PRLog - Jan. 10, 2013 - Chris Berman, military historian and author of The Hive, Red Moon, and Star Pirates, has had his latest novel Ace of Aces released through Leo Publishing, LLC. The story behind Ace of Aces takes one of the most shameful episodes of the First World War -- France’s use and then betrayal of their African and Asian colonial soldiers, recruited to fight for France -- and turns it into a tale of future conflict, pitting the remainder of the human race against an implacable alien enemy. In World War One, France was close to losing the war by attrition with over one and a half million men killed in battle by 1916. In desperation, France made a promise of full French citizenship to those colonials who would fight. However, at the end of the war, France reneged on their promise, stating that “savages” could never understand what it is to be a citizen of France. In Ace of Aces, Chris Berman poses the question: “What if the survival of the human race rested with those considered to be less than human?”
To heighten the story, Berman chose five actual Second World War fighter aces, plucked from the midst of battle and transported 342 years into the future to train society’s outcasts in the art of air-to-air combat, in a battle for survival fought in the blackness of space. Those real life aces are: Douglas Bader of the RAF, Greg Boyington of the US Marines, Adolf Galland of the Luftwaffe, Saburo Sakai of the Japanese Navy and Lydia Litvyak of the Red Air Force. Chris Berman incorporated these pilots’ biographies into the Ace of Aces to give the fictional tale a sense of reality.
Ace of Aces has garnered high praise from other authors and military historians. Here is praise from Professor Reina Pennington: ". . . Ace of Aces is great fun for both science fiction and aviation buffs." -Dr. Reina Pennington, PhD-History. Former US Air Force officer and author of Wings, Women and War: Soviet Airwomen in World War II Combat.
Praise from military author Bill Yenne, "Chris Berman has crafted a fascinating scenario in which the skill and bravery of twentieth century warriors is not only esteemed three centuries in the future, but considered indispensable. Indeed, in Berman's carefully crafted future world, the heroes and heroines of the past are considered with such high regard, that they are imported into the future to fight the battles of the twenty-fourth century . . .” -- Bill Yenne (author of The White Rose of Stalingrad: The Real-Life Adventure of Lidiya Litvyak, and Aces High: The Heroic Story of the Two Top-Scoring American Aces of World War II)
The ISBN for Ace of Aces is: 978-0-9834735-