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Spearhead - Adam Makos

Spearhead - Adam Makos

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From the author of the international bestseller A Higher Call comes the riveting World War II story of an American tank gunner’s journey into the heart of the Third Reich, where he will meet destiny in an iconic armor duel—and forge an enduring bond with his enemy.

When Clarence Smoyer is assigned to the gunner’s seat of his Sherman tank, his crewmates discover that the gentle giant from Pennsylvania has a hidden talent: He’s a natural-born shooter.

At first, Clarence and his fellow crews in the legendary 3rd Armored Division—“Spearhead”—thought their tanks were invincible. Then they met the German Panther, with a gun so murderous it could shoot through one Sherman and into the next. Soon a pattern emerged: The lead tank always gets hit.

After Clarence sees his friends cut down breaching the West Wall and holding the line in the Battle of the Bulge, he and his crew are given a weapon with the power to avenge their fallen brothers: the Pershing, a state-of-the-art “super tank,” one of twenty in the European theater.

But with it comes a harrowing new responsibility: Now they will spearhead every attack. That’s how Clarence, the corporal from coal country, finds himself leading the U.S. Army into its largest urban battle of the European war, the fight for Cologne, the “Fortress City” of Germany.

Battling through the ruins, Clarence will engage the fearsome Panther in a duel immortalized by an army cameraman. And he will square off with Gustav Schaefer, a teenager behind the trigger in a Panzer IV tank, whose crew has been sent on a suicide mission to stop the Americans.

As Clarence and Gustav trade fire down a long boulevard, they are taken by surprise by a tragic mistake of war. What happens next will haunt Clarence to the modern day, drawing him back to Cologne to do the unthinkable: to face his enemy, one last time.

  • Author

    Adam Makos

  • Condition

    Like New

  • Product Info

    • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ballantine Books; First Edition (February 19, 2019)
    • Language ‏ : ‎ English
    • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • Reviews

    “A detailed, gripping account . . . the remarkable story of two tank crewmen, from opposite sides of the conflict, who endure the grisly nature of tank warfare.”
    —George Petras, USA Today (four out of four stars)

    “This singular book is redolent with war. I cannot remember another narrative in which my abiding sensory experience was tasting grit and smelling smoke so often.”
    —Philip Kopper, The Washington Times

    “Engrossing . . . a war story and a mystery.”

    “An amazing book.” 
    —Fox News

    “A superb book that combines a firsthand look at war with a story of healing.”
    —Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post
    “Strong and dramatic . . . Makos established himself as a meticulous researcher who’s equally adept at spinning a good old-fashioned yarn. . . . For a World War II aficionado, it will read like a dream.”
    —Kim Curtis, Associated Press  

    “This is narrative history at its best, told by a master storyteller.”
    —Col. Cole Kingseed, Army magazine

    “Well-written and fast-paced, Spearhead is the story of a band of brothers from the 3rd Armored and is highly recommended.”
    —American Rifleman magazine

    “[A] dramatic, haunting true story.”
    —AARP The Magazine

    “A compelling, exciting adventure . . . an in-the-moment re-creation of the Allied breakthrough of the West Wall into Nazi Germany by a remarkable cadre of tank crewmen of the 3rd Armored Division.”
    —Kirkus Reviews

    “An engaging story of blood, sweat and tears . . . a wonderful homage to the Greatest Generation.”
    —David Kindy, The Providence Journal

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