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 struggle: Okinawa.
April 1945. the tip of global battle II eventually 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 expert within the twilight of the warfare, the best fear is that it'll finish earlier than 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 understand is they should be key gamers within the bloodiest and so much tough of naval battles—not simply of worldwide conflict II yet in all of yankee 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 eastern activity strength racing to break the yank amphibious strength at Okinawa. throughout the eyes of the boys at the destroyers assigned to wooden send accountability, we adventure the phobia as wave after wave of kamikazes crash into their ships. status at the deck of the mythical superbattleship Yamato, we watch Japan’s final desire for victory die in a tableau of gunfire and explosions.
Among the Tail finish Charlies are males comparable to a twenty-two-year-old former artwork pupil who grows to manhood at the day of his first undertaking over Japan and his ally, a women’ guy and intrepid fighter pilot whose existence all of sudden adjustments while his Corsair is going down off the enemy shore. one other is a tender Texan lieutenant who volunteers for the main risky flying task 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 great armada of sea, air, and land forces is a forged of tremendous and incorrect commanders—from the imperturbable admiral and grasp of service struggle to the arguable soldier assigned to command the land forces.
The destiny of the americans at Okinawa is intertwined with the lives of the “young gods”— the honor-bound eastern airmen who swarm like killer bees towards the U.S. ships. The kamikazes are dispatched on their lethal one-way missions by way of a vintage samurai warrior who vows that he'll keep on with them to a warrior’s grave.
The ferocity of the Okinawa battling stuns the realm. sooner than it ends, the lengthy conflict will expense extra American lives, ships, and airplane than any naval engagement in U.S. heritage. greater than easily the account of a historical conflict, The Twilight Warriors brings to lifestyles the human aspect of an epic clash. it's the tale of younger americans at conflict within the air and at the sea—and in their enigmatic, fanatically brave enemy.
From the Hardcover edition.