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Spearhead

An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II
Written by: Adam Makos
Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
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New York Times Best Seller

“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.” (The Wall Street Journal) 

From New York Times best-selling author of A Higher Call comes the riveting World War II story of an American tank gunner’s journey into the heart of the Third Reich, where he will meet destiny in an iconic armor duel - and forge an enduring bond with his enemy.

When Clarence Smoyer is assigned to the gunner’s seat of his Sherman tank, his crewmates discover that the gentle giant from Pennsylvania has a hidden talent: He’s a natural-born shooter. 

At first, Clarence and his fellow crews in the legendary 3rd Armored Division - “Spearhead” - thought their tanks were invincible. Then they met the German Panther, with a gun so murderous it could shoot through one Sherman and into the next. Soon a pattern emerged: The lead tank always gets hit. 

After Clarence sees his friends cut down breaching the West Wall and holding the line in the Battle of the Bulge, he and his crew are given a weapon with the power to avenge their fallen brothers: the Pershing, a state-of-the-art “super tank”, one of 20 in the European theater. 

But with it comes a harrowing new responsibility: Now they will spearhead every attack. That’s how Clarence, the corporal from coal country, finds himself leading the US Army into its largest urban battle of the European war, the fight for Cologne, the “Fortress City” of Germany. 

Battling through the ruins, Clarence will engage the fearsome Panther in a duel immortalized by an army cameraman. And he will square off with Gustav Schaefer, a teenager behind the trigger in a Panzer IV tank, whose crew has been sent on a suicide mission to stop the Americans. 

As Clarence and Gustav trade fire down a long boulevard, they are taken by surprise by a tragic mistake of war. What happens next will haunt Clarence to the modern day, drawing him back to Cologne to do the unthinkable: to face his enemy, one last time. 

“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)

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What the critics say

“A band of brothers in an American tank.... [Adam] Makos drops the reader back into the Pershing’s turret and dials up a battle scene to rival the peak moments of Fury.... Brilliant...[a] gripping action narrative...a thoroughly enjoyable battle story, and a tribute to the everyman warrior.” (The Wall Street Journal

“[Spearhead is] 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.” (Kirkus Reviews

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Fantastic, powerful story

Great story, I really liked how the author brought all the storeies together of these brave men. This book has given me a different perspective of how I thought WW2 might have been.

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  • Msgr. John R. McGrath
  • 2019-03-11

Excellent

Spearhead is the best historical story of WW II I have heard and recommend it with out hesitation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-12

An Exceptional Story

This Book was amazing, Adam Makos is an amazing author. At points in this book it made me almost want to cry thinking of what our soldiers went through defending liberty in a place far from home. Clarence Smoyer and his tank crew as well as the other characters in this book deserve our undying gratitude for all that they gave for us. This is an amazing book that is definitely a must read/ listen.

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  • Christopher
  • 2019-03-06

The Story is great , but...........

The author does a great job in his research and bring the tank crews to life. The story is laid out well, and is very emotional!
My only problem is with the style of writing. The author writing make it seem like he is writing for a 6 year old. I felt that I was being talked down to for 2/3 of the book. The last 1/3 was must better.

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  • Snippersly
  • 2019-04-20

Must read!

If you love WWII history this is a must read book. Gripping, real, gritty, from the men who were there.

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  • Jason
  • 2019-04-19

An amazing story

This book is simply an amazing story of brave soldiers in WW2. It touches on both the American and German perspectives. It is well worth the price.

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  • Nathaniel Bunker
  • 2019-04-19

Great book

Awesome book. Adam Makos is a great Author. I highly recommend this book. Thank you

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  • David J.Owens
  • 2019-04-19

7 years to late. War is forever

Lost my father in 2013 and wish I had read this book as a way to understand the tragedy of WW2. He was a young Marine in the South Pacific of 17 years old and lived with the PTSD for the rest of his life and it indelibly etched my brothers and my mothers lives forever.War effects EVERYONE!!!!!

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  • Steven E Boone
  • 2019-04-19

Riveting

This book would make a great movie, except no one would believe the events really happened. I am routinely fascinated by first-hand accounts like this, but this one may be my favorite. It has all the elements of a well formulated story. The reader was easy to listen to. However, I found his pace a bit slow. Speeding it up didn’t distract or cause me to miss any details. Maybe I was impatient to hear the next scene. Now, I need to find a book signing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-19

to Adam Makos and his team

Thank you Adam for keeping the memory alive of those who served to give us our freedoms.

I talked to Adams mom when a higher call came out. I told her she should be so proud of her son for his keeping the memories alive. She assured me that she was. if you haven't read a Higher Calll I highly recommend it.

As an author I can't give Adam enough praise for his research, dedication and devotion to his craft.

Sincerely

Gary James Sumner

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  • DD
  • 2019-04-18

A Great Story

The lives of “greatest generation” tankers, soldiers and their German adversaries are told with gritty realism, placing the reader in the midst of war’s horrors. Tracing their lives from young warriors to old men seeking closure and redemption from their experiences, the book uplifts the human spirit in the worst of circumstances.