Between 1987 and 2014, this prolific author published over thirty novels, including thirteen New York Times bestsellers. Many of his works -- including Flight of the Old Dog, The Tin Man, and Air Battle Force -- focus on the adventures of a United States Air Force officer protagonist named Patrick McLanahan.
After earning a history degree from Pennsylvania State University, he became a United States Air Force Weapon Systems Officer. His military service earned him both a Combat Crew Award and an Air Force Commendation Medal.
Beginning in 2001, he collaborated with fellow author Jim DeFelice on the Dreamland series of books.
A native of Buffalo, New York, he later settled in Nevada with his wife Diane and the couple's son, Hunter.
He and Robert Leckie both became known for writing books with military themes.