Gunner's Run: A World War II Novel
Explore stunning courage
What a fun read! I stayed up reading until 3 a.m. to see what happened to Jim Yoder. An extra treat in this tale from WWII is the way Rick Barry uses real history to frame his character. I felt the hunger as he races across Germany. I was right there running with him. Kudos, Rick, on a story well told and on bringing history to life in such an entertaining way. Now I'm excited to share it with others. This story crosses generations in exploring the stunning courage of those who fought for freedom as well as the many reader ages that will enjoy it!
January 12, 2011
Get ready for suspense
Author Rick Barry, a skydiver, mountain climber, rafter and outdoorsman who has done high ropes courses through tree tops knows how to allow a main character to fall into trouble and take the terrorized reader down with him.
ThatÃ¢ÂÂs what happens in GunnerÃ¢ÂÂs Run with Jim Yoder, a waist gunner on a B-24 bomber during World War II. With enemy planes firing from several angles, friends hit, I didnÃ¢ÂÂt think things could get much worse, but I was naÃÂ¯ve.
Barry, who started his career writing textbooks for Christian schools then went to Christian ministry in Russia, has visited the countries where YoderÃ¢ÂÂs story occurs. His prolific free lance writing revolves around his faith, and in GunnerÃ¢ÂÂs Run he skillfully entwines a Christian message into the story without being preachy. YoderÃ¢ÂÂs need for faith springs from his experiences and a praying mother.
The story includes humor, romance as Yoder yearns to survive long enough to declare his love to Margo, the girl back home.
I recommend this book to every age group beginning with young adults, and am happy to review it for Journey Forth Publishers who gave the copy to me as part of the Veterans Day Book Giveaway. Now IÃ¢ÂÂll pass GunnerÃ¢ÂÂs Run on to my grandson.
December 16, 2010
I got my dad Gunners Run, and he absolutely LOVED it. He's a Korean War vet. He called to ask if it was a movie. While reading it, all he could think was "Wow! This would be a great movie!" He got so wrapped up in the story that he couldn't put it down at night and stayed up way too late reading. I just can't tell you how excited he was about reading it. He just went on and on and he doesn't do that about anything!
August 20, 2010
Gunners Run is an authentic history based story. It will bring back a lot of memories to veterans. It is a must read for WW II buffs.
February 17, 2009