By Robert Gandt
The Twilight Warriors, winner of the 2011 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature, is the engrossing, page-turning saga of a tightly knit band of naval aviators who're thrust into the final—and such a lot brutal—battle of the Pacific conflict: Okinawa.
April 1945. the top of global battle II ultimately seems to be nearing. The 3rd Reich is collapsing in Europe, and the american citizens are overpowering the once-mighty eastern Empire within the Pacific. For a bunch of younger pilots educated within the twilight of the warfare, the best fear is that it'll finish ahead of they've got an opportunity to stand the enemy. They name themselves Tail finish Charlies. They fly on the tail finish of formations, stand on the tail finish of chow traces, and now they're catching the tail finish of the warfare. What they don’t be aware of is they may be key avid gamers within the bloodiest and such a lot tough of naval battles—not simply of global battle II yet in all of yank history.
The Twilight Warriors relives the drama of the world’s final nice naval crusade. From the cockpit of a Corsair fighter we gaze down on the jap job strength racing to damage the yankee amphibious strength at Okinawa. during the eyes of the boys at the destroyers assigned to wood send accountability, we event the fear as wave after wave of kamikazes crash into their ships. status at the deck of the mythical superbattleship Yamato, we watch Japan’s final wish for victory die in a tableau of gunfire and explosions.
Among the Tail finish Charlies are males resembling a twenty-two-year-old former artwork pupil who grows to manhood at the day of his first venture over Japan and his ally, a women’ guy and intrepid fighter pilot whose lifestyles all at once alterations whilst his Corsair is going down off the enemy shore. one other is a tender Texan lieutenant who volunteers for the main risky flying activity within the fleet—intercepting kamikazes at evening over the blackened Pacific. Their chief is a charismatic officer who rises to greatness within the crucible of Okinawa. Directing the substantial armada of sea, air, and land forces is a solid of outstanding and fallacious commanders—from the imperturbable admiral and grasp of service struggle to the arguable soldier assigned to command the land forces.
The destiny of the american citizens at Okinawa is intertwined with the lives of the “young gods”— the honor-bound jap airmen who swarm like killer bees towards the U.S. ships. The kamikazes are dispatched on their lethal one-way missions through a vintage samurai warrior who vows that he'll persist with them to a warrior’s grave.
The ferocity of the Okinawa battling stuns the area. ahead of it ends, the lengthy conflict will price extra American lives, ships, and airplane than any naval engagement in U.S. historical past. greater than easily the account of a ancient conflict, The Twilight Warriors brings to existence the human aspect of an epic clash. it's the tale of younger americans at warfare within the air and at the sea—and in their enigmatic, fanatically brave enemy.
From the Hardcover edition.