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Incident at Aviano: The Story of a Very Brave Man by Kip Cassino is a fictional narrative based on a true-life event. Kip Cassino, the author, is the son of one of the principal actors in this story. On a windy Saturday in November 1965, a nuclear bomb was accidentally activated at the Aviano Air Base in Italy. The potential outcome, had the bomb detonated, would have been disastrous, altering the course of history. While the names and descriptions of most characters have been changed, the central event of the nuclear bomb activation remains unchanged. The author also provides his perspective on how a nuclear detonation at Aviano that day could have changed the world. For insights into the mistake that triggered the bomb and the actions that managed the situation, this book is a must-read.
The author provides insight into the pivotal actions of men led by Dan Cassino, altering history and averting disaster. The book articulates Dan Cassino's family background, military service, and events surrounding the incident, including the development of the atomic bomb. It narrates a tale of bravery, brilliance, and commitment, contrasting with the carelessness and arrogance exhibited by some in crisis. Dan Cassino, Sergeant Androcles Gray, First Lieutenant James Brown, and Airman Bender demonstrated remarkable courage, ultimately saving lives in the community near the base facing an imminent nuclear explosion.
The author deserves commendation for presenting a captivating narrative of the events. Their extensive research into the lives of major characters and exploration of the echoes and repercussions of the incident is praiseworthy. The author's imaginative skills shine through, as they predict an alternate outcome considering the events and global circumstances at that time, showcasing a keen understanding of the potential impact if the bomb had exploded.
My favorite character in this book is the centerpiece of the story, the author's father, Dan Cassino. His commitment to duty and high standards were reasons why he effectively responded to the incident. He did not compromise, as evident in his military record. He and his team displayed bravery for generations to come, choosing to put their lives on the line to save others, unlike Harry Reiss.
I found nothing to dislike about the book; it was both interesting and educational. The editor did a commendable job, ensuring no typographical errors. I rate the book 5 out of 5 stars for its engaging narrative, recommending it to military officers, politicians, policymakers, leaders, and the general public to understand the repercussions of a single action.
Incident at Aviano
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