Authors Showcase: Tink’s Tank by Gary Best
May 7, 2015
The Book: Tink’s Tank
The Author: Gary Best
The Story: Tink’s Tank chronicles the adventures of the crew members of a U.S. Eighth Air Force B-17 during WW II. The narrator tells his tail in response to a request from his granddaughter who is enrolled in a college course about the history of WW II. He tells her about each of his fellow crew members, the people they meet during their war time experiences in England, the locale for most of the story.
Crew members of Tink’s Tank find themselves involved in experiences in London and between themselves that transform each as they fight to stay alive in air battles that test their courage and stamina as a crew.
It is more than a coming-of-age story and more than a story of the air war over Europe – It is the interactions and connections of events, people, fact and fiction that foment growth, change and deliverance from the past.
Tink’s Tank takes one on an adventure and returns the reader to post-war life through twists and turns in the epilogue.”
About Gary Best:
He was a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan, is the recipient of the Outstanding Professor award of his university and has been named a distinguished alumnus from two colleges.
His first book of the Second World War, Belle of the Brawl; Letters Home from a B-17 Bombardier, was a medalist of the Military Writers Society of America.
Praise for Tink’s Tank:
Tink’s Tank by Gary Best has been, hands down, the best reading experience I’ve had in a long time! Best’s narrative is strong, vivid, and compelling, with characters so fully rounded and scenes so well depicted you feel as if you’re there beside them.
And if that weren’t satisfying enough, Best has also tossed in a fair share of surprises. I can truly say that once I started reading Tink’s Tank, I found it impossible to put down. – Dwight Jon Zimmerman, award-winning military historian and #1 New York Times bestselling author.
Review by Goode Morn:
Reading is a real pleasure if historical novels, well crafted and researched, are your favorite pastime. You are there in the sweaty fear of the World War II bombardier.
You are in blacked-out London finding release, tenderness, and civility when those commodities were rare indeed. Come with the author as he spins a tale of daring, brotherly love, and patriotism of common men achieving the uncommon.
Be sure to read the Epilogue and for more grounding in your flight, I recommend Belle of the Brawl also by Gary Best.