Publications: Fiction

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Net Force: Shadow of Honor 0
Bahamas Blue 0 Deep-sea diver "Tiller"' Galloway's 1st adventure.
Balance of Power 0
Battle Born 0 The B-1B Lancer in action.
Books: Fiction A Techno-hriller is an action based novel which uses military hardware in a detailed or semi - realistic way. Spy, war and action thrillers have always been popular but the late 1980's saw the emergence of books with a lot more technical detail supporting the narrative than had been the case.
Bright Star 0 In Bright Star the action focusses on Armour operations and Coyle includes movement diagrams to illustrate the action. This is a great read for fans of Armoured Warfare tactics.
Buck Danny 0 If you read French and enjoy military aviation, you would really like the Buck Danny series. It was created in the late 1940's when Buck started out flying Wildcats and other Navy fighters against the Japanese in WW2. Although Buck is an American pilot (he has flown both USN and USAF aircraft over the years), Buck Danny is a totally French creation, and 49 books later, he's still flying (and hasn't aged a day!).
Cannibal Queen 0 In Cannibal Queen Coont's pilots his restored Stearman biplane on a journey through America. WARNING If this book doesn't motivate you to run out and sign up for flying lessons nothing will !
Cauldron
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Chains of Command 0
China Sea 0 "Poyer's sixth novel about U.S. Navy surface warfare puts series protagonist Dan Lenson in command for the first time."
Clear and Present Danger 0 Jarmo Lindberg from Fighter Squadron 21 in Finland and Fighter Tactics Academy reports: "In Tom Clancy's 'Clear and Present Danger' book there was CDR Jensen in an A-6E dropping the special cellulose bomb with no fragments. In the movie the jet was the F/A-18. During NATOPS conference 1994 I met the then VFA-125 standardization officer 'Kid' Pallen who told me in the bar that he flew the jet for the film. The Paramount Pictures people had just emerged one day in his office and told him that they had a clearance from the Navy to drop a couple of laser guided bombs from the Hornet for the film. "Sure!!!!" said Kid and checked the news. And sure enough, they DID have the clearance. So after some frantic searching they found the bombs and loaded them. Kid took off and joined with the Paramount Pictures Learjet which had a special camera through the floor. They flew several passes so that Kid approached the Learjet from behind and below. But they couldn't drop the bombs because they were over desert and they should have been over the "Colombian" jungle. Finally (when the sun was already going down) they flew over some clouds and decided to drop the bombs there. So Kid got rid of his ordnance just before sunset and the Paramount crew got their shots for the movie."
Dale Brown Dale Brown is a former USAF captain who logged thousands of hours aboard B-52 and FB-111's. His novels contain detailed recreations of cockpit scenarios
Dale Brown's Dreamland 0
Dauntless and Hellcats 0 Chino reported: "Barrett Tillman also wrote two very good novels of WW2 naval aviation, DAUNTLESS and HELLCATS. They really capture the flavor of the carrier war in the Pacific from the pilot's perspective. Good stuff."
Day of the Cheetah 0 The ultimate in ergonomics as Brown explores the cockpit interface - direct thought control! What woul dit be like? ... could you beat it? .... There's some fine aerial action in this one!
Day of Wrath 0 "... it appears that someone has stolen a Russian nuclear warhead. By going undercover, the two have a chance to avert a potential catastrophe, although it means directly disobeying government orders. As a result, they must finish the investigation alone. Colonel Thorn will soon find himself in situations that draw on his years of training in armed combat (as well as skills honed playing flight simulation computer games!)..."
Debt of Honour 0 In Tom Clancy's Debt of Honour a labyrinthine plot unfolds as a Japanese industrialist sets about winning the war 50 years on with a very different set of weapons. Not as much weaponry featured in this book as we've come to expect from Clancy but an engrossing read nonetheless.
Defcon One 0
Down to a Sunless Sea 0
Eagle Station 0 Phantom Leader, this is Zero Three, go. You want a MiG, get on over here." As well as some classic MiG vs. Phantom encounters Berent describes the hazardous work of the ParaJumpers, who lower themselves into the jungle from a helicopter to rescue downed pilots. I can't recommend this book highly enough for air combat fans, get the whole series.
"Phantom Leader, this is Zero Three, go. You want a MiG, get on over here."

As well as some classic MiG vs. Phantom encounters Berent describes the hazardous work of the ParaJumpers, who lower themselves into the jungle from a helicopter to rescue downed pilots.
Executive Orders 0
Fallout 0
Fatal Terrain 0 The characters from Flight of the Old Dog are back in Fatal Terrain. The general story will be a bit predictable to anyone who has followed the series, and I'm not saying that's a bad thing. You will know what to expect - lot's of action packed sequences involving every permutation of engagement between ships - fighter aircraft, SAM's and of course Brown's favourite - the heavy bombers.
Final Flight 0 Final Flight (1988) continues the adventures of Jake Grafton as he tackles terrorists. Good F-14 Tomcat action. Am I the only person who noticed the uncanny similarity between this book and a movie released shortly after - "Under Siege" with Stephen Seagal foiling the efforts of terrorists to hijack an aircraft carrier.
Fire on the Waters 0 The first in Poyer's Civil War at Sea trilogy.
Firebreak 0 In Firebreak F-15 Strike Eagles roar into action. Amchair jocks will love the descriptions of the Mudhen doing it's thing.
Flashpoint 0 "Huston's third military thriller is also his best as it examines the cost of another hypothetical American reprisal against terrorism, this time with a supersonic fighter-jet pursuit of a bin Laden stand-in to his secret desert fortress." (Kirkus Reviews)
Flight of the Intruder 0 Flight of the Intruder (1986) introduces Jake Grafton, an A-6 Intruder driver whose adventures run through The Red Horseman. It recounts the adventures and frustrations of the Vietnam war as seen from the Navy pilots perspective. A classic of modern military aviation fiction.
Flight of the Old Dog 0 Set in the Cold War days of the late 1980's, Flight of the Old Dog depicts a clandestine strike flown by a modified B-52 into the USSR. Megafortress was an early 1990's DOS sim based on this book.
Force of Eagles 0 Force of Eagles describes the action in detail as a force of F-15 Eagles deploys to the Middle East. There's also action a-plenty from C-130 Hercules and F-111s.
Fortunes of War 0 Four Japanese nationalists storm Tokyo's imperial palace and behead the emperor. Their goal: to invade Russia and conquer oil-rich Siberia in order to dominate the globe. Soon the world explodes in war, as Japan, Russia and the United States go head-to-head in a struggle that threatens total destruction.
Hammerheads 0 HammerHeads portrays a high tech war against drugs Of particular interest is the portrayal of the ill-fated Osprey VTOL aircraft as it might have been used in service. Full of fast aerial action
Honourable Enemies 0 Also avaliable in audio casette - 1994 - Terrorists vs. the CIA.
Larry Bond Larry Bond is the creator of the Naval Warfare simulation Harpoon. Larry applies the meticulous mind of a wargamer to this genre and the books abound in credible and detailed encounters on land, sea and of course in the air. He co-wrote Red Storm Rising with Tom Clancy.
Last Man Standing from Amazon.com

" Last Man Standing has the essential elements of a terrific David Baldacci novel: a tough but tender-hearted hero, dirty dealings in the nation's bureaucracy, and a roller-coaster plot."
0 "Last Man Standing has the essential elements of a terrific David Baldacci novel: a tough but tender-hearted hero, dirty dealings in the nation's bureaucracy, and a roller-coaster plot". - Barrie Trinkle
Louisiana Blue 0 Deep-sea diver "Tiller"' Galloway's 3rd adventure.
Mark Berent His first four books present stories based around flying the F-4 Phantom during the Vietnam conflict, a subject to which he obviously brings a wealth of personal experience. There are great descriptions of Forward Air Control missions, Wild Weasel and Special Ops on the ground.

I enjoy his books and often read the passages relating to air action over and over. There is also a wealth of tactical information here for sim buffs.
MiG-Ratings explained
Net Center: One Is the Loneliest Number 0
Net Force 0 The Net Force series is co-written with Steve R. Pieczenik. I haven't read these but I did see the movie which was darn good! The plots revolve around a crack FBI outifit set up in 2010 to battle cyber crime.
Net Force #12: Duel Identity 0
Net Force #3 : Night Moves 0
Net Force #4: Breaking Point 0
Net Force 10: Safe House 0
Net Force 13: Death World 0
Net Force: Cybernation 0
Net Force: Cyberspy 0
Net Force: End Game 0
Net Force: Gameprey 0
Net Force: Hidden Agendas 0
Net Force: High Wire 0
Net Force: Point of Impact 0
Net Force: Private Lives 0
Net Force: Runaways 0
Net Force: The Deadliest Game 0
Net Force: The Great Race 0
Net Force: The Ultimate Escape 0
Net Force: Virtual Vandals 0
Night of the Hawk 0 Night of the Hawk is Dale Brown's sequel to Flight of the Old Dog.
Op-Center 0 Clancy's series about a hi-tech Government organisation for fighting unconventional battles. I haven't read them - they are co-written with Steve Pieczenik. Some like them, some don't - follow the links to Amazon where you can read excerpts and make up your own mind.
Op-Center: Acts of War 0
Op-Center: Balance of Power 0
Op-Center: Divide and Conquer 0
Op-Center: Games of State 0
Op-Center: Line of Control 0
Op-Center: Mirror Image 0
Patriot Games 0 In Tom Clancy's Patriot Games Jack Ryan (from The Hunt For Red October) is back in his job as an intelligence analyst for the CIA. His attempt at thwarting an assassination in England puts his family in the firing line and the stage is set for a hi-tech battle against terrorists. The book was made into a successful movie starring Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan.
Phantom Leader
0 Berent's USAF characters go from FACing (Forward Air Controlling) in the 0-1 Birddog and the 0-2 Oscar Pig to night fast FACing in the F-4 Phantom over the murderous on the Ho Chi Minh Trail where if the big guns don't get ou, the karst will. Mark Berent's third novel has plenty to delight sim pilots.
Primary Target 0 December 1999. As the once powerful former Soviet Union descends into social and economic collapse, a group of hard-line Communists has devised a strategy to return their country to it's former glory.
Rainbow Six 0
Red Phoenix 0 Red Phoenix details a modern day war on the Korean peninsula. Falcon 4.0 fans should like this one!
Red Phoenix details a modern day war on the Korean peninsula. Falcon 4.0 fans should like this one!
Red Storm Rising 0
Rolling Thunder 0 "A crashing jet fighter breaks up in different ways, depending on its speed, its angle of impact, and the topography of the ground it strikes .... usually they burn." These are the thoughts running through the mind of USAF Capt. Court Bannister as he nurses his shot - up F-100D Super Sabre homeward. They set the tempo for an intense novel. Later we meet Toby Parker, a Forward Air Controller, and Wolf Lochert from Special Forces. Their lives and fates intertwine throughout this series.
"A crashing jet fighter breaks up in different ways, depending on its speed, its angle of impact, and the topography of the ground it strikes .... usually they burn." These are the thoughts running through the mind of USAF Capt. Court Bannister as he nurses his shot - up F-100D Super Sabre homeward.

They set the tempo for an intense novel. Later we meet Toby Parker, a Forward Air Controller, and Wolf Lochert from Special Forces. Their lives and fates intertwine throughout this series.
Rules of Engagement 0
Shadow Flight 0 Hijacking of a B-2B Stealth Bomber!
Shadows of Steel 0
Silver Tower 0 One of Brown's first novels which deals with Star Wars technology (Reagan, not Lucas!).
Skymasters 0 SKY MASTERS portrays a conflict between China and the USA near the Spratly Islands. Patrick McLanahan is back from Flight of the Old Dog, and this time puts a B-2B Stealth Bomber through it's paces.
Son of Thunder 0 This book is full of goodies; the author's first hand experience flying in that war is evident throughout. Aviator enthusiasts will love this book for the detail, others just for the good story.
Star Trek: Starship Tactical Combat Simulator 1980 It was a board wargame
Steel Tiger 0 Don't miss this one. Set in Vietnam 1967, our heroes are Back to do battle with the demons within and without! I've read this 4 or 5 times, an air combat classic.
Storming Heaven 0 The book describes a campaign using civil aircraft to both drop bombs and acting as bombs in a wave of destruction across US airports and eventually to the nation's capital. " I hope it all remains a fantasy."
Dale Brown. Folson, CA. April 1994.
SwordPoint 0
Targets of Opportunity 0 From the first page of Targets of Opportunity Joe Weber had my attention.
Team Yankee 0 Sean Bannon is a young tank commander in Germany when the balloon goes up. The novel describes a week of modern tank warfare in Europe at the sharp end. The pace is exhausting and punishing on minds, bodies and machines. WARNING: This book may turn you ( at least temporarily ) into a tank - sim - nut. Team Yankee was released as a sim for the Atari and PC in the late '80's.
The Bear and the Dragon 0
The Cardinal of the Kremlin 0
The Enemy Within 0
The Fist of God 0 The Fist of God is a totally engrossing thriller writen by a master. The level of technical detail is astounding yet it never detracts form the pace of the narrative. The action is set around the Gulf War and involves action on the ground, in the air and with Special Forces.
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The Hunt for Red October 0 The Hunt for Red October was his first big hit, rocketing to prominence when the movie version starring Sean Connery was released. When a Soviet sub commander defects with the latest Russian "stealth" sub, a complex cat and mouse game unfolds beneath the sea.
The Intruders 0 In The Intruders we follow Jake Grafton's adventures after Flight of the Intruder as he is assigned to teach carrier aviation aboard a Marine carrier.
The Med 0
The Passage 0 "This fourth of Poyer's excellent Dan Lenson novels deals, not unexpectedly, with the naval officer hero's experience aboard a Spruance-class destroyer in the Caribbean."
The Price of Power 0
The Red Horseman 0
The Return of Philo T. McGiffin 0 Poyer describes the first year of a Navy Midshipman.
The Sum of All Fears 0 The Sum of All Fears revolves around a plot by Middle Eastern terrorists to construct a nuclear device with the intertion of letting it off in the U.S.A. and Jack Ryan finds himself yet again in the firing line. The plot runs on several levels at once and it certainly kept my attention. It was made into a movie starring Ben Affleck.
Thunder on the Mountain 0 "Richly entertaining melodrama about the US labor movement, reminiscent of both early Steinbeck and John Sayles's Union Dues..."
Tomahawk 0 "In the mid-1980s, Poyer's continuing protagonist, navy officer Dan Lenson, is a lieutenant commander holding a vital Pentagon position in the trouble-plagued development of the Tomahawk cruise missile."
Video - DVD - Digital
Vortex
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Warbirds 0 In Warbirds Richard Herman narrates as Libya provokes a world crisis and the 45th Tactical Fighter Wing relocates to the region. We are in for some dramatic flying as their F-4's battle it out with Libyan SAMs and MiGs. This is a gripping yarn with great descriptions of night flying and strike missions, perfect fodder for the armchair pilot!
Warrior Class 0
Without Remorse 0 Set in 1970, Tom Clancy's "Without Remorse" describes John Kelly , a former US Navy SEAL returning from Vietnam to America to find a different sort of war going on. He meets a woman who has fallen foul of drug dealers and sets out to methodically avenge her. A chilling tale of vigilantism, interesting in his portrayal of urban combat methods and tactics, if disturbing for the political/social agendas.

I can't say I really enjoyed this one but perhaps I should have treated it as fiction!.


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