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Robert F. DeBurgh was born and grew up in the northeastern United States. From a very early age his entire life has been dedicated to aviation, from flying airplanes himself as a professional pilot to writing about the people who fly them.
His first recollection of flight is sitting on his aunt’s lap in the front seat of an open cockpit biplane flown by his uncle at the tender age of five. He learned to fly at age fifteen and obtained his commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates at eighteen
After completing his military service he returned to college and obtained graduate degrees in psychology, sociology and education and a master of arts in psychology, supporting himself and paying his tuition by doing what he loved best, flight instruction and writing about aviation. His writings have included aviation and sports car columns for several newspapers, many articles for American and foreign magazines, short stories in the realm of adventure, science fiction and fantasy and much poetry. He has also worked as 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.
Robert DeBurgh has served as captain for three overseas airlines and has sojourned widely in the US, Canada, Central and South America, Asia and Africa. For the past seventeen years he has served his country in the capacity of a pilot examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration until his recent retirement. He still flies regularly and does some advanced flight instruction for airline transport pilots and flight instructors. He resides in the southeastern US with his wife of twenty-five years and his four dogs.
His new novel, The Winds of Kunlun Shan, due to be released in the autumn of 2011, is the third book in the Riders of the Wind series.
on Aug. 29, 2011 :
This is the second book of a series on historical fiction about aviation. I actually liked this one better than the first one, I don't know if its because the writing style improved a bit or if the fact I was familiar with the people in the story and the author did a nice job of reminding you of each one or certain things from the first book without overdoing it. There were things I had never heard about when it came to the era of WWII and the other pilots who were not in the military but what they had contributed to help with the wars going on including women pilots. At the very middle of the story I cried and had no idea about some things brought up at that point which made me cry when I saw another view of how women pilots were treated even by the military. There's a sad twist near the end of the story.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on July 21, 2011 :
Winds of Fate continues Charles and Doretta Cross' story that began in DeBurgh's first novel, Riders of the Wind. It takes the reader through the WWII years from the security of the civilian airline to the heroic Hump operation over the Himalayas. It also takes the reader through the world of the WASPs and the lives of the female ferry pilots who flew military airplanes within the United States under the most difficult conditions.
It is a fast paced action/adventure/romance/historical fiction that depicts Charlie as an air transport pilot in China trying to survive one day at a time and Doretta as a WASP flying various types of airplanes facing discrimination and hardships of her own.
Winds of Fate captured my attention with its descriptive details and the entertaining dialouge between the characters. It was almost like I was there. I throughly enjoyed the novel and highly recommend it to other readers.
(reviewed long after purchase)