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Outskirts Press Announces the Release of New Fiction—Firebirds: God’s Own Lunatics—by Kelly McHugh

(, December 07, 2021 ) Denver, CO and San Ramon, CA Kelly McHughs new novel is the story of how a nave kid from Oregon masters the technology of war and volunteers to fly helicopter gunships, doing whatever he must to stay alive and protect his comrades. Vietnam was the first helicopter war for the U.S., and this book illustrates the learning curve under fire as the military gained experience through the harsh trial and error of combat. Firebirds: Gods Own Lunatics has been published by Outskirts Pressthe fastest-growing, full-service self-publishing and book marketing company.

It is 1967. Every young man in America must face the reality of our war in Vietnam, one way or another. Kevin McNally, bored and frustrated with college, decides to see if any of the military services will allow him the excitement of flying jet planes. None will, without a four-year degree, but the army offers him helicopters.

In Vietnam, Kevinnow called Maclearns the routine but dangerous helicopter chores of inserting troops and supplies and carrying out the wounded. These helicopters are armed with only two door gunners and are prime targets for the enemy. Mac hates being shot at without being able to shoot back. He volunteers to fly helicopter gunships as soon as he's allowed to, on his 30th day of flying. The gunships are armed to the teeth with machine guns, rockets and cannons. Mac can shoot back now, but he is also even more a prime target for the enemy. Flying the gunships is the most dangerous job in the army. Mac is shot down numerous times and wounded twice. Then, he is wounded one more time, and his days in Vietnam are over.

Mac learns to be ruthless in carrying out his dutiessaving the lives of American troopseven as he realizes the strategic futility of the war. But its not his job to question his orders. He flies twice into Laos, violating the sovereignty of a neutral country, even as Nixon assures America nothing of the kind is happening. After losing so many friends in combat, Mac is no longer the bored twenty-year-old who wants some excitement in his life. He becomes the weary veteran just trying to live through another day.

Learn more about the author at outskirtspress/GodsOwnLunatics.

At 660 pages, Firebirds: Gods Own Lunatics is available online through Outskirts Press. It is also sold through Amazon and Barnes and Noble for a maximum trade discount in quantities of 10 or more and is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the fiction category.

ISBN: 978-1-9772-2987-8 Format: 6 x 9 paperback Retail: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-9772-4782-7 Format: 6 x 9 hardback Retail: $37.95


About the Author: Kelly McHugh served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter gunship pilot in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. He received two Distinguished Flying Crosses, 21 Air Medals and one with a V device for Valor, three Purple Hearts, two Army Commendation Medals, a Vietnam Service Medal with four Battle Stars, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with a gold palm. He was shot down four times. McHugh grew up in Medford, Oregon. He attended the University of Oregon for two years, and then enlisted in the army and flight school. After his return to the world and school at the University of Pennsylvania, he became a physical therapist. He and his wife Mindy, a marriage family therapist, have been together 43 years and live in San Ramon, California. They have two daughters and a granddaughter.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.: Outskirts Press offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press, Inc. represents the future of book publishing, today.
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