Monday, May 30, 2016

Steven Snyder, Author Of Multi-Award Winning Military Book, 'Shot Down', Completes Europe Film Trip, Announces Upcoming Schedule Of June 2016 Events

Snyder's father was shot down over Europe during WWII. He evaded capture and was missing in action for seven months. 'Shot Down' is a dramatic retelling of the story surrounding that event

Steve Snyder, author of the multiple-award winning military book 'Shot Down, has announced his upcoming schedule of appearances and media coverage.

Military books, especially books about aviation, are very popular with American book buyers. While many of these military books are well researched, very few of them are written by people who can provide us with a view from inside the story, having been there as the story unfolded. Award winning author Steve Snyder has managed to give readers just that.

Steve Snyder’s father, Howard Snyder, was a B-17 pilot stationed in England during World War II.  On February 8, 1944, his plane, the B-17 Susan Ruth (named after Snyder's daughter), was shot down over the French/Belgium border after a mission to bomb Frankfurt, Germany. The book tells the true story of events leading up to and following that harrowing day. Of the ten man crew, some died, some ended up in prison camps, and some evaded capture. What makes this aviation book unique is the varied, detailed, and amazing story of what happened to each crew member, in particular Howard Snyder who evaded capture and was missing in action for seven months.

Readers are given the opportunity to read the letters and documents that were exchanged before and after the Susan Ruth was shot down. 'Shot Down' is filled with photos that enhance the presentation of these extraordinary WW II events that must never be forgotten.

Snyder completed his recent European tour to film locations in Belgium where the events in the book took place and to interview local people about these events. He traveled to Munich, Germany to film an interview with Hans Berger, the German Luftwaffe pilot who shot down his father's bomber, the B-17 Susan Ruth. Michael Palmer of RacefanTV accompanied him as Director of Photography. The film is currently in production.

'Shot Down' has received numerous high profile awards:

2016 National Indie Excellence Awards - Winner - History - US
2016 National Indie Excellence Awards - Winner - Military Non-Fiction
2016 Beverly Hills Book Awards - Winner Non-Fiction Military
2015 Books and Authors Book of the Year  - Winner Non-Fiction Military
2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Winner Military
2015 International Book Awards - Winner History: General
2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards - Gold Medal Winner Non-Fiction Historical
2015 Kindle Book Awards - Finalist Non-Fiction
2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Finalist Historical Non-fiction
2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards - Silver Medalist History (U.S.)
2015 Independent Author Network (IAN) Book of the Year Awards - Outstanding Non-Fiction (General)
2015 Independent Author Network (IAN) Book of the Year Awards - Second Place Winner
2015 NABE Spring Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards - Best Books Military
2015 Nonfiction Book Awards - Bronze Medal
2015 eLit Awards - Gold Medal History
2014 Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards - Finalist War & Military
2014 USA Best Book Awards - Finalist History: General
2014 USA Best Book Awards - Finalist History: Military
2014 Southern California Book Festival - Honorable Mention General Non-Fiction

Upcoming events include:

June 1 & 2
8:45 am, Steve will be interviewed on The Morning Guys WRSC NewsRadio 1390, State College, PA

June 1
7:00 pm Steve Snyder will be making a PowerPoint presentation in Foster Auditorium in the Paterno Library at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania

June 3, 4, & 5
Mid-Atlantic Air Museum's 26th Anniversary World War II Weekend - A Gathering of Warbirds at Reading Regional Airport, Reading, Pennsylvania. Steve will be a featured author signing copies of his book, SHOT DOWN

June 10 & 11
Warbirds Over the West - Vintage Aircraft Fly-In, Car Show, and Living History Event at McNary Filed in Salem, Oregon sponsored by the B-17 Alliance Group. Steve Snyder will be the guest speaker at the June 10 Friday Air Crew Dinner and be signing copies of his book, SHOT DOWN, on Saturday June 11.

June 18
Steve will be making a PowerPoint presentation to Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 14 at Brown Field in San Diego, California

June 24
Steve will be making a PowerPoint presentation to the Aerospace Club of Laguna Woods at Laguna Woods Village, California

Reviewers have praised 'Shot Down'. Publishers Weekly stated, "This is a great introduction to the history of the U.S. air war in Europe, humanized by the experience of a single bomber crew." The European Center of Military History said, "Steve Snyder has reached a level of scholarship few amateur historians achieve." Foreword Reviews called it a "masterful book." Midwest Book Review called it "An inherently fascinating and deftly written account."

Steve Snyder is available for media interviews and speaking engagements and can be reached using the information below or by email at 'Shot Down' is available at Amazon and other book retailers. An in-depth interview with Snyder can be accessed at The Authors Show site. More information is available at his website at

About Steve Snyder:

Steve Snyder retired from VSP in 2009 after 36 years in national sales and sales management, He began his quest to know everything possible about the World War II experiences of his father, pilot Howard Snyder, and his crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth.  Gradually, it became his passion and resulted in 'Shot Down'. He belongs to numerous World War II associations and is president of the 306th Bomb Group Historical Association.


Steve Snyder