Press Coverage

Check out snippets from some of the press coverage of At First Light!

  • “A riveting story that rivals Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken” ARMY Magazine
  • “This story is extraordinary. Don’t miss this remarkable book.” David H. Petraeus, U.S. Army (Ret.) four-star general and former CIA Director
  • “Never before has a book moved me to tears out of pride.” Military Writers Society of America
  • “Intelligently written, descriptively rich, and tailor-made for anyone who cherishes powerful World War II stories.” Marcus BrothertonNew York Times best-selling author
  • “Like a movie plot … stranger-than-fiction.”  U.S. News & World Report
  • “Quite moving … I can’t describe the conclusion to friends without tearing up.” Karen Jensen, Editor, World War II magazine and HistoryNet
  • “Incredibly special and heartwarming.” Baton Rouge Advocate
  • “A fantastic story … deserves a standing ovation.” Mike Krzyzewski, former Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Duke University
  • “Like a melody building to a crescendo … gains power as it proceeds to a moving conclusion.” com
  • “Has the makings of a great movie or Ken Burns miniseries.”  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
  • “As much a historical document as it is a coming-of-age story.” InRegister Magazine
  • “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.”  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, nationally syndicated columnist
  • “Don’t miss this heroic story.” Chris Fabry Live
  • “A gripping five-star read!” Bob Welch, award-winning journalist and author
  • “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 LivingMagazine
  • “An astonishing … compelling … superb story of courage, honor, and sacrifice.”  Gen. Robert L. Caslen, U.S. Army (Ret.) three-star general, formerly the 29thPresident of the University of South Carolina and the 59th Superintendent of West Point
  • “Unbelievable stories.” Faith Radio Network

 At First Light Reviews or Interviews

  1. WAFB Baton Rouge (4/8/22 – TV news story)
  2. CNN International (4/9/22 – Associated Press story)
  3. U.S. News and World Report (4/16/22 – Associated Press story)
  4. inRegister Magazine (4/20/22 – Baton Rouge magazine)
  5. American Press (4/24/22 – Lake Charles newspaper article)
  6. Today’s Christian Living (5/2/22 – national faith-based magazine)
  7. Baton Rouge Advocate (5/6/22 – Louisiana Literature section)
  8. Bloom TV (5/9/22 – TV interview broadcast to 41 markets)
  9. Colorado Springs Gazette (5/10/22 – newspaper article)
  10. CMDA Matters Video Podcast w/ Dr. Mike Chupp (5/19/22 — national faith-based health professionals podcast)
  11. Afternoons with Bill Arnold radio show (5/25/22 – Faith Radio Network)
  12. Chris Fabry Live radio show (5/30/22 – Moody Radio Network)
  13. Books Make the Best Travelling Companions.” (5/30/22 — book review)
  14. What Should Our D-Day Anniversary Mean? (6/6/22 — Washington Examiner Op-Ed)
  15. “For Love and County: A 3rd Infantry Division Officer’s Story of Combat and Survival” (Summer 2022 — WWII Quarterly
  16. com Book Review (6/23/22)
  17. Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) book review (June 2022)
  18. Point of the Spear Podcast with Robert Child (6/26/22)
  19. Chris Fabry Live radio show (Repeat 7/4/22 – Moody Radio Network)
  20. Interview with Fictionary CEO, Kristina Stanley (7/16/22)
  21. ARMY Magazine and the Association of the United States Army Book Review (7/20/22)
  22. History Unplugged Podcast with Scott Rank (8/18/22)


  1. WWII History magazine review scheduled for October
  2. The Hollywood Times — review pending –
  3. 10-05-22 — Zoom lecture to the Army Heritage Center Foundation
  4. 11-11-22 — Veteran’s Day Fundraiser Keynote – Asheville, NC (11/11/22)
  5. 12-22 — Pearl Harbor event (speaking and book signing) at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans

Reader Reviews

I’m delighted that the book has received over 98% 5-star ratings on Amazon (76 ratings), Barnes & Noble (36), GoodReads (49), Walmart (31), and Target (27).

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