Brian Ratty’s My Book Reviews

Brian Ratty

Book Review: 2016
by John R. Burning
Publisher: Hachette
ISBN: 978-0-316-33940-7 (hardcover)
Release Date: October 2016

Indestructible by John R. Burning

Indestructible, by John R. Burning, is the little-known and long-forgotten compelling story of one man’s personal sacrifices during WWII. After CPO Gunn retires from the Navy in 1938, he moves his family to the Philippines as chief pilot for a fledgling airline. Here his family finds security and happiness while living in pre-war Manila. But then, in late 1941, the Japanese attack the islands, and the lives of his family members are turned upside down. The American government confiscates the airline’s planes, and ‘Pappy’ Gunn is called back to active duty as a captain in the US Army Air Corps. Just as the enemy is about to enter Manila, he is ordered to fly American dignitaries to the safety of Australia. When he arrives Down Under, he learns that Manila has fallen and his family has been interned in a Japanese prison camp. This event is the catalyst for a breathless three-year odyssey to liberate his family. A tale of grit and determination, this true story is larger than life and bolder than fiction. In the course of his thrilling journey, Captain Gunn changes the course of WWII and becomes one of America’s most celebrated war heroes.

Indestructible is a treasure chest of history, and is told exactly as it should be. With its combination of a fascinating storyline and brilliant writing, I can highly recommend this book to all adventurous readers.

D. Ratty, author

Book Review: 2016
Lost in Shangri-La
by Mitchell Zuckoff
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 978-0-06-198834-9
Release Date: October 2011

Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff

Lost in Shangri-La, by Mitchell Zuckoff, is one of the most compelling untold stories of WWII. In 1945, a transport plane filled with nurse’s crashes on a remote, jungle infested mountainside on New Guinea. This tragic event begins an incredible rescue mission that will capture worldwide attention. If there were any survivors how would they be extracted? What were they doing out there? Why had the plane gone down? Was it true that a prehistoric civilization lived in the same jungle as the crash site? Well written and researched, 'Lost in Shangri-La' is the true story of adventure, discovery and survival in the untamed jungles of New Guinea. Drawn from interviews, Army documents, personal photos and mementos, it's an excellent yarn about not giving up. I can highly recommend this book to all adventurous readers.
Brian D. Ratty, author