Military Aviation Novel “The Devil Dragon Pilot” Focuses on Decision-Making

In a recent conversation with a reader who was getting ready to finish “The Devil Dragon Pilot”, I was asked about decision-making in the cockpit. She asked me about how pilots know what to do and when, during a flight. My answer? It depends. As she read in the book, it also depended for both Ford Stevens and Wu Lee, too.

Ford Stevens, the main character in “The Devil Dragon”, follows the aeronautical decision-making process, known formally as ADM. It is decision-making in a very matchless environment, except for perhaps medicine and spaceflight. It is an organized and efficient set of steps of practice used by pilots to consistently control the best course of action. A pilot’s decision will be based upon the situation on the ground or in the air, and the information a pilot has at the time.

Consider all the items a pilot must think about: altitude, fuel, navigation, air traffic, radio calls, birds, weather, passengers and cargo, enemy fire, system malfunctions…the list goes on. While some is very systematic and checklist oriented and dictated by FAA policy and aviation law, other situations require solid judgment.

What is great about this mysterious ADM is that you can learn it. Time has demonstrated in the industry that you can learn to improve your decision-making through experience and critical thinking. The ADM process takes pilots through the decision-making in the cockpit and layouts out the steps to success:

These steps are known to pilots for good decision-making:

  1. Identifying your personal attitudes hazardous to safe flight
  2. Learning behavior modification techniques
  3. Learning how to recognize and cope with stress
  4. Developing risk assessment skills
  5. Using all resources available
  6. Evaluating the effectiveness of one’s ADM skills.

As you read “The Devil Dragon Pilot”, I think you will see the pilots going through these steps verbally.  In many scenes, I have written them into the characters as they are thinking and talking to themselves. If you look closely in the book, ADM is alive and well.

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Make a good decision in this office.

  Make a good decision in this office.

#1 NY Times Best Selling Author and Financial Planner Ric Edelman to announce “The Devil Dragon Pilot” Book Release on National Radio Show

Ric Edelman, the #1 NY Times Best Selling Author and Financial Planner, will be announcing the release of “The Devil Dragon Pilot” on his national radio show in December! I’m honored, Ric! Thank you!

Our main character, Captain Ford Stevens, is a fan of Ric Edelman. In one scene, after getting picked up by the FBI in Washington, DC for “something”, Ford and two FBI agents listen to Ric together as Ric gives advice to a caller on how much cash savings the caller should have. You’ll soon read that although Ford Stevens follows Ric’s advice, he has more on his mind at the moment than cash.

Ric Edelman is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. With more than 1 million copies collectively in print, his eight books on personal finance have been translated into several languages and educated countless people worldwide. The Truth About Money was recognized with an Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Book of the Year Award from the Institute for Financial Literacy (March 2011), a Gold Medal Axiom Award (March 2012), an Apex Award (June 2011), and was named Book of the Year by Small Press magazine (1997). The Lies About Money was awarded the Axiom Personal Finance Book of the Year (March 2008) and an EIFLE Award (October 2009). Ric’s eighth book, The Truth About Retirement Plans and IRAs, a #1 national best-seller, was published in April 2014.

Ric’s radio show has been on the air for more than 20 years and is heard throughout the country. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, Ric was named among the “Heavy Hundred” in the radio industry by TALKERS magazine. Ric’s television show, The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman, airs on more than 200 public television stations across the country and has won 8 Telly Awards.

Thanks, again, Ric!

 

Author Lawrence A. Colby Interviewed on “Ready For Take-Off Podcast”

I had the honor and privilege of talking about aviation on the Ready For Takeoff Podcast with Captain George Nolly recently.  We discussed everything from military flight training to the C-130 to the upcoming release of The Devil Dragon Pilot.

George Nolly launched his aviation career at 17 while still in high school. An appointment to the Air Force Academy prepared him for his two tours in Vietnam, flying O-2s over the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos and F-4 Phantoms over Hanoi. After his service, George went into commercial aviation, flying for United Airlines as Captain and Flight Instructor for 26 years. After finishing his Doctorate in Homeland Security, George went on to conduct airline safety audits for the for International Air Transport Association on carriers throughout the globe. George continues to instruct on the Boeing 777.

Thanks, George, for allowing me to speak with you about The Devil Dragon Pilot book.  Readers, please check out George Nolly’s Ready For Takeoff podcast on iTunes now to hear this latest interview.

Thank you, George!

 

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The Birth of Jojo Rising

Our main character Ford Stevens grew up in China with his American family, and moved around a lot due to his father’s career with the oil company.  In order to explain “Jojo Rising”, it is worth mentioning the background on how the phrase was born to both Ford and his Chinese best friend, Wu Lee.

In once scene, Wu, after a life or death experience in the story, looked up at Ford from the ground.  Wu then looked up at the sky, and blinked slowly. He stared off in to the abyss, thinking about what just happened. In his heart, he was forever indebted to Ford.

“Jojo rising,” Wu said, barely, with a slight smile, referring to their favorite band The Doors, and their ‘L.A. Woman’ song from the 1971 Elektra label album. The original lyrics sung by lead singer Jim Morrison were “mojo rising”, but when Wu first heard the song, he could not make out the words. So he started singing “jojo rising” instead, and it stuck.

“Jojo rising, Wu,” Ford replied.

Their private saying ‘Jojo rising’ meant to them a greater spirit and internal flame that enabled them to do things together and tackle life. It was their special sauce, the exceptional charisma and determination to accomplish goals, was their jojo rising. Wu loved the American music video of The Doors’ lead singer Jim Morrison, just cruising and driving around Los Angeles, California in his Mustang, and to Wu, it was classic America. Just driving around, taking in the palm trees and ocean and warm weather, doing what you wanted to do, when you wanted to do it.  It was very American, and very different from Wu’s upbringing, which was why Wu loved it. Some critics argued Jim Morrison put a sexual connection to the phrase, but that’s not how Ford and Wu took it at all. It meant boundless, no limits, land of opportunity. Go out there and make something happen. It was, to them, simply, jojo rising.

 

Sunset in China (Photo- Lisa Traughber, www.horiconmarshnaturephotography.com)
Sunset in China
(Photo- Lisa Traughber, www.horiconmarshnaturephotography.com)

World, meet Captain Ford Stevens

Ford Stevens is a pilot’s pilot. All he wanted to do since he was a young was get into a cockpit. Perhaps explore the world a bit, to understand it…to experience flight in different cultures and be in the sky. He traveled globally with family as his father was moved around for his corporate career, but Ford never lost sight of his goal. Ford wanted to fly when he saw that first fighter jet years ago, and was, from that point, inspired forever. His thirst for flying was satisfied when he was first given controls to an aircraft and looking down below at the earth.

Ford Stevens never thought about another career ever again, except for flying, and his desire to fly was as strong as anyone’s on any given subject. Being part of military aviation, to him, was larger than life itself.

Which is why, you will soon read, he’s ready for the ultimate international mission in serving his country.

World, please meet Captain Ford Stevens.

 

Ford Stevens looks to the sunrise before taking off in the B-1B Lancer (Photo- Lisa Traughber, www.horiconmarshnaturephotography.com)
Ford Stevens looks to the sunrise before taking off in the B-1B Lancer (Photo- Lisa Traughber, www.horiconmarshnaturephotography.com)

The Story

A Ford Stevens Military-Aviation Thriller…coming in December 2016!

Concealed deep within China’s inland borders is one of the most secretive airplanes ever flown, known as Devil Dragon. She’s sleek, unbelievably fast, and mysterious—her test pilots have one mission in mind: make her test flights successful for operational use as soon as possible. Or sooner.

But when strange transmissions of pilots are recorded without an aircraft appearing on radar, and bizarre cell phone signals are detected at towers hundreds of miles apart, the intelligence community team is set in motion, and U.S. Air Force Reserve pilot Ford Stevens is asked to take on the most dangerous assignment of his life.

What begins as a friend helping a friend explodes into a globe-trotting action packed military-aviation adventure. Against an atmosphere of Washington, DC government red tape, an intimidating Chinese General, DIA leadership, and carrier aviation, all airways lead to a stunning international plot. Crammed with deceitful government employees, smoke and mirrors tradecraft, and the blackest, most secretive aviation flight ever undertaken, you will be unable to put it down.

Zip up your flight suit and hold on for the ride!