• Valarie Jean Anderson

Great Book!

Race of Aces by John Bruning.

I have a new hero. Author, John R. Bruning, has captured my admiration with his fast-paced,

page-turning writing style that delivers stunning realism and heart-wrenching emotion in the tough genre of narrative non-fiction. I’ve read a lot of military and non-fiction books while researching the Money Eater and Pearl Harbor’s Final Warning— completed and now being queried— and this book is at the top of my favorites list.

Bruning’s book captures the essence of America’s competitive spirit. If you want to know what it was like to live and fly in the cold of the Aleutians and the jungles of New Guinea, this book is for you. If you want to experience what your grandparents and great-grandparents lived through in WWII, this book is for you. I particularly like the fact that he lauds the men who supported the fighter pilots as he follows them in their race to become aces. And he does an excellent job of sharing the grief and hardship warriors leave in their wake.

John came to our local bookstore for a signing. I am so glad I met John and bought his book when he came to our local bookstore for a signing. He is an inspiration. Race of Aces is available at Paulina’s Book store in Sisters and on Amazon. You won’t be able to put it down.

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