FROM THE BRAIN OF BRIAN September 16, 2019

Well, I’m back in action on this blog after returning a few days ago from a two-week road trip.  2400 miles to Billings, Montana and back to Phoenix. It was my annual navy reunion that takes place in various locations.  Last four were San Diego, Buffalo, Charleston S.C. and Billings.  Next year will be Seattle/Bremerton area.  So on the trip, my wife and I saw a lot of beautiful and sometimes rugged mountainous scenery.  Truthfully, some of it was also kind of flat and dull but you can’t be highly entertained every mile along the way!  One of my favorite things was through long stretches of Utah, Wyoming and Montana, the speed limit was 80!  The car loved getting out there and letting its hair blow in the wind.  Well, it doesn’t actually have hair, but you know…

So, what does all this have to do with the novel War Paint? Well, a lot of guys at the reunion purchased copies of the book or had already bought and read it.  They all served on destroyers in the navy and some of them in Vietnam, so they identify with and appreciate the story.  They also appreciated who is listed on the dedication page.  There are some rave reviews on Amazon and several of them are from people who never served.  Also a couple from females who loved the book.  So, I don’t want any of you to think it’s just a guy book or a story that would only appeal to navy veterans. It’s available in hardcover, softcover or e-book. Give it a try and be prepared to be drawn into a page-turner.  If you’re reading it on a Kindle, though, I guess it would be more of a page swiper…

So, here’s something I kind of already knew, but learned more about it on my road trip.  The population of Wyoming is just under 600,000.  The whole state, and it’s the tenth largest state!  Also, the largest city in Montana is Billings, and its population is right around 110,000.  People in Montana and Wyoming are wandering around just looking for someone to talk to.  Okay, I’ll admit that’s a bit of an exaggeration.  But there is a lot of “elbow room” and wide open spaces in those states.

So, that’s all for now.  I’ll squeeze some more out of my brain in a few days.  Happy book reading!

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