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Gunner's Run: A World War II Novel [Paperback]

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World War II has taken nineteen-year-old Jim Yoder far away from his home, his country, and his pretty friend Margo. But when he finds himself running for his life across Nazi Germany, Jim discovers that to survive, he will have to trust the God he once rejected. Full of excitement, danger, and realistic details about World War II Europe, Gunner's Run is sure to captivate young and old alike.

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Studio: JourneyForth
Pages   215
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.58" Width: 5.38" Height: 0.57"
Weight:   0.67 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 18, 2012
Publisher   Bob Jones University Press
Age  13-17
ISBN  1591667615  
ISBN13  9781591667612  

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More About Rick Barry

Rick Barry Rick Barry, author of Gunner's Run is also known for his articles and short stories in such publications as; Breakaway, Brio, Clubhouse, Horizons, Faith Detectives, Writer's Journal, In Touch, and various other newspapers and magazines, both in print and online. Rick has also been a textbook editor for Christian school materials. Ricks has also published Kiriath's Quest.
"Although writing is basically an "in-doors" activity, I always appreciate opportunities to get outside and try new experiences, which have included skydiving, mountain climbing, rappelling, canoeing, kayaking, wilderness hiking, white-water rafting, and a high-ropes course through tree tops, to name a few. I believe that all experiences in life provide fuel for a writer's imagination, and I like to gather as much fuel as I can."

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An exciting trek through Nazi Germany  Oct 23, 2008
In Gunner's Run by Rick Barry, Jim Yoder, a World War II B-26 gunner, falls from his plane and parachutes into Nazi Germany. He is quickly caught and thrown into prison. Having turned his back on God years ago, he makes his peace, knowing he may never get back home. But once he and God are communicating, Jim's prayers are answered. He manages to escape the prison, don a German soldier's uniform, and start the long trek towards France.

He sleeps the days away and travels at night, steering clear of the roads, eating raw potatoes and anything he can find. He meets friends and enemies on his journey, assumes several identities to get past Nazi forces, and dreams of the day he can get back to Indiana and see Margo, the girl he hopes to make a future with.

I enjoyed Jim's suspenseful journey to stay out of the Gestapo's clutches and how he depended on God to get him through. Having a grandfather who fought in WWII, it was fascinating to see stories of people trusting God and working together to help each other out of enemy territory. Gunner's Run put me smack in the middle of a side of WWII I never studied.
A Gripping Escape Tale Immersed in History  Jul 15, 2008
When Jim Yoder, a waist gunner aboard a B-26 during World War II, accidentally tumbles out of his plane and parachutes into Nazi Germany, he quickly realizes the gravity of his situation. Though fluent in French, he doesn't know German, so how will he communicate? Worse, he doesn't have any money or even a weapon to protect himself. Trapped in a German cell and realizing he'll need a miracle to survive and escape, he turns to the God he rejected after his mother's untimely death and begins a suspenseful and adventure-filled trek across enemy territory.

After his initial escape, which is amazing in itself, Jim begins a cross-country journey not for the fainthearted. Wearing a German soldier's uniform, he avoids roads, sleeps in barns, and catches rides on empty train boxcars. He stumbles across Jews hiding in the woods and crosses paths with both friends and foes. All the while, he wonders if he'll ever escape and fondly remembers life back in Indiana and a certain young lady who captured his fancy. A new worry surfaces: will Margo wait for him or date other Christian men (and perhaps get married) before he returns to the United States? This anxiety makes his escape even more urgent. It also compels him to depend more on God to keep him safe and to show him the way home.

I especially like how Barry wove in a clear picture of God-dependence throughout Jim's journey. Add to that a suspenseful, action-packed, and meticulously researched tale that never lags in pace or tension, and Gunner's Run is a powerful Christian novel not to be missed. I was intrigued when the plot progressed from tense and sometimes humorous episodic predicaments to Jim's sobering discovery that the Gestapo is hot on his trail. This ratcheting up of tension and suspense kept the pages turning as I wondered how Jim was going to escape, especially when his situation only becomes more dire. Don't miss this action-packed story of faith and survival.
Gunner's Run brings both history and faith alive  Jan 8, 2008
Set during World War II, Gunner's Run is a novel for Christian young adults following nineteen-year-old Jim Yoder. The call of duty takes Jim far away from his home, his nation, and his attractive friend Margo, thrusting him into mortal peril in Nazi Europe. To survive, Jim must learn to trust the God that he used to disbelieve. Rife with historical detail, Gunner's Run brings both history and faith alive and is especially recommended for church reading lists for young members.
Book  Dec 31, 2007
Great story, lots of suspense and I feel it would make a great movie. Sharing it with my friends, so far...they love it too!

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