The true story behind Red Burning Sky

  Europe in the midst of World War II: Adolf Hitler’s Stukas and Panzers have stormed across most of the continent. This new kind of mechanized warfare moves faster and hits harder than anything the world has ever seen. To stop it, the Allies need to starve it of fuel. The German-held oil refineries in…

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IMAGINING IRAQ: Stories

“An intelligent, moving collection that honors both those who serve and those left behind at home.” I had the honor of reviewing IMAGINING IRAQ, a collection of stories by Barbara Mujica. Barbara is the mother of a Marine officer, and she’s a professor emerita of Spanish Literature at Georgetown University. Click here for the full…

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V2: A Novel of World War II

The new novel V2, by Robert Harris, delves into the moral compromises made by German rocket engineers during World War II. Terrific book. Click here to read my full review in the Washington Independent Review of Books.

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A Ghost from the Battle of the Atlantic

Diving on World War II shipwrecks off the Outer Banks of North Carolina fired my interest in the Battle of the Atlantic. Years later, the Battle of the Atlantic figured in my novel, Silver Wings, Iron Cross. One of the most fascinating wrecks off the NC coast is the U-352, a German U-boat sunk by the…

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Folding Fact Into Fiction

My thanks to David Stewart, Eric Dezenhall and Roger Williams for a fine evening of literary discussion on the latest edition of History Author Talks. In case you missed the live show, click here to watch. Our topic: Folding Fact Into Fiction.

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Fact into Fiction: The Historical Novel

Life doesn’t always follow a perfect narrative arc. So, when authors write historical novels, they can’t just make up everything. They have to stay within at least the broad guardrails of history. How do authors thread that needle? I’ll discuss how writers meet that challenge with my friend and fellow author David O. Stewart on…

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The Magnificent Rescue

It’s been great to hear from all the folks who’ve enjoyed my World War II novel, Silver Wings, Iron Cross. Just to keep you updated, I’m working on another WWII story, tentatively titled The Magnificent Rescue. And it’s based on a true story. It’s inspired by Operation Halyard, the rescue of more than 500 downed…

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Diving Into the Past for a Historical Novel

Twenty-six miles off Morehead City, NC, the dive boat pitched and rolled. I fought seasickness as I pulled on my scuba gear. Everything gets harder when you’re trying not to lose your lunch; even strapping on fins becomes a struggle. I screwed the regulator onto my air tank. Cracked open the valve and watched the…

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