"Lightning Strike is the finest history of World War II in the Pacific, and especially the Yamamoto mission, that I have ever read."
---William H. Allen, president of the American Fighter Aces Association
"This is a rich slice of Pacific War history . . . Davis's account is replete with heroes, villains, and idiots. He asks all the right questions and comes up with most of the answers."
---Joseph L. Galloway, Senior Military Correspondent, Knight Ridder Newspapers, and coauthor of We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young
"Fascinating history that reads like a detective novel. I'm green with envy."
---William Stevenson, author of A Man Called Intrepid
"I have long been fascinated by Yamamoto---his brilliant career as a strategist and as a warrior and his Wagnerian end as those American pilots hunted him to the death. . . . Davis fleshes out the dramatic story in splendid fashion."
---James Brady, Parade Magazine columnist and author of The Coldest War and The Marine
"Lightning Strike is a wonderful contribution to World War II history and a remarkable story, remarkably told, gripping and page-turning from start to finish. Davis has both a great sense of drama and a great lust for the truth."
---Craig Nelson, author of The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid
"An enthralling book that yields new and surprising insights."
---Monika Jenson, former 60 Minutes producer and author of Spite House: The Last Secret of the Vietnam War
"Exquisitely researched and vividly narrated. Lightning Strike puts the reader in the cockpit. . . . Years of confusion shrouding the mission are finally swept away, deftly and conclusively."
---David A. Witts, author of Forgotten War, Forgiven Guilt: The 13th Air Force
"Lightning Strike is a crisp salute to some of the bravest pilots ever to fly in defense of the United States. Compelling and deeply human, by turns triumphant and profoundly sad, Don Davis's book sheds valuable new light on one of World War II's most pivotal fighter missions."
---James D. Hornfischer, author of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors
"A terrific flying story and a great history, Lightning Strike strips away the legends and the lies to reveal who really shot down Admiral Yamamoto."
"Lightning Strike is an exciting, well-documented, and masterfully written story. Mr. Davis weaves together the various complex personalities and contradictory facts. . . . It was a delightful read for me, a guy who thought he knew all about the [Yamamoto] mission."
---Bob Manhan, executive director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
"Lightning Strike is a truly wonderful history of the early days of World War II and the desperate fighting on Guadalcanal. The analysis of the air warfare and the great detail about the men who fought in the air in the Solomon Islands is brilliantly done."
---George Chandler, World War II Ace, Pacific Theater, and co-founder of the Second Yamamoto Mission Association