Class of 1961
The Phantom’s Song won second place in Mainstream Fiction in
the Paul Gillette Writing Awards and is selling very well. Last
week we had a book signing and 70 people attended. I’ve even received
calls from as far as China regarding the novel. I think you will enjoy
the story and the characters who lived it. It is available at
(best price) and
also at a number of bookstores.
“Phantom” has an email site at
I welcome your thoughts or comments there. You
can also find me at “Doug Fain” on Facebook.
Comments from Judges—The Paul Gillette Memorial Writer’s Contest
the Kamkara is told very well….The story pulls the reader in and
continues to hold the reader’s attention. Emotion and intensity of
thought are on the page and almost physical. Very good!”
story plunges the reader in emotion, gut-wrenching scenes, and keeps
your attention. The pacing is smooth and even to keep you turning
conflict evident through the war scenes, the Soviet secondary plot and
its characters all combine to give a solid structure to your story.
opening scenes are described in a way that makes the reader sense the
underlying fear, the heat, the tense situation the characters are
walking into. An intriguing opening that pulls in the reader.”
Forward from The
Phantom’s Song – by B/Gen.
Steve Ritchie, USAF, Ret., America’s last fighter pilot Ace
Doug brings back the thrill of flying a mach 2 aircraft, the adrenalin
rush of combat, the warmth of new love, and the emptiness of loss. His
novel takes the reader through the jungles of Viet Nam, the bitterness
of the Siberian winter, and the politics of indecision in Washington.
This is a story of human courage and fear, of hope and despair, of
tragedy and perseverance. Doug brings his characters to life and weaves
their personal stories into a rich fabric of human struggle and triumph.
It is obvious he knows them well. Doug was there and has told the story
of so many of us who served our country in that forgotten war. I salute
him for bringing that period of our lives back into focus, and reminding
us of the pride of all those warriors who flew the “Phabulous Phantoms”
into harm’s way.
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