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SKYBIRD:
Dale Brown’s Ops Report
August 2002
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The August newsletter was delayed because I was busy finishing the first draft of “Air Battle Force,” my fifteenth novel, for Morrow/HarperCollins Publishing.

The manuscript is now in the hands of my new editor, Henry Ferris, and I’m underway on #16!

Because this month has been abbreviated, I thought I’d get everyone caught up on my schedule of events and some reader mail, then pick up the regular newsletter items in the September issue.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

“WINGS OF FIRE” published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons is in bookstores! Get it before they’re gone!

[Wings Of Fire] “WINGS OF FIRE” continues the story begun in “Warrior Class,” my 13th novel, where Patrick McLanahan, Dave Luger, Hal Briggs, and Chris Wohl have left the U.S. military and are now privateers--mercenaries--working for former U.S. President Kevin Martindale. Their first assignment: find out if Libya has plans to attack and occupy Salimah, a massive oil reserve in southern Egypt.

The “sneak and peek” operation goes horribly wrong, and now Patrick and the Night Stalkers are fighting for their own survival. Even with the world’s most incredible weapon at their disposal--the AL-52 Dragon airborne laser--the Night Stalkers must rely on a ghost in the desert to survive, defeat their enemies, and win back their captured forces.

But through all the battles, the toughest conflict facing Patrick McLanahan is one inside himself. He must make a terrible decision--one that affects the lives of his family and friends and which will change his life forever.

MISSION PLAN: Schedule of events and appearances

28 August -- The AirBattleForce.com Bombers are in the playoffs! Our Lake Tahoe Coed C League softball team posted a 6-6 regular season record and we start the championship playoffs against the Tahoe Biltmore. Wish us luck! We barely squeaked past the Biltmore the last 2 times we played.

So how did I do in the regular season? .540 batting average (pretty mediocre in C league softball), 12 singles, 8 doubles, 14 runs scored, 16 RBIs, 4 strikeouts, 2 walks, and 6 fielding errors. My batting started off pretty hot, cooled down considerably in mid-season, and started heating up again at the end (almost had my first triple, but I got thrown out at third base).

AirBattleForce.com Skybird: Dale Brown’s Ops Report The AirBattleForce.com Bombers
The Bombers’ outfield: yours truly, Diane Brown, and Eric Severance
AirBattleForce.com Skybird: Dale Brown’s Ops Report The AirBattleForce.com Bombers
Debbie Scarsberry (a real rocket scientist!), second base, with Travis Babbitt
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Rich & Sam Matha, the Bombers’ pitcher and first baseman (and that’s coffee they’re drinking--honest!)
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Darrow Pate, catcher (and Hunter’s tutor), and Tim Brown, shortshop

AirBattleForce.com Skybird: WS Radio

4 September --
Writers Roundtable

guest co-host, with Antoinette Kuritz, 10 am Pacific time, live from San Diego, CA. Go to http://www.wsradio.ws.

AirBattleForce.com Skybird: Reno Air Racing Association LOGO
14 September --
Reno National Championship Air Races, Reno, NV

-- I’ll be doing two booksignings of “WINGS OF FIRE” at the High Sierra Chapter of The Ninety-Nines’ booth, tentatively scheduled for 9-10 am and 1-2 pm. Visit http://www.airrace.org for more info.

I live just 40 minutes from Reno, but I’ve never been to the Air Races--an inexcusable omission that I plan to correct this year (I actually planned to go last year, but the September 11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent grounding of VFR aircraft led to cancellation). I finally did see the racecourse at Stead Airport near Reno, and believe me, you will be right in the middle of the action. See you there!

AirBattleForce.com Skybird: Reno Lake Tahoe Dot Com

19-22 September --
Great Basin Book Festival,

Reno, NV, downtown. I’ll be participating in some panels and forums on writing. Visit http://www.renolaketahoe.com/arts/humanities/ for more info

AirBattleForce.com Skybird: La Jolla Writers Conference
18-21 October --
La Jolla Writers Conference,

La Jolla, CA. I’ll be a keynote speaker, give a lecture or two on writing, and I’ve offered to give 15-minute consultations on story ideas, manuscripts, the writing biz, etc. Visit http://www.lajollawritersconference.com for more details.

AirBattleForce.com Skybird: Vegas Valley Book Festival

1-2 November --
Vegas Valley Book Festival,

Promenade Park, Henderson, NV
-- Visit: http://www.vegasvalleybookfest.org for more details

AirBattleForce.com Skybird: Reno Film Festival
1 November --
Reno Film Festival,

Reno, NV.
My good friend, producer Craig Questa, is one of the organizers. Visit: http://www.renofilmfestival.com for more info.

16-18 November --
Solano County Book Fair & Authors Luncheon,

Fairfield, CA
to benefit Solano County Public Libraries and reading programs, Napa Valley, CA

EFFECTIVENESS REPORTS: Replies to Reader Mail

21 May

I WAS READING THE BOOK 'SHADOWS OF STEEL' AGAIN AND NOTICED A MENTION OF LITHUANIA. SINCE I HAVE ALL DALE BROWNS BOOKS IN HARD BACK FIRST EDITION I HAVE READ THEM. BUT I NEVER PAID THAT MUCH ATTENTION ABOUT LITHUANIA UNTIL NOW. I AM WORKING IN THE OLD RUSSIAN REFINERY IN MAZEIKIU LITHUANIA AND WAS WONDERING WHICH ONE OF DALE BROWNS BOOKS IT WAS MENTIONED IN. ALL MY BOOKS ARE BACK HOME IN HOUSTON TEXAS SO I CANT RESEARCH THEM MY SELF RIGHT NOW.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH

ROBERT

Robert: I set “Night of the Hawk” mostly in Lithuania. I was fortunate to visit the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in March of 1991, along with St, Petersburg (then Leningrad) in the old Soviet Union. It was very weird to visit some of the locations where I knew I had World War Three targets.

1 July

Dear Dale,

I enjoy your novels a great deal, just keep them coming!! What type of Aircraft do you own??

Thankfully yours,

Steven

Steven:

I own a 1976 Cessna 421C, which is currently undergoing some avionics upgrades and repairs by Tom Rogers at Avionics West at Santa Maria, CA. You can watch the progress at http://www.avionicswest.com.

AirBattleForce.com Skybird: Dale's Cessna
AirBattleForce.com Skybird: Dale's Cessna
The C-421’s old instrument panel. Watch future newsletters--it’ll change BIG TIME!

26 July

Dale... I thought I'd never forgive you if you killed that kid when I was reading Hammerheads (when we were coming back from Guam). I'm CERTAINLY never going to forgive you for my running nose and moist eyes when Patrick and Bradley took Wendy's ashes out to sea. I can only hope that you were as teary-eyed as I was. Damn you, Dale Brown!!!!!

Thanks, Al.

Al and I were part of a media pool that were invited to watch a Strategic Air Command bombing exercise called Giant Warrior in the summer of 1990 on the island of Guam. We of course were watching developments along the Iraq-Kuwaiti border, but we never expected anything to happen… until we awoke one morning to find all of our aerial refueling tankers (including the one scheduled to return us to the mainland) GONE!

They tried to tell us that it was part of a “typhoon evacuation,” be we all suspected it had something to do with the brewing mess in the Persian Gulf. Little did we know we were on the front lines of the biggest air war victory in history!

Andersen Air Force Base on Guam became the lynchpin of the “air bridge” between the U.S. and the Persian Gulf. The capability to sustain aerial supply flights across the oceans continuously in the six months prior to January 1991 was one of the keys to victory.

29 July

Dale,

I wanted to take minute to thank you for your books. I am 26 almost 27 now..........I got your 1st book Flight of the Old Dog when I was being pushed by my mother to read more, I was a typical 12 year old who did not want to read and play on a computer. I always like flight sims on my pc, so I saw your book and decided to try it. Well that was a turning point for me. After reading it, I found that reading could be very enjoyable and very relaxing. I have read every one of your books in the series and just picked up Wings of Fire this weekend and also the 1st Dreamland book. I am sure that you get mixed comments from many people about your work, everyone does, the only thing that I can say about your writings are that they are fantastic. If I talk with someone who is a avid reader, the 1st name I say when asked for an author is Dale Brown. Every person that I have told your name to, they have all loved your books as much as me.

Yes I even got the Computer Sim for Flight Of The Old Dog when it came out. :-)

Thank you again for the books....they are fantastic!

5 August

Dear Dale,

Once again like an old dog howling in the night you have come like a wraith on wings of fire to rob me of my sleep. Just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed Wings of Fire as I have enjoyed all of your books. It is probably a good thing that you do not publish a book every month because I would never get any sleep or at least no where near enough. I was intrigued by your new character Kelsey and grew to like her a good deal. Patrick is a great character and I look forward to him in each book. He has grown quite a lot since "Old Dog" and it has been interesting to see him develop. I wish you much continued success and as always I will have my money in hand when your next book comes out. Until then I can get to bed at a decent hour!

Sincerely

Ralph

19 August

I hope Wings of Fire is the last of Dale Brown's series. I can't believe I read the whole thing - it kept getting worse. I read some of the early books in the series: Flight of the Old Dog, Day of the Cheetah, and Hammerheads. Those books had some redeeming qualities due to a touch of reality (though just a touch), so I thought I would try one more - bad mistake. Wings of Fire seemed to be hastily done and so far out even sci-fi buffs would be turned off - Tin Man battle armor - give me a break.

Sorry, but this one doesn't cut it. Makes me wonder what the writers and critics quoted on the dust cover read - I noticed none directly mentioned Wings of Fire.

Check this out to see how far off base I am in my books:

http://www.darpa.mil/body/Procurements/dsodec_01.html

29 July

Mr. Brown,

Not to date you but, I picked up Flight of the Old Dog in 1987 as a Junior in high school after seeing it on my JROTC instructor's desk. I've read every one since. I really don't have a favorite book, some I like better than others but when I find a book, whether in the base library or the BX, I can't wait to find out what these characters I've come to think of as close friends, are doing now. I know you've probably been to Incirlik AB, Turkey where my wife got us stationed a year ago (I'm the 21st Century Air Force wife, which means she wears the uniform and I work at the BX) You wouldn't even recognize it from your -111 days. The reason I wanted to write is to let you know that in my travels, from base to base, even here at Incirlik, and my job takes me to Ankara and Izmir, you will always find a dog-eared copy of a Dale Brown book in the Family Services locker, the passenger terminal waiting room, the hospital or the base library. That really says something about your writing, your subject matter, and the fact that the people doing the things (more or less) that you write about believe what you're writing. I don't have to tell you to keep up the good work, that's ingrained into you as a combat pilot. I just wanted to say, "Thanks," from a guy who has quite literally grown up with your characters.

Respectfully,

Keith

Thanks for all your e-mail! Keep them coming at

readermail@megafortress.com

See you in September! GBA, Dale…

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