Readers sometimes asked why I use a pilot as my lead male protagonist. That’s easy. I always wanted to be a writer and a pilot. I have been flying now for decades, first as a Sunday private pilot, then as a commercial ferry pilot and later for military, corporations, and airlines and I write realistically about what I have experienced. Many of my friends have been airline and military pilots.
For example, when I was in college I free-lanced an article in for the Columbus Dispatch Sunday Magazine (OH) about a coal mine disaster near Columbus during the early thirties. I looked up the old newspapers from the thirties, located photos and even got to interview one of the miners who was in the disaster. It was the lead article with photos on the
magazine’s front page. At that time I thought I knew everything about coal miners so I decided to do a short story on cold miners in a disaster. But what did I really know about the life of a coal miner; the fears, a deep, poorly lighted small underground tunnel, the heavy labor, the sweat, the dirt and choking dust, the poor pay to support a family during the Great Depression. I knew nothing of this. My story was rejected by every magazine.
Since that time frame I try to write realistically about what I have experienced. Most of the places in this novel are real because I’ve been there: from Vietnam to Europe to Asia to Washington to Texas and most places in-between. I create characters using a combination of real and imaginary personalities. My motto for writing fiction will always be write what you know.
Since I’ve been a reporter for several large and small newspapers before I took up flying fulltime, my next novel, already written as an unpublished screenplay, will be about a young reporter, fresh out of journalism school and honest as hell, confronts a small town crooked old courthouse judge who tries to bribe him, threatens him, shoots at
him and pays a girl to try seduce him for blackmail purposes since he’s married. He receives phone calls at home at night from a thug threatening to pay a visit with a baseball bat.
Of course, my first newspaper job was as a courthouse reporter. And it was an interesting four years.
Again, always write what you know.
Published By: Silverhawk Books
Publication Date: 9/8/11, ebook
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery
# Of Pages: 240
Airline Captain Frank Braden and his wife Nicole are suddenly stalked by professional assassins who have a deadline to make their deaths look like an accident or a suicide. And the couple doesn’t know why they are being targeted. They don’t realize that they stand in the way of a deadly conspiracy. Little by little they are pulled into a dangerous web of intrigue by a murderous criminal network that deceptively offers the pilot his wife’s life if he will concede to their demands. This is a thriller that rocks the highest levels of Washington.
Dangerous Past is a story of a man who must choose between doing what ought to be done or keeping his family alive by allowing a murderous and powerful VIP to escape his past.
It was nine at night, when the FBI agent watching Frank’s house decided to drive down the road to get a cup of coffee. He figured it would take no longer than twenty minutes. Inside the house Nicole made some coffee and gave a cup to Frank to take outside to give to the agent.
Frank went out the front door and looked for the agent’s car. He peered into the darkness and started to cross the street when he heard a voice from the side of the yard.
“I’m back here.”
Frank turned around and walked into the dark beside his house.
Frank thought the voice now came from the back yard and he continued toward the rear of the house. When he got to the rear yard, Frank still couldn’t see the agent. “Hey, where in the devil are you? I got some hot coffee.”
“I think I saw someone run into the foliage near the lake. You better go back inside where it’s safe while I have a look around.”
“No, I’ll help you search. Wait a minute.” Frank jogged towards the voice that seemed to be closer to the lake now.
Standing in the shadows, John smiled. For whatever reason, whether his victim was a macho know-it-all type or just naive of the danger, many of the men he had killed had swallowed that bait. He also figured from the fax sheet he had received, that the Austin police had taken Frank’s .38-calber revolver. Under the new waiting law, John knew it was impossible for Frank to get another weapon so soon unless his intended victim wasn’t a law-biding citizen. And John was counting on Frank to be a law-abiding sort.
As Frank neared Town Lake, he wished he had brought a flashlight. He couldn’t see the agent at all. So he went toward the shrubbery where he last heard the voice. “Hey, fellow, where are you?” Frank said. He felt foolish that he didn’t know the agent’s name.
“Here, right behind you.”
The voice startled Frank and he whirled around to face a well-built man wearing all black as though he was on a Special Forces recon night team. I’m in trouble, Frank thought, as he looked down the silencer barrel of a 9mm pistol. God, this guy is really good. “Did you kill the agent that was watching me?”
“I wasn’t paid to do that. Now, Frankie boy, let’s me and you take a walk to the shoreline.”
A. F. Ebbers, a journalism graduate of Ohio University was a reporter/writer for major newspapers, ad agencies, and in public relations for Cessna Aircraft Company. He also graduated from Army Flight School and flew for the Ohio and Kansas Army National Guards. Later he was called to active duty and served two flying tours in Vietnam. After retirement from the military, he flew for corporations and for regional airlines. A dual rated ATP pilot, he has written for numerous national magazines, Sunday supplements and trade and travel magazines and has written screenplays and short stories. Today he lives with his wife in the Austin, Texas area and, when not writing, enjoys tennis, golf, flying and piano. Dangerous Past is his debut novel.
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