Don Brown (author)

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Don Brown
Born (1960-06-03) June 3, 1960 (age 55)
Plymouth, North Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Author; Attorney
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Alma mater University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Genre Thriller
Notable works Treason, Black Sea Affair, Malacca Conspiracy, Call Sign Extortion 17: The Shoot-Down of SEAL Team Six
Children Mary Claire Brown, Caroline Mitchell Brown, Graham Hardison Brown[1]

Donald Mitchell Brown, Jr. (born June 3, 1960) is an American author of ten published novels,[2] and is perhaps best known for his bestselling novel, Treason [3] released by Zondervan Publishing Company in 2005, and by his non-fiction military expose, Call Sign Extortion 17: The Shoot-Down of SEAL Team Six, released by Rowman & Littlefiled Publishing Company in 2015. Treason explored the issues and dangers of radical Islamic infiltration in the US military.Call Sign Extortion 17 is a non-fiction account of the 2011 Chinook shootdown in Afghanistan of U.S.Navy SEAL Team, with Brown contending that the SEAL's deaths were caused, in part, because of "politically-correct" rules of engagement. [4][5][6]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Plymouth, North Carolina, United States, Brown is a Washington County, North Carolina native currently living in Charlotte, North Carolina,[7] Brown received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a Juris Doctor degree from Campbell University's Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.

US Navy JAG Officer[edit]

Brown spent five years in the U.S. Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG).[8] He continued his studies at the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, earning the Navy's nonresident certificate in International Law. While serving as a JAG officer in the Pentagon in 1992, Brown was published in the US Navy Law Review, drafting a legal position paper instructing United States Military Lawyers on defending against temporary injunctions filed against the military.[9] The published article in the prestigious Naval Law Review would become Brown's very first publication. While serving as a U.S. Navy JAG officer, Brown was appointed Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California.[10]

Navy Justice Series[edit]

Brown is author of Zondervan's Navy Justice Series: including Treason (2005), Hostage (2005), Defiance (2006), and Black Sea Affair, released in 2008.[11] His fifth novel, Malacca Conspiracy, a novel in which terrorists launch attacks against oil tankers in the Malacca Straights, was released in 2010.[12][13][14]

Brown's sixth novel, Thunder in the Morning Calm, a novel that explores the question of whether American servicemen who were listed as MIAs may still be alive in North Korea from the Korean War, was released in the summer of 2011.

Thunder in the Morning Calm was the first novel released in Zondervan's Pacific Rim Series, and Brown has stated in interviews that he penned the novel in part to bring attention to the issue of Americans left behind in North Korean prison camps at the end of the Korean War.[15][16]

Brown's seventh novel, entitled Fire of the Raging Dragon, a geopolitical action-thriller set in the South China Sea, was released through HarperCollins publishers in November 2012.[17][18][19]

Call Sign Extortion 17[edit]

On August 6, 2011, three months after members of Navy SEAL Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden, Taliban forces took down a United States helicopter, call sign "Extortion 17." The attack killed the Air National guard crew, seven unidentified members of the Afghan military, and seventeen members of Navy SEAL Team Six, warrior brothers from the same Team that had killed Osama Bin Laden just ninety days prior.

In the book, entitled Call Sign Extortion 17: The Shoot-Down of SEAL Team Six, published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2015, Don Brown retells the wartime action, explains the life stories of the service members killed that day, and examines the official military explanation of the incident contained in the infamous Colt Report. Don Brown asserts that the series of events reveal either gross incompetence or a massive cover-up.[20]

Brown questions whether the seven Afghan soldiers aboard that helicopter were really undercover Taliban who either maneuvered the chopper within easy range of being shot down or sabotaged it from within. Don Brown further questions whether the SEALS were deliberately flown into a known Taliban hot zone.[21]

Published works[edit]

Navy Justice series

  1. Treason (Zondervan Publishing, 2005)ISBN 0310259339
  2. Hostage (Zondervan Publishing, 2006)ISBN 0310259347
  3. Defiance (Zondervan Publishing, 2007)ISBN 0310272130
  4. Black Sea Affair (Zondervan Publishing, 2007)ISBN 0310272149
  5. Malacca Conspiracy (Zondervan Publishing 2010) ISBN 0310272157
  6. Destiny (Mountainview Books, LLC, 2014)ISBN 9781941291061 (WWII historical Prequel to series)

Pacific Rim series

  1. Thunder in the Morning Calm (Zondervan Publishing, 2011)ISBN 0310330149
  2. Fire of the Raging Dragon (Zondervan Publishing, 2012)ISBN 9780310410447
  3. Storming the Black Ice (Harper Collins Publishing, 2014)ISBN 9780310410454

Navy JAG Series

  1. Detained (Harper Collins Publishing, 2015)ISBN 9780310338055


  1. Call Sign Extortion 17: The Shoot-Down of SEAL Team Six (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, through Lyons Press - 2015) ISBN 1493007467

US Navy Publications

  1. Temporary Injunctions Aimed at the Military: A Rapid Response Plan for Government Lawyers, by Lieutenant Donald M. Brown, Jr. JAGC, USNR, 40 Naval L. Rev. 157 (1992)

Legal career[edit]

Don Brown is also an attorney licensed in North and South Carolina. He is the owner of Brown & Associates, PLLC, a law firm located in Charlotte, NC,[22] where he practices law in the areas of Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Estate Planning.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Google Books:Malacca Conspiracy:Dedication to Children
  2. ^ Family Fiction Magazine -- Compilation of ten novels by Don Brown
  3. ^ Yahoo Voices, Opinion and Editorial - Treason: Book One in Don Brown's Navy Justice Series, by RE Norton, Yahoo Contributing Editor, April 27, 2007
  4. ^ Don Brown Interview with national talk show host Sean Hannity, SIRIUS XM Radio channel 125, June 11, 2015.
  5. ^ Publishers Weekly Review/Article on Call Sign Extortion 17: The Shoot-down of SEAL Team Six, May 2015
  6. ^ Don Brown interview with Chicago Tribune syndicated columnist Rachel Marsden, on blogtalk Radio Show UNREDACTED with RACHEL MARSDEN, July 7, 2015
  7. ^ Elevate Lifestyle Magazine, March 29, 2014 - "Best of the City Awards" recognized for best local author, Charlotte (at page 19)
  8. ^ Campbell University:Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law - Family Tradition, Mary Claire Brown, Class of 2014
  9. ^ Temporary Injunctions Aimed at the Military: A Rapid Response Plan for Government Lawyers, by Lieutenant Donald M. Brown, Jr. JAGC, USNR, 40 Naval L. Rev. 157 (1992)
  10. ^ ENC Today Article November 10, 2005, "NC Author to Sign Books Saturday," by Kim Miller
  11. ^ Barton College Hackney Library Guest Lecturers 2007
  12. ^ Japan Times Article, August 22, 2010
  13. ^ Pearl Harbor-Hickam AFB News,July 8,2011
  14. ^ Charlotte Weekly Article, July 21, 2011
  15. ^ Don Brown interview with Bob Crittenden on “The Meeting House,” Faith Radio Network, Montgomery, Alabama, September 14, 2011
  16. ^ Family Fiction Magazine -- Heroism and Heartache; Three Authors Who Write Military Fiction by Rel Mollet -- November, December 2011 (p. 26 of 66)
  17. ^ HarperCollins Publishers Authortracker
  18. ^ World Magazine -- Debt and Destruction:Books:Insights into America's Rise Illuminate the Causes of her Unraveling, by Marvin Olasky -- November 30, 2012
  19. ^ WZZM TV 13 (ABC affiliate Grand Haven, MI) -- New Book Foretelling Fictional Military Showdown Gets Grand Haven Residents Talking About Propaganda, by Pam Mettler -- December 14, 2012
  20. ^ "Who Double-Crossed the Seals? - Washington Times Article by Rowan Scarborough & Bill Gertz, dtd June 4, 2015
  21. ^ "Was the Greatest Loss in the Afghan War an Insider Attack? - New York Post Op-Ed by Don Brown, dtd June 14, 2015, Adapted from the book “Call Sign Extortion 17,” used by permission of Rowman & Littlefield
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