TD Barnes


TD Barnes
DOB: January 25, 1937
Place of Birth: Dalhart, Texas
Current Address: 468 Palegold St., Henderson, NV 89012
Phone: (702) 481-0568, Fax: 566-4168, e-mail:
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Website: td-barnes. com
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Thornton D. “TD” Barnes, author and entrepreneur, grew up on a ranch at Dalhart, Texas. He graduated from Mountain View High School in Oklahoma and embarked on a ten-year military career. He served as an Army intelligence specialist in Korea and then continued his education while in the US Army, attending two and a half years of missile and radar electronics by day and college courses at night. Barnes deployed with the first combat Hawk missile battalion during the Soviet Iron Curtain threat before attending the Artillery Officer Candidate School, where an injury ended his military career.
During his extensive professional career, Barnes was a field engineer at the NASA High Range in Nevada for the X-15, XB-70, lifting bodies and lunar landing vehicles; working on the NERVA project at Jackass Flats, Nevada. He was a member of a special projects team at Area 51 for the Central Intelligence Agency. Barnes later formed a family oil and gas exploration company, drilling and producing oil and gas and mining uranium and gold.
Barnes is currently the CEO of Startel, Inc., a landowner, and is actively mining a quarry for landscape rock and gold in Nevada. He is the president of Roadrunners Internationale, an association of Area 51 veterans, and is the executive director of the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame.
Two National Geographic Channel documentaries feature Barnes: Area 51 Declassified and CIA—Secrets of Area 51. Numerous documentaries on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Travel Channel and others also feature him. The Annie Jacobsen book Area 51 Declassified documents his career.
Barnes lives in Henderson, Nevada.

Smashwords Interview

What prompted you to write about EMP?
I have an electronics background and occasion to work with electromagnetic energy at the Atomic Energy Commission's Atomic Proving Grounds in the 1960s. I realized that most people have no idea how catastrophic an EMP attack would be on the world. I try to address the human survival aspects so the reader knows what to expect and how to prepare and react.
Do you feel such an attack is possible?
Absolutely. It is not a matter of if; it is a matter of when. An EMP attack doesn't have to come from a nuclear bomb. EMP is a short burst of electromagnetic energy that can occur in many ways. It can be radiated, electric, conducted, or magnetic depending on the source. Low level EMP occurs from lightning, electrostatic discharge, a meteoroid passing though the Earth's atmosphere, or a coronal mass ejection, a burst of plasma and an accompanying magnetic coming from a corona ejection from the sun that is picked up by solar winds. Those events are more of a annoyance, but a terrorist cell or rogue nation managing to acquire a small quantity of nuclear bomb material can build and deliver a device in a backpack, or a container box aboard a ship that will wipe out everything electrical for as far as our power grids go. EMP doesn't kill by explosive power. EMP is an energy pulse that transmits though it would, however, most likely be released by an explosion.
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Where to buy in print


Barnes on Area 51 discussion panel for C-Span
Author T.D. Barnes discusses his military background that brought him to Area 51 on the CIA Project OXCART

TD Barnes discusses Area 51
Author Barnes participates in a Panel Discussion about Area 51

TD Barnes on National Geographic Channel Documentary
TD Barnes, joins with former CIA DDS&T discussing Area 51

TD Barnes on National Geographic Channel Documentary
Barnes and former CIA discussing secrecy at Area 51

Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame Open House Event
NVAHOF Director TD Barnes and his staff join with the Clark County Aviation Association and others to participate in a public open house at the legendary North Las Vegas International Airport. The event focused primarily on the youth of Nevada.


Jihad America
Hoot Hanson, a struggling oil wildcatter in Oklahoma hits a gusher, drawing notoriety that attracts the attention of an unscrupulous Muslim attorney acting as a liaison for the Department of Homeland Security. The attorney is secretly funding Islamic ISIS fighters in the Middle East. A massacre occurs when the Islamic Jihad targets Hanson Oil for its first jihadist strike against America. Hoot fights the feds for his company and retaliates for the attack on his people.
Book 1 = An atmospheric EMP attack reduces almost all world technology back to the 7th Century. A chosen group is sheltered inside the Yucca Mountain underground complex in Nevada for two years, under siege by lethal radiation levels outside and a rogue army desperately seeking their food, weapons, and women. Book 2 - The survivors briefly venture out of their underground refuge in Yucca Mountain only to face battle with hostile foreign survivors. An embedded terrorist causes considerable death and ignites military action where Colonel Bradley’s daughter tests a secret weapon. The survivors prepare for the next radiation storm and take refuge back in the mountain. Book 3 = the EMP and nuclear winter survivors are finally able to emerge from their underground shelter.. The main body of survivors locate at Nellis AFB with Colonel Bradley and a select group of the military remaining at the mountain to protect the technology archived there and to provide protection for the ranchers and farmers remaining there with the livestock. The nuclear winter returns and disaster strikes a group of the survivors.
EmP - Nuclear Winter
Price: $4.50 USD.
EMP - Nuclear Spring
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EMP - Nuclear Summer
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Numerus X
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 114,730. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
They departed Earth to prepare Mars for the colonists to follow. When they had to abort landing on Mars, they drifted into outer space where they encountered the gravity pull of an unknown planet shielded by an ion shield. They manage to contact Earth and then wait five years for the arrival of a second spaceship bringing colonists to colonize a world different from any they envisioned.
By The Sword
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 90,720. Language: American English. Published: September 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Book 4. Six long years following the EMP attack and the bombs, the nuclear winter has subsided. The few survivors remaining at Yucca Mountain finally emerge to rebuild a civil society. They soon find that they are still at war with jihadist extremes seeking to establish an Islamic caliphate. The survivors realize that to survive, they must live by the sword.
Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 42,590. Language: American English. Published: April 29, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, & technology » Aeronautics & Astronautics, Nonfiction » History » Renaissance
Selecting a place called Area 51 in Nevada and beneath a shroud of secrecy, the Central Intelligence Agency first flew the U-2, the Angel knowing at the time that the Russians would most likely shoot it down within 18 months. To replace the U-2, the CIA designed America’s first stealth plane that today remains the highest flying and fastest manned, air-breathing aircraft ever flown in the world.
CIA War Bride
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 68,950. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography, Nonfiction » History » Family history
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CIA War Bride is a biography of the life of Velma and Werner Weiss, a CIA family. They meet during World War II when he and Velma are working for the CIA in England. Their work takes them to Japan where Werner managed the U-2 surveillance plane detachment deployed from Area 51. The author worked with Werner Weiss at Area 51 and was a close friend of Velma Weiss until her death
Soaring With The Eagles
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 89,910. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, & technology » Aeronautics & Astronautics
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For half a century, his family and friends never knew he worked on special projects at Area 51 for the CIA. Barnes, an Area 51 and Cold War veteran tells what brought him from a desolate childhood on a remote ranch in the West Texas Panhandle, and through an Army career to Area 51 to serve the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology. Barnes shares the family sacrifices and achievements also.
The Border - Jihad America
Series: Jihad America. Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 143,910. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Senator Hanson leads his White Hats into Mexico to rescue a group of high school girls kidnapped by the jihadists in New Mexico where they team with the Mexican army to stop terrorists from traveling through Mexico to get to the United States and to halt the flow of drugs to US cities. Hanson Security Services exposes politicians enriching themselves from the sales of narcotics.
The POW - Jihad America
Series: Jihad America. Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 83,880. Language: American English. Published: July 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
The Hanson realize the survivors of the jihadist cell is targeting them for revenge and their wealth when they kidnap one of the twins and behead Hoot's bird dog. They take the battle to the jihadists, forming Hanson's Army disguised as a security company. The bad guys soon learn that the Hansons have no fear, no forgiveness, unlimited resources and take no prisoners. Their war becomes political.
First Strike - Jihad America
Series: Jihad America. Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 101,750. Language: American English. Published: July 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Hoot and Hannah Hanson strike it rich when one of Hoot's wildcat wells strikes oil, a lot of oil. With the discovery comes notoriety that attracts the attention of an unscrupulous attorney seeking funding to establish a local cell of Islamic jihadists. A brusing court battle and then a massacre by Jihadists targeting Hanson Oil ignites the wrath of the Hansons who fight dirty for what is theirs.
EMP - Nuclear Summer
Series: EMP. Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 86,680. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
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Four years ago, 90% of the world's population perished during the nuclear winter following an EMP attack and global nuclear war. Two years ago, a group of survivors learn of a new enemy migrating from underdeveloped countries not targeted by a nuclear exchange. Held siege by two more years of nuclear winter, they emerge prepared to battle for their survival and suffer heavily from the unexpected.
MiGs Over Nevada
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 69,750. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, & technology » History, Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, & technology » Aeronautics & Astronautics
MiGs Over Nevada is an insider’s declassified participation in a small group of CIA personnel and contract specialists providing their technological tradecraft to support Area 51 customers such as the US Air Force, the US Navy, intelligence and corporate entities. What happened in this book inspired the Navy’s TOP GUN Fighter Weapons School, the USAF Weapons School, and Red Flag Exercises.
EMP - Nuclear Spring
Series: EMP, Book 2. Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 93,710. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
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After two years inside the mountain to escape the nuclear winter that followed in the aftermath of an EMP attack and the bombs of a global nuclear war, the survivors at Yucca Mountain emerge to find 90% of the world's population has perished. They face a new war, this one against those migrating from underdeveloped countries not targeted by the nuclear exchange. The battle to survive is brutal.
EmP - Nuclear Winter
Series: EMP, Book 1. Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 99,470. Language: American English. Published: March 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
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TEOTWAWK. "The end of the world as we know it" occurs when a new US missile defense measure redirects a nuclear-tipped Chinese rocket test to target Beijing. In the heat of the moment, a Chinese missile officer releases an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) device in Earth orbit as part of the nation's deterrent to a pre-emptive attack. Few survive the ensuing global war and nuclear winter that follows.