“An interesting and well-written account of a time in our history that we should never forget and that so many don't even know. The author's personal account of what he and so many others went through in a time when Heroes emerged from ordinary, young (and in his case VERY young men) to become the soldiers who saved the world from the Nazi insanity is something we all to often take for granted but should never forget. You feel as though you know the author and certainly come to like the man he became. A great read!” ~ Sandy Tucker
“A fascinating account of Ed Larson’s passion for aircraft and its history, his remembrances from flying in World War II combined with snapshots of Seattle life from 1924–1943. A must read!” ~ Jeffrey J. Nemitz, Colonel, US Army, Retired
“This book is wonderful! Mr. Larson has written an engaging and educational autobiography, full of rich detail with clever and often delightful turns of phrase. He provides the reader with a riveting narrative and wonderful asides full of insight and wisdom, and I was drawn in to his story immediately. Each episode he shares, it feels as if he is sitting with you at the kitchen table or by the campfire. This is not a romantic telling of his life as a pilot, but a frank and fascinating memoir—a clear view into the life of this World War II hero of the skies.” ~ Lynda MacFarland, Author of Drowning in Lemonade, Reflections of an Army Wife
“I must warn you about this book. If you pick it up and start to read it you will not be able to put it down until you read the last page. It will totally capture you, and you will be there with Ed. I could hear the engines running up, feel the vibrations of the plane and feel the cool nip of the air as I flew with you. Thank you for the great art work; I enjoyed it a lot. I also want to thank you for including your life growing up in Washington and your adventures in Alaska. I wish that a lot of young people today could have some of those experiences; I believe they would better off for it.” ~ Bob Wise, H-41
“I have the model airplane plans that my father, born in 1925, had as a boy. He served in the Army Air Corps near the end of WWII as a radio operator bombardier hoping to see action on board his B24. It was not until Korea as a pilot of an F86 Saber that he was in the fight. Ed’s book helps me remember the times my dad talked about when I was a boy.” ~ Larry Hart, Pilot
“This is an epic read. A wonderfully written chronicle of how a WW II aviator realized his dream. Riveting, witty, touching, and inspiring. Thank you Ed!” ~ Ryan Pingree
“I've just finished reading Ed Larson’s book, Spear-Carrier in a Backwater War. This is an incredibly interesting read which dynamically captures his life experiences, as well as being one of the youngest pilots in the China-Burma-India Theatre. His recording of his honorable service for our Country during WWII is informative, and I appreciated seeing the accompanying pictures. I strongly feel Mr. Larson’s book should be required reading in the school system! Tom Brokaw is correct in naming these Soldiers, ‘The Greatest Generation’. Thank you, Mr. Larson, for your service to the United States of America!” ~ Maryann McCarthy
Rated five stars
"SANTA CRUZ >> A 90-year-old Santa Cruz aviator, artist and author recently published a memoir about his experiences during World War II, and growing up during the Great Depression.
"Ed Larson also shared stores about his longstanding love of airplanes, boats and the ocean in Spear-Carrier In a Backwater War.
"The book, which is loaded with historic photographs of airplanes from military archives or taken by Larson and many of his original sketches, provided a look at the global conflict from an original viewpoint...."
"A former auto craft shop that serviced vehicles, the Casey Memorial Library now houses more than 79,000 volumes of literature, and it continues to grow with the help of donations from Soldiers, veterans and Families.
"One of the most recent donations came Friday in the form a book written by World War II veteran pilot Ed Larson sharing his military experiences during the war and the Great Depression.
"Lynda MacFarland, the spouse of III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, presented Larson’s memoir, “Spear-Carrier in a Backwater War,” to the library, which she said was the perfect library to donate to.
“'He decided a copy should be in an Army library on an Army post, which I think was very patriotic,' MacFarland said. 'It certainly is in keeping with Mr. Larson’s life.'...”