Book Reviews and Discussions
Today we are discussing the book “Hell Hawks” By Robert F. Dorr that Paul just read and he is writing a book review that I am eager to read. Another book that Vincent read he will be here in a few minutes to discuss his book. We shall talk about it too.
While we are waiting for Paul and Vincent, paul ssent me this about the book he is so excited about: “By the way, you can get an autographed copy like my two books if you order directly from him. Go be his friend or contact him directly. Robert.F.Dorr@cox.net”
His take on it was he couldn’t put the book down when he got it and it was a real page turner. I have not read it yet but I plan to get it, but meanwhile Paul will Review the book for us. His review should be up as soon as I get it, hopefully today!
I have read WEB Griffin “The Aviators” and I really liked the characters and went on to other books. The series of the Lt, Capt. Maj. Col. Generals etc had me hooled. I couldn’t get enough. Fort Rucker Alabama became my Mecca. I even went there for a visit and met sme interesting people and saw the location I had been reading about. I felt like I belonged there. I might have become obsessive compulsive from reading those books. Now that is going from zero to sixty so to speak in reading for me. That’s is real writing interest for me. I do recommend that book.
I want to hear about this book Hell Hawk you guys are talking about.
I live in the Atlanta area and I love this blog, I visit it every day. This is the first time I have left a comment but I assure you not the last now that I know you guys are talking about this stuff.
Hello I am Cecil from Long Beach Ca. I like your website and hope you do a lot more of these discussions with writers. I like books about aviators and their aircraft and missions. I am not an aviator but love airplanes. I like reading about them, being around them, everything about them. I like your whole website by the way.
Cecil Rosenberg, Long Beach Ca.
I’m the author (or co-author) of three books currently in print — “HELL HAWKS!” about a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter group in Europe in World War II; “MISSION TO BERLIN” about B-17 Flying Fortress bomber crews; and “AIR FORCE ONE” about presidential aircraft. “HELL HAWKS!” is sometimes called the companion to “Band of Brothers” because Stephen Ambrose was at one time planning to tell this story and because our P-47 guys supported troops on the ground, including Easy Company. It is one of the most successful World War II titles in many years, thanks in part to many book signing appearances I donated at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. I’m flattered to be mentioned in the same breath as WEB Griffin, who is a very prolific and talented writer (albeit, one with a questionable military biography). I can provide signed, inscribed, first-edition copies of any of my books and they make great gifts. Find me at email@example.com
My reviews can be found be searching for “Southernpilot”. I highly recommend Bob’s books. I have read “Hell Hawks!” and am half way through Mission To Berlin, which is also very good. I just received from Bob six book I purchased for gifts this Christmas, all autographed. I am very happy doing business with him.
Vince, if you would revise those reviews and send them to me by email at HaferAviation@yahoo.com I will post your review and credit you on our review page. It would be nice to have your reviews on all the books on our website as well. You can become a regular book reviewer for us, if you would? Please let me know if you will do that for us asap. Thanks “JR”
First of all I apologize for ommiting the F. out of Bob’s name upon my first contact, the truth is I am old and forgetful. I actually have no excuse! So sorry ’bout that!
Secondly, thank you for coming here today. I will be ordering several copies myself for my library which is mostly of course aviation books.
This is a pleasure to have you here. Hope you are patient with us here. This is a little slower pace than you are use to. It can go on for days. so you can go and check back evey few hours and it can be quite productive for you. You can check the button below to be notified when there is a reply or comment to your blog!
Thanks again Bob. “JR”
Mr Dorr I am going to order your book as well. Your book, Whta’s the name Mission to Berlin? Please tell us about that book in summary, and also about Hell Hawks, and haow they differ.
Can you also give us a brif bio on yourself? You were in the Army Air Corps I presume? Or the the Air Force I don’t know when the transition was. You mentioned the questionable military background of mr. Butterworth or WEB Griffin, wasn’t he in Intelligence and he said his career was brief, I don’t much like his Police series, just his military stuff. But he is a hell of a writer, as I hear you are. I hear you are in the class of Clancy, Griffin, Coontz, Berent, Scheffeld, and Aderhold which is saying a lot, I must admit I am skeptical but willing to read you and I hope you are all thos things and more. It is about time we had another writer that flys the pages for us!
Thank you for all the kind words. If you’re going to get my books (excuse me for shouting) PLEASE GET THEM DIRECTLY FROM ME: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll be glad to try to answer George’s many questions when I can take the time to do so, but you can find most of the answers by googling my name: Robert F. Dorr.
The most questionable thing in Griffin’s bio is the combat infantryman badge, which is customarily awarded only to those in the infantry branch (plus Special Forces) who have been in combat for a specified period. Griffin’s bio lists him as a military journalist. I don’t believe he claims to have been in Intelligence.
Maybe the following will help with George’s questions:
My book about B-17 Flying Fortress crews was published this past spring. The purpose of this message is to encourage you to order a first edition, signed copy directly from the author — that’s me.
The book is a great gift for an aviation person or a military history buff.
I expect to run out of first-edition copies by late November so if you want one, I need to hear from you now.
“MISSION TO BERLIN” is a general-interest, Stephen Ambrose-style World War II history that focuses on B-17 Flying Fortress crews throughout the aerial campaign and especially those who attacked Berlin on February 3, 1945, in the largest mission ever flown against a single target. The book also includes a new look at the entire bombing campaign in Europe.
The young men who flew and maintained the B-17 are at the center of the story but “MISSION TO BERLIN” also has lengthy passages about Americans who flew and maintained the B-24 Liberator, P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang. The 486th Bombardment Group had a key role. This book also contains a considerable amount of B-24 Liberator material. “MISSION TO BERLIN” is the same size as my “HELL HAWKS” book of three years ago. I have copies of both books available here with the authors’ signatures. The two books look great together.
“MISSION TO BERLIN” is dedicated to pilot Marvin D. Lord, co-pilot Robert Des Lauriers, togglier Ray Fredette and tail gunner Frank Chrastka. You’ll encounter air aces like Brooks Liles and Grant Turley and bomber pilots like John Pesch and Harris Rogner. Medal of Honor recipient Maynard Smith is in this narrative. The book will interest historians, the warbird community and veterans’ and reunion groups. A member of the 305th Bombardment Group said, “I learned something new from this.” He felt the book described what life was like for these men. A bomber crewmember who served in a different theater called this “a universal bomber crew story.”
HOW TO GET IT: For a first-edition signed copy directly from me, the author, send me a check for $35.00 to cover book, signature, packaging and shipping. And remember that I’ll need your ADDRESS. If you’d like to get a signed copy from me, send a message confirming (1) whom to sign the book for, and (2) the address to which to send it. You do not need to wait for your check to reach me in the mail. For purchasers in Europe and Australia, the price is $45.00. If you pick up the book from me in northern Virginia, the price is $28.00.
NOTE: I have a big discount for anyone who wants to order six books at once.
First edition copies will be gone in a few weeks. If you have questions, please PICK UP THE PHONE.
PLEASE NOTE: I am no longer making appearances at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (UHC) and I will soon be leaving Facebook. I have NEVER signed THIS book at UHC
Thanks for your support.
Robert F. Dorr
of “HELL HAWKS!”
3411 Valewood Drive
Oakton VA 22124
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