Thursday, December 15, 2016

Steve Snyder, Author Of ‘Shot Down’, Named As One Of ‘50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading’ For 2016

Steve Snyder was picked from a field of hundreds of authors who appeared on The Authors Show. His book, entitled 'Shot Down', has received 21 industry awards. Snyder's father was shot down over Europe during WWII. 'Shot Down' is a dramatic retelling of the stories surrounding that event

Steve Snyder, author of ‘Shot Down’, has been named as one of ’50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading’ in the 2016 Book Awards Contest. Snyder was chosen from a field of hundreds of authors through a public voting process. 'Shot Down' is the story of Snyder's father, who was shot down in a B17 bomber, the 'Susan Ruth', over Europe during WWII. He evaded capture and was missing in action for seven months.

The hardcover version of 'Shot Down' has more than 200 time period photographs of the people who were involved and the places where their stories took place. The eBook has 24 photos. The book also contains letters and documents that were exchanged before and after the Susan Ruth was shot down. The book is an ideal holiday gift for anyone who has an interest in military history, World War II, or especially the air war over Europe.

'Shot Down' has received numerous other high profile industry awards. These include:

2016 Shelf Unbound Magazine Top 100 Notable Books - Best Indie Book Competition
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
2016 Global Ebook Awards - Silver Medal 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

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 can be reached using the information below, or by email at ‘Shot Down’ is available at online retail book outlets. More information is available at his website at


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