Tom Burkhalter writes dramatic stories in the tradition of James Jones, W.E.B. Griffin and C.S. Forester that share a no-nonsense view towards war and an attention to substance that is extraordinary.
WILMINGTON, NC, December 25, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — Tom Burkhalter is a best-selling author for good reason – he has gained a reputation for air war realism that goes far beyond the ordinary. He has an uncanny talent for taking readers back in time, placing them squarely into the very center of the action through creating books rich in detail, providing a reading experience that is extraordinary. In every novel Burkhalter writes, edge-of-the-seat air war scenes are blended with tactical mastery to create not just a great novel, but also an immersive adventure.
Burkhalter recently announced the release of another book in his No Merciful War series – We Live in Fame: a Novel of the European Air War, February – June 1943
The 8th Air Force is tasked with the destruction of the Luftwaffe and the Nazi industrial plant. In the spring of 1943 it is taking severe losses for little result. Prime Minister Churchill persuades President Roosevelt to make the switch from day bombing to the RAF strategy of night bombing. The RAF has deployed a first generation of ground-mapping radar and electronic navigation aids that allow them to find targets under cover of darkness. But the Air Corps is trained in daylight precision bombing, and the changeover will be costly in terms of time and equipment, with an unknown chance of success. The leaders of the Air Corps decide that they must be ready to make the change, and Major Charles Davis is one of those chosen to fly with RAF Bomber Command and learn how they do it.
But Bomber Command’s losses are also high, and the chances of Charlie Davis surviving are not good.
Burkhalter also announced that three of his highly praised books are now available in audiobook format: Everything We Had, A Snowball’s Chance and Boxcar Red Leader. Published by Tantor Audio and narrated by Peter Berkrot, these titles are available now from Audible or Amazon. The fourth title, Thanks for the Memories, will be available soon.
All of Burkhalter’s books are enhanced by an unparalleled level of technical and historical detail, based on rock solid research and real world expertise. He maintains a laser-sharp focus on providing the reader with an experience – one that will project them into the very heart and soul of WWII. In addition to James Jones, W.E.B. Griffin and C.S. 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, “Buy it, read it and tell everyone you know. Tom Burkhalter is as good as Clancy and Griffin.” Mark Lardas, writing in the Daily News of Galveston County, wrote of the first book, Everything We Had, that it “feels like a book which could have been written in the 1950s or 1960s by a veteran of the Pacific War.”
Top 500 Reviewer Dee Arr said, “Mr. Burkhalter has an incredible command of airplane knowledge, and is able to describe how each plane works, the sights and sounds one would experience if flying the planes in the book, and even adds items that spice up the action, such as the height when the atmosphere begins to play havoc with the engine and may possibly cause it to stall. This is the author’s five-star element.”
But the reviews that really hold weight are those that come from veterans who have actually been there and done that. What do veterans have to say about the series?
Brilliant! The books that are part of Tom Burkhalter’s ‘No Merciful War’ series are, without exception, rare gems that are entertaining, historically spot on, and a joy to read. Tom has not only created a cast of characters who are as real as the officers and enlisted men I have had the privilege of serving with, he leaves you wanting to see more of them. Even more impressive is his ability to succinctly depict the tactical and technical aspects of aerial combat. A must-read for anyone interested in the Pacific War when victory was far from certain.
Harold Coyle – Author of Team Yankee
Characters that stay with you!
I give a 5-star rating to each book in this series.
I appreciate Burkhalter’s extensive research; that hard work made this novel come to life.
(Air Force veteran)
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I’m a Tom Clancy and John Grisham fan. I love the way these guys use rich detail to help tell the story and help me “feel” and “see” what I am reading about. Tom Burkhalter is that kind of story teller. He’s in their class. I’m reading Tom’s second book now and will give it as glowing a review. Tom is not an author wannabe. He’s the real deal. A master story teller and meticulous researcher. I’m going to read all of his books. Yup, he’s that good!
Robert T. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fictional account of FEAF World War II
My Great Uncle was a member of the 19th Bomber Group who died in a Japanese hell ship. This book gave me better insights into his experience.
Other books in the No Merciful War series by Tom Burkhalter include:
Everything We Had: a Novel of the Southwest Pacific Air War, November-December 1941
Japan surrounds American possessions in the Philippines with overwhelming force on three sides. The US Army desperately attempts to reinforce the Philippines garrison, but the armed forces of Imperial Japan may attack at any moment. Two brothers, Jack and Charlie Davis, are pilots in the US Army Air Forces. When they are sent to the Far Eastern Air Forces in the Philippines, they must depend on every ounce of courage, training, and skill they have to survive the coming war.
A Snowball’s Chance: a Novel of the Pacific Air War, January-February 1942
The victorious Japanese come south in overwhelming numbers, heading for the rich oil fields of Dutch possessions in Java and Borneo. The Allies send Jack and Charlie Davis and their friends, outnumbered and in obsolescent airplanes 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 Novel of the Pacific Air War, May 1942
The Imperial Japanese Navy sails to invade Port Moresby, the last Allied base between the Japanese and Australia. If the Japanese take Port Moresby, Australia’s supply line to the United States will be cut. Jack Davis is sent to Port Moresby to command a flight of untrained young pilots flying a dangerous airplane no one wants, the P-39D Airacobra. Charlie Davis, now flying the B-17E Bronco Buster II, flies dangerous reconnaissance missions looking for the Japanese fleet. The Allies have lost the Philippines and Java. Can they hold Port Moresby?
Thanks for the Memories: a Novel of the SW Pacific Air War July-September 1942
It is July 1, 1942. The United States has been fighting in the Pacific for nearly seven months. The Japanese advance halted west of Australia at the island of Timor, and from Timor the Japanese stage bombing raids on Darwin. In the north, the Japanese hold the former Australian possessions of New Ireland and New Britain, including the town of Rabaul in the north of New Britain. Holding Rabaul gives the Japanese possession of Simpson Harbor, a deep-water port that the Japanese turn into a formidable forward base, swarming with Zeros and antiaircraft weapons. Rabaul begins to earn an evil reputation among the bomber crews of the USAAF and RAAF who fly there.
The New Kids: A Novel of the Air War on the Home Front August-September 1942
Military romance takes center stage in The New Kids, 5th book in master storyteller Tom Burkhalter’s No Merciful War series. Brothers Jack and Charlie Davis, survivors of nine months of vicious air fighting, return home to the challenges of long-deferred love, of living with memories of war, and of passing on lessons learned in combat to new pilots training for a much different air war over Europe. They may have survived the Pacific, but the war has only begun.
Shoestring’s End: a Novel of the Pacific Air War, Dec 1942 – March 1943
Shoestring’s End begins as the disastrous year of 1942 ends. The Japanese toehold on the northern New Guinea coast, remnant of their advance almost to the gates of Port Moresby, has nearly been wiped out. The Japanese focus their efforts on reinforcing their forward base at Lae, on the Huon Gulf. The mission of the 5th Air Force is to cut off Lae. They must do this while fighting at the end of a shoestring, a supply line ten thousand miles long, using airplanes like the much-patched B-17E Bronco Buster II or the worn P-39D Airacobras of the 35th Fighter Group. New airplanes and new tactics arrive in an uncertain trickle. The Allied infantry, Australian and American, based in New Guinea, are exhausted from fighting and jungle diseases. If the Japanese reinforce Lae, the outcome of the war in the SW Pacific will remain unpredictable.
Tom Burkhalter is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All of his books are available at major book retailers. Audiobooks are available at Audible and Amazon. More information is available at his website at http://www.thomasburkhalter.com or at his Amazon page at https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B00INH7KL4?_encoding= … ctorHeader.
About Tom Burkhalter:
Tom Burkhalter was born in Georgia. His parents could never decide if the first word he ever said was “airplane” or “star”. He lives in Hickory, NC, where he volunteers at the Hickory Aviation Museum and pursues his omnivorous tastes in reading.
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