Ben H. English

Ben.H. English ~ Alpine ~ Texas

“The time is the eve of the First Gulf War.

The place is an abandoned World War II emergency landing strip for heavy bombers, nestled amid the near countless miles upon miles of wide openness in West Texas.

Here another climatic battle will be fought, while the rest of the world focuses on what would become known as Operation Desert Storm.

But in some ways, the stakes are even higher as men from other places and past conflicts gamble all that they are, and all they ever were, to prevent a catastrophic terrorist attack unthinkable before on an American city.

The key to either side’s success or failure? One old Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, an enduring symbol from another war and ensuing catastrophe of a different era.

This relic of a not so distant past is named ‘The Uvalde Raider,’ and this is its story…”


So reads the back cover blurb for my most recent effort, ‘The Uvalde Raider,’ and the fourth one penned and published. This book is the second in a planned twelve volume historical novel series.

The first was ‘Destiny’s Way’, which many of you have already read. Presently ‘Destiny’s Way’ enjoys an outstanding 4.9 review rating out of a possible 5.0 on Amazon. I appreciate all who helped in seeing it reach such a status. Thank you!

‘The Uvalde Raider,’ a semi-sequel, is about an Islamic terrorist plot to release five hundred gallons of Syrian supplied VX nerve agent over the city of San Antonio. To deliver this horrific payload, a plan is formed to commandeer a Confederate Air Force Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress.

Though a work of fiction in itself, this book uses many historical events and locations as a backdrop to the story. It relies also upon my years as a Counterintelligence Specialist in the Marine Corps, as well as a Texas Highway Patrolman.

You will be taken to different times and places across the globe, from the Middle East and Iran through Nazi Germany, South Vietnam, the Philippines and my own native land of West Texas.

Some may think upon this latest offering as being too ‘controversial’ or even ‘politically incorrect.’ To that I reply there is real evil in this world, an evil that can never be placated or reasoned with. It has tried to destroy us and our way of life many times before, under many different guises and names.

It still tries to do so today, and we owe it to future generations yet unborn to come to terms with this. Freedom is never ‘free.’

I would like to thank Kenny and EA Saunders Wadsworth, as well as their family, for allowing me to dedicate this book in honor of Kenny’s father, Captain Dean Amick Wadsworth (USAF). Captain Wadsworth was shot down and killed over South Vietnam the month before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

His remains were not recovered until thirty-two years later.

I would also like to thank Stan Waters for his thoughts and advice, when this book was still mostly written only in my mind.

Along those same lines I would like to recognize Cathy D English, Levi English, Ethan English, Steven Williams, Chris and Lauren Johnson, Catherine Eaves, Linda Neeley, Mike Boren and others who served as advance readers for the evolving manuscript.

Several have told me this is my best yet.

Last but not least I want to thank you, the individual reader, for helping this book come to fruition. It has been your encouragement, your support and your abiding interest that has brought my writing so far in such a short time.

You are who I write for, for without you there would be no real reason to do so. Please feel free to share with others because such kind acts are the best advertising of all.

May God bless to each and every one of you,


Ben H. English
Alpine, Texas
USMC: 1976-1983
THP: 1986-2008

Author of ‘Yonderings’ (TCU Press)
‘Destiny’s Way’ (Creative Texts Publishers)
‘Out There: Essays on the Lower Big Bend’ (Creative Texts Publishers)
‘The Uvalde Raider’ (Creative Texts Publishers)
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Life is like a bunch of roses. Some sparkle like raindrops. Some fade when there's no sun. Some just fade away in time. Some dance in many colors. Some drop with hanging wings. Some make you fall in love. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Life you can be sure of, you will not get out ALIVE.(sorry about that)