Seventeen-year-old Sylvie Stevens is the young tail gunner's only hope. He will never rest, never move on, unless she helps him complete his final mission. The two meet as Bish's spirit rises from the ashes of a burning photograph, demanding that Sylvie is his conduit. Terrified yet intrigued, Sylvie learns to use her till-then-unknown abilities to tap Bish's memories to see, and help heal, the deeper agony of his wartime past. There, intertwined with the horrors of war is also haunting hope.
As the two journey through time and place using objects from Bish's wartime treasures as memory transmitters, Sylvie discovers a deeper connection to Bish, one that unravels everything she ever thought she knew and held dear in her family. Her mission grows to include her ailing grandmother and the need to reconnect Grams with a love long lost.
An adventure that spans the globe from Seattle to Italy, and time from the 21st century to the 1940s, THE TAIL GUNNER reveals the both the joy and pain of life, love, and death that comes too soon. Infused with both humor and heartache, this story is for anyone who believes in the extraordinary power of love.
By C. Gebben on December 26, 2014
When Grandma is forced to sell the farm, 17-year-old Sylvie Stevens is drafted to burn old boxes in the barn. In the process, Sylvie resurrects a box of old WWII letters and photos, and a ghostly team of WWII bomber pilots on an uncompleted mission, one they cannot finish without Sylvie's help. "I dream of dead guys," Sylvie writes in her journal. In a tale that weaves between vivid scenes of WWII bombing missions in Italy and 21st century hard choices, this novel reveals the scars inflicted by war -- wounds of the body, the mind, and the spirit. Sylvie navigates secrets, mistakes, and ultimately guides the bomber pilots on their final mission, only to learn it is her own identity that was at stake all along. A thoroughly enjoyable, satisfying read.