Twenty years ago, Sarajevo burned. From 1992 to 1995, the Bosnian capital endured one of the worst sieges of modern warfare.
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of other significant events from the Bosnian war, as well. In 1993, the United Nations declared a number of “safe areas,” including the town of Srebrenica. Two years later, thousands of Muslim men and boys died at Srebrenica in the worst mass killing in Europe since World War II. The siege of the city of Mostar, as well as mass murder in the Lašva Valley, both took place in 1993.
One of the most enjoyable things about becoming a novelist is hearing from readers. Some of the neatest e-mails come from kids, especially those who have chosen one of my novels for a book report. I’ll share with you a question I received from a student. (I won’t put him on the spot by revealing his name.) But he wrote to say he was doing a paper on the themes in THE MULLAH’S STORM, and he wanted to know where to start. Here’s my answer:
If you’re interested in the kind of aircraft that most often appear in my novels, do yourself a favor and visit the Air Mobility Command Museum. You’ll find it at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. You won’t need a military ID to see it, because it’s located outside the operational area of the base. (It’s free, too, though they graciously accept donations.)
The museum volunteers are veterans, many of whom have logged thousands of hours in the aircraft you’ll visit. Just hearing those veterans’ stories makes the visit worth the drive. The museum’s planes include the C-130, C-141, C-124, KC-135, C-121, C-133, and the B-17. The list goes on much longer.