James H. Cobb Message Board
David L. Morley posts on 2/15/2009 1:02:24 PM
I totally agree with Joe's comments. The Amanda Garrett books are works of fiction not historically accurate records. All authors try to get as accurate as possible but if they tried to be perfect in all the minute references to hardware etc the books would so thin on detail as to be a terrible read, or even worse never published at all for fear of offending the purists.
Carry on Mr Cobb, I think you are doing a great job with an excellent set of characters.
Mike Kelly posts on 2/14/2009 11:20:38 AM
Hello There, a long time fan of the Amanda Garret series. Picked up the very first one on a lark and havn't looked back since! I will keep hoping and my eyes peeled for the 5th book! Please keep writing and keep up the good work! Signed a Fan :)
Joe Herbert posts on 2/11/2009 12:22:59 PM
All of you Arm-Chair experts leave the Author(s) alone. Nobody wants to know how smart you are or what you've experienced. When an author like James Cobb writes he is trying, with dialog and description to weave a story line, I am an "Amanda Garrett" Fan, waiting for the next release, but I am not whining about differences. EG: DDG 79 is the USS Oscar Austin a Flight IIa Burke, not a XXI Destroyer and the fact that Randy Cunningham is an imprisioned felon make it unlikely that the Navy will name a garbage scow after him, inspite of his CMH. When an author changes something for his purposes it is called authors' license . . . Live with it!
Larry Ammann posts on 2/10/2009 4:46:17 PM
James: The Arctic Event Chapter 29, page 263 (paper back) describes a Winchester Model 12 shotgun as a shree-round magazine in error. A 3- round magazine would have a 4 shot capacity. Fact: All Model 12 Winchester shotguns have a 6-round magazine capacity and a chamber round (1) which is a 7 shot capacity.
James W. Gilliam posts on 2/4/2009 8:18:34 PM
I am in the process of reading your novel "Arctic Event". It is a terrific read. By way of background, my first service was Coast Guard and for a tour I was stationed in Alaska, first on the Coast Guard Cutter Sedge stationed in Cordova, Alaska. Then I transferred to Coast Guard Radio Station Kodiak. In those days '60s, the Coast Guard Air Station was tenant unit on the Navy base. Reading your book brings back some really good memories. Just a couple of small errors in your research. The Alex Haley was originally the USS Edenton, after it was transferred to the Coast Guard it became the USCGC Alex Haley. However, in your book you keep referring to her as the USS Alex Haley. No big deal but it detracts from your otherwise great book. Also, it is the Commandant of the Coast Guard (only one Commandant)and not the Commandant of the 17th Coast Guard District, it is correctly Commander Coast Guard District 17.
My second service was Army, and as an airborne combat physician assistant I can identify with LTC Smith. Your handling of Army medical special OPS is excellent.
All in all I am enjoying your book. Keep up the good work.
JAMES W. GILLIAM, MPAS, PA-C
USNS ARCTIC T-AOE 8
You've never lived;
'Til you've almost died;
For those who fight for it;
Life has a flavor;
THE PROTECTED WILL NEVER KNOW!
chienetfou posts on 1/31/2009 3:53:31 PM
just started your book the arctic event one Big mistake 5th sfga(special forces group airborne) is not and never has been at ft lewis as your story claims they were at ft bragg from activation in the early fifties until the late eighties when they were moved to ft campbell ky ft lewis has always been the home of 1st sfga great book so far hope the error was unintentional
Gordo posts on 1/12/2009 4:52:45 PM
Just finished _Arctic Event_. Enjoyed it, but it's just my nature to find nits. On pp 111-112, Valentina states that the USA has never constructed a graphite-moderated power plant similar to Chernobyl. This a strange statement from a military historian, since such a plant was completed in the early 1960's at Hanford. Thermal power was greater than any of the Chernobyl reactors. Also, there were eight other large graphite-moderated reactors at Hanford for plutonium and tritium production. They have long since been deactivated, but those actions were not prompted by the Chernobyl disaster.
Joe Reck posts on 9/10/2008 2:51:03 PM
Mr. Cobb do you have any fresh information for Amanda Garrett fans regarding a publishing date? These are great books.
Peter Downing posts on 9/3/2008 3:34:24 PM
I love the Amanda Garrett novels. Sad maybe but they are now among my "comfort books". Whilst waiting for the next installment, try a Brit author for similar authentic, fast battle action? Mike Lunnon Wood (Harper Collins) has three crackers: "King's Shilling", "Long Reach" and "Heraklion Blue", all featuring Royal Navy frigates and destroyers plus Marine Commando action.
Stella posts on 9/2/2008 2:55:40 PM
Yes it saya the same in my 1997 copy of Stormdragon. You would have thought someone else would have noticed before now. But even after several re-reads I did not. But I only use the 24hr clock in connection with flights so it just did not matter.
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