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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

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!

6 January 2005


Dr. Kelsey Duffield turned out to be one of my most popular subplot characters. Look for her in the next Patrick McLanahan novel!

7 January 2005


First off i would like to state two things, I am not a Military person nor am I a flyer in any way, and I have to say your books are the best I have EVER read of any genera. At the age of 13 (I think) I read Day of the Cheetah after that the rest is history. Your characters are lovable, easy to relate to, and most of all interesting beyond a doubt. Your plot-lines are intriguing as well as thought inspiring (especially Warrior Class). Not only that but as a person that always wished he could of been a pilot, this due to the fact of coke bottle eyeglasses, your books are the next best thing and I feel like I have the flight stick in my hand. Every time a book comes out with your name on it I buy it without a moments hesitation (and being a college student with no money that is saying something :) ). All that is to say "keep up the good work".

Now my question to you Dale is a two parter. When are you going to finally make a movie and what book do you think you would start with?

Again keep up the good work

The quick answer to which novel to start making movies with is "Whichever one a producer likes the best."

I believe "Hammerheads," "Storming Heaven," "Act of War," and the untitled novel I'm working on now (to be published in Spring 2006 by William Morrow Publishers) are the most adaptable to motion pictures because their scope is not quite as broad and sweeping as the others. Because I usually write about strategic aerial attack missions, you know we're talking about weird high-tech airplanes, multiple global settings, and lots of characters both in and out of uniform, and all that gets confusing for the producer, director, screenwriter, and audience.

My stories dealing more with domestic terrorism and border security have fewer characters, fewer international settings, and more relevant plots. So that's why I would pick those four.

9 January 2005

Dear Sir,

I am right now reading The Tin Man and absolutely love it. Like all the other books I have read of yours. I really like the part where Dr Masters does the demonstration of his new BERP material. I was wondering if you could send me in the right direction to do some research on the subject and maybe doing a little experimenting myself. Well, I better go now. Keep up the good work and I look forward to your next book.

This doesn't work exactly how I described BERP (Ballistic Electro-Reactive Process) in "The Tin Man," but I found this article from my friends at

Army Scientists, Engineers develop Liquid Body Armor
By Tonya Johnson
Army News Service
April 21, 2004
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Liquid armor for Kevlar vests is one of the newest technologies being developed at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to save Soldiers' lives. This type of body armor is light and flexible, which allows soldiers to be more mobile and won't hinder an individual from running or aiming his or her weapon. The key component of liquid armor is a shear thickening fluid. STF is composed of hard particles suspended in a liquid. The liquid, polyethylene glycol, is non-toxic, and can withstand a wide range of temperatures. Hard, nano-particles of silica are the other components of STF. This combination of flowable and hard components results in a material with unusual properties. "During normal handling, the STF is very deformable and flows like a liquid. However, once a bullet or frag hits the vest, it transitions to a rigid material, which prevents the projectile from penetrating the Soldier's body," said Dr. Eric Wetzel, a mechanical engineer from the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate who heads the project team. To make liquid armor, STF is soaked into all layers of the Kevlar vest. The Kevlar fabric holds the STF in place, and also helps to stop the bullet. The saturated fabric can be soaked, draped, and sewn just like any other fabric. Wetzel and his team have been working on this technology with Dr. Norman J. Wagner and his students from the University of Delaware for three years. "The goal of the technology is to create a new material that is low cost and lightweight which offers equivalent or superior ballistic properties as compared to current Kevlar fabric, but has more flexibility and less thickness," said Wetzel. "This technology has a lot of potential." Liquid armor is still undergoing laboratory tests, but Wetzel is enthusiastic about other applications that the technology might be applied to. "The sky's the limit," said Wetzel. "We would first like to put this material in a soldier's sleeves and pants, areas that aren't protected by ballistic vests but need to remain flexible. We could also use this material for bomb blankets, to cover suspicious packages or unexploded ordnance. Liquid armor could even be applied to jump boots, so that they would stiffen during impact to support Soldiers' ankles." In addition to saving Soldiers' lives, Wetzel said liquid armor in Kevlar vests could help those who work in law enforcement. "Prison guards and police officers could also benefit from this technology," said Wetzel. "Liquid armor is much more stab resistant than conventional body armor. This capability is especially important for prison guards, who are most often attacked with handmade sharp weapons." For their work on liquid armor, Wetzel and his team were awarded the 2002 Paul A. Siple Award, the Army's highest award for scientific achievement, at the Army Science Conference.

9 January 2005

…I'm based near Liverpool England now and am an Ex Royal Air Force Policeman, unfortunately the nearest I come to flying now is astride my Suzuki Bandit I have an extensive book collection and would like to say along with Clive Cussler, Andy Mcnab and Chris Ryan (of ex SAS persuasion) and new to my list of favourites Patrick Robinson(dealing with the underwater variety of the military) I have all of your novels and this is just a thank you for many hours of enjoyment. most books have been read through several times as i usually have two or three books on the go at any one time. Please keep writing and may you never struggle for a new piece of hardware for Mclanahan and crew to play with.

It is indeed an honor to be listed among those fine writers. Thanks!

10 January 2005

Hello Mr. Brown,

I first got hooked by your work in September 2004. I was getting ready to depart for a business trip to Oregon (I live in Wisconsin) and made a stop at the local library before departing. I found Air Battle Force, and like many of your other readers have said on your forum, "this looks interesting". I read the whole thing in 3 days. I could not put it down!

Since then, I've read Wings of Fire, Battle Born, and just picked up Tin Man today from the library. It wasn't until today when I went to your website to get the proper order of your books. I'm reading them in reverse! As soon as I finish Tin Man, I'll start at the beginning.

I find your work very exciting and very, very thorough. I like Tom Clancy's work as well but his novels get so bogged down by developing so many characters that I think it detracts from the story, although that's just my opinion. You develop characters very thoroughly also, but on a much more relatable, realistic level. The action and detail are superb which makes for some real "page-turning can't put it down reading"!

Please keep up the great work and I'm already looking forward to getting into Tin Man and then starting at the begining of your series!!

Thanks for taking my books along on your trips!

12 January 2005

first of all, i love your books. i've read them many times. on your website, in the mega-purpose section, it says that your site has photos. I've only seen like seven. i'm wondering if that is all of them or if they are on a seperate link.

This e-mail really hit home, so I'm endeavoring to put more photos on my Web site. However, most of the contributions I make to the site are in these newsletters, so that's where the pictures will be.

13 January 2005

Dear Sir:

I had never heard of you until last fall when killing some time in the library I came across one of your books. Finding out that you was a retired Air Force Captain forced me to read Flight of the Old Dog as that my father spent 21 years in the Air Force with the last 3 years in NORAD.

I am now hooked. Presently I am reading Fatal Terrain. I ahve told everyone at work that they need to try you. We work a 12 hour shift 6pm to 6am and we can get some serious reading done some nights. I have even told my dentist to read you.

Please keep the books coming.

May God Bless and keep you and your family.

Thank you!

15 January 2005

i saw a paperback edition of your new book in the airport in cancun. it is an interesting subject and i think the threat from russia is real so your book may be close to coming events. i just read the jacket but would not buy the book as they wanted $12.00, but will look for copy up here.

TWELVE DOLLARS FOR A PAPERBACK! That's gotta be some kind of record!

18 January 2005

Thanks for doing a great job. It makes me feel good that people hear our story.

Ever consider writing about what we did during LINE BACKER II ?

The story of Operation Linebacker II is one of the most stirring and powerful ones of not just the Vietnam War, but of all of American air power. If there is any question about the effectiveness of air power, even in a guerrilla war like Vietnam, this is it.

With peace talks halted and the American people clamoring for an end to the war, the Joint Chiefs approved an 'round-the-clock strategic and tactical aerial bombardment of North Vietnam, which began on 18 December 1972. Except for a one-day halt in bombing on Christmas Day, air strikes went on day and night for twelve days.

Bad weather hampered many carrier-based sorties and support missions, but the B-52s soldiered on. The largest sortie numbers were on the first and eighth days, when over 120 B-52s launched on raids from Andersen AFB on Guam and from Udorn Air Base in Thailand. Most sorties from Guam were about TWELVE HOURS long.

One out of ten B-52s deployed to the Southeast Asia theater were shot down, including six on Day Three. The U.S. Navy and Marines lost six aircraft; the Air Force lost a total of twenty aircraft, including one HH-53 rescue helicopter.

The result: the North Vietnamese returned to the negotiation table within SEVEN DAYS of the start of Linebacker II, and there was a cease-fire in place just three weeks later.

I think this operation would make a great book. In addition, two of the heroes of my novels, Brad Elliott and Terrill Samson, would have been young squadron commanders during this time period!

20 January 2005

just read plan of attack i should have spent the money on food

Yikes! Thanks for writing anyway, and I hope you get enough to eat!

23 January 2005

Dale --

I have just finished reading "Wings of Fire" and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have a question to which I have tried to find the answer, but have been unable to do so!!

At the beginning of Chapter 3 the character Ulma Khalid-Khan refers to "Misr" -- "preferring using the traditional name for his country rather than the foreign-derived name, Egypt."

I have researched every place I can think of, but I cannot find this name for Egypt. My question is very simple. Where does this name come from? I was wondering if it was arabic. I would really appreciate knowing the answer.

Thank you in anticipation, and keep up the good work.

The name "Egypt" came from the Greeks. When the lands of the Nile Delta were invaded by Alexander the Great the Greeks called the place Aigyptos (a bastardization of the local's pronunciation of the Giza Plateau, the location of the Pyramids), which eventually became "Egypt" in English.

The name "Misr" comes from the word "misraim," or "fortress country," which refers to the rich land on the banks of the Nile River, protected by mountains and deserts. The official name of the country is "gumhuriyah Misr al-Arabiyah," or the Arab Republic of Egypt, a name which began under the presidency of Gamal Abdel Nasser as he wanted to separate his country from all non-Arab influences and build their own national identity. Most Egyptians call their nation "Misr," although many who live outside the cities refer to both the country and the capital of Cairo as "Misr."

28 January 2005


I had the pleasure of really meeting you when you were doing research at Cannon AFB,NM, in Sept of 92 and was lucky enough to get a copy of Night of the Hawk Autographed by you. I have really enjoyed reading your works and am now reading Fatal Terrain. AS of now, i have 6 of your books,, want to get them all.( If I could only get them all autographed,that would be even better) Please continue the good work,,if you ever are flying on a cross country trip, and are close to Childress,Texas, please feel free to stop and visit,,,even if its just for gas and go again,,My best wishes on your continued success.

I am happy to autograph or inscribe books at any time, even paperbacks. All I ask is that you enclose return postage and packaging and make it clear to whom and how you'd like the books inscribed. Write to me at and I'll send the address.

If the books are for gifts and there's a time crunch, let me know, and give me as much time as possible. It's a one-man show here, remember!

I write 'em--I don't sell 'em. Please don't ask to buy any of mine. However, I often donate books to charity, so if you think my books would induce your supporters to donate more, please ask about availability. I respond to as many as I can.

28 January 2005

Mr. Brown,

I know what ETA is, but what does ETE mean. I have read all of your books except one and I plan to start that one tomorrow. I have enjoyed them all. Keep up the good work. I just wish you could write them as fast as I can read them.

"ETE" stands for "estimated time enroute," or the elapsed time between the present position and the destination or between two points.

31 January 2005

Mr. Brown,

If this e-mail gets to you, please respond personally. I'm obviously a big fan and have all (literally all) of your books.

My New Son-N-Law just graduated with honors (Commodores List) from the USAF Navigator school at NAS Pensacola, Fl.

He has selected the B-1B Lancer (Bone). He is hoping to go to Ellsworth AFB, SD. for his 1st assignment after finishing at Dyess, Tx.

My Father is retired USAF (AMS), I'm retired USAF (SF) and we were both assinged at Ellsworth. Looking at 3rd generation USAF and Ellsworth.

Are there any great words of wisdom you could provide to a new USAF Navigator???

Thanks for you time.

With your permission, I'd like to post this reply on my Web site,, in the next monthly Newsletter. I will use no names.

Without question the B-1B is the hottest assignment in the (rapidly shrinking) USAF navigator career field. Graduating with honors will definitely help him get that assignment. I believe Congress will authorize several B-1s to be resurrected from flyable stores so it will get yet another chance to prove how good it really is.

The first rule is the old rule: you get one chance to make a good first impression. Total commitment and total immersion in school and the first assignment are critical. Every bad grade leaves a lasting impression, as does every aced exam. Any area of weakness needs to be immediately and positively addressed.

No matter which assignment he gets, his job as a new crewdog is simply stated: study, study, study, and learn the weapon system forwards, backwards, and upside down. His goal in any exam, sim session, and evaluation should be a score of 100%--no less. If there is any area or system that he feels weak in, he should ask for help and keep asking until he gets it down perfectly. Instructors will bend over backwards to help any student who is trying hard.

There is NOTHING that impresses a new squadron or wing commander more than getting impressive marks from CCTS. The CCTS (Combat Crew Training Squadron) community is small, all these guys know each other, and they talk all the time. If they have a hard-working student, the new squadron commander WILL hear about it. Similarly, they will hear about a student who spends more time at the O-Club or in front of the TV than in the learning center or simulator.

Being married will make it much tougher on him. I hope his wife realizes that there won't be much time for her while he's in school. He has to learn to spend every possible minute studying. She has to be supportive and understanding, or at the very least not complain when he spends long hours at the squadron or studying for an exam.

His job for the first several years as a company grade officer is similar: do whatever it takes to be the best navigator and officer in the unit. He will be constantly evaluated by almost everyone in the unit, from the admin staff to the wing commander. Everything he does becomes part of his evaluation: job performance is by far the most important factor, but dress and appearance, speaking and writing abilities, physical conditioning, punctuality, military customs and courtesies, attitude, and team spirit are all important too. He can be the best operator in the squadron, but if he doesn't get his hair cut often enough or has trouble doing well in the physical training test, he'll have difficulties.

For the first few months he'll undergo a training and evaluation program in his new unit to teach him local procedures. This is capped off with his first battery of written and oral exams and a check ride (might be done in the simulator). He'll be crewed up with an experienced or evaluation crew before being assigned to his regular crew.

For the first 6-12 months his job will be to master the weapon system, know local procedures perfectly, and basically not screw up. On top of this he will probably be assigned additional duties, such as assistant to the security, training, publications, or life support officers, or some other job. Amongst all this, the unit will have lots of exercises; more training, in everything from driving crew vehicles to equal opportunity to disaster preparedness; a once-in-awhile good deal like a live missile launch or high-speed flyby at an air show or over an aircraft carrier; and probably one or two deployments.

If there's anything more specific I can address, let me know. But in general, the bottom line is this: The harder he works, the better his first year or so in CCTS or his new unit will be. It's really as simple as that. If he insists on having a life outside of CCTS or his unit, he'll probably have a harder time, because school and the first year in a unit require total immersion and commitment.

Tell him Good Luck from me! GBA, Dale...

See you in March! GBA, Dale…

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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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