Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"Burnt Yellow and Red" Back Cover

His body was numb, and he could still smell the dust and smoke from the barrage. The world wrapped itself in a prism of brilliant colors, burnt yellow and red, as Kyle slipped into a deep, comfortable sleep—feeling no pain, feeling no fear. 

Inspired by actual events, Burnt Yellow and Red is a modern war story of men, true patriots all, thrust into an ancient and destructive world ruled by warlords. USAF SMSgt Kyle Black is part of a vital mission into Afghanistan, their unit playing a pivotal role in establishing US efforts after 9/11. Kyle and the team serve as a snapshot of the US military while allowing readers to see these soldiers as more than cogs in a military machine.

 “…shows Special Forces soldiers and Special Operations airmen for who they really are: the guys who grew up next door and went on to become something extraordinary.” 
—CWO3 Tom Merrill, Special Forces (Retired) 

 “Steve Newman has captured…the heart and spirit of these warriors—it is a must read for all Americans!” 
—Jeff Falkel, Gold Star Father and author of The Making of our Warrior 

 “No frills, no fuss—just the ‘real thing.’” 
—Joyce Godwin Grubbs, author 

S. B. Newman is an author borne out of the US Army Special Forces. He retired from the US Army in 2003 after having served for over twenty years as a Green Beret. The Norman, OK, native is a graduate of Columbia College and currently resides with his wife Brig in Charleston, SC, where he continues writing about life as a soldier. Newman’s first novel, “The Night Eagles Soared” was released by Tate Publishing in October 2010 and is available everywhere books are sold online.

Join Newman on his official blog at: http://thenighteaglessoared.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Burnt Yellow and Red"

Inspired by true events, this is a modern war story of men, true patriots all, thrust into an ancient and destructive world ruled by warlords. Mission: Take down the Taliban and capture Kabul.

Kyle knew he had been hurt badly as they laid him down gently in a patch of green grass that had been grazed to the nub by sheep.  There was a tree with no leaves nearby and he could hear water trickling through the aqueduct that ran the length of the wadi, down to a watering hole he had passed earlier that morning. 

His body was numb and he could still smell the dust and smoke from the barrage but he couldn’t feel a thing as he drifted off to sleep.  To Kyle the world wrapped itself in a prism of brilliant colors, burnt yellow and red as he slipped into a deep, comfortable sleep, feeling no pain, feeling no fear.  Completely unaware of reality he dreamed vividly and found himself watching as his life passed before his very eyes.
  
 Burnt Yellow and Red is the second book in a series of exposes on modern war as experienced and seen through the eyes of a Special Forces Warrior.  Author, S. B. (Steve) Newman pulls the reader quietly into the world of the elite warrior using a passionate yet subtle tone to engage the imagination.  From, Norman, Oklahoma, Steve is a graduate of Columbia College and after having served for over 20 years as a Green Beret, he now lives in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife Brig as he continues his freelance writing career. 

Steve’s first novel, “The Night Eagles Soared” was released by Tate Publishing on October, 5th, 2010 and is available everywhere books are sold online.

Now accepting advance orders for signed and numbered pre-release copies of "Burnt Yellow and Red" to be delivered as soon as they are available later this spring.

Monday, February 6, 2012

One Eagle Down


Last week I went up to Fort Bragg, North Carolina to attend the memorial service for an ole Sergeant Major I knew who passed away on Christmas day.  His name is Kenny McMullin, and he was one of the Son Tay Raiders...among other things.  For those of you who don’t know, the Son Tay Raid was performed by a specially selected group of Green Berets who went into North Vietnam in 1970 to rescue American Prisoners of War.  Here is a link for more information about the Son Tay Raid 

Kenny Mac lived an incredible life and all of us who served with him at one time or another during his career were very lucky to have crossed his path.  I was humbled by the entire event.  I was especially humbled by the celebration that took place after the memorial at a small pub just off post called “Charlie Mike’s”.  Most veterans will recognize that as the code word for “Continue the Mission,” and it was there that many of Kenny’s fellow soldiers gathered to celebrate him and the legacy he left behind.  God bless you Sergeant Major!

In other news, I have finished the first round of conceptual edits on my next book, Burnt Yellow and Red.  I will make prerelease copies available to the public later this spring. If you would like to order in advance, now is the time.  I have been taking orders for signed and numbered prerelease copies and we are up to number 068!  I will cut that offer off at 250 or on the official release date, which ever comes first.  This is one of my favorite passages from the book.

The men left behind what would appear to be trinkets to an outsider, but to these men, they were symbols of courage and faith, of honor. They left a few coins, a piece of shrapnel, a photograph of the team and on top of the headstone they left a Special Forces unit crest. Written upon it were these three words. “De Oppresso Liber.” It was their Raz√≥n de Ser, to “Free the Oppressed.”       

On the 11th of February I will be at the Barnes and Noble off of Rivers Avenue near the North Woods Mall in North Charleston South Carolina from 1 to 3 Pm.  During the event, I will be meeting with readers and signing copies of my book, “The Night Eagles Soared.”  I am really looking forward to it and I hope that you all will come out and enjoy the afternoon with me. 

On the 16th of February I will be speaking at the Summerville 9-12 Project, monthly meeting at the Holiday Inn Express, 120 Holiday Drive, Summerville, SC 29483.  There will be a meet and greet along with registration at 6:30 pm and the meeting will start at 7pm.  Come on out, and join me for an interesting evening.  Who knows if we’re lucky I will even sing one of my favorite songs.
Thank you for your time, and God bless you all. 

S. B. Newman, Author “The Night Eagles Soared

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