(MENAFN- PR Urgent) Among historical fiction readers who enjoy the action and planes of WWII, author Tom Burkhalter has earned a reputation for realism that goes far beyond the ordinary. He has an unearthly knack for stepping readers back in time, placing them squarely in the center of the action. In every novel Burkhalter writes, scenes of siege air warfare are mixed with tactical mastery to create not only a great novel, but an immersive experience as well.
All of Burkhalter’s books are enhanced with an unmatched level of technical and historical detail, based on rock-solid research and real-world expertise. It maintains a precise focus on providing the reader with an experience – an experience that will project them into the heart and soul of World War II. In addition to James Jones, WEB Griffin, and CS Forester, his writing style has been compared to Louis L’Amour, David Baldacci, and Vince Flynn.
Burkhalter has received rave reviews for all of his books. Many of these reviews have come from readers of historical fiction.
One reviewer said, âBuy it, read it, and tell everyone you know. Tom Burkhalter is as good as Clancy and Griffin. Mark Lardas, writing in the Galveston County Daily News, wrote of the first book, Everything We Had, that it “looks like a book that could have been written in the 1950s or 1960s by a war veteran. of the Pacific â.
Top 500 Examiner Dee Arr said: âMr. Burkhalter has an incredible mastery of airplane knowledge and is able to describe the operation of each airplane, the sights and sounds one would experience in the air. flying the planes in the book, and even adds elements that spice up the action, like the height when the atmosphere starts to take its toll with the engine and can eventually cause it to stall. This is the author’s five star element.
But the reviews that really matter are the ones from veterans who actually been there and did. What do the series veterans say?
Brilliant! The books that are part of Tom Burkhalter’s “No Merciful War” series are, without exception, rare gems that are entertaining, historically relevant, and a joy to read. Tom hasn’t just created a cast of characters as real as the officers and enlisted men I’ve had the privilege of serving with, he makes you want to see more. Even more impressive is his ability to succinctly describe the tactical and technical aspects of air combat. A must read for anyone interested in the Pacific War when victory was far from certain.
Harold Coyle – Author of Team Yankee
Characters who accompany you!
I give every book in this series a 5 star rating.
I appreciate Burkhalter’s extensive research; this hard work brought this novel to life.
(air force veteran)
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I am a fan of Tom Clancy and John Grisham. I love the way these guys use rich detail to help tell the story and help me ‘feel’ and ‘see’ what I’m reading. Tom Burkhalter is that kind of storyteller. He’s in their class. I’m reading Tom’s second book and I’m going to give him such a rave review. Tom is not an aspiring author. He is the real deal. A master storyteller and a meticulous researcher. I will read all of his books. Yeah, he’s so good!
Robert T. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars FEAF World War II Super Fictional Story
My great-uncle was a member of the 19th Bomber Group who died in a Japanese infernal ship. This book allowed me to better understand his experience.
Richard E. Kurtz
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of World War II in the Philippines
ok for people who normally only read non-fictional story but sometimes like to read a good story based novel. This novel tells the story of two Army Air Corps pilots in Manila in November and December 1941. One brother flies a P-40 and the other is the pilot of a B-17. Almost every sentence has factual technical references such as the intake pressure of the B-17’s radial engines or the oil pressure of the P-40’s Allison in-line engines.
Ernest L. Levin
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest generation indeed!
It was like listening to one of my uncle’s (now deceased) memories of his years in the Philippines during and after MacArthur. Remarkable research.
JR Hafer, aviation writer
5.0 out of 5 stars A good historical fiction novel
Now, what I personally love about historical fiction is the mixture of settings and historical facts with a compelling story to produce a work that is educational, informative and entertaining at the same time. And this author did his homework! The flight scenes aren’t too technical, so a non-aviator can enjoy reading this book without getting lost in the lingo. But it will also keep seasoned travelers interested and entertained. In fact, they will both continue to rush through the pages!
5.0 out of 5 stars An early WWII drama about those who fought when there was hardly anything to fight with
Burkhalter shines, however, by bringing the reader’s attention back to the level of understanding complex logistics, flight procedures, the effect of flight experience, and the mechanics of air-to-air and air-to-ground combat, from the point of view of the aviator – as in, that of pilot, gunner and navigator. Burkhalter writes with the feeling that he knows these WWII vintage aircraft inside and out, and should, given his many years of post as one of the curators of the Hickory Aviation Museum, and writer and editor of his monthly newsletter.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent research and GOOD WRITING!
I am now in Book 4 of this “No Merciful War” series and have to say this is one of the best fact-based military history fictions I have ever read. Author Tom Burkhalter’s research is exceptional, his characters believable, and given my personal knowledge of the Pacific Islands involved and the campaigns there, all the details ring true. I highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Burkhalter’s Everything et Snowball Bang on
I brought back memories of working on R-1820s on Spookys and R-3350s on AC-119s. Later, in 18 deployments to Incirlik from Torrejon, these two threads are as real as they get. The fighter crews (Pursuit & Attack) always spoke this way 69-72. Burkhalter is one of them or has lived with them! An Air Force WEB Griffon.
Bob Waterfield, NREMT USN (ret)
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading. The story told through fiction!
The characters were believable. The story told through fiction. Life and death struggles of the beginnings of World War II. I highly recommend this series.
Tom Burkhalter’s No Merciful War series books include:
All We Had: A Novel-Dec 1941 Southwest Pacific Air War Novel
Japan encircles US possessions in the Philippines with overwhelming force on three sides. The US military is desperately trying to reinforce the Philippine garrison, but the armed forces of Imperial Japan can attack at any time. Two brothers, Jack and Charlie Davis, are pilots in the US Army Air Forces. When sent to the Far Eastern Air Force in the Philippines, they must rely on every ounce of courage, training and skill they have to survive the war to come.
A Snowball’s Chance: A Romance of Pacific Air Warfare, January-February 1942
The victorious Japanese came south in overwhelming numbers, heading for the rich oil fields of the Dutch possessions in Java and Borneo. The Allies send outnumbered Jack and Charlie Davis and their friends on obsolete planes at the end of a long, vulnerable supply line to help the British and Dutch attempt to stop the Japanese army and navy. As the Dutch say, “Luck to the fighters!” “
Boxcar Red Leader: A Romance of Pacific Air Warfare, May 1942
The Imperial Japanese Navy leaves to invade Port Moresby, the last allied base between the Japanese and Australia. If the Japanese take Port Moresby, the supply line from Australia to the United States will be cut. Jack Davis is sent to Port Moresby to command a flight of young untrained pilots flying a dangerous plane no one wants, the P-39D Airacobra. Charlie Davis, now in command of the B-17E Bronco Buster II, performs dangerous reconnaissance missions in search of the Japanese fleet. The Allies lost the Philippines and Java. Can they hold Port Moresby?
Thanks for the Memories: A July-September 1942 Southwest Pacific Air War Novel
It is July 1, 1942. The United States has been fighting in the Pacific for almost seven months. The Japanese advance stopped in Western Australia on the island of Timor, and from Timor, the Japanese carried out bombardments on Darwin. In the north, the Japanese hold the former Australian possessions of New Ireland and New Britain, including the town of Rabaul in northern New Britain. Holding Rabaul gives the Japanese possession of Simpson Harbor, a deep-water port that the Japanese turn into a formidable forward base, teeming with Zeros and anti-aircraft weapons. Rabaul begins to gain a bad reputation among the USAAF and RAAF bomber crews who fly there.
The New Kids: A Novel of Air Warfare on the Home Front August-September 1942
Military romance takes center stage in The New Kids, the 5th book in the No Merciful War series by master storyteller Tom Burkhalter. Brothers Jack and Charlie Davis, survivors of nine months of vicious air combat, return home to face the challenges of a long-overdue love, to live with memories of war and to pass the lessons learned in combat to new pilots. leading to a very different tune. war on Europe. They may have survived the Pacific, but the war has only just begun.
Shoestring’s End: A Romance of Pacific Air Warfare, December 1942 – March 1943
Shoestring’s End begins as the disastrous year of 1942 draws to a close. The Japanese footing on the north coast of New Guinea, a vestige of their advance almost to the gates of Port Moresby, has almost been wiped out. The Japanese are concentrating their efforts on strengthening their forward base at Lae, on the Gulf of Huon. The 5th Air Force’s mission is to cut off Lae. They have to do this by fighting a low budget, ten thousand mile long supply line, using planes like the heavily patched B-17E Bronco Buster II or the worn-out P-39D Airacobras of the 35th Fighter Group. New planes and new tactics arrive in an uncertain net. The Allied Australian and American infantry based in New Guinea are exhausted from the fighting and disease of the jungle. If the Japanese reinforce Lae, the outcome of the war in the Southwest Pacific will remain unpredictable.
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About Tom Burkhalter:
Tom Burkhalter was born in Georgia. His parents could never decide whether the first word he spoke was “airplane” or “star”. He lives in Hickory, NC, where he volunteers at the Hickory Aviation Museum and pursues his omnivorous tastes in reading.