When Darrell Loan graduates from University of Iowa in 1957 with an aeronautical engineering degree he has no idea his first job at the Sperry Corporation will land him a top job at NASA in the next five years.
After the successful launch of America's first satellite NASA is formed. Darrell works side by side with Werner von Braun and other leading German engineers as the race to dominate space intensifies and the first Russian and American pilots are launched atop volatile rockets and sent into space.
During the twelve years between the launch of the Russian Sputnik and American boots on the moon Darrell's exploits with his friends and renowned aeronautical colleagues are pushed to the limits as the golden age of space exploration rises from the launch complexes of Cape Canaveral and Cape Kennedy Florida.
Tom Williams is an author columnist and feature article writer for a series of Scripps newspapers in Southwest Florida. Surrounded by Thunder is Williams’ third book and Flight of the Valkrye is the prequel for his second novel Lost and Found which received over 30 editorial reviews from across the nation. His writing is well represented by the Ascot Media Group in Houston Texas and specifically Trish Stevens publicist extraordinaire. Tom is a well-traveled veteran scuba diver specializing in shipwreck diving who lives on Marco Island Florida with his wife Victoria and their three cats Angel Atticus and Scout.
"This book has all the energy and excitement of the times the author writes about. Very well written. I love Chapter 1 as the beginning which promises interesting reading ahead.
I like the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. The author is also good at describing setting where appropriate. It is easy to follow a story that could have been bogged down with hard to understand scientific language. Instead we have a gripping story. The last chapter with the actual moon landing puts the reader right there with the astronauts. The exhilaration is palatable. The ending is patriotic and satisfying. "But now there were two pioneers getting ready for a walk and there were going to be American boots on the moon."Wow!
I love the book. It is history and it is also adventure. A great read."
-Judge Writer's Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards