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Author: Wil S. Hylton Narrator: Chris Sorensen Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2013 ISBN: 9781470392222
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In the fall of 1944, a massive American bomber carrying eleven men vanished over the Pacific islands of Palau, leaving a trail of mysteries. According to mission reports from the Army Air Forces, the plane crashed in shallow water—but when investigators went to find it, the wreckage wasn’t there. Witnesses saw the crew parachute to safety, yet the airmen were never seen again. Some of their relatives whispered that they had returned to the United States in secret and lived in hiding. But they never explained why.

For sixty years, the US government, the children of the missing airmen, and a maverick team of scientists and scuba divers searched the islands for clues. They trolled the water with side-scan sonar, conducted grid searches on the seafloor, crawled through thickets of mangrove and poison trees, and flew over the islands in small planes to shoot infrared photography. With every clue they found, the mystery only deepened.

Now, in a spellbinding narrative, Wil S. Hylton weaves together the true story of the missing men, their final mission, the families they left behind, and the real reason their disappearance remained shrouded in secrecy for so long. This is a story of love, loss, sacrifice, and faith—of the undying hope among the families of the missing, and the relentless determination of scientists, explorers, archaeologists, and deep-sea divers to solve one of the enduring mysteries of World War II.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A powerful tale of war that’s also a briskly-paced thriller of forensic sleuthing. Read Vanished, and you’ll never think the same way again about the Pacific Theater—or the heroic flyers who gave their lives fighting in it.”

    Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of Hellhound on His Trail

  • “Wil Hylton has given us a superb book.”

    Ben Fountain, New York Times bestselling author of Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk

  • “Spellbinding, moving and masterfully researched, Vanished is at once a first-rate mystery and an ode to the timelessness of a loved one’s memories.”

    Robert Kurson, New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers

  • “A great read. Wil Hylton documents America’s noblest policy in riveting narrative detail.”

    Stephen Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of The Third Bullet

  • “Spanning the years from the 1940s to the present, Vanished fits a history of the flying unit and of the larger Pacific campaign into accounts of the underwater archaeologists, anthropologists, and professional divers enlisted to hunt for the plane…Seven decades after eleven airmen fell out of the sky, Hylton has finally given them a proper burial.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Selected for the November 2013 Indie Next List

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About the Author

Wil S. Hylton is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Baltimore.

About the Narrator

Chris Sorenson has worked extensively as an actor, playwright, and screenwriter. He studied at the Rutgers Professional Actor Training Program and is an original member of the Present Company, producers of FringeNYC. The Thin Air Theatre Company of Colorado considers him their playwright-at-large and have produced ten of his plays over the past eleven years. His screenplays The Roswell Project and Classic Rock are both currently in production, and his horror script Suckerville is currently in development. He has received three AudioFile Earphones Awards, and his recording of Sent by Margaret Peterson Haddix was selected by AudioFile as one of the Best Audiobooks of 2010.