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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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    Charles Nichols 04/06/2017 Member Since 2016

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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.




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  • A. 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 11 people found this review helpful
  • Greg Hansen
    08/05/17
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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
  • Count B
    10/07/17
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    "GOOD, BUT ALSO A LITTLE DISAPPOINTING"
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    There is no doubt at all these gentleman were beyond brave, & still as of this day remain the flight crew who have been awarded the highest medals of any combat crew.

    So why am I disappointed. Well, the righting is very good as is the narration, but the first half of the book basically outlines the history of the war in the Pacific, I felt that detracts from keeping the focus of these stunningly brave men.

    After all the war in the Pacific went on for many years & involves many islands so it seems rushed to try & include the entire history of it in such a short book. The background story is relevant to the main characters stories, but would have much rather the author go into so much more depth about the combat crew as they are the heroes, & the story should be focused more on them.

    It could also be that their real feat of staggering bravery is encapsulated in one single stunning mission. So maybe it was just a case of padding the book out a little by including a broad view of the war in the Pacific.

    It is good, but I would recommend, "Unbreakable" or "A Higher Call". Those two focus only on the main characters & do not get bogged down with to much overview of the entire war. They are fantastic books & cannot recommend enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Nelson
    27/06/17
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    "Unbelievable!"

    This is such an amazing story. The men of the "greatest generation" were not given this appellation without merit. The men described in this story, especially Jay Zeemer and Joe Karnowski,were rare specimens indeed, and in my opinion, men chosen by the Lord and prepared for this specific task. Everything that they had heretofore done in their lives prepared them for the awesome task that lay before them when they enlisted in the Army Air Corps. This story will leave you stunned and tearful. Do not pass it up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John
    07/06/17
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    "A moving narration"

    This story build the framework of the characters so as to better understand their mindset and the extraordinary accomplishments. The epilogue is as meaningful as the rest of the book. I am moved to have learned about Lucky 666 and it's crew.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua
    Spring Mills, PA, United States
    07/06/17
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    "A good picture of the WWII air war in the Pacific"

    Have you read Catch 22? This book exposes the reality of the surreal setting of Heller's novel. I had no idea that the sense of abandonment and disarray in Heller's book had any basis in fact, but it is well documented here. Beyond good documentation, if you enjoy technical information there is great description of the qualities and design of the famous "Flying Fortress". Add spectacular, terrifying, descriptions of air combat, a good job of character development, and the result is a fascinating book. I came away with much greater insight and enormous respect for the capabilities of the men and machines fighting in that terrible war

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefkent
    Gulfport, MS USA
    18/05/17
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    "Highest Decorated Flight Crew in History!"

    The crew of this B-17, tail number 666, (The Eager Beavers) was awarded 2 Medals of Honor, with the rest of crew being awarded Distinguished Service Crosses. What the real story is of square pegs trying to be pounded into round holes by a military bureaucracy. Only the dire military circumstances of 1942/1943 in the Southwest Pacific Theater prevented all those involved from being courts martialed and discharged from the USAAF prior to the mission for which they were all awarded their MoH's and DSC's.

    The disparate friends, Jay Zeamer and Joe Sarnoski, both were awarded the Medal of Honor for their final mission. but both had previously blatantly risked courts martial on numerous occasions. The about one third of the book explains how they escaped that fate. All militaries throughout history have had guys like Jay and Joe. How well those militaries utilize guys like Jay and Joe are indicative of the effectiveness of those militaries.

    The book is in the third person and Mr. Bobb does a creditable job.

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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