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Chris Berman

CHRIS BERMAN- Author and military historian: Chris is a graduate of Norwich University holding a Masters Degree in military history. He has lectured extensively to both civilian and military audiences and is an authority on women pilots of the USSR in WWII. Chris resides in Florida with his wife and daughter.

Episode 340-Interview with Chris Berman


“Too many World War II stories hold the same themes, familiar-sounding characters, and battle descriptions. The women involved in this effort are usually regulated to supportive roles in combat, so it’s especially refreshing to see an action-packed scenario led by women and powered by their friendships, reactions, motivations, and, especially, their strengths.

All these factors set A White Star in a Red Sky apart from the usual World War II story, incorporating history and fiction in a seamless, compelling manner to delight readers of military strategy, World War II history, and women’s experiences alike.” –Donovan’s Bookshelf , October 2021 Review Issue

“Local author and military historian Chris Berman has fashioned a fascinating historical novel focusing the German/Russian conflict in World War II. It climaxes in the battle of Kursk, one of the biggest battles in the war and generally considered the turning point of the Eastern Front with the Russians beginning their drive toward Berlin. Berman does a good job melding fact with fiction and will have you flipping pages to follow Angela and Katya’s breathtaking adventures.” –Lee Scott, for the Jacksonville Florida Times-Union USA TODAY NETWORK

“Chris Berman has written an imaginative tale set against the backdrop of World War II. The world’s first women to fly military aircraft join forces in the skies above the Eastern Front culminating in a dramatic story of courage and comradeship.” —Amy Goodpaster Strebe, Author of Flying for Her Country: The American and Soviet Women Military Pilots of World War II 

“A riveting tale of determination and courage, A WHITE STAR IN A RED SKY tells the story of a young American female pilot, who driven by a desire for revenge, flew planes into combat with the Soviet Air Force. Earning the title of ‘Ace,’ Angela Moretti learned that revenge did not ease the pain. By the time that her contribution to the Allied war effort ended, Moretti’s motivation had shifted from a desire for revenge to a determination to protect the innocent: Historical fiction at its best.” —Mary Kathryn Barbier, Associate Professor of History: Spies, Lies, and Citizenship: The Hunt for Nazi Criminals, Kursk: The Greatest Tank Battle 1943

“A masterfully researched and cleverly devised plot makes Chris Berman’s A WHITE STAR IN A RED SKY a book you will read in one sitting. . . My recommendation is that you set aside enough time when you pick up this book as Chris Berman and A WHITE STAR IN A RED SKY will hardly allow you a breath, much less a break for lunch.”–Tom Gauthier for Readers’ Favorite


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