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Dale Brown’s Ops Report
July 2003
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Time to answer some Reader Mail: Good, Bad, and Ugly…

7 July 2003

DEAR MR. BROWN:

I HAVE READ UP TO PAGE 147 AND FIND THIS BOOK ALMOST LIKE YOUR LAST ONE. IT IS DULL, PREDICTABLE AND BORING. I HAVE READ THIS SAME PLOT BEFORE IN YOUR LAST FEW BOOKS. YOU SEEM TO BE WRITING JUST TO SELL BOOKS. I DO NOT SENSE ANY REAL PRIDE OF AUTHORSHIP IN "AIR BATTLE FORCE." IT IS TOO PRETEND HIGH TECH. THE ALMOST NONSTOP POLITICAL DIALOG OCCUPIES TOO MANY PAGES. SORRY NOT CLOSE TO BEING AN INTERESTING NOVEL.

7 July 2003

Mr. Brown

I wanted to thank you for another great read. As a retired member of the Army I appreciate the research you put into each book. As you are well aware attention to detail is paramount in the military and you always follow that motto when writing your books.

Keep up the good work Sir, I hope you know that you provide, not only me, but thousands of us with the enjoyment of reading your works. Wish we could sit down and have a cup of coffee while enjoying a conversation.

Looking forward to another great book.

7 July 2003

Hi Dale,

You've done it again!

I've just finished reading Air Battle Force. This was yet another fine piece of work that kept me turning pages late into my "rest period".

You have done a great job in combining the technologies of the Mega Birds and the Tin Men.

If Mclanahan doesn't drive Furness completely crazy one day, we can look forward to many more entertaining adventures from the now very familiar cast of characters.

I really appreciate the technique that you and several of the authors I read use wherein you have a core cast of characters who move along through the continuing series of books. It provides a comforting continuity for the reader. I much perfer to settle down to revisit some old "friends" rather than having to sort out a whole new cast each time.

I have also read and enjoyed your co-authored books, Dreamland. I hope we will be seeing more of these in the near future. I have two titles which I think are the only ones out at this time. Please put me on a reminder list if you have one for any upcoming new releases.

One of the ongoing debates I've had in recent years concerns the use of recurring characters. Obviously, I very much prefer to use "old friends" too, but many readers ask for an entirely new cast of characters each time.

Your feedback on this important question would be greatly appreciated! Do you like recurring characters or would you prefer new ones each time?

29 June 2003

hello mr. brown, i have read practically all your novels and i am astounded about how great they are. i am 18 and whenever i read one of your novels i am glowing with excitement and anticipation for the next one. i recently finished wings of fire and thought it was outstanding. i am truely a fan of your works and cant wait for the air battle force to come out. all your novels are so detailed and have wars and conflicts that could happen today and i just love all those books. hopefully you read this and i am a big fan. thank you

14 May 2003

Do you and people like Tom Clancy,Stephen Coonts and other writers of military fiction, ever get to gether and go for a drink or do something together?

Answer: no. I am good friends with Richard Herman (at one time we had the same agent and same publisher and lived in the same town), and at one time we got together with other local Sacramento authors such as William P. Wood, John Lescroart, Steven Martini, Alan Jacobson, and Karen Kijewski. We would do panels on writing for charity events and formed a sort of "Rat Pack" comedy group called "Karen And The Boys." But we eventually moved our separate ways, although we keep in touch.

Also are any of tour characters based on people you know in life, and does your wife get a bit jealous when you spend time on any of the female characters, as in your description of girls like Wendy Tork being good looking athletic intelligent.

Answer: I get my inspiration for many of the female characters in my books FROM my wife, so I don't think she gets jealous.

And lastly I live in Scotland , and was born in a small town called Ayr made famous by the poet Robbert Burns (Burns night). Have you ever been to Scotland, you have mentioned a few bases here in a couple of your books, and i thought that maybe you were based here during your time in the airforce.

Answer: I've been to Scotland three times and absolutely love it. I have stood atop the walls of Edinburgh Castle and swear I have stood there before in a past life. Robert Louis Stevenson is one of my all-time favorite authors and his writing has been an inspiration for me since the beginning.

Should you need any intel on my country, feel free to get in contact.

Answer: Thanks!

15 March 2003

dear dale im 14 and have just started reading your books. they are incredible, and i really enjoy them. i was just wondering how much research you do before writing a book, once you have an idea. thanks,

Answer: Research is important, and it's ongoing for me in every book. I usually do several days of research when formulating a new idea, mostly to get familiar with new technology, culture, society, or geographical area. But the research keeps going well after I start.

Thanks for the e-mail!

23 May 2003

Dale, My wife and I attended your book signing in Vero Beach, Florida Wednesday night and I wanted to thank you again for taking the time to come see us. I had been looking forward to hearing you speak all day and I was not disappointed. Of course I had a dozen questions as soon as I got into the car... I saw on your tour you were scheduled to be in Buffalo the following evening so I didn't feel comfortable asking you if you would have joined us for a cup of coffee after. Perhaps next time.

Thanks for the invitation! I really enjoyed my time in Vero Beach and Port St. Lucie--I know I'll be back.

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Air Battle Force (MAY 2003)

Maverick Pilot Patrick McLanahan Takes aerial warfare into unknown territory in a heart racing new adventure.

Still smarting from recent losses, the brilliant but unpredictable former USAF Major General is accepted back into the fold and assigned a simple task: devise and build the air combat unit of the future. McLanahan's answer: the Air Battle Force - a rapid-response team of elite commandos protected by state-of-the-art body armour and supported by an armada of anmanned planes.

His idea is soon put to the test when the oil rich Republic of Turkmenistan becomes a battleground between Taliban insurgents, former Soviet overlords, Iranian opportunists and American oil companies and politicians. But can a handful of commandos half a world away, aided by an unproven force of robot warplanes, fight and win a war in which semingly everyone - even 'friendly' forces at home - want them to fail?

'Whe a former pilot turns his hand to thrillers you can take their authenticity for granted. His writing is exceptional and the dialogue, plots and characters are first-class... far too good to be missed.'
--Sunday Mirror

‘Dale Brown is a superb storyteller’
--WASHINGTON POST

‘Dale Brown is the best military adventure writer in the country’
--CLIVE CUSSLER

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