In 1996, I left the computer game industry to begin writing a biography of Colonel Gerald R. Johnson, one of the great fighter leaders the USAAF produced during WWII. My first book, written for Brassey’s (now Potomac), ended up not being the bio of Johnson, but rather a history of the Korean Air War called Crimson Sky. Between consulting for the computer flight simulation industry, working as a sports stringer, and writing documentary scripts for a firm called Entertainment Distributing Inc., I wrote four more books.
In 2005, I began researching The Devil’s Sandbox and grew very close to the Oregon National Guardsmen whose deployment to Iraq the previous year was the subject of the book. I embedded with them when they were deployed to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, then formed a non-profit organization that helped provide training support for them.
After the Sandbox came out, I wrote a number of collaborations with veterans of both Iraq and Afghanistan. I also wrote several books on my own for MBI/Zenith Press.
Currently, I’m working on a biography of aviation legend Paul “Pappy” Gunn. This will be my eighteenth book, and my first for Hachette.
At right are some details of each book and the back stories behind them.