AN AUTHOR’S SPECIAL THANK YOU TO SOME SPECIAL PEOPLE WHO MADE OVERKILL POSSIBLE, AND WHO HAVE DONE SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT

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.

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2 Responses to “AN AUTHOR’S SPECIAL THANK YOU TO SOME SPECIAL PEOPLE WHO MADE OVERKILL POSSIBLE, AND WHO HAVE DONE SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT”

  1. Rodney Parker Says:

    Mr. Buettner,

    I met you awhile back in downtown Woodstock when you spoke and purchased a copy of Orphanage which you autographed for me. I read the whole series and passed them on to my wife to read as well. We absolutely LOVED them! Can’t wait to read Overkill!

    Please, Please, Please come to DragonCon this year!

    Thanks,
    Rodney

    • robertbuettner Says:

      Dear Rodney:
      Thanks for the kind words. As for DragonCon, I tried months ago, but they didn’t find a slot for me. So please direct any disappointment their way and not mine. Fortunately, the World Science Fiction Con, eleven days earlier, was glad to have me as a guest. So if you’re in Reno August 17-21, 2011, look me up at panels or signings.

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