VBT – JUNGLELAND
Posted by authorcamilson
by M.T. Bass
“There are only two types of aircraft: fighters and targets.”
~Doyle ‘Wahoo’ Nicholson, USMC
Sweating it out in the former Belgian Congo as a civil war mercenary, with Sparks turning wrenches on his T-6 Texan, Hawk splits his time flying combat missions and, back on the ground, sparring with Ella, an attractive young missionary doctor, in the sequel to My Brother’s Keeper.
“Break left,” I radioed Angel, jammed the throttle forward, and yanked the stick back and to the left in a climbing turn to circle around on the enemy position. I searched back over my shoulder for a road or trail leading out of the area to anticipate their possible direction of movement. There was a small scar coming down off the hill to the southeast.
As we came around three hundred and sixty degrees, lining up on the small section of the jungle where red and green tracer rounds floated up our way, the intensity of the fire began to wane as the rebels understood what was about to come their way.
“Take the trail. Southeast,” I radioed Angel.
He clicked his mike twice to acknowledge the one-two punch plan and throttled back to drift away in trail to follow up my initial attack on the enemy positions with rocket fire as they inevitably fled to melt back into the jungle.
I banked hard and began to dive down on the hilltop. The tracers began to concentrate on my nose. I lit up my guns, spreading the field of fire left and right with a little dance on the rudder pedals. I felt the Texan buck up a bit as rockets left the rails. I followed the plumes of their engines halfway to the target before I had to pull up, but noticed the intensity of the enemy fire had waned considerably.
“Way to go, Batman,” Angel radioed. “Let me just clean up this little mess you made.”
Behind me, Angel strafed the road and fired his rockets in so close that he seemed to clip the top of the fireball from the warhead explosions.
I circled back and took a path coming back up the road, stitching it with .303 caliber fire…
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
M.T. Bass is a scribbler of fiction who holds fast to the notion that while victors may get to write history, novelists get to write/right reality. He lives, writes, flies and makes music in Mudcat Falls, USA.
Born in Athens, Ohio, M.T. Bass grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, majoring in English and Philosophy, then worked in the private sector (where they expect “results”) mainly in the Aerospace & Defense manufacturing market. During those years, Bass continued to write fiction. He is the author of eight novels: My Brother’s Keeper, Crossroads, In the Black, Somethin’ for Nothin’, Murder by Munchausen, The Darknet (Murder by Munchausen Mystery #2), The Invisible Mind (Murder by Munchausen Mystery #3) and Article 15. His writing spans various genres, including Mystery, Adventure, Romance, Black Comedy and TechnoThrillers. A Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor, airplanes and pilots are featured in many of his stories. Bass currently lives on the shores of Lake Erie near Lorain, Ohio.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/mtbass
Apple iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/jungleland-white-hawk-aviation-stories-2/id1526689285
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jungleland-mt-bass/1137448962
M.T. Bass will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
Tell us about you as a person.
Yeah, author bios are all such yada, yada, yada. The thing about me, though, is that I’ve always been someone who gets things done. Playing guitar professionally, becoming a flight instructor, actually starting and finishing a novel or two or three or eleven…Sometimes it’s not so easy. I think that’s why most people prefer to dream the life than live the dream.
If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
Wilber and Orville Wright on December 17, 1903, to be there when they conquered the air for the very first time. Yeah, I know that’s two people, but I’m a rule breaker.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
Jungleland is the sequel to my very first book, My Brother’s Keeper. In it, Hawk finds himself back in combat, flying propeller-driven T-6 Texans against rebels in Congo during the Sixties. It takes him back to his World War II days when he flew P-51 Mustangs over Germany. Along the way, he meets a young, red-headed doctor helping out at the local mission, so maybe there’s a little romance involved, too.
What is your writing process?
Really, I just get up and write first thing in the morning—before I check my email or scroll through my social media accounts or check the latest news. I like working when I’m rested and at the top of my game. It’s pretty funny how if I just keep at it day-after-day, I end up with a book on my hands. Of course, that’s when the real work starts. I write a book only once but re-write it over and over and over again.
Tell us about your main character.
When Hawk was twenty years old, he was flying P-51 Mustangs against Nazi Messerschmidt’s and Folk-Wulfs over Germany. After the war, he went to Los Angeles and becames a Hollywood movie stunt pilot. His older brother, Stitch, lived there, too, and practiced as a plastic surgeon to the stars. When Stitch was found shot dead on his boat, Hawk goes rogue and sets out to prove to the police that his death was no suicide. Once the case is over, he moves to Alaska before it became a state to start a bush pilot operation. He gets screwed over by the State Department, then goes to Congo as a mercenary fighter pilot, where we meet him again in Jungleland.
If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.
What always comes to my mind is the relationship between Crash Davis and Annie Savoy in Bull Durham. I think Kevin Costner at that age is a good pick for Hawk. Since Ella is a red-head, Susan Sarandon fits for her, but she needs to be younger—like in The Great Waldo Pepper.
What are you working on next?
I’m coming up on the halfway point of Motherless Children, which is book number four in my Murder by Munchausen series. I’m also researching the third book for Hawk where he flies Formula One racing planes in the Cleveland Air Show.
What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?
Boy, this is not really a great area of expertise for me. It seems like you have to try everything that’s out there: Amazon and BookBub ads, blog tours, author events, social media, Amazon Central author pages, and, of course, a website. The main thing that really pushes reader buys for me is finding the right newsletter email promotions to use. I’ve had pretty good luck with Book Gorilla and the Fussy Librarian.
What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?
Of the latest books I’ve read, Being Written by William Conescu is at the top of my list. The idea of a minor character subverting an author’s plotline for his own gain was not only intriguing but made the writer in me curious how Conescu would pull it off. Well, he did and it was great fun.
Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I play guitar and keyboards. I’m a Certified Flight Instructor. And I grill a pretty mean steak.
You are given the choice of one superpower. What superpower would you have and why?
Invisibility…because sometimes you just want to sneak off and get away from it all.
List 5 things on your bucket list:
- Flying a P-51 Mustang
- Visiting Australia
- Jamming with Eric Clapton
- Trying to keep up with NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart racing at Watkins Glenn
- At least giving David Baldacci a run for #1
Any final thoughts?
Yeah…Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. And that’s my final answer.
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