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POST-STRIKE ANALYSIS: Replies to Reader Mail

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1 August 2003:

Just was in Duane-Reade drugstore going over the paperbacks and came across yours and thought to myself,"Another Tom Clancy wananabe." Then read the opening pages of the book and sat down on a case toothpaste and read four chapters. The store manager reminded me this was drugstore not a library, so I laid down my hard earned cash and haven't stop reading yet.

The book by the way is Wings of Fire and I do like it very much. I think Mr. Clancy better start looking over his shoulder,'cause you catching up sir.

Tom… who? ;-)

2 August 2003:

I have been part of the Global Hawk design team at Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical (now part of Northrop Grumman) since 1994. I not only enjoyed your story, but was thrilled to see Global Hawk mentioned so prominently. It has never ceased to amaze me that we created a product that is so in demand, and I'm still waiting for things to slow down so that I can take a vacation. Again, thanks for the great story.

I think the RQ-4 Global Hawk--the large unmanned spy plane that can fly for as long as 40 hours at an altitude of 65,000 feet with a range of over 15,000 miles, carrying almost 2,000 pounds of sensors--is one of the finest examples of twenty-first century military innovation, and I'm proud to feature it in my novels. I was lucky enough to meet some of Global Hawk's designers and future commanders, and it is truly an incredible piece of technology that will revolutionize warfare.

5 August 2003:

I am a college student here in Arlington, Texas. I have written a paper regarding your career and now I have to complete a critical essay on you and your material. I have had great difficulty in locating some critics that have published material on you and would like to know if you have any information that I could use. The only information that I can find was off of your web site.

A good source of reviews on my works has always been Amazon.com. Readers and book-buyers are encouraged to leave their remarks on books they purchase and can even create mini-Web sites on all the books and stuff they buy from Amazon.

It's often not pretty for us authors to read these frank reviews, but it's the real deal.

11 August 2003:

I just turned 16. I just got finished with your Air Battle Force. Its the first of your books I've read. I really am interested in your books, because I plan to go to the Airforce when I graduate. I wanna be a fighter pilot, hopefully in an F-16. I just wanted to let you know your book inspired me, and I plan to read more of your books.

The F-16 may still be around when you graduate from pilot training. In any case, follow your dreams, and it will help make them a reality! And thanks for reading.

11 August 2003:

I was just going to ask if it would be alright to send you one of my books that I have of yours to be autographed. I live in North Dakota and was not able to make it to one of your tour stops. I also would like you to know that reading your books was one of the key reasons why I joined the Air Force. I know its fiction, but if the opportunity to get to work with that kind of technology arises, it seems to irresistable to pass up. I leave on 2 September 2003 for BMT and I will be trained as an Aircraft Armament Systems Apprentice. Thanks again for the great novels and keep on writing! I look forward to each and every book.

I wish you much success in your Air Force career. Being in the military these days with greatly increased deployment tempos, not to mention the uncertainty and danger of fighting the war on terror, makes military life even that more difficult, and I thank you for making the commitment. Good Luck!

12 August 2003:

I was stationed at Mather for a few years. Spent 33years in SAC except for one year in PACAF at Kunsan, Korea.

I was stationed most of those years at Mather and wondered if I ever helped you "Get Aboard" a B52. Also, I have a brother who worked the T10 and T11 trainers at Mather.

In SAC I worked on B29s, B50s, B47s, B52s, and KC135s.

I was one of the first to enter the "Ground Alert" at Lockbourne AFB, Georgia. We were housed under an old wooden Library. What a differency than the alert facility at Mather which you write about in the "Tin Man". I spent a 'few' days and nights in that "Mole Hole" or the "Pink Palace".

I have read, I believe, of all your books and have enjoyed each one.

I was at Mather AFB near Sacramento, California, beginning in January of 1979 (I actually arrived in Sacramento in September of 1978 after graduating from Penn State, and cleaned carpets and was a security guard while awaiting my active duty date. Maybe I did your carpets that autumn?). I graduated from Undergraduate Navigator Training, Advanced Navigator Training, and Navigator-Bombardier Training also at Mather, went to B-52 Navigator Combat Crew Training at Castle AFB near Merced, California, then returned to Mather in 1980 to fly as a navigator in B-52G Stratofortresses.

The alert facility at Mather was actually not a bad place to live for short periods of time. We had a pool, a picnic area, visitation facility, playground, tennis courts, a game room with Ping-Pong and video games, a theater with free movies, a small gym, and a chow hall with pretty good and inexpensive food (the similarity to federal prison camps is, I'm sure, not coincidental). Navigators lived three to a room.

13 August 2003:

Happiness is a Dale Brown book. After reading Stephen Coonts books, I also picked up Combat and found your books. So off I go to the book store and bought all they had and ordered what they didn't have.

Thank you for taking the time to write, and gosh you must spend an enormous amount of time on research. I am totally glued to you books and how you make the plots and people somehow meld together so well. Looks like you found your second or third calling here.

Much enjoyment for me, has been through the characters of J.C. Powell and Dr. (Mrs). Klondike. Is there anyway you can bring them back somehow, I love them both.

Flying has always been something I have always wanted to do but never will at this stage of my life, but your books have brought me into the cockpit just like I was there.

Again thank you, and I look forward to your future books.

This from a lady reader! Thanks! Much appreciated!

17 August 2003:

I started reading the novel "The Flight of the Old Dog". I was absolutely floored. I am one of those readers who really immerse themselves in the book itself. When the book is well written, as your books seemed to be, I find myself as one of the characters. It is really interesting that these novels sucked me in so fast that I could wait for the next page. When I read 'The Old Dog', I knew that I had found an author that could put me in the pilots' chair. I don't even fly, but I seem to when I am reading what you describe. As I write this, I have now read all your books at least twice. But I think my favorite is still 'The Flight of the Old Dog'. Thank you for the many hours of enjoyment and hope to have many more.

From another lady reader! Thank you very much for the kind words.

20 August 2003:

I'd first like to say that I love your books. I'm only 14 but I've read most of them and I'm reading Dreamland Piranha right now. Nut I do have one question. Where do you get the inspiration to write all those books? Each one has a unique plot that is completely unlike the others and I find it amazing that you can write so much with no redundancy. Well keep up the good work, and I'll keep reading. Bye

There is plenty of inspiration for my stories and the stories I dream up with Jim DeFelice in the "Dreamland" series in the real world. The challenges our country faces after the end of the Cold War and after September 11 2001 means that our military must keep pace with the changing face of the enemy, while at the same time keep an eye out for our old adversaries.

But let me know what YOU'D like to read about. What interests YOU the most? Is it terrorism, or homeland security, or the threat of rogue nations? Write to me at readermail@megafortress.com and let me know!

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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

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--CLIVE CUSSLER

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