Wings of the Valiant

Wings of the Valiant

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by Mark Edward Jones

The blood and sand of Desert Storm II gave birth to millions of victims and very few heroes. United States Marine fighter pilot Captain Dylan Brann survived the horrors of war but his psyche was deeply scarred. Once stateside, he must recover while dealing with an amazing discovery. An ancient Incan artifact and the chronicles of a long dead Spanish Conquistador


The blood and sand of Desert Storm II gave birth to millions of victims and very few heroes. United States Marine fighter pilot Captain Dylan Brann survived the horrors of war but his psyche was deeply scarred. Once stateside, he must recover while dealing with an amazing discovery. An ancient Incan artifact and the chronicles of a long dead Spanish Conquistador identify a possible connection between himself and an incredible event that occurred in South America nearly 500 years before. A phenomenon so extraordinary that it reaches across time and space and into the 21st century.

This newfound knowledge flings the aviator into a perilous world populated by treacherous politicians, egomaniacal archaeologists, secret government agents, deadly Scottish gangsters, and murderous Peruvian drug lords. Dylan's globetrotting odyssey leads him to revelations about the past and several confrontations with the powerful forces of evil while uncovering the fantastic purpose of his own existence within the Universe.

Prepare to encounter a legend for the new millennium where adventure takes flight!

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Historical and futuristic sci-fi fans, this is a must-read! Thumbs up!

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Wings of the Valiant 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you pick up this book you're in it for the long haul. You won't put down this over 500 page first novel until you turn to the last page. It's REALLY that GOOD! I can see the movie now --- Executive Producer, Joel Silver; lead stars, Hugh Jackman as ex-fighter pilot Dylan Brann/The Raven, Famke Janssen as Michelle Jensen, secret government agent and Dylan's ex-squeeze; Howie Long (yes, I'm not kidding) as Bo Hawkins, Mel Gibson (made up to look older) as Dylan's father, etc. Hey, these are the key characters in the book and they're all good guys. Here's a major suggestion to Mr. Silver or any other Hollywood producers looking for a hot property, which I have a feeling this book will become in the future, don't cast any names bigger to play the bad guys, OK?!?! Make this first book in what looks to be a great new book series a blockbuster movie that will remind all of us what a real superhero truly is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When the Spanish conquistadors came to the Americas, they were lured into committing near genocide by their lust for gold and treasure. The Spaniards considered the natives to be barbarians and had great contempt for their religion and their gods, never dreaming that they could be real. Following the trail of the legend of a wedge of gold that was not only solid gold, but possessed great power, the Spaniards, using force, violence and their own religion, destroyed most of the Incan Empire. During a final, dramatic confrontation between conquistadors and the guardian of the wedge, the Spaniards are killed and the guardian mysteriously vanishes. Thus Mark Edward Jones sets the stage for a fantastic journey through time, space and history in 'Wings of the Valiant'. Captain Dylan Brann, a pilot in Desert Storm II, survived the war physically but is left deeply scarred emotionally. When an archeologist who was a contemporary of his long-dead father invites him to go to Peru and continue the expedition that his father started, Dylan sees it as an opportunity to not only get his life back together but to hopefully put to rest some of the demons that have haunted him since he witnessed the brutal murder of his mother as a child. Dylan¿s search for answers not only to his questions about his parents¿ deaths but also about his own nightmares and visions will lead him on a fantastic journey deep into the mountains of Peru and into the depths of his own soul. His search for the truth will not only lead him into a volcanic mountain but will lead him to battle vicious drug lords, secret government agents, deceitful politicians and gangsters and will force him to confront powerful forces of evil that have tried for 500 years to destroy his family. Skillfully weaving an impressive knowledge of Incan history with the timeless greed of men and modern and future technology, Jones has created an adventure that will appeal to not only sci-fi fans but also to history buffs. Dylan Brann has the curiosity of Indiana Jones, the future skills of Buck Rogers and the soul of an ancient Inca warrior. 'Wings of the Valiant' is an old-fashioned, futuristic adventure story that will leave you eagerly waiting for the next book in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a fun book to read. While the beginning of the book offers a lot of detail, the story begins with a BANG, 400 years ago. Then it speeds by present times and ends up 'in the future, a few years from now'. The whole book is the story of tortured fighter jock, Dylan Brann. We learn of the turmoils his family faced during his youth, then are catapulted into a 2nd war with Iraq that culmunates in, to put it mildly, a big bang. From there, we learn of the main action part of the plot but the entire book is a hero's journey through the psychological fires while a tortured and orphaned youth, his baptism during the war, and then discovering and facing his true destiny by triumphing over the forces of evil. I look forward to the sequel and this should be an interesting series that any fan of the fantasy, science fiction, action, and adventure genres should almost instantly fall in love with. The main thing I loved about the book was that it reminded me of the cheap, ten cent, pulp magazines that I used to read in my youth. Fast-paced, thrilling, suspenseful tales of adventure that while mostly incredibly impossible, still held 1000s captive enough to make the format so popular that it gave birth to the modern day comic book. Have fun with this book! It's great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a classic story of good vs. evil with the science fiction fun of Star Wars, the exhilarating adventure of Indiana Jones, and the mysterious darkness of Batman. But it's something very fresh and original. In the author bio, it says that Mark Jones is working on a pair of sequels to this, his debut novel. Here's hoping that the further adventures of the lively cast of characters introduced in this book continue for many to come. 'Wings of the Valiant' is a very entertaining, wonderfully-written piece of escapist literature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG! This is an awesome book. Don't worry about the slow beginning of this book because it's required for a story that's a great read. This amazing tale, a wonderful debut by the author, tells the story of Dylan Brann and ranks right up there with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and the Jedi Knights of the Star Wars series. You won't be dissappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great introduction to the CD-ROM book format. The whole story is fascinating, exciting, fast-moving, and fun. One scene alone I will never forget....the SKYDIVING SCENE. It's a whizbang, slam-dunk, helluva ride! TWO THUMBS WAY, WAY UP!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great action thriller! Top-notch material that deserves to be made into a movie. If it doesn't make it to the screen, we're all getting robbed. Don't pass up getting this book. It's great entertainment!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wings of the Valiant is a well researched book. It starts with vivid descriptions which take the place of dialogue but offers a very interesting narrative. This along with the unique blend of ancient Inca history and the mix of both a futuristic Earth society and alien world make for a great story. I recommend this book for anyone who loves high octane science fiction adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a brilliant introduction to a new publishing format, the interactive CD-ROM book. While it could have had some more graphics, the special effects of sound and music don't take away from my using my imagination while reading. And Jones creates an amazing world to really let the mind go. The characters are well developed, even the minor ones, and it's nice to see several subplots that intertwine nicely with the main part of the story. The main characters emotional and physical rollercoaster seems real as he goes through some incredible pain, loss, and suffering while trying to keep his sanity. The story's pacing is good and the main backstory involving ancient Peru is interesting and informative. I just have one complaint ~ it's so well composed, I just wonder where the actually historical part ends and the fiction begins. The action, while sometimes over the top, is top-notch, easy to follow, and fun to read. The last part of the story is in almost a different mood that the rest of the book and the ending, while not completely a surprise, ties up everything neatly and definetly leads to a sequel which I look forward to seeing. What else can I say but it's a thoroughly enjoyable book and deserves two thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This first effort from Mark Edward Jones crosses many genres. No one will be bored with 'Wings of the Valiant'. Since it's on a computer CD-ROM, I can't call it a 'page-turner'. So, I guess I'll say it's a great 'mouse-clicker'. I really did like this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book from a new author. Jones will most probably become a voice to be heard of in the future. One thing keeping that from happening soon, though, is the format that this book has been released on. While a book on CD-ROM with the extras of pictures and sound seems attractive, more readers still like to have a book they can take anywhere with them. Laptops are portable but a printed book doesn't require batteries. This is why I didn't rate it higher. Despite that, the story is rather entertaining and fun to read. It's paced well with a mixture of plot-moving dialogue and wild action scenes. It does end a little on the predictable side and as the story went on, I knew there had to be a sequel in the works. I still liked it! Can't wait to get Jones's next book whether it be in print or on computer disc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, like the quote taken from it, will truly get into your spirit and make it soar. The story's a wonderful mix of traditional sci-fi and adventure fantasy that brings along with it a little reflection about man, aliens, and God too. The one draw back that keeps me from giving it all 5-stars is the ending. It definitely leads into a sequel and what probably will be an entire series. I just hope that the writer can deliver a slam-bang story with his next one that was as good as this one was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Wings of the Valiant' is a well-written book. The catastrophic event that takes the protagonist's father was reminiscent of an avalanche that actually occurred in the Andes Mountains of Peru just a few weeks ago. What a coincidence! Introducing the story's hero during the nuclear cataclysm of a future Middle Eastern war is a stroke of genius on the author's part. The scene gets the novel in full gear after an interesting prelude that spans over centuries. The characterizations are something that tie in well with the story along with the action sequences which are amazing, especially the one where some of the main characters have to parachute to safety while their jet is in peril. That scene alone is fantastic! Mark Edward Jones has done an admirable job at creating a wonderful tale where the past, present, and near future affect one another greatly and cause one man to face his destiny. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves action/adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was outstanding-not to mention the multimedia CD-ROM book format! Mark Edward Jones described the folklore and history of the ancient Inca Empire in great detail. But the great thing is he doesn't do it in a boring way. He blends the futuristic/science fiction aspect of the story well with the historical elements. I really enjoyed the way he described all the character's personalities and feelings on different matters. I love the way he described scenes involving only dialogue. They moved along just as well as other scenes that were all action, and boy what action there is! This book is a MUST READ!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dylan Brann's father died before he was born. He saw his mother murdered outside a movie theater while he was still a young boy. He watched helplessly as his entire Marine squadron was destroyed to end Desert Storm II. Then he found out that all the tragedies he had witnessed were connected! Dylan and Bo were the only Marine survivors from that fatal mission. Together they traveled, with an archaeologist and a woman with a secret, to continue the quest of Dylan's father in Peru. Dylan must avoid drug lords, a corrupt senator, and assassins as he follows an Inca legend. Dylan would learn the powers of Rükk and fulfill an age old prophecy. This one is very detailed. It is obvious the author thoroughly researched Inca oracles and legends. It combined military and science fiction to create a great story of adventure. It reminded me much of Batman toward the end. If the author so wanted, this could be the beginning of a great new series!