Synopses & Reviews
Colonel Anthony "Muddy" Waters has a mission: to mold a company of poorly trained rogues and misfits into heroes. His assignment is one that no other officer in the United States Air Force would touch. But Waters has a fabled stubbornness and dedication unparalleled in the armed services ... and the will to make the impossible possible.
The Warbirds is the breakthrough novel that captures the saga of the F-4 Phantom and the men who made it a legend: like "Muddy" Waters, who must transform the men and women under his command -- Including a superbly talented pilot but loose cannon named Jack Locke-into a fighting force to be reckoned with. Because their country could ask them at any time to fly their F-4s into the eye of the firestorm, to face an overwhelming enemy and brave the flames of hell itself without question and with no support.
Tomorrow that call will come.
And there will be no turning backwhen the heavens explode.
"The Warbirds" is a sensational military adventure novel that crackles with electrifying authenticity while making the reader care deeply for its colorful and multi-dimensional characters. It is the story of Col. Anthony "Muddy" Waters -- a decorated Air Force Officer with a reputation for accomplishing impossible missions -- who is entrusted with transforming an undertrained squadron with obsolete machinery into the most fearsome fighting force in the air. For his outfit, the 45th Tactical Fighter Wing, could be called at any time into the eye of the firestorm. And when a fearsome Middle Eastern powderkeg explodes, the men and women of the 45th are summoned into action -- to brave the flames of hell with no support and no way out.
About the Author
A former weapons system operator, Richard Herman was a member of the United States Air Force for twenty-one years, until he retired in 1983 with the rank of major. He is the author of ten previous novels, including The Warbirds, Power Curve, Against All Enemies, Edge of Honor, and The Trojan Sea, all published by Avon Books. Herman currently lives and works in Gold River, a suburb of Sacramento, California.