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February 2005

DAY OF THE CHEETAH: The Exit Door Opens on Iraq

At this writing, the elections in Iraq have not yet occurred. But I can make several predictions on what will happen--and all of it is good for the United States.

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WARRIOR CLASS: International Thriller Writers is here!

I urge every writer, aspiring writer, and fan of thrillers--mystery, crime, legal, etc., as well as military techno-thrillers--to visit http://www.internationalthrillerwriters.com. Co-founded by my friend Gayle Lynds, with my good friend John Lescroart as the Founding Sponsor (which meant he ponied up a lot of bucks to launch this organization), ITW bills itself as the first association dedicated to the thriller literary genre.

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5 January 2005

Are there any prospects of an updated version of the old Megafortress game that originally came out in the late 80's?

I got quite a kick out of it back then, but last time I tried the old game, it didn't work too well on newer/faster computers.

"Megafortress" and its add-on games, based on "Flight of the Old Dog" and "Day of the Cheetah," were way ahead of their time--for 386 PCs. The combination first-person and simulation game gave players the ability to play four different B-52 crew stations at once, plus get unique and state-of-the-art perspectives (you could switch from cockpit, outside the plane, enemy point-of-view, or weapon POV). It's standard fare now, but twelve years ago it was astounding.

The new "Act of War: Direct Action" by Atari and Eugen Systems coming out in March 2005, based on my novel "Act of War" which will be published in May 2005, also pushes the envelope for graphics and realism, but it is a real-time strategy game (RTS), not a simulation or first-person shooter. Check out http://www.atari.com/actofwar/.

I would be very interested in working with game producers to do a combination RTS/simulation/first-person shooter game based on my novels. Drop me an e-mail anytime!

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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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