Comes the time when an author feels the urge to start a new book. The urge may be powerful if he or she writes for a living. For those of us who write for the love of it, or because there's something that needs to be said, the urge is just a nagging something that demands attention. Perhaps, like a chicken that knows an egg must be laid but isn't sure why.
So number 5, tentatively titled "Red Star Down", is 14,000 or so words into Ben Hunnicutt's next adventure-- or disaster, as the case may be. Ben stumbles on the wreck of a WW2 C-47 aircraft which has been lying undisturbed for 30 years. Turns out it was a lend-lease cargo plane given to the Russians, who sent it toward Siberia with a cargo they would just as soon U.S. authorities never knew about. And, since they still feel that way, Ben and friends are likely to encounter serious opposition in their attempt to salvage the plane and its cargo. I'll attempt to show the prologue below.