Archive for March, 2011


March 24, 2011
If you’ve read Overkill, you know that an Abrams tank figures in the story. If you haven’t read Overkill, then you should, so you’ll know what you’ve been missing, because it’s pretty cool. 


If you’ve read all of Overkill you also know that fitting an Abrams into a story set  light years in distance and a hundred years in time from here and now, and doing it accurately, requires more than an author’s vivid imagination.

So, I want to say thanks, again, to all the soldiers of 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, the Sledgehammer of the Rock of the Marne, who took time out from preparation for deployment to the Republic of Iraq, to bring this last-century intel puke and tanker’s son up to date on what makes a modern tank, like the 3rd HBCT Abrams shown below right, thundering across the red clay of Ft. Benning, Georgia.

Even more special thanks to my host, 3rd HBCT’s Cpt. Charlie Barrett, at left (looking even spiffier in his Class A uniform than in pixillated camo).

Also thanks to SFC. Stephen Burden (above) and Staff Sgt. Joseph Maughon who showed me how an Abrams gets prepped for a long journey.  Although Iraq is closer – a lot closer – than where Overkill’s Abrams winds up.

Thanks also to Harry Sarles and Brenda Donnell of the Department of the Army Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, and to MAJ Lon Widdicombe, USA, for making it all possible.

Any errors regarding tanks and tankers are mine, not any of theirs.

But I, and all Americans, owe 3rd HBCT, and all those who serve, thanks for far more than that. Not just for their courage in navigating the fog of war, though certainly for that.

But also for the way they represent our better nature to the world, like this 3rd HBCT soldier.


Overkill – It’s an Original Hit! Even Better, it’s a Sequel!

March 17, 2011

Overkill, book 1 of the Orphan’s Legacy series, has only been on shelves, online, and available as an audiobook for a couple of weeks now, but you like it a lot, which makes my day.  Before the world got connected, authors and publishers had to wait on print reviews, sales figures that came back from stores months later, and the occasional fan letter to gauge reader reaction to a new release.

Today, though, readers post comments online instantly.  Reader reviews of Overkill have been, well, as shamelessly squibbed below:

“a great book…one of the most imaginative pieces of science fiction I have read in a while”

“Brilliant, I couldn’t put it down. Actually I bought it to go on my kindle but didnt even wait long enough to transfer it and read it all on a laptop screen in one sitting!”


“Robert Buettner’s first novel, Orphanage, will forever be one of my all time favorite military science fiction novels…Overkill…gave me a close approximation of the joy I felt while reading Orphanage.”

That last comment addresses my sole concern to date.  Some new Overkill /Buettner fans don’t know that there are five books out there, beginning with Orphanage, that set the stage for Overkill.  Most of those newbies seem to be getting that pleasant surprise when they read the Afterword at the end of Overkill.  But Overkill was designed as, and appears to be working as, a stand-alone novel.

It’s a pleasant problem for an author to have.