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A reader asks, "How many Order of the Air books are there? I'm hooked!"

So far there are three out. The fourth will be out this fall and the fifth next spring. But that's the tip of the iceberg! The Order of the Air is:

Lost Things -- set in 1929, published in 2012 Curse tablets, a Roman demon released on the world, a doomed airship... This is the team's first adventure.

Steel Blues -- set in 1932, published 2013 An intercontinental air race, the unsolved murders of the New Orleans Axeman, a cursed necklace and a jewel thief.... This is Stasi's first book.

Silver Bullet -- set in late 1932, published 2014 A mysterious series of plane crashes, a haunted silver mine, and legendary scientist Nikola Tesla!

Wind Raker -- set in 1935, out fall 2014 The team is in Hawaii -- Jerry on his first archaeological dig in nearly two decades, and everyone else testing a sea plane. But an old enemy is also in town, and he's playing an even more dangerous game.

Oath Bound -- set in 1936 Alexandria! Jerry is on the track of the lost tomb of Alexander the Great, but when Iskinder shows up a hunted man with a priceless treasure, Jerry and the team have a desperate flight up the Nile into the heart of a war.

Fire Season -- set in 1939 It's a bad year for Colorado wildfires, and Alma and Lewis are dropping smoke jumpers. Meanwhile, Mitch, Stasi and Jerry are sucked into a deadly net in Los Angeles with unsolved murders and secret agents.

Invisible Wars -- set in 1940 The US isn't at war, but the team is, whether it's Jerry's esoteric work in London, Alma's work in Canada for the RAF, or Mitch and Stasi facing spies and submarines on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Ghost Light -- set in 1941 Alma is flying for the ATA and it's time to show her mettle. Meanwhile, Jerry has a problem to solve in London -- how are bombers homing in on targets using the elusive Ghost Light?

Night World -- set in early 1942 Mitch and Lewis are activated as reservists and are training a new squadron, while Jerry and Stasi have to do the impossible -- ward a city against air attack!

Operation Eagle -- set in late 1942 The battle for North Africa has begun. Mitch and Lewis are at war, but when a clandestine Nazi dig in the desert and a mysterious submarine enter the picture, it's time for Jerry and Alma to take a hand.

And there will be more after that!

What looks interesting to you?


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Jul. 8th, 2014 05:20 pm (UTC)
I hope you enjoy Silver Bullet!

I think Wind Raker might be the best one so far. There's a magical scene that I'm so proud of. And I can't wait for Night World. Warding Washington DC is going to be so much fun to write.
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Jul. 8th, 2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
No, that's Ghost Light, the one right before it!
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Jul. 8th, 2014 03:02 pm (UTC)
Fire Season and Night World are particularly interesting to me -- unsolved murders and secret agents in LA, and warding a whole city!

But of course, this whole time period is full of stuff I can't wait to read; esoterica in the 30s and 40s is pretty much the definition of my wheelhouse, after all!
Jul. 8th, 2014 05:46 pm (UTC)
We're really starting to see the shape of Fire Season. Ever heard of Otto Katz? And you know I will rely on you for Night World! :D
Jul. 8th, 2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
Jul. 8th, 2014 06:17 pm (UTC)
Jul. 8th, 2014 04:44 pm (UTC)
Fighting Nazis is always a good time.
Jul. 8th, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
I'm certainly looking forward to Operation Eagle. In many ways it's the second half of Oath Bound.
Jul. 8th, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
That just sounds like such a fantastic lineup of things to look forward to! All of it!
If you want me to narrow it down, Oath Bound sounds great, plus the Outer Banks spy/sub hunt. But really, it's the richness of everything building together.
Jul. 9th, 2014 05:04 pm (UTC)
Oh good! That's our hope, that as you put it "the richness of everything building together" that will ultimately hook people. That the reader loves these characters and wants to know what will happen to them. That the reader is hooked on the long term plots -- will Jerry find the lost tomb of Alexander? Will the team best Pelley? That the story and the setting will be fascinating and rich and immersive. That's what we want so much!

Oath Bound is about a quarter done right now and it's coming nicely. And I can't wait for the Outer Banks spy/sub hunt, as that's my own part of the country.
Jul. 10th, 2014 06:53 am (UTC)
I'm trying not to get my hopes up for a glancing reference to the 1914 New Bern Aviation Meet when Mitch comes home to N.C. But maybe we'll get to see Mitch interacting with his people, the people he came from, that is ---- ooh! OOOOH! I just had a momentary vision of Mitch's very proper mother meeting her daughter-in-law Stasi! Aaaaaaah-ha-ha!
Jul. 10th, 2014 12:47 pm (UTC)
I think I am going to use the 1914 New Bern meet in Invisible Wars as a Mitch flashback section. I think that must be where he first seriously saw planes.

Invisible Wars definitely has Mitch and his (first) family. I've written a number of scenes ahead with Mitch's little sister Evelyn, and a perfectly harrowing scene with Stasi and Mitch's mother. Maybe I should post that, but it's way out in the future.
Jul. 10th, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
Yay, flashbacks to backstory!

Hmm, harrowing? Perhaps a smiling-on-the-surface conversation with lots of verbal daggers? Maybe not just condescension and spite from Mitch's mom toward Stasi, but an all-out effort to wreck their marriage?
My first thought had been comedy over stuffy mom's discomfiture, but if she's been letting her anger and resentment (over Mitch's ditching her plans for him) fester, she could be pretty poisonous.
No need to post it yet. Let the anticipation grow...

And I'll look forward to seeing what kind of person Mitch's little sister has become, too.
I'm guessing his father will have passed away by that time, and Mitch probably didn't make it to the funeral, and certainly didn't take up the head-of-household mantle, fueling further resentment.

So much to think over. That your characters are rich enough to inspire this kind of thought, even such brief portraits as we've had of Mitch's mother in a blog post, is one of the major reasons that your books are so involving and engaging.
Jul. 10th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
No, not exactly. Mitch's mother is complicated herself, and there are parts of backstory that Mitch doesn't completely know about. But that are still very much things that shape him.

Yes, Mitch's father was much older than his mother and he died in 1918 while Mitch was in Italy. Evelyn is the youngest, twelve years younger than Mitch. She's thirty six and he's forty eight in 1940. (There are four brothers and a sister between them.)

I'm so glad that you think it's rich enough to fuel speculation and storytelling! That's deeply gratifying!
Jul. 9th, 2014 03:30 pm (UTC)
Do I have to pick just one? :)

I'll take How will they ward DC for $500 please, Alec.
Jul. 10th, 2014 11:36 am (UTC)
You can pick them all! :)

That one's going to be fun. And it worked, right? It would be impossible to crash a plane on purpose into the White House or the Capitol. *waits for the chills*
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Jul. 10th, 2014 11:39 am (UTC)
The dig is what I'm working on right now. I LOVE being back in Alexandria. It's also really interesting to write Jerry, since Melissa's written him for the last three books.

I should post a little bit of Jerry in Night World that I've sketched out....
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