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"Nightfighter: Radar Intercept Killer"

Reviewed by Mark Dorr

The book pulls the reader through scene after scene of the Scrappers taking back control of the skies and surviving attacks on their aircraft from friend and foe.
I was challenged in writing this review. It’s been a long time since I picked up a book that I can open to just about any page and find it filled with fast moving, interesting information. It was tough to decide what to include here.
Author Mark Magruder has done an incredible job of not only chronicling, but bringing to life this slice of military and aviation history: valor and loss, planes and people.
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"Nightfighter: Radar Intercept Killer"

Reviewed by Richard J. Schwan, Captain, US Army (RA) /Military Historian
Combat Veteran, 1st Infantry Division, Viet Nam 65-66 (04-29-2012)

“On Target” – “Fire for Effect!” – This book is a great book! It exists because of the prolonged and fruitful efforts of Mark A. Magruder. It is rare to see a son express admiration and appreciation of his father by authoring such a work as this from a neutral and observatory only perspective. The book is written factually, concisely, with humanity here and there spicing events with anger, joy, disappointments, and other emotional responses to life’s day to day drama...


"Nightfighter: Radar Intercept Killer"

Reviewed by Don DeNevi (03-13-12)

     Consider the incalculable courage young Marine pilots in nine night fighter squadrons deployed to the Pacific in World War II must have had as they climbed into their Hellcat cockpits to fly and fight blindly in pitch black, unfathomable skies. Night after night, and with no beacons to guide them, they raced to the darkest of challenges: triumphant where there is no light. Countless lives depended on the work they had to do, each man understanding with no tears or sentiment that the ultimate in human resolution is to die so that others may live.
     Rarely acknowledged today, their collective valor is unquestionably worthy of the nation's highest honor, let alone our personal respect and recognition...

This review was prepared for the May edition of Leatherneck Magazine.
During the past 20 years, Don DeNevi, a frequent Leatherneck con­tributor, has written book reviews for various military veteran newspapers and journals.
Don DeNevi has written or co-written 35 books, including “Military Railway Service: America’s Soldier-Railroaders in WWII,” “They Came to Destroy America—The FBI Goes to War Against Nazi Spies and Saboteurs Before and During World War II,” “The West Coast Goes to War—Homefront Activities During World War II” and “America’s Fighting Railroads: A World War II Pictorial History.” In addition, he assisted in the reissuing of Captain Ellis M. Zacharias’ WW II memoir in the Pacific, “Secret Missions.”

A retired college professor, he now serves as historian/archivist at San Quentin State Prison near San Rafael, Calif.


“Nightfighter: Radar Intercept Killer”
Reviewed by Joe Garagiola (03-01-12)
Colonel “Black Mac” Magruder and three other Marine pilots finished a one year program on the techniques of England’s Royal Air Force in three amazing months. After the attack on Pearl Harbor our country had to play “catch up”. Nightfighter:Radar Intercept Killer, was born. You will be reading never-before published information.
Marine Colonel Black Mac Magruder was a true hero.
This review was prepared for Pelican Publishing.
Joe Garagiola is in the Baseball Hall of Fame, broadcaster, television personality, including: The NBC Today Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, He Said, She Said: Joe Garagiola’s Memory Game, Sale of the Century, To Tell the Truth, Strike it Rich, Wrestling at the Chase, Orange Bowl Parade, Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and many television commercials. Joe has authored: “Baseball is a Funny Game” (1960), “It’s Anybody’s Game” (1980), and, “Just Play Ball” ( 2007).

“Nightfighter: Radar Intercept Killer”
Reviewed by U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (04-09-12)
“Fascinating”, “Informative”, “What they went through was incredible”, “I have read a lot about World War II and never found anything like this story about night fighting”, “I recommend this book to students of World War II.”


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