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!
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.
That's what happens in Gunner's 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 didn't think things could get much worse, but I was naÃ¯ve.
Barry, who started his career writing textbooks for Christian schools then went to Christian ministry in Russia, has visited the countries where Yoder's story occurs. His prolific free lance writing revolves around his faith, and in Gunner's Run he skillfully entwines a Christian message into the story without being preachy. Yoder's 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 I'll pass Gunner's Run on to my grandson.
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!
In Gunners Run by Rick Barry, Jim Yoder, a World War II B-26 gunner, falls from his plane and parachutes into Nazi Germany. He is quickly caught and thrown into prison. Having turned his back on God years ago, he makes his peace, knowing he may never get back home. But once he and God are communicating, Jims prayers are answered. He manages to escape the prison, don a German soldiers uniform, and start the long trek towards France. He sleeps the days away and travels at night, steering clear of the roads, eating raw potatoes and anything he can find. He meets friends and enemies on his journey, assumes several identities to get past Nazi forces, and dreams of the day he can get back to Indiana and see Margo, the girl he hopes to make a future with. I enjoyed Jims suspenseful journey to stay out of the Gestapos clutches and how he depended on God to get him through. Having a grandfather who fought in WWII, it was fascinating to see stories of people trusting God and working together to help each other out of enemy territory. Gunners Run put me smack in the middle of a side of WWII I never studied. Recommended.