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Walt Shiel

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Although born in Michigan, I was raised across the US and around the world as an Air Force “brat.” I started school on the Pacific Island of Guam during the Korean War and finished high school in France during the Vietnam War. Shortly after graduation, Charles DeGaulle kicked all American forces out of the country, but hey, it wasn't my fault. Not completely, anyway.

In 1969, I talked Michigan State University our of a BSEE degree, the Air Force out of a commission and pilot wings, and Kerrie out of running away when I asked her to to marry me. I went on to log some 4,000 flying hours.

As a civilian, I have worked on the B-2 bomber program at Northrop and the F-16, F-35, and F-22 fighter programs at Lockheed Martin.

Since 1990, I've written ar
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I’m going to give away up to 10 copies of the audiobook of ROUGH WAR via a Rafflecopter giveaway. If there are 10 or fewer total entries, everyone will get one. If there are more than 10, Rafflecopter’s system chooses the winners at random. I’ll contact the winners within 48 hours of the contest closing and send each an Audible code redeemable for the Rough War audiobook.


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Devil in the North Woods

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Once a Knight: A Novel of Aerial Combat & Romance in World War I (Literature & Fiction)
2 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:31PM
Description: "A superbly crafted historical novel of aerial combat and romance set against the backdrop of 'The War To End All Wars', <i>Once A Knight</i> is highly recommended reading and a welcome addition to personal and community library collections." - Midwest Book Review "A great read that will fit well alongside <i>The Razor’s Edge</i> and <i>A Farewell to Arms</i>." -Military Writer's Society of America
Positive Mental Attitude (Biographies & Memoirs)
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Description: True story of how I overcame a serious injury in a motorcycle accident at 17 and became an Air Force pilot despite the doctor's dire predictions.

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“I’d always hated cocktail parties. And this one was worse than most. Overdressed pseudo–people smiled plastic smiles, told one–upmanship stories with phony self–deprecation, then half–listened with painted–on sincerity to the one–upmanship rebuttals. Mannequins. Robots. Androids. Pseudo–people laboring in the vineyards of pseudo–intellectualism to gather the bitter grapes of self–aggrandizement.”
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“Begin your writing, fiction or article, where the action begins. This action can be internal (e.g., an important insight or personal decision) or external (e.g., a murder or calamity). Begin too early, you lose your reader. Begin too late, you lose your story.”
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“Live never to be ashamed if anything you do or say is published around the world -- even if what is published is not true.”
Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

“Begin your writing, fiction or article, where the action begins. This action can be internal (e.g., an important insight or personal decision) or external (e.g., a murder or calamity). Begin too early, you lose your reader. Begin too late, you lose your story.”
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“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you feel that it all happened to you and after which it all belongs to you.”
Ernest Hemingway

“All really great flying adventures begin at dawn.”
Stephen Coonts

“I’d always hated cocktail parties. And this one was worse than most. Overdressed pseudo–people smiled plastic smiles, told one–upmanship stories with phony self–deprecation, then half–listened with painted–on sincerity to the one–upmanship rebuttals. Mannequins. Robots. Androids. Pseudo–people laboring in the vineyards of pseudo–intellectualism to gather the bitter grapes of self–aggrandizement.”
Walt Shiel, Pilots and Normal People




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