Please Welcome Author Robert Burroughs!

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Robert DeBurgh

 Hi everyone!  We have author Robert Burroughs, a.k.a. Robert DeBurgh, with us today!  He has some great books out and such an interesting life!  Let’s jump right in and get to know this fascinating man!!

 

BIO:

Robert DeBurgh learned to fly at the age of fifteen and has over twenty thousand hours of flight time. He has been a flight instructor, cargo pilot, mail pilot, bush pilot, mercenary fighter pilot and has served as captain for three airlines.

As a professional pilot, DeBurgh has flown in the US, the Caribbean, Central and South America and Africa. He has served as captain for three overseas airlines and for seventeen years served his country in the capacity of a pilot examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration until his retirement.

As an author, he has written aviation articles and stories for various publications and has written many science fiction and fantasy short stories, was a columnist for two newspapers and associate editor for “American Roadracing Magazine.”

At the present time he writes articles for “Indian Aviation Magazine” and several US magazines and is the author of the widely acclaimed novels, Riders of the Wind and Winds of Fate. In each of these novels DeBurgh has woven a tale of high adventure set against an accurate background of actual historical events.

His new novel, The Winds of Kunlun Shan, due to be released in the autumn of 2014, is the third book in the Riders of the Wind series.

 

 

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Riders of the Wind

 

Riders of the Wind is an epic novel of adventure and romance set in the scene of aviation during the turbulent times of the nineteen twenties and thirties. The book follows the lives of Charles and Doretta Cross through the era of the great depression, prohibition, the airmail, and the formation of the infant airlines. It graphically portrays the danger, excitement and romance of flight in the pioneering years before World War Two and takes the reader into the cockpit with the airmail pilots of the twenties and the airline route survey pilots flying the heart of the Amazon jungles. A “must read” for anyone interested in aviation or, for that matter, anyone who is merely interested in the history, dress and lifestyle of the pre-WWII era.

Excerpt:

Why not the plane? I’ve been up twice with Uncle George, how hard can it be? I’ll just teach myself to fly it, can’t be much harder than the tractor, Charlie thought.

He had to do it soon though since school would be starting in a few weeks and he would have no free time, what with the school work and his chores. So it was decided. He would teach himself to fly and no one would be the wiser. Then he could be a part of all the books about the war aces he so loved to read.

“Riders of the Wind” by Robert DeBurgh http://tinyurl.com/b9mynl6

Riders of the Wind

(US Amazon)  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0055PN0UW

(UK Amazon)  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0055PN0UW

(B&N)  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/riders-of-the-wind-robert-deburgh/1103475763?ean=2940011316357&itm=1&usri=deburgh

(Smashwords)  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/61794

One of the many 5 star reviews:

Riders of the Wind by Robert F. Deburgh (Robert Burroughs)
Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari
I have always loved stories about flying. This one did not let me down as I was taken through a history of US aviation up to World War II, accompanied by a love story difficult to match nowadays.
A bonus was the not-well-known story of the antecedents of the eventual destruction of the Amazonian rainforest. I had read about the invisible tribes and the legends surrounding the subject. The narration of the fantasies that may have proven their existence was truly enchanting.
The creation of the major US airlines was very interesting, and Mr. Deburgh made sure the conniving was well exposed.
Least I forget, the bit about the tiny Cambiru fish that can get into any human orifice was a very interesting fact.
Captain Deburgh is a pilot that grew culturally through his profession.
I will definitely read other works by him.

 

 

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Winds of Fate

 

Winds of Fate takes place during World War II, but you cannot call it a war story. It is the story of Charlie Cross and his wife Doretta, both civilians but ultimately tied to the military, Charlie as a Service Pilot with Air Transport Command and Doretta as an instructor with the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

Charlie flies the Hump from India to China, one of the most dangerous operations in World War II.

According to the author, “The Hump gobbled men and airplanes like a child would eat Christmas candy. This operation is little known and little publicized yet these men managed to bring into China all the supplies that were needed to continue the war against the Japanese. The lessons learned became the basis for the Berlin Airlift and modern day military transport.”

Doretta serves as a WASP, operating against male prejudice, difficult flying conditions and sometimes flying dangerous aircraft. The ladies who took on the duties of a WASP did an amazing job of flying military airplanes and doing many jobs male pilots did not want to do here in the US.

Winds of Fate is a fast paced well-written novel that everyone will enjoy reading. You do not need to be a fan of aviation or World War II stories to appreciate this book. The reader will be entranced by the action, brought to tears when someone is lost and filled with happiness when true love is found. Anyone who loves a great story will find it difficult to put this book down once you get started.

Excerpt:

Looking all the time at the guards at the fire, he resumed a crouch and slinked off looking for the kitchen. He was transiting a dark area between tents when he suddenly found himself flat on his back with a crushing weight on his chest and a bearded face within inches of his own. He also felt the prick of a knife blade at his throat and wisely decided to remain perfectly still.

“Winds of Fate” by Robert DeBurgh http://tinyurl.com/lts3wut

Winds of Fate

(US Amazon)  http://www.amazon.com/Winds-Fate-Riders-Robert-DeBurgh-ebook/dp/B0055PN0UC/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1QGVBEH15Y63YF9JZ4QZ

(UK Amazon)  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0055PN0UC

(B&N)  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/winds-of-fate-robert-deburgh/1030194883?ean=2940011211119&itm=2&usri=deburgh

(Smashwords)  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/43773

One of the many 5 star reviews:

Winds of Fate by Robert F. DeBurgh
Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari
I usually pay little attention to a book’s cover. In this case I was hooked by it. The photo of a C-47 filled my mind with memories, and the author’s narrative answered many almost forgotten questions I had about this craft, in which I had flown on several ocassions while young.
The paranormal aspect of the plot worked very well to give a smooth ending to the story. And, yes, flying over Mount Everest will always be an unforgettable experience, be it on a Curtiss-47 or a modern jet-liner. If there’s a love story connected to the journey, it couldn’t be any better, be it in peace of in war. I enjoyed this book very much.

 

Thanks for joining us today and make sure to check out Roberts books!!

K.R. and T.L.

 

 

 

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