BESTSELLING DEBUT: A Higher Call became an instant national bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times list and debuting at #3 on the Sunday Times list in the UK.
Clarence Smoyer, the central figure in Spearhead, is eager to promote the book, and is featured in our electrifying video meeting his German counterpart in Cologne, revisiting sites associated with their fateful encounter, and forging a lasting friendship. We will be distributing the video widely as we move closer to pub. The video Adam created for A Higher Call has 3.2 million views to date (tinyurl.com/nnjclz4)
EVERGREEN SUBJECT TOLD FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE: World War II stories continue to hit the bestseller lists—and Adam is telling them in a fresh, broadly accessible way, centered on moving, very personal human interest accounts. Spearhead features as its central focus the gunner from history’s iconic tank duel in Cologne and is a rare re-creation of the experiences of a tank crew, captured most recently in the hit Brad Pitt film Fury.
EXPERIENCED, CONNECTED PROMOTER: Adam promoted A Higher Call on Fox, NBC, CBS, and NPR radio, among others; and has been featured in such print publications as Time magazine and USA Today, among many others. He has maintained his media contacts with Devotion and will work with us to deploy them for Spearhead.
FASCINATING PHOTOS THROUGHOUT AND IN TWO PHOTO INSERTS including the famous tank encounter; DETAILED MAPS.
FILM DEALS: A film based on Devotion is in development with Black Label Media (producers of La La Land). A Higher Call has been optioned by a soon-to-be announced director with a billion-dollar box office tally. There is also early film interest in Spearhead.
“A band of brothers in an American tank…Makos drops the reader back into the Pershing’s turret and dials up a battle scene to rival the peak moments of Fury…. A thoroughly enjoyable battle story, and a tribute to the everyman warrior.”
—Jonathan W. Jordan, The Wall Street Journal
“A detailed, gripping account…the remarkable story of two tank crewmen, from opposite sides of the conflict, who endure the grisly nature of tank warfare.”
—George Petras, USA Today (four out of four stars)
“This singular book is redolent with war. I cannot remember another narrative in which my abiding sensory experience was tasting grit and smelling smoke so often.”
—Philip Kopper, The Washington Times
“A superb book that combines a firsthand look at war with a story of healing.”
—Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post
“Strong and dramatic…Makos established himself as a meticulous researcher who’s equally adept at spinning a good old-fashioned yarn. …For a World War II aficionado, it will read like a dream.”
—Kim Curtis, Associated Press
“This is narrative history at its best, told by a master storyteller.”
—Col. Cole Kingseed, Army magazine
“[A] dramatic, haunting true story.”
—AARP The Magazine
“A compelling, exciting adventure…an in-the-moment re-creation of the Allied breakthrough of the West Wall into Nazi Germany by a remarkable cadre of tank crewmen of the 3rd Armored Division.”
“An engaging story of blood, sweat and tears…a wonderful homage to the Greatest Generation.”
—David Kindy, The Providence Journal
“The tension, death, and courage that were everyday experiences for American tankers fill the pages of Makos’s book. This moving story of bravery and comradeship is an important contribution to WWII history that will inform and fascinate both the general reader and the military historian.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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