“One of the best WWII books I’ve ever read” — One Year Anniversary of “At First Light”

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“One of the best WWII books I’ve ever read” — One Year Anniversary of “At First Light”

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: One year ago today, after almost 16 years of research, writing, and re-writing, my and Mike Yorkey‘s award-winning WWII book, At First Light: A True World War II Story of a Hero, His Bravery, and an Amazing Horse was released. It’s about my father’s heroics and exploits as the youngest and one of the most highly decorated front-line officers in WWII. My favorite review had the tagline, “One of the best WWII books I’ve ever read,” which pleased me to no end. It’s already sold out of the first edition, but for a limited time, Amazon has the hardcover book on sale at 36% off. Click here to learn more, and catch up on the latest praise about and reviews for the book below.


    • “A masterful retelling of a heroic life … finely written and well-researched … a beautifully told story.” The Epoch Times
    • “A riveting story that rivals Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken.” ARMY Magazine
    • “Like a movie plot … stranger-than-fiction.” U.S. News & World Report
    • “Like a melody building to a crescendo … gains power as it proceeds to a moving conclusion.” HistoryNet.com
    • “An impressive and memorable story of genuine courage, daring, and heroism.” Midwest Book Review 
    • “Never before has a book moved me to tears out of pride.” Military Writers Society of America
    • “This story is extraordinary. Don’t miss this remarkable book.” David H. Petraeus, U.S. Army (Ret.) four-star general and former CIA Director
    • “Quite moving … I can’t describe the conclusion to friends without tearing up.” Karen Jensen, Editor, World War II magazine and HistoryNet
    • “As much a historical document as it is a coming-of-age story.” InRegister Magazine
    • “Incredibly special and heartwarming.” Baton Rouge Advocate
    • “Intelligently written, descriptively rich, and tailor-made for anyone who cherishes powerful World War II stories.” Marcus BrothertonNew York Times best-selling author
    • “A fantastic story … deserves a standing ovation.” Mike Krzyzewski, former Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Duke University

      The “Amazing Horse” of the book — Chugwater

    • “Has the makings of a great movie or Ken Burns miniseries.” Col. Alexander P. Shine, U.S. Army, Infantry (Ret.), Army War College Professor
    • “Vivid detail … spellbinding and riveting … an inspirational story … an engrossing book.” Gotta Love It Book Reviews
    • “This true tale scores in spades … may keep you up till first light.” Jerry B. JenkinsNew York Times best-selling novelist
    • “A mesmerizing page-turner not to be missed.” Pat Williams, co-founder of the NBA’s Orlando Magic
    • “The story of the largely forgotten southern European front of WWII.” Colorado Springs Gazette
    • “One of the most fascinating stories of World War II. Heartwarming true story.” Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, U.S. Army (Ret.) three-star general
    • “An emotional tale!” CMDA Matters
    • “At a time when we need real heroes more than ever, this story should inspire, bless, and encourage every American.” Cal Thomas, a nationally syndicated columnist
    • “Don’t miss this heroic story.” Chris Fabry Live
    • “A gripping five-star read!” Bob Welch, award-winning journalist and author

      Dad’s first medal of valor, the Silver Star, on Anzio

    • “Does not disappoint. The pages turned quickly in this compelling story.” Tricia Goyer, author of fifteen World War II novels
    • “Incredible story of courage and sacrifice.” Today’s Christian Living Magazine
    • “An astonishing … compelling … superb story of courage, honor, and sacrifice.” Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, U.S. Army (Ret.) three-star general, formerly the 29th President of the University of South Carolina and the 59th Superintendent of West Point
    • “Unbelievable stories.” Faith Radio Network



  • The Epoch Times “An inspiring true story that reads like historical fiction”


Dad receives Army’s second highest award, the Distinguished Service Cross

I’m delighted that the book has received ~94% (406 of 431 reviews) 5-star ratings on sites such as:


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