Doug (Butch) Fain


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

“Sink 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!”

“Your story plunges the reader in emotion, gut-wrenching scenes, and keeps your attention.  The pacing is smooth and even to keep you turning pages….”

“The conflict evident through the war scenes, the Soviet secondary plot and its characters all combine to give a solid structure to your story.  Well done!”

“The 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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