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SKYBIRD: Dale Brown's Ops Report E-Newsletter December 2005

IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK!

For a whole variety of reasons--mostly dealing with finishing book #18, entitled "Edge of Battle"--I haven't published a newsletter since March 2005. Now that the new book is in the hands of my editor at Morrow Publishing, Henry Ferris, I have the time to do my first newsletter in seven months.

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Fly? Fly what?

I've had my 1980 Cessna P210 since December 2004. Since then, my brother and aircraft mechanic Ken Brown of TBO Aviation in Minden, Nevada has installed several upgrades and improvements in this 25 year-old bird to make it safer and give it more instrument flying redundancy.

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Riding? What kind of riding?

This is the new Earth-bound flying machine: a Honda Gold Wing 1800A motorcycle. I've been on the hunt for one ever since I test-drove one three years ago, when I immediately sold my Harley-Davidson DynaGlide motorcycle in anticipation of buying one. Believe it or not, I bought this one on eBay, and the transaction went through smoothly and successfully (with the help of an escrow company).

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Kicking back?

Actually, I'm not one for kicking back. My idea of vacation is going to flight training in Orlando or Scottsdale, or attending a celebrity golf tournament fundraiser in Sacramento, Sunriver, Oregon, Seattle, or Maui. Even after a book is done, I always bring my laptop computer and do a little work. It's not that I'm so obsessed with work, but I really enjoy what I do. You'll have to agree that making a living making up stories is a vacation in itself!

BOMB DAMAGE ASSESSMENT: Is John Murtha right?

On November 18, 2005, U.S. Representative John P. Murtha from Pennsylvania, a decorated war veteran and ranking Democrat of the Defense Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, announced he was introducing a bill in Congress calling for a "redeployment" of U.S. troops in Iraq. The U.S. would pull forces out of Iraq within six months and set up "quick-reaction forces" that would respond to any dire situation in Iraq.

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OFFICER EFFECTIVENESS REPORTS: Responses to e-mails at readermail@DaleBrown.info

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MISSION PLANNING: Upcoming Events

  • 16 January 2006 -- M Is For Mystery Booksigning, San Mateo, California
  • 20-23 February 2006 -- Flight training time!
  • 1 June 2006 -- Projected completion date for book #19. Help me keep this deadline, folks!
  • Have a fantastic holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and I'll see you in 2006!

    GBA, Dale Brown

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    Act Of War (June 2005)

    ACT OF WAR introduces a whole new hero and a new conflict to techno-thriller fans around the world.

    A series of deadly terrorist attacks in the United States and South America--including a nuclear attack near Houston, Texas--has the entire world on red alert. The attacks appear to be targeting an American energy company, but the terror group that calls itself GAMMA seems to be more than the anti-globalization, pro-environmental activists it claims to be.

    Enter U.S. Army Major Jason Richter and his partner, Dr. Ariadna Vega of the Army Research Lab's Infantry Transformational BattleLab. These two young engineers have designed and built a land combat system designed to replace an entire motorized infantry squad: CID, or Cybernetic Infantry Device, a piloted robot with the speed and firepower of a weaponized Humvee, the strength of a bulldozer, and the agility of a special ops commando.

    The hard-charging National Security Adviser, Robert Chamberlain, pairs Richter and Vega up with an FBI intelligence expert, Special Agent Kelsey DeLaine, and a veteran special ops expert, Command Sergeant Major Ray Jefferson, to form Task Force TALON, the first joint military-FBI unit charged with hunting down and stopping terrorists anywhere in the world. With CID's speed, power, weaponry, and amazing capabilities, combined with the talents of the U.S. Army and the investigative skills of the world's greatest detective agency, TALON is designed to put terrorists on the run around the globe.

    But putting conflicting and single-minded personalities like Richter and DeLaine together is like mixing oxygen and gasoline: do it right and it produces horsepower--do it wrong, and it creates an explosion. Even the National Security Adviser can't seem to control his team. Can Task Force TALON survive long enough to hunt down GAMMA and its secret puppetmaster, the shadowy Consortium, before the next deadly attack?

    "The novels of Dale Brown brim with violent action, detailed descriptions of sophisticated weaponry and political intrigue... His ability to bring technical weaponry to life is amazing."
    --San Francisco Chronicle

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