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The Devil Dragon Pilot: A Ford Stevens Military-Aviation Thriller (Volume 1) Paperback – November 6, 2016
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"A fast-reading and clinching military thriller that would earn a place alongside any Clancy novel." -Reserve Officers Association (ROA)
Ranked #2 on "Best Fiction History Books" - Comparaboo
On Power Reads List: "...of local authors worth checking out." -Hilton Head Monthly Magazine
"I am a hard nose veteran and a 30 year police officer. I teared at the climax of this book. I don't do that with books." -John Schlutert, New Orleans Police Department
"Truly, an outstanding read. Colby does a tremendous job developing the characters, and keeping the plot moving. You will not be disappointed." -TJ
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Get your seat harness locked and put your flight helmet on!
Presenting one the greatest military-aviation thrillers ever--an action-packed Book Series with a right hook!
Crammed with deceitful government employees, smoke and mirrors tradecraft, and the blackest, most secretive aviation flights ever undertaken, you will be unable to put it down.
Thank you for reading the Ford Stevens Military-Aviation Thriller Series.
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Placed somewhere around the contemporary scenario of U.S.-China tensions, Devil Dragon is a story of two friends who ought to be foes; both consumed by love of home, family, and flying their nations’ most technologically advanced warplanes.
Using his impressive command of subject, Colby keeps the reader turning pages, as the novel’s novel plot unfolds within an absorbing web of nicely done character development, superb technical and compelling national security detail (all cleared by DoD reviewers by the way – no one is going to jail), and old-fashioned cliffhanging drama.
It is fun to go “behind the text” and imagine this new writer joyously and compulsively scribing his drama. Colby, now a colonel in the Air Force Reserve who has apparently flown just about everything, teaches strategy at the National Defense University; he wrote us, “I looked around some of the current aviation and military themed books and movies, and could not find a fictional story that focused on the Air Force Reserve. With that in mind, I wrote an outline for The Devil Dragon Pilot that prominently featured an Air Force Reserve pilot.
“There was no way I could write a book with my Washington, DC, based schedule, so I got up at 4 AM every day for a year and wrote one or two pages every morning. Air Force Reserve Captain Ford Stevens was born as the main character!
“Ford is a B-1 pilot who is recruited by his best friend, a Chinese Air Force pilot, to [dear reader, you’ll have to pick up Devil Dragon to learn just what Ford’s friend has in mind]. It features Washington DC politics, bureaucratic red-tape, espionage, and high-speed flight. My goal was to put Air Force Reservists in the spotlight.
“Book 2 comes out this summer, titled The Black Scorpion Pilot. We will once again see Ford Stevens test his aviation skills, human endurance, and his ability to survive an almost insurmountable situation.”
Among The Devil Dragon Pilot’s overwhelmingly positive Amazon reviews, this one is typical: “A great first novel! Riveting story line and very well researched. The author nails many facets of the US intelligence apparatus, military doctrine and the reality of military service, especially Air Force and Naval Aviation. He does a great job building the characters and relationships. Pick this book up now, you won't be disappointed!”
I just landed the Devil Dragon. SOD!
I enjoyed reading this great story of brotherhood, transient border friendships, compassion, vanity, and ego.
The plot flowed well with Ford and Wu’s story. Their friendship grew constantly throughout the story. Their internal voice gave extreme depth of character. Both of these characters’ loyalty is what drew them closer. Wu was already like an American.
I especially enjoyed how Wu and Ford's life were balanced and paralleled together.
Both worked the high echelons of US and Chinese intelligence agencies. Both were stealth pilots and major risk takers.
One had to betray his country for the other. This touches upon our how we celebrate American culture.
Although fiction, Colby’s grasp of military technology and culture keeps the story grounded just enough in reality to give it a this-could-really-happen feel. He writes in a way that makes the reader believe as if they are in the story listening and watching as events unfold — much like a first-person video game. Buy this book for your summer vacation. You won’t be disappointed!
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Like a Ton Clancy story. Can't wait to start the next one!