Based on the true story of Medal of Honor Recipient, Joe E. Mann, 101st Airborne Division in WWII

'A Greater Destiny' by Byrne Patrick Bennett

Byrne's Uncle, PFC Joe E. Mann, was Lead Scout and Rifleman in H Company, 502nd PIR, 101st Airborne Division

"If anyone in World War II deserved the Medal of Honor, it was Joe Mann."

– Jim "Pee Wee" Martin, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Div

"If anyone in World War II deserved the Medal of Honor, it was Joe Mann."

– Jim "Pee Wee" Martin, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Div

At age eighteen, Joe Mann's dreams are as vast as the sky is wide. He wants his life to count but feels trapped on his eastern Washington farm. His reckless and impulsive traits immerse him in conflict as he fights against the wrongs in his small town.

After finding true love, he is thrust into World War II, putting his dreams on hold. A sadistic Army officer threatens to destroy his reputation and career as a paratrooper. Wishing to prove his mettle, he readies himself for the invasion of Normandy, only to miss it because of a training injury. Will Operation Market Garden be his only opportunity for redemption? Parachuting into Holland, he finds himself surrounded and outnumbered by the enemy. Would his impulsiveness cost him his life? Could he lay down his life for his friends?

Innocent, inspiring, and dangerous, this story of Joe Mann is filled with heart-pounding suspense. A Greater Destiny is a beautiful story of love, obsession, conflict, faith, and discovering what matters most.

'A Greater Destiny' - Book Reviews and Awards

"It's hard for me to describe how much I enjoyed reading A Greater Destiny. If not the best, then one of the best books I’ve ever read. The story flowed and the dialogue brought all the 'characters' to life. It is a book about one man but also reflects the awesome character of all the young men and women of the greatest generation." "This book was hard to put down. The story is engaging, the portrayal of rural and military life in the 1940's is fascinating. I highly recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction and WWII buffs." "This well-written true story of an eastern Washington farm boy who sacrificed his life for his country is inspiring and thought provoking. Mr. Bennett brought this small town hero's story to life as the reader is transported back to a time when faith, patriotism, and a man's word were highly esteemed and celebrated." "This historical fiction book brings to the reader details of the life, character, personality, and values of a young farm boy as he turns into a young man... It was difficult to put this book down."

3rd Place - History Category

Feathered Quill Book Awards (2021)

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When you purchase the book directly from this website, your copy can be personally signed by the author, Byrne Patrick Bennett (nephew of PFC Joe E. Mann). Just let me know when placing your order... Length: 461 pages (Softcover) Published: Spring 2021 Language: English Size:  6 x 1.16 x 9 in