Don Brown (author)

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Don Brown
Don Brown Israel.jpg
Don Brown speaking at the Israeli 911 Memorial, Jerusalem, Israel on March 21, 2016
Born (1960-06-03) June 3, 1960 (age 56)
Plymouth, North Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Author; Attorney; Former Naval Officer
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 eleven published novels,[2] and two significant military works of non-fiction, including Call Sign Extortion 17: The Shoot-Down of SEAL Team Six, and The Last Figher Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War II. He is perhaps best known for his bestselling novel, Treason [3][4] 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.[5][6][7] [8]

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,[9] 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).[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] His fifth novel, Malacca Conspiracy, a novel in which terrorists launch attacks against oil tankers in the Malacca Straights, was released in 2010.[14][15][16]

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.[17][18]

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.[19][20][21]

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.[22]

Last Fighter Pilot[edit]

On March 17, 2017, Regnery Publishing, an imprint of Salem Media Group announced the release of Brown's new work of non-fiction entitled The Last Figher Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War II.[23]. 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, 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. Brown and Yellin are scheduled to kick off the book's release at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on August 1, 2017. [24].

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 [25]
  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
  2. Code 13 (Zondervan Publishing, 2016)ISBN 0310338077 [26]


  1. Call Sign Extortion 17: The Shoot-Down of SEAL Team Six (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, through Lyons Press - 2015) ISBN 1493007467
  2. The Last Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War II (Salem Media Group, through Regnery Publishing - 2017) ISBN 1621575063

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,[27] 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. ^ Article on Don Brown novels Treason and Hostage, by Dean Poling, the Valdosta (GA) Daily News, May 17, 2007
  5. ^ Don Brown Interview with national talk show host Sean Hannity, SIRIUS XM Radio channel 125, June 11, 2015.
  6. ^ Publishers Weekly Review/Article on Call Sign Extortion 17: The Shoot-down of SEAL Team Six, May 2015
  7. ^ Don Brown interview with Chicago Tribune syndicated columnist Rachel Marsden, on blogtalk Radio Show UNREDACTED with RACHEL MARSDEN, July 7, 2015
  8. ^ Don Brown Interview with Erick Stakelbeck, CBN News show "The Watchman," September 1, 2015.
  9. ^ Elevate Lifestyle Magazine, March 29, 2014 - "Best of the City Awards" recognized for best local author, Charlotte (at page 19)
  10. ^ Campbell University:Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law - Family Tradition, Mary Claire Brown, Class of 2014
  11. ^ 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)
  12. ^ ENC Today Article November 10, 2005, "NC Author to Sign Books Saturday," by Kim Miller
  13. ^ Barton College Hackney Library Guest Lecturers 2007
  14. ^ Japan Times Article, August 22, 2010
  15. ^ Pearl Harbor-Hickam AFB News,July 8,2011
  16. ^ Charlotte Weekly Article, July 21, 2011
  17. ^ Don Brown interview with Bob Crittenden on “The Meeting House,” Faith Radio Network, Montgomery, Alabama, September 14, 2011
  18. ^ Family Fiction Magazine -- Heroism and Heartache; Three Authors Who Write Military Fiction by Rel Mollet -- November, December 2011 (p. 26 of 66)
  19. ^ HarperCollins Publishers Authortracker
  20. ^ World Magazine -- Debt and Destruction:Books:Insights into America's Rise Illuminate the Causes of her Unraveling, by Marvin Olasky -- November 30, 2012
  21. ^ 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
  22. ^ "Who Double-Crossed the Seals? - Washington Times Article by Rowan Scarborough & Bill Gertz, dtd June 4, 2015
  23. ^ "Regnery Publishing: More Than Just Politics (announcing the release of "The Last Fighter Pilot" - Publisher's Weekly Article by Jill Milliot, dtd March 17, 2017
  24. ^ Ronald Reagan Presidential Library official announcement of lecture and book-signing on August 1, 2017
  25. ^ Publishers Weekly Review - The Malacca Conspiracy by Don Brown, review dtd July, 2010
  26. ^ Publishers Weekly Review - CODE 13 by Don Brown, review dtd April, 2016
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