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This is a response to a reader today: It definitely got my attention:
by Dale Brown, [IMAGE]2014

ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED AT DaleBrown.Info, 06/30/2014

[MEGAFORTRESS.COM image] First may I say I have read and loved every one of your books. I waited in anticipation for Starfire but having just finished it, I find myself wondering who wrote it? It was sadly disappointing. Great tech writing, of course, but have you turned into a liberal? Or what? Fun techno-science stuff but all tuned just to the Starfire project with little else but the mention of CID and you even killed off Silver Tower AND the titled Starfire project! It seemed in the finale your main character Bradley (who spent far too much of the book as a punk kid) was just some naive kid conned by an, apparently now evil, father and ex-president Martindale. He wasn't really even very intelligent - just managed a bunch of smarter kids. Brad "just wanted to fly". Wow. What? Who wants these characters? What made your books great was the strong, motivated, highly intelligent characters creating fantastic weapons to protect a strong United States. People working AGAINST the week, corrupt politicians and enemies. People willing to give their lives to fight an "evil enemy" (as presented in the novels).

In a time when our real government is failing on all sides, our borders overrun, massive governmental corruption, our international allies either laughing at us or horrified at what is happening -I had truly hoped for a great novel of hope, power, yeah, escapism sure. Sadly, I could have found as much satisfaction as this book gave from current news. You had the decent president lose the election to a woman, who, much like the present president, lies to win, and cans the whole space program. Sigh.

Hillary? Oh yes,if we are just nice, Russia and China, etc., will be nice and not weaponize space, right? And did you just get tired of writing?

After all the buildup, what happened with Russia/China? Their leaders?

Probably better you didn't say because I imagine your new president would have crawled over and apologized and promised to rebuild Moscow.

And the end, everyone watching Silver Tower fall - reminded me too much of seeing our last real space shuttle carted off to a museum.

Of course no one really wants war and bloodshed, but in the current state of humanity, unfortunately we shall either be the victor or the victim. For heavens sake, at least in fiction, can't our heros be strong, intelligent and victorious?

Go read some Vince Flynn. (May he rest in peace).

--Ms. xxxx:

My response:

Thank you for your very excellent e-mail. I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to use your e-mail along with my response on my Web site to respond to your remarks. I will of course not use your name without your permission.

I cannot write novels in a vacuum. I can't write about a victorious high-tech military when in the real world we have huge budget cutbacks, sequestration with even more cuts, and a commander-in-chief who refuses to engage potential adversaries no matter what they do. I won't do it.

I want to write about the world we live in and my solution to the situation we find ourselves in. The solution may not be heroic, patriotic, proud, or aspiring. America might be the loser. I see plenty of instances and conflicts where America might not emerge as the victor, for political or military reasons. I'm not afraid of portraying that. In fact, my mission these days is to SHOW everyone what might happen if we do not act and show what might occur if we DO use our military resources in a more aggressive, offensive manner.

I am happy you equated my novel with current events. That was precisely what I was going for. My portrayal of future events sounds too much like what might happen if things that are happening now actually occur? That's perfect. I like that. A lot.

You mentioned a U.S. president that has crawled over and apologized and promised to rebuild Moscow? Sheesh, Ms. xxxx--seriously, where would I have gotten that idea from? A U.S. president that took down all strategic ballistic missile defense systems in Europe because Russia demanded it? A U.S. president who refused to act after the Syrian "red line" was crossed because Russia warned against it? A U.S. president who freezes in eastern Europe over the Ukraine/Crimea invasion because Russia warns against it? I write about the real world that could emerge in the next 2-5 years. I call 'em like I see 'em. I don't see any advantage to the U.S. under the Obama protocol. Do you?

I have never read a Vince Flynn novel but I understand he is a superstar. I don't know: but does he portray a different America than what exists today? He is certainly entitled to do so, but I won't follow his example. I prefer to write about the mess we've created for ourselves right now and how we might fix it. We can do it. I'll show you how. GBA, Dale...

YOUR RESPONSES ARE WELCOME! Hit me with your best shot! Fire away!

GBA, Dale...

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