New book opens in Bad Aibling in ’68

PLEASE NOTE…This is not an endorsement from the Balta blog.  I have not read this book, nor has anybody that I know read it.  This novel, the first of a trilogy,  is a self-promoted effort from a retired ASA veteran.  I have no idea if the guy can write well.  Doug Gitt forwarded this posting from the ASA newsletter, thinking since the book trilogy begins in Bad Aibling in ’68, it might be of interest to us. Dee

New Member Robert Flanagan writes:

―I am retired ASA (1976), and a recently joined member of OSS. Many of you may remember me from our trail-crossings over the years.

As a memory tic: Having previously served seven years in the USMC, I joined ASA and served 16 years: Devens 058, 1960; Asmara 60-62; special asgmt 62-64; 3rd RRU, White Birch A/TC Mar 64-Aug 64; NCOIC Air Section TSN Aug 64-Mar 65; DLI-Russian May 65-Apr 66; VHFS Apr 66-Jun 66; Rothwesten 184th Opns Co/319 ASA Bn/17th ASAFS and Gartow NCOIC for ―winter change‖ Jul 66-Sep 67; made WO1 Jul 67; Bad Aibling Sep 67-Sep 68; 224th RR Bn (Avn)/S-3 Opns, TSN Sep 68-Dec 68; 1st RRC (Avn), Cam Ranh Bay, mission controller on P-2Vs Jan 69-Aug 69; Unit 10 Sep 69-July 73; USASASA, VHFS July 73-Jan 76 (Retirement).

I have recently completed, after many years’ work, a book which is in its final few days of the publication process and will be available through a number of sources within a couple of weeks. I would like to publicize this book as widely as possible, as this is a personal publishing process and I am responsible for my own advertising. On the publisher’s scale, such ballyhoo is exorbitantly expensive.

This book, a novel—Involuntary Tour—is Book I of ―The ASA Trilogy, three linked and contiguous novels that cover a period from the late 40s-1969. The trilogy is dedicated to ASA. All the action, all characters, all settings are ASA. The settings are primarily those locations where I was stationed, naturally providing me the background and experience to adequately define the scenes.

The story (the full trilogy) features two protagonists: a career ASA warrant officer and his friend and fellow servitor, a career ASA NCO. Neither of the protagonists is me, though I will admit to certain similarities, ―look-alike in instances. One of my strengths as a writer is a good ear, and I think readers will hear in the narrative, as well as the dialogue, the bright, sarcastic and ironic tones of the many fellow soldiers we served with in that special world. The story supports more characters than War and Peace, and the reader will think he recognizes many of them, though, as with the writer/protagonist gap, none of the characters are a single person from our past. All story personalities are amalgams of many people and/or pure creation. This is, after all, a work of fiction.

Book I opens in Bad Aibling in ’68, and there follows a long back-story segment of Viet Nam in ’64-’65, with a few other flashback vignettes. Book II, Dragon Bait (projected for publication Jan-Feb 2010), again begins in Bad Aibling ’68, contains back story segments of Asmara ’60-’62, Rothwesten and Gartow ’66-’67; more Bad Aibling ’68, and Viet Nam ’68. Here again, a few flashbacks define other venues. Book III, Falloff (projected for summer 2010) is set almost entirely in Viet Nam in ’69, with a few vignettes/flash backs.

I began keeping a journal in Viet Nam in 1964 for what I hoped would develop into a novel. That it’s taken me 45 years to bring it to fruition is merely a matter of priorities, inspiration, and dogged determination. I had a living to make, a family to raise: after military retirement I worked for a major tech corporation for 13 years and returned to school, finishing my bachelor’s in Communications; added a Master of Arts in English; and a Master-of-Fine Arts in Creative Writing; then taught college English, American Lit, and Creative Writing at three colleges.

I have a website under construction which should be up and operable within a very few days. This site is (Connemara Press, my business name) and will carry the listing of this Book I (and later, Books II and III), as well as my other two books and a third book to which I contributed. On the website, when ready, prices, S&H, and tax will be provided, as well as directions for ordering the book(s) directly from me.

This will be attractive to anyone who might wish a copy signed and/or inscribed at no extra charge. It will also indicate methods of payment, including PayPal; and will further direct potential buyers to my publisher’s website,, Barnes & Noble, Ingram, and some thousands of other bookstores where the book will be available.

I welcome information about any links or group addresses you as recipient can provide me. And I trust that after you acquire your own copy, and read and enjoy it, you will lobby for the book to all and sundry. I look forward to hearing from you, and to know that this tale (only one of thousands of stories yet un-told) will be, finally, in the hands of those about whom and for whom it was written.


Robert Flanagan

304-856-1635 work & FAX; 304-856-3866 home & answering machine



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