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IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK!

[IMAGE] For a whole variety of reasons--mostly dealing with finishing book #18, entitled "Edge of Battle"--I haven't published a newsletter since March 2005. Now that the new book is in the hands of my editor at Morrow Publishing, Henry Ferris, I have the time to do my first newsletter in seven months.

"Edge of Battle" is a story about the dangers to the United States of America of illegal immigration through America's southern border.

This story was the most difficult one I've ever undertaken, simply because there is no clear-cut solution to the problem, and I try to explore every aspect of the issue in the story. Putting the military on the border is one solution, but it is not "the" solution, and as you'll read in "Edge of Battle," it can create as many problems as it solves.

The story brings back Major Jason Richter, Dr. Ariadna Vega, Command Sergeant Major Ray Jefferson, and Russian terrorist Yegor Zakharov. Zakharov hatches an incredibly daring plot inside the United States, and he relies on a Mexican "coyote"--human smuggler--and extreme nationalist Ernesto Fuerza to cross back and forth across the Mexican border to bring in commandos, weapons, and supplies to help him in his mission.

I'll have the copyedited manuscript in by the first week in January, and we're shooting for a 1 May 2006 pub date. Stay tuned!

This does not mean I'll be taking a break. I've already begun work on book #19. I have several new ideas for the next series or two, and I'm anxious to get started.

What can I tell you about this new series? Patrick McLanahan, Dave Luger, and most of the cast of characters from "Plan of Attack" will be there; the book takes place in the years following the events depicted in "Plan of Attack," with America still reeling from the punishment it took. As I do research on the topics I'll use, I'll discuss them with you here in future Ops Reports and leave hints at what I'm writing about.

I'm scheduling myself to complete the next manuscript by 1 June 2006, which should leave me a few weeks during Lake Tahoe's exquisite summer season to spend some time with family and friends and do some flying, golfing, riding, and kicking back on the beach.

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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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