Projects

I have several projects in work or rattling around in my head trying to get out. I just thought I might share some of them with you. Please let me know which of them seem most interesting to you by emailing me at davebly@icloud.com or by making a comment through the Contact page.

An Eagle for the Crown. This is the second book in the Gresham Sagas and is currently in progress. I try to make some progress on it each day and hope to get it published in 2017. This book follows the adventures of JJ Arneson, son and spitting image of Jimmy Arneson from Endure the Dawn. JJ follows in his father's footsteps and joins the Royal Air Force. Following training in Canada and England, JJ is assigned to No. 41 Squadron, flying Spitfires. He fights in the Battle of Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain. He also meets his true love, Helen Grace Cartwright, but must win her affections away from her current beau. Helen is drafted to the WRNS and serves at Bletchley Park, kicking off what may become and exciting career of her own. How they manage a romance in the midst of all this is part of the fun.

Once a Tiger. This novel tells the story of Joe Arneson, son of Jimmy Arneson and the twin of his brother, Ted. Joe grew up admiring his uncle Karl, who lived in mainland China as a Lutheran missionary from 1916 to 1926. Destined to fly like all the Arneson boys, Joe volunteers for the Flying Tigers, flying in China for the Chinese Air Force in the early days of World War Two. Following America's entry into the war, Joe heads to New Guinea where he flies P-39 Aircobras, P-40 Kittyhawks, and P-38 Lightnings against the Japanese Army and Navy.

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Flying Cats. I don't like this name, by the way. I need a new one. Maybe Cat Jockey. What do you think? This one is Ted Arneson's story. Needing to be different from his twin brother, Joe, Ted joins the United States Navy. Ted flies F4F Wildcats and F6F Hellcats for a succession of Naval Fighter units in the Battle of Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway, and the Island Campaigns.