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Fiction

Firehammer. By Col. Ric Hunter, USAF (Ret), Life Member. Red Engine Press. ISBN 978-1-9379-5845-9. 274 pp. $15.41, plus $3.99 shipping. Available on www.amazon.com.

Firehammer is based on a true story of two high school best friends who parted ways on graduation. Tim joins the Marines in the height of the Vietnam War. Randy went to college and later became a fighter pilot. When Tim is killed at 19 by a Vietnamese sniper, Randy vows to even the score. “Firehammer” is the nickname of Tim’s Zippo lighter that Randy carries during several combat engagements, including the last battle of the war when his flight of four Phantoms helps rescue Marines trapped on bloody Koh Tang Island. Closure comes when Randy places the Zippo at panel 9E of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial.

This action-packed historical fiction is based on a true story of personal loss, fighter combat, love, and closure.

 

Gabrielle: The Dove in the Court of King Henri IV. By Maj. Mark Druck, USAFR (Ret). Xlibris, (888) 795-4274, www.xlibris.comwww.markdruck.com. ISBN 978-1-4691-8888-1. $21.59.

In Gabrielle, there are four women—three are actual women in scenes they actually, historically lived, saying words they actually spoke—his two Queens and Henriette!

King Henry IV is there—as he actually was; his actions, his words. His years long love affair with Henriette—all historically true—full of passion and fighting! They love each other; they hate each other! Their actual, historically-accurate words in love scenes that fly off the page!

Gabrielle is the only fictional female in the story — she sees these historically true characters through the eyes of a girl—from age 10 to 20!

Gabrielle, at 10, is so real you can believe you know her!

Garage Sale Stalker. By Suzi Weinert. Barringer Publishing, www.barringerpublishing.com, www.garagesalestalker.com. ISBN 978-0-9828-4259-1. Available at and www.bn.com and on Audible. 352 pp. $15.95.

Jennifer Shannon lives in secure, affluent McLean, Virginia, where she stumbles into danger lurking in places she thought absolutely safe. Her passion for weekend treasure hunting at local garage and estate sales pulls her into a twisted world of crime, child abuse and murder. Forced to match wits with a protagonist hell-bent on revenge, her family's safety and her own desperate situation hinges on her intelligence and resourcefulness. Nothing prepares her for the ultimate discovery, producing a startling climax.

 

“Look Who I Won in a Poker Game!” By Maj. Mark Druck, USAFR (Ret). Xlibris, (888) 795-4274, www.xlibris.comwww.markdruck.com. ISBN 978-1-4257-0899-3. 244 pp. $19.31.

Japan, immediately after WWII ended. These are the first US soldiers to land on Kyushu, the largest island of Japan. It’s a charming, warm love story of a 19-year-old US co-pilot and a very young geisha, during the days when the army was winding down. And very strange.

 

Misty Fyord Is Missing. By Col. William J. Storey, USA (Ret), Life Member. Xlibris, (888) 795-4274, www.xlibris.com. ISBN 978-1-4797-7785-3. 236 pp. $26.99.

The novel Mysty Fyord Is Missing tracks down the disappearance of ten multi-million yachts in South Florida. Will Strong, an insurance executive, goes under cover to locate the missing yachts, but finds more than hijacked boats. During his investigation he encounters a cigarette smuggling ring, a group of dishonest insurance adjusters, and several lawyers chasing dollars regardless of human cost. Will finds romance with Erika who helps him bring the miscreants to justice. The U.S. Coast Guard, F.B.I, and A.T.F. are all involved in the fast paced action . The amateur sleuths become heroes when they solve the mysteries surrounding the yachts disappearances. They also expose a secretive method of getting contraband into the U.S. which until now was unknown to the world at large.

 

Starhawk. By former Navy Lt. j.g. Jack McDevitt, Life Member, Golden Isles (Ga.) Chapter. Ace Books. ISBN 978-0-4252-6085-2. 416 pp. $18.90.

Priscilla Hutchins has been through many experiences. This is the story of her first unforgettable adventure.

Priscilla “Hutch” Hutchins has finally realized her lifelong dream: She’s completed a nerve-bending qualification flight for a pilot’s license.
Her timing is far from optimal, however. Faster-than-light travel has only recently become a reality, and the World Space Authority is still learning how to manage long-range missions safely. To make matters worse, efforts to prepare two planets for colonization are killing off native life-forms, outraging people on Earth.
So there’s not a lot of demand for space pilots. Priscilla thinks her career may be over before it has begun. But her ambition won’t be denied, and soon she is on the bridge of an interstellar ship, working for the corporation that is responsible for the terraforming.
Her working conditions include bomb threats, sabotage, clashes with her employers — and a mission to a world, adrift between the stars, that harbors a life-form unlike anything humanity has ever seen. Ultimately, she will be part of a life-and-death struggle that will test both her capabilities and her character.

 

The World’s Greatest Military Investigators Ultimate Book of War Stories. By CWO3 Michael J. Oszman, USA (Ret). CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1-4820-7681-3. 60 pp. $9. Available at www.amazon.com and www.bn.com and as an e-book.

This is a collection of fiction, rumors, war stories, dim memories and a little truth. Case book files and observations of the most famous military investigator of the Vietnam era (at least in his own mind).

 

Undying. By CWO4 William D. Hoy, USA (Ret), Life Member. Trafford Publishing, (888) 232-4444, www.trafford.com. ISBN 978-1-4251-8033-1. 336 pp. $24, postpaid. Order from the author: williamhoy@sbcglobal.net.

In the middle of the Sahara desert, Andre and his buddy Jing Xian are sitting astride their camels. Andre is staring out across the desolate desert. All he sees are sand dunes, dry lake beds, and miles of small brown rocks scattered all over the ground. These rocks must be a million years old he thinks. No wonder that is why the Arabs called the Sahara Bara bila maa, "ocean without water." 

The first reverberating jump of Andre's chest catches the Grand Master off guard, almost knocking him off the wooden staircase. Quickly he recovers and continues to hold the hot branding iron in place against the young man's chest. Smoke from the searing flesh drifts slowly up into the ceiling of the ancient Chinese Shaolin temple. 

Late one misty night at the General Hospital in San Francisco, Maji and Doshi secretly enters a patient's room. It's pitch dark except for the blinking lights on the life support machine. Andre lies motionless on the bed. Using the sonar traits of a bat he acquired from a Indian medicine man in North Dakota, the young man watches every move they make. He prepares to defend himself.

 

Nonfiction

Anti-Access Warfare: Countering A2/AD Strategies. By Capt. Sam J. Tangredi, USN (Ret), Life Member. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-6125-1186-3. 256 pp. $47.95.

 This is the first book to examine the concept of anti-access and area denial warfare, providing a definitive introduction to both conceptual theories and historical examples of this strategy. Also referred to by the acronym "A2/AD," anti-access warfare has been identified in American strategic planning as the most likely strategy to be employed by the People's Republic of China or by the Islamic Republic of Iran in any future conflict with the United States. While previous studies of the subject have emphasized the effects on the joint force and, air forces in particular, this important new study advances the understanding of sea power by identifying the naval roots of the development of the anti-access concept.

The study of anti-access or area denial strategies for use against American power projection capabilities has strong naval roots-which have been largely ignored by the most influential commentators. Sustained long-range power projection is both a unique strength of U.S. military forces and a requirement for an activist foreign policy and forward defense. In more recent years, the logic of the anti-access approach has been identified by the Department of Defense as a threat to this U.S. capability and the joint force.
The conclusions in Anti-Access Warfare differ from most commentary on anti-access strategy. Rather than a technology-driven post-Cold War phenomenon, the anti-access approach has been a routine element of grand strategy used by strategically weaker powers to confront stronger powers throughout history. But they have been largely unsuccessful when confronting a stronger maritime power. Although high technology weapons capabilities enhance the threat, they also can be used to mitigate the threat. Rather than arguing against reliance on maritime forces-presumably because they are no longer survivable-the historical analysis argues that maritime capabilities are key in "breaking the great walls" of countries like Iran and China.

 

Life in the Wild Blue Yonder: Jet Fighter Pilot Stories From the Cold War. By Lt. Col. John Lowery, USAF (Ret), Life Member. Amazon Books. ISBN 978-1-4791-0013-2. $12.95. Available from www.amazon.com.

This book is the "rest of the story" of jet fighter pilot life as introduced by Tom Wolfe in his best seller, The Right Stuff. While Wolfe's book concerned test pilots, this one provides an inside look at the very hazardous life of jet fighter pilots during the 1950s and 1960s; a period during which the author served. As the stories show, it was an interesting and challenging era, interspersed for some by long periods of great anguish, and sudden death for many others.

You'll read how the F-4 Phantom, with its sophisticated equipment ended the era of mano-a-mano dog fighting and ushed in electronic and missile air-warfare. There's also the story of defective bomb fuses that were causing the bombs dropped by Phantoms in Vietnam to explode shortly after release. This cost the Air Force eight F-4E Phantoms and sixteen aircrew -members, before the cause was identified and corrected. Included too is the heartbreaking revelation of our airmen captured in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, but never repatriated. Some were kept for intelligence exploitation and others for "$4 billion in reconstruction and unconditional assistance."

Included is the revelation of Fidel Castro's April 1972 visit to his engineering battalion tasked with maintaining the road near the border of North and South Vietnam. Following this 17 American airmen POWs were transferred from Hanoi to Havana for medical experiments in torture techniques. For obvious reasons, none of these were repatriated. Included is the story of a promising young Air Force test pilot school student who was killed in a zoom-climb maneuver to the edge of the earth's atmosphere. With his entire TPS class watching on closed circuit TV as he passed through 63,000 feet the glove his space suit disconnected and the suit depressurized, killing him almost instantly.

Finally you'll read the story of  Warrior-General John L. Piotrowski. This son of Polish immigrants started his career and an airman basic electronics technician and retired as the Commander of USAF's Space Command.

 

Living With the Shadow Warriors: Stories by the Wives of the Navy’s Ferret Flyers. Essays by Pauline L. Varner, Life Member, and others. Socotra House Publishing. ISBN 978-1-9368-6600-7. 272 pp. $19.76, plus shipping. Available at www.amazon.com.

These are stories written by eleven Navy wives who living in the Philippines, in 1953 to 1956 during the Cold War. Their husbands were flying highly secret missions off the coast of China and Russia. They never knew when their husbands would leave or when they were coming back home, or if they would come back. In late October, the squadron moved from the P.I. to Japan. The book took seven years to complete. Quote from RADM "Mac" Showers, USN-Ret. "Their individual accounts of experiences reveal the good, the bad and the ugly, and occasionally the very ugly aspects of life abroad in strange and often very difficult circumstances. That they managed to cope, to provide loyal support to their husbands who regularly carried out assigned secretive missions, to raise their children, and to generally improve the conditions under which they lived is vivid testimony to the strength of character represented by each."

 

Memoir

Corregidor: Has Anyone Seen My Father? Last Known Address Was the Oryoku Maru. By Gloria Rowland Bagby, Auxiliary Life Member. AuthorHouse, 1663 Liberty Drive Suite 200, Bloomington, IN 47403, (800) 839-8640, www.authorhouse.com. ISBN 978-1-4520-2943-6. 156 pp. $14.99. Available at www.bn.com.

I was orphaned in the ashes of adolescence, and it was a tough read. As an octogenarian it was my task to let this young girl surface and find her way with words into this present world.

It is against the political backdrop of WWII, in the Pacific theater, that a story of a teenager with mischievous brothers and an overwrought mother unfolds as she explores the overgrown jungle paths and bathes in the sumptuous Philippine sunsets.

The disquieting thought that my father may die both overwhelms and emboldens me, and I become, as many before, a casualty of war.

 

Flying High: Memoir of a Thirty Year Adventure. By Col. Richard Gould Woodhull Jr., USAF (Ret). Xlibris, (888) 795-4274, www.xlibris.com. ISBN 978-1-4931-0340-9. 192 pp. $29.99. Available at www.amazon.com and www.bn.com and as an e-book.

Flying High is a personal memoir of high adventure, love, humor, physical danger and intrigue in exotic locations. Whether flying the high altitude U-2 spy plane, meeting Communist guerillas in the hills of Luzon, narrowly avoiding a fatal bullet in Argentina, or nearly being deported from a diplomatic post twice, the author is continually blessed with good fortune and fortuitous circumstances. Far from being a tedious recitation of war stories from the author's 30-year Air Force career, this memoir is an intriguing report on a broad variety of exciting life experiences, accompanied and supported by the woman who has been the author's companion in marriage for over fifty-six years.