and original novel, casting real historical figures into an almost unimaginable future war. Ace of Aces is great fun for both science fiction and aviation buffs."
-Dr. Reina Pennington, PhD-History. Former US Air Force officer and author of Wings, Women and War: Soviet Airwomen in World War II Combat-
"Chris Berman has crafted a fascinating scenario in which the skill and bravery of twentieth century warriors is not only esteemed three centuries in the future, but considered indispensable. Indeed, in Berman's carefully crafted future world, the heroes and heroines of the past are considered with such high regard, that they are imported into the future to fight the battles of the twenty-fourth century. Berman does an excellent job of capturing the individual personalities of his multi-national corps of real World War II fighter aces who are now tasked with the incredible mission of saving the future."
-- Bill Yenne (author of The White Rose of Stalingrad: The Real-Life Adventure of Lidiya Litvyak, and Aces High: The Heroic Story of the Two Top-Scoring American Aces of World War II).
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I'm a big WW 2 aircraft buff and I've read about the lives of the pilots in this book, like Galland, Boyington, and Saburo Sakai. I didn't know that much about RAF ace Douglas Bader, only that he flew with artificial legs and I knew very little about Lydia Litvyak, so this book, while it is fictional, gave a lot of background on each fighter pilot. The author does a great job of capturing their personalities. The plot of the book moves so fast and is so compelling that yuo quickly suspend any disbelief about thesee pilots being abducted into the future. After just a few pages you find it very believable, especially in the way the pilots, who were enemies begin to mesh with each other and work together. There are a lot of deeper themes in this book, like surrendering your freedom to acheive a safer society, the foolishness of trying to appease and enemy that sees your efforts for peace as weakness and cultureal perceptions of warfare between two very different species. This isn't just a book that gets your blood pumping, it also makes you think so for me it was a great story.
Ace of Aces scores high! I'm a science fiction reader who also loves historical fiction. When I picked up Ace of Aces, I was impressed that the author chose to use five actual WW2 aces as his main characters in his book, including Russian woman ace, Lydia Litvyak. He even went so far as to include a biography for each pilot. This book is pretty uniquie as instead of time travel back into the past that you see in a lot of science fiction novels, these five pilots are abducted into the future to help defend the Earth and the solar system aganinst an alien enemy, while at the same time being sabotaged by a shadowy group that wants peace with the aliens at any price. The book is fast paced with lots of action and the author really knows both his historical facts and the tactics of air to air combat. I loved this book. It's an "ace" with 5 stars!
For fans of military science fiction, this book is great. While some of the secondary characters are done in a cursory fashion, the main characters; five of World War Two's greatest aces are well drawn. Some like Adolf Galland, Pappy Boyington, Douglas Bader and Sabora Sakai are well known; but Lydia Litvyak of the Soviet Union are little known. Chris drew upon his knowledge of World War Two Soviet pilots (he did his masters on the female pilots of the Soviet Union). The premise is that a world government "cured" humanity of war and violence at the cost of universal world control extending down to manipulating emotions. Now a very pacifistic humanity is faced with meeting an expansionistic alien civilization that obliterated all of Earth's colonies outside of the solar system and plans genocide on the remaining humans of the home system. Stolen from the past, these five ace pilots have to recruit "defectives" from the outcasts exiled on New Zealand and build a defense for humanity. Facing opposition from members of a ruling body that would rather allow the species to become extinct than allow violence to be perpetrated on other sentiant beings, the five aces face a tight timetable, to build, recruit and battle the Narrat in the outer edges of our solar system. Fast paced and fun, the novel does seem shallow in places as some characters like the peace group cabal's leader Garrett Saul are merely ciphers instead of realistic portrayals. Still the book is a fun read and especially sympathetic look at a group of extraordinary flyers who must put aside their differences to save the species. Drey1066