I am really excited that the team who brought us The Pacific and Band of Brothers is making another epic. This time they are telling the story of the harrowing bombing campaign against Germany with a focus on the awful early period when 60% casualty rates were the norm. Sound familiar? The project, from Playtone Productions, was […]
Do you like a good action story? Interested in WWII? This is your lucky day! I am looking for people to read my book and post a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Please message me and I will send you a copy for Kindle or any other reader. I’ll send a signed copy of the […]
Whew. I knew there was a reason you hire people to do this. It’s almost impossible to edit your own work. There’s too much “love” involved. “Kill your darlings” is the tired old advice. The earliest known example comes from Arthur Quiller-Couch, who spread it in his widely reprinted 1913-1914 Cambridge lectures “On the Art of Writing.” In his […]
I have always been a stickler for period accuracy. I almost dismissed The Godfather because there was somebody wearing 1970s glasses in the party scene. It gets ridiculous. When Roger Sterling did his blackface song and dance on Mad Men, I was furious that they showed the drummer playing an 80s K Zildjian cymbal (though in later […]
Like many other young American kids, I grew up watching Hogan’s Heroes. It was about WWII, featured a charismatic protagonist in a great costume (Hogan made the A-4 jacket cool long before Indiana Jones made his debut) and was pretty funny. We used to play POW when I was a kid. The game mostly consisted of […]
One of the great challenges in writing this sort of book is to make the dry research come alive. Exposition is a no-no, especially if it doesn’t serve the story. While it’s very nice to have a lot of detail, if it’s extraneous it will kill the momentum faster than just about anything. One of […]
In the interest of getting this out there, Hawser also now available on Scribd. Click here for more details.
Well, it took a hell of a lot longer than I had planned, but Hawser is finally ready. I am awfully proud of it. It’s available in ebook format for Kindle and other readers. I also have hard copies available, but they are more expensive. To get this baby rolling, I am happy to give away a […]
Any owner of an old car will tell you that if you change one part of it, you may be upsetting the balance. My old BMW convertible recently had an A/C recharge, and the hoses blew as a result. If you own an old house, the same is true but even more so– pry up […]
Pilots and crew loved the B-17. One of the reasons was that it could absorb tremendous damage and still make it home. Here are a few pictures I’ve come across that prove this. Bear in mind that much of this damage resulted in the death of the crewmen.