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Lucky 666 Audiobook

Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission

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Publisher's Summary

From the authors of the New York Times best-selling The Heart of Everything That Is and Halsey's Typhoon comes the dramatic untold story of a daredevil bomber pilot and his misfit crew who fly their lone B-17 into the teeth of the Japanese Empire in 1943, engage in the longest dogfight in history, and change the momentum of the war in the Pacific - but not without making the ultimate sacrifice.

It is 1942, the Japanese war machine has rolled up nearly all of the Pacific Theater, and American forces are clinging to what little unconquered territory remains. While US Marines claw their way across Guadalcanal, small contingents of US Army airmen make their way to the lonely, embattled Allied airbase on Papua New Guinea. Their mission: to defend Australia from invasion, harass Japanese supply lines, fly perilous bombing missions over enemy-held strongholds, and make reconnaissance runs to provide intelligence for America's nascent island-hopping campaign.

Among these men are pilot Captain Jay Zeamer and bombardier Sergeant Joseph Raymond Sarnoski, whose swashbuckling reputations precede them. Zeamer, who cannot convince his superiors to give him his own plane, teams up with Sarnoski to recruit a crew of fellow misfits to rebuild a dilapidated B-17 bomber from spare parts in the base's junkyard. They christen the plane Old 666, naming it from its tail identification numbers. In June 1943, Zeamer and Sarnoski and their crew volunteer for a 1,200 mile suicide mission into the heart of the Japanese Empire that may well change the course of the war - but that only one of the two friends will survive.

In Lucky 666, Drury and Clavin bring to vivid life one of the last great untold stories of World War II. Featuring personal letters, diaries, US Army Air Force after-action reports, even the translated Japanese Imperial Air Force's official account of the longest dogfight in history, Lucky 666 is a tale of friendship, heroism, and sacrifice set against the horrific backdrop of vicious aerial warfare, wounded crewmates, and a white-knuckle emergency landing in the jungles of New Guinea - a must-listen for anyone who loves pulse-pounding narrative nonfiction.

©2016 Bob Drury and Tom Clavin. All rights reserved. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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    Tave Newcastle 22/05/2017
    Tave Newcastle 22/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome"

    Epic story of the underdogs who made history.
    I listened to the Authors on the History of WWII podcast and the book was as good as they promised.
    Well worth a listen.

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  • Anthony L. Dewitt
    Jefferson City, MO United States
    15/11/16
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    "A WWII Pacific Tale"
    Would you listen to Lucky 666 again? Why?

    I will listen to this book again, mostly because it's narration of the aerial battles fought in the South Pacific is riveting. This is an excellent book to help understand what our underfunded and under equipped Pacific Forces faced during WWII.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jay Zeamer, the pilot, was the most exciting character, although his bombardier was not far behind him. Learning his backstory made his accomplishments during WWII all the more heroic.


    What about Jeremy Bobb’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did a good job of capturing the excitement of the aerial gun battles as well as the pain of losing friends and fellow airmen.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book both made me laugh and cry. There are moments when you realize that all that stood between the United States and tyranny were a few brave men willing to go up in broken-down bombers and take the fight to an enemy that was better equipped, better trained and motivated by a blind allegiance to a man they thought of as God. That we prevailed is a tribute to those fine airmen


    Any additional comments?

    If you have never worn the uniform, if you have never endured shared sacrifice, and experienced the espirit de corps that comes from military service, this is probably going to be an interesting yarn. But if you have lost friends, suffered at the hands of nature or this country's enemies, and otherwise experienced the life of a soldier, sailor, airman or marine, then you will find in this book the story of your brothers in arms, brave men who went up in cobbled-together aircraft, with barely enough training, and with little more than instinct to guide them, and defeated an enemy that demanded its soldiers fight to the death or be dishonored. You will feel a kinship with these men, and you will pass this book along to your sons and daughters so that they may know from whence this nation derived its statement that "freedom is not free."

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Greg Hansen
    8/05/17
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    "LOVED THIS BOOK!"

    This is a great story about some truly great men. There is never really a down period in the story so it kept me interested the entire time & then seemed to end way too fast. I will definitely be looking more into this subject. The performance was also very good. I listened to a lot of books that are good & interesting but find myself totally bored with the narration. That was not the case at all with this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    14/02/17
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    "Must Read"

    Gives me a whole new respect for the pilots of WW2. What an inspirational story. Well done.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Doc
    Charlotte, NC
    8/06/17
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    "Do Read if you're a real American"

    The last few years I've been reading a good deal of WWII history. If your head is there, you'll find the book to be a great companion. Enjoy.

    But, now, the preaching. We are in a time when people are concerned about the viability of the United States as we know it. But, our common history includes a number of periods of discontent that seemed to threaten our future. When things get tough, however, my father's generation endured the Depression and WWII. And boy did we show them that we can, we have and we will persevere. The mess with President Trump and the mess with the disparity of wealth and its consequences are such a time. Read this book and others like it. Pay attention to people portrayed at all levels of life and you will be relieved but also ready to do what we need to do get things right again. Our greatness is in our citizens. We don't need a clown to make America great. We are great but we also show our greatness by how we help others rather than isolating ourselves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Allentown, PA USA
    18/12/16
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    "Well rounded story"

    This was well written and easy to listen to. Simple but precise descriptions of action made it a great listen. Most literature of the WWII air war focuses on the European theater. This gives a lot a detail about the army air forces in the Pacific theater and their very notable and unsung contributions to the war effort.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    13/03/17
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    "Beautifully written and narrated."

    One of the best audiobooks I have ever heard! Well worth the money and time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Andri
    24/06/17
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    "Loved every minute of it!"

    Required book for every WWII aviation buff.
    Great story telling and another interesting insight into a chapter in history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mildred B. Gowen
    24/06/17
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    "Outstanding book about airman their creative thinking and their bravery"

    The sport details events inventions and time that surprises the thinking the idea of taking a B-17 and making it more powerful with more guns and learning to fly at like a fighter she actually dog fight against the Japanese zero.
    There is so much been written about the eighth Air Force in Europe this was so refreshing to hear about bravery beyond description when you think about men flying over shark infested waters knowing that so many things can go wrong from the moment of take off until you land.
    This book you so much details and how these men emotionally physically were able to endure all the combat missions with all the dangers this is absolutely a must read for anyone who is interested in the bombers the fighters and the enemy of World War II in both A Os

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin Sondreal
    21/06/17
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    "Excellent Listen!!"

    Well written storyline, moved along nicely. I could listen to Mr Bobb for another book!! Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buck VanTrease
    Austin, TX, US
    20/06/17
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    "A MUST TO HEAR"

    We owe our lives to this generation and the men of 666. God rest their souls.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Charles Nichols
    4/06/17
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    "History is the most inportant thing we have."
    If you could sum up Lucky 666 in three words, what would they be?

    God Bless Them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character. The whole crew of course! Why, few generals stood tow to tow with the enemy and in the end who wins wars.


    What does Jeremy Bobb bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Jeremy makes me think of the little guy, the guy that won the war. The men and woman that fought or worked for the common goal. PEACE.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Even misfits will fight for peace. Why isn't this a move yet!


    Any additional comments?

    IF we could only remember to stop and think before we act. History is the lesson there for us to learn by. But still we just can't get along.




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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