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John Zerr (J.J. Zerr) was born in St. Peters, Missouri, and graduated from Duchesne High School. In 1959, he began a thirty-six year career in the Navy, during which he completed two tours on destroyers. After joining the aviation community, he flew 330 combat missions over Vietnam. Across his Navy career, he accumulated 1017 carrier landings.

Following the service, he worked in the aerospace industry for eleven years. He began his third career with the publication of The Ensign Locker in September 2010. The story is set on a US Navy destroyer operating in the Tonkin Gulf in 1966. His second novel, Sundown Town Duty Station, was published in 2013.

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J.J. Zerr I generally have a couple of projects (stories) I am working on at one time. I use a white board to plot them out. If I am blocked on one, I…moreI generally have a couple of projects (stories) I am working on at one time. I use a white board to plot them out. If I am blocked on one, I can—usually—go to another story and my brain is happy to plow fresh ground. But the white board is really important to how I work. Besides outline and plot, I make notes of things like changing the name of a minor character because I wound up with too many characters whose names started with the letter M, say. My problem is not so much block, rather, it's will I live long enough to get much of it written. I'm just so full of it, I guess.(less)
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I read all the killing books. Killing Reagan I gave a 5 star. Patton I rate a 5.15 star. Killing the Rising Sun I rate as 5.5 stars. O'Reilly, and his helpers, have done a masterful job of rolling together the history of developing the bomb, progress ...more
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This is the second book that I was really pleased to find this year, the other being The Aviators. Maybe I've got a wings fetish.
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