Don Brown (author)

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Don Brown
Brown in 2017
Brown in 2017
Born (1960-06-03) June 3, 1960 (age 59)
Plymouth, North Carolina, U.S.
OccupationAuthor; Attorney; Former Naval Officer
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
GenreThriller, Fiction, Non-Fiction, History, Biography, Military
Notable worksTreason, Black Sea Affair, Malacca Conspiracy, Call Sign Extortion 17: The Shoot-Down of SEAL Team Six, The Last Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War II
ChildrenMary Claire Brown, Caroline Mitchell Brown, Graham Hardison Brown[1]
Military career
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
RankU.S. Navy O-4 infobox.svg Lieutenant Commander
Website
donbrownbooks.com

Donald Mitchell Brown, Jr. (born June 3, 1960) is an American author and attorney. He has published eleven fiction novels,[2] the best known of which is Treason (2005) in which radical Islamic clerics infiltrate the United States Navy Chaplain Corps.[3][4] He has published three works of military non-fiction, including his national bestseller, The Last Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War II (2017).[5][6][7][8] [9]

Early life and education[edit]

Brown was born in Plymouth in Washington County, North Carolina on June 3, 1960.[10] He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctor degree from Campbell University's Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.

Legal career[edit]

Brown spent five years as a military attorney in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps.[11] He earned a nonresident certificate in International Law from the Naval War College, and published a legal position paper in the Navy's Law Review on how to defend against temporary injunctions filed against the military.[12] He remained on inactive status with the Navy until 1999 when he separated from the service as a lieutenant commander.[13] Brown also worked as a special assistant to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of California.[13]

He is currently licensed to practice in North and South Carolina, and is the owner of Brown & Associates, PLLC, a law firm located in Charlotte, North Carolina,[14] where he practices law in the areas of civil litigation, military law, criminal defense, family law, and estate planning.

In 2018, Brown became joined the legal team as one of four military JAG officers representing Army Lieutenant Clint Lorance, and in 2019 published an expose entitled Travesty of Justice: The Shocking Prosecution of Lt. Clint Lorance. Lorance had been convicted for murder in 2013 by a military court-martial, when American paratroopers in his platoon men fired on a motorcycle in Afghanistan, leading to Lorance's conviction for murder. In Travesty of Justice, Brown laid out the defense contentions, including the claim that Army prosectuors withheld biometrics evidence proving that the motorcycle riders were enemy Taliban bombmakers. In a series of OPEDs for Fox News in the summer of 2019, Brown pressed Lorance's case further, urging President Donald Trump to provide presidential relief for Lorance, and accused the military justice system of corruption for the prosecutions of Lorance, Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher and Army Green Beret Matt Golsteyn.[15].[16][17][18][19][20]

Authorship[edit]

Brown discussing The Last Fighter Pilot at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 2017

Brown is the author of Zondervan's Navy Justice series with the fiction works Treason (2005), Hostage (2005), Defiance (2006), Black Sea Affair (2008),[21] and Malacca Conspiracy (2010), in which terrorists launch attacks against oil tankers in the Malacca Straights.[22][23][24]

In his Pacific Rim series, Brown wrote his sixth novel Thunder in the Morning Calm (2011) on the issue of whether American servicemen who were listed as MIAs may still be alive in North Korea from the Korean War. Brown stated in interviews that he wrote it to bring attention to the issue.[25] His seventh novel Fire of the Raging Dragon, a geopolitical action-thriller set in the South China Sea, was released through HarperCollins publishers in November 2012.[26][27][28][29]

Brown wrote Call Sign Extortion 17: The Shoot-Down of SEAL Team Six (2015) on the August 2011 downing of a United States Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter in the War in Afghanistan which killed the air crew along with seven Afghan military personnel and seventeen members of Navy SEAL Team Six.[30] 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, arguing that series of events were gross incompetence or a massive cover-up.[31]

Brown & Jerry Yellin discuss the book The Last Fighter Pilot, at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in 2017

In March 2017, Brown released his non-fiction work The Last Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War II.[32][33][34] The book features the true story of Captain Jerry Yellin, U.S. Army Air Force, who flew the final combat mission of World War II over Japan on August 15, 1945,[35][36] from Iwo Jima, and focuses on the last six months of the air war against Japan, flown by American fighter pilots who were stationed on Iwo Jima, who arrived on the island in March 1945, and remained there until the war's end.[37][38][39]

The New York Post included The Last Fighter Pilot on its "must read" list for books in July 2017.[40] In August 2017, Brown and Yellin appeared together to kick off the book's release at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library[41][42][43] and the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California to discuss the book and Yellin's experiences in the war.[44][45] Publishers Weekly announced that the book had been named to it national bestseller's list for hardcover nonfiction for the week ending August 7, 2017,[46] and Newsmax Media named Brown as among the "25 Best Nonfiction Military Authors" in the United States.[47] The popular magazine and website Townhall named Last Fighter Pilot as one of "10 World War II Books Every American Should Read." [48]

Published works[edit]

Books[edit]

Navy Justice Series

  • Treason (Zondervan Publishing, 2005) ISBN 0310259339
  • Hostage (Zondervan Publishing, 2006) ISBN 0310259347
  • Defiance (Zondervan Publishing, 2007) ISBN 0310272130
  • Black Sea Affair (Zondervan Publishing, 2007) ISBN 0310272149
  • Malacca Conspiracy (Zondervan Publishing 2010) ISBN 0310272157 [49]
  • Destiny (Mountainview Books, LLC, 2014) ISBN 9781941291061

Pacific Rim Series

Navy JAG Series

Nonfiction

Law review articles[edit]

  • 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)

Fox News OPEDs[edit]

  • Don Brown: President Trump, please free Army Lt. Clint Lorance, unjustly convicted of murder in Afghanistan, Fox News, May 7, 2019
  • Don Brown: It's time for Trump to clean out corruption in the military justice system, Fox News, June 14, 2019
  • Don Brown: Prosecuting American warriors for killing the enemy undermines ‘America first’, Fox News, July 1, 2019
  • Don Brown: Not guilty verdict for Navy SEAL Gallagher is welcome news – He shouldn’t have been prosecuted, Fox News, July 3, 2019
  • Don Brown: Eddie Gallagher is cleared, but two other officers face bogus politically-driven murder charges, Fox News, July 8, 2019
  • Don Brown: Policy banning military from carrying guns on US bases should end, Fox News, July 27, 2019[51]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brown, Don (22 December 2017). "The Malacca Conspiracy". Zondervan. Retrieved 22 December 2017 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "50 Years of 'Christy' - Why Catherine Marshall's Classic Endures - Family Fiction". Family Fiction. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Treason: Book One in Don Brown's Navy Justice Series - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com". 28 July 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  4. ^ Poling, Dean. "Book review: 'Treason' and 'Hostage' / Don Brown". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  5. ^ http://www.washingtontimes.com, The Washington Times. "Jerry Yellin details his military experience in 'The Last Fighter Pilot'". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Larry Elder Radio Show Hour 1 08/02/2017". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  7. ^ New York Times article on death of Captain Jerry Yellin, by Richard Goldstein, referencing the book The Last Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War II- December 24, 2017
  8. ^ Washington Post article on death of Captain Jerry Yellin, by Harrison Smith, referencing the book The Last Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War II- December 21, 2017
  9. ^ Military Times article on death of Captain Jerry Yellin, by Charlsy Panzino, referencing the book The Last Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War II- January 3, 2018
  10. ^ "Apr2014". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Law - Campbell University". Law. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  12. ^ Volume 40, United State Naval Law Review, showing article by LT Donald Brown, JAGC, USNR, beginning at p. 157
  13. ^ a b "N.C. author to sign books Saturday, brown, book, military - Archive - ENCToday". 10 July 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Brown & Associates, Pllc in Charlotte, NC". Brown & Associates, PLLC. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  15. ^ Don Brown: President Trump, please free Army Lt. Clint Lorance, unjustly convicted of murder in Afghanistan, Fox News, May 7, 2019
  16. ^ Don Brown: It's time for Trump to clean out corruption in the military justice system, Fox News, June 14, 2019
  17. ^ Don Brown: Prosecuting American warriors for killing the enemy undermines ‘America first’, Fox News, July 1, 2019
  18. ^ Don Brown: Not guilty verdict for Navy SEAL Gallagher is welcome news – He shouldn’t have been prosecuted, Fox News, July 3, 2019
  19. ^ Don Brown: Eddie Gallagher is cleared, but two other officers face bogus politically-driven murder charges Fox News, July 8, 2019
  20. ^ Don Brown: Policy banning military from carrying guns on US bases should end Fox News, July 27, 2019
  21. ^ "Barton College Hackney Library Guest Lecturers 2007". Archived from the original on 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2010-09-28.
  22. ^ "Indonesia intrigue, Tokyo high-tech high jinx - The Japan Times". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  23. ^ "Author donates autographed books to Reuben James Sailors : Hookele – Pearl Harbor – Hickam News". www.hookelenews.com. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  24. ^ "Charlotte author signs books for Navy crew". 21 July 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  25. ^ "Family Fiction Magazine -- Heroism and Heartache; Three Authors Who Write Military Fiction by Rel Mollet -- November, December 2011 (p. 26 of 66)". Archived from the original on 4 November 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  26. ^ "HarperCollins US". www.harpercollins.com. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  27. ^ "World Magazine -- Debt and Destruction:Books:Insights into America's Rise Illuminate the Causes of her Unraveling, by Marvin Olasky -- November 30, 2012". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  28. ^ "New Book Foretelling Fictional Military Showdown Gets Grand Haven Residents Talking About Propaganda". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  29. ^ UK Daily Mail (London) - Inside Trump's Air Force and Naval Bases on Guam, by Caroline Graham, August 12, 2017, referencing the novel Fire of the Raging Dragon, by Don Brown, and the U.S. Warship USS Emory S. Land (AS-39)
  30. ^ Enter The Buzzsaw (6 May 2016). "Seal Team 6 Helicopter Conspiracy: Death and Cover Up of Bin Laden's Killers". Retrieved 22 December 2017 – via YouTube.
  31. ^ "WHO DOUBLE-CROSSED THE SEALS?". www.alipac.us. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  32. ^ "World War II "Last Fighter Pilot" Capt. Jerry Yellin on War and Survival - Soldier of Fortune Magazine". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  33. ^ "Regnery Publishing: More Than Just Politics". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  34. ^ Don Brown Interview on WRKF (NPR Affiliate Baton Rouge) with Jim Engster on Captain Jerry Yellin, and WWII, August 1, 2017
  35. ^ "8/1/17 - Hour 1 - The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson - Omny.fm". omny.fm. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  36. ^ Don Brown quoted in 'People Magazine' on Captain Jerry Yellin and the book Last Fighter Pilot, People Magazine online, August 4, 2018
  37. ^ "Brandon Vogt with Don Brown "The Last Fighter Pilot"". audioBoom. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  38. ^ "Mike speaks with Don Brown, author of, "The Last Fighter Pilot." - The Mike Gallagher Show". 17 July 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  39. ^ "WWII's 'last fighter pilot' relives fateful flight — and the PTSD that followed". 28 May 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  40. ^ Dawson, Mackenzie (July 29, 2017). "This week's must-read books". New York Post.
  41. ^ "Lecture and Book Signing with Don Brown and Jerry Yellin - The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute". www.reaganfoundation.org. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  42. ^ ReaganFoundation (1 August 2017). "A Reagan Forum and Book Signing with Don Brown and Jerry Yellin — 8/1/2017". Retrieved 22 December 2017 – via YouTube.
  43. ^ "WWII Veteran Befriends Japanese Kamikaze Pilot". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  44. ^ "Richard Nixon Foundation". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  45. ^ Richard Nixon Foundation, Youtube Channel, showing appearance of Don Brown & Jerry Yellin discuss the book LAST FIGHTER PILOT, Richard Nixon Presidential Library, August 3, 2017, published April 18, 2018.
  46. ^ "Publishers Weekly National Besteller's List, Dated August 14, 2017 showing hardback nonfiction bestseller's list, at page 11 (showing Last Fighter Pilot at #25)". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  47. ^ Newsmax's 25 Best Nonfiction Military Authors, March 23, 2018
  48. ^ "10 World War II Books Every American Should Read," TownHall Magazine and website, June 11, 2018
  49. ^ "Fiction Book Review: The Malacca Conspiracy by Don Brown, Zondervan, $14.99 paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-310-27215-1". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  50. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Code 13: The Navy JAG Series, Book 2 by Don Brown. Zondervan, $15.99 trade paper (400p) ISBN 978-0-310-33807-9". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  51. ^ "Don Brown". Fox News. 18 August 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2019.

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