Jamie Dodson writes historical fiction novels set in the Pacific in the mid 1930s, and he's got an interesting background. From his website:
He has over 25 years of experience in Counter Intelligence, Special Intelligence, Signals Intelligence and Intelligence Analysis for the US Military. He's served with Special Operations, Army Aviation, Airborne Infantry, and Military Police. He's been involved in operations in Laos, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Japan, Korea, Guam, Samoa, the Hawaiian Islands and the continental United States.
Jamie's first book in the Nick Grant series is Flying Boats and Spies, and now he's got a second novel, China Clipper. You can learn more about these at http://www.nickgrantadventures.com/
but here are some reviewer comments:
Book one, Flying Boats & Spies, A Nick Grant Adventure
"Delightful! Flying Boats & Spies is a welcome return to a glamorous age of high-adventure and heroes--and a tribute to the grand-adventure series of yesteryear. Rollicking and great fun, this well-told tale of international intrigue should appeal to every generation in a family. I look forward to future volumes in this series."
Ralph Peters, author of Wars Of Blood And Faith
“Flying Boats and Spies is a marvelous tale of the men and women who pioneered the sky during an adventurous era. Dodson takes his readers back to those great, old days when aviation was young and nothing seemed impossible. Reading Flying Boats and Spies made me feel like a boy all over again.”
Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys/October Sky and The Ambassador's Son
"In Nick Grant, the reader gets a taste of Mickey Spillane, a young Chuck Yeager, and Charlie Chan, all rolled into one. But a gripping climax reveals the true Nick--a memorable hero in his own right. A fun read for lovers of adventure and international intrigue!"
Susan Rosson Spain, Author of THE DEEP CUT, a 2006 Marshall Cavendish Award Winner, www.susanspain.com.
“Flying Boats and Spies nails it! I have sailed those waters, lived some of Nick Grant’s adventures, and shared the very skies he flew. Jamie Dodson got it all right with a page-turning story that took me back to my youth and Pacific adventures that others only dream about. Grab this book before someone else does. And bring shark repellent… you’ll forget it’s not you in the book.”
Austin Boyd, Navy pilot and submarine hunter, award-winning novelist, and author of the Mars Hill Classified trilogy.
"'Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear...' Flying Boats and Spies pays stirring tribute to the classic adventurers of the impossibly romantic pre-World War II period, adding depth, realism, and charm in liberal measure."
Michael Dobson, (no relation) co-author of Fox on the Rhine and MacArthur's War.
Book Two, China Clipper, A Nick Grant Adventure
“China Clipper is a terrific read! It's accurate, fast moving and filled with surprises; perfect for young people interested in history and aviation.”
Walter J. Boyne, Best Selling Author, Former Director, National Air & Space Museum, and enshrined in National Aviation Hall of Fame.
"China Clipper is a thrill ride. The action and perils never stop as young Nick Grant faces attacks on his life and his reputation while he helps Pan Am test its new plane. And his problems continue at school where he deals with anger and prejudice while making new friends. It's an exciting way to learn about a fascinating time in our history!"
Ann Marie Martin, Huntsville Times book columnist and copy editor.
"The popular Nick Grant series continues with China Clipper, a fast-moving, fun tale of adventure, flying boats, spies, and the sea. I love this series!"
Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys/October Sky.
Be sure to visit http://www.nickgrantadventures.com/