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Publication Order of Hunter Killer Books

with George Wallace

Publication Order of Ride Books

The Soldier's Ride (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Christmas Ride: Miracle of the Lights (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Rolling Thunder Stock Car Racing Books

with Kent Wright
White Lightning (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Road to Daytona (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Race To Glory (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
On To Talladega (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Young Guns (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
First to the Flag (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inside Pass (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
On The Throttle (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Forever Season (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wizard of the Wind (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Firing Point (With: George Wallace) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spin (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
On the Road to Kingdom Come (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Gallant Lady: A Biography of the USS Archerfish (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Course of Duty: The Heroic Mission of the USS Batfish (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bear: The Legendary Life of Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Final Patrol: True Stories of World War II Submarines (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
War Beneath the Waves: A True Story of Courage and Leadership Aboard a World War II Submarine (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Undersea Warrior: The World War II Story of "Mush" Morton and the USS Wahoo (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Riding the Shortwaves: Exploring the Magic of Amateur Radio (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Untold Millions: How You Can Capture and Save Eyewitness History (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mattie C.'s Boy: The Shelley Stewart Story (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ship That Wouldn't Die: The Saga of the USS Neosho: A World War II Story of Courage and Survival at Sea (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Amateur Radio Dictionary: The Most Complete Glossary of Ham Radio Terms Ever Compiled (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Get on the Air...Now!: A Practical, Understandable Guide to Getting the Most from Amateur Radio (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Indestructible Man: The True Story of World War II Hero "Captain Dixie" (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Indestructible Man: The Incredible True Story of the Legendary Sailor the Japanese Couldn't Kill (With: David Rocco) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of American War Heroes Books

Pacific Alamo (By: John F. Wukovits) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
As Good As Dead (By: Stephen L. Moore) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chesty Puller (By: John F. Wukovits) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Only the Brave (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Battle Stations (By: Stephen L. Moore) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Torpedo Run (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Square Mile of Hell (By: John F. Wukovits) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chuck Yeager: (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Don Keith is a bestselling and award-winning American writer of thriller and historical fiction stories. He is particularly famous for his widely popular novel series called Rolling Thunder Stock Car Racing. Other noteworthy works of author Keith include the Hunter Killer series and the Ride series. The former was written in collaboration with author George Wallace. Additionally, Keith has penned a few standalone books in his career. They include The Forever Season, On the Road to Kingdom, Wizard of the Wind, The Spin, etc.

He has also written a short story collection called Dial Dancing, which was published in 2017. Author Keith was born in Springville, Alabama, in 1947 and has spent all his life living in the South. He studied at the Tuscaloosa-based Alabama University and earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast & film communication.

Keith also received a minor in literature and English. After that, he took up the role of a broadcast journalist and began his work life. While Keith was associated with this job, he won accolades and awards from the United Press International and the Associated Press for his efforts in reporting and news writing. Keith also became the first winner of the Hector Award from Troy State University, given for doing mind-blowing innovative work in broadcast journalism. Shortly after, Keith took over the role of an on-air broadcaster and was labeled as the Radio Personality of the Year by the Billboard Magazine. He was rewarded in 2 formats of contemporary and country. For more than 20 years, Keith served as a broadcast personality in Nashville and Birmingham.

During this time, he also owned a consultancy of his own and co-owned a Mobile radio station. He even produced and hosted a number of nationally syndicated shows for the radio. After deciding to switch over to writing, Keith published his first book, The Forever Season, in 1995. It was a St. Martin’s Press publication. This book was heavily based on Keith’s academic and athletic experiences and achieved critical as well as commercial success. Numerous reviewers praised the book’s powerful story and its unique approach. Keith went on to win Fiction of the Year award from the Library Association of Alabama in 1997 for this book. In the fall of 2002, the book was re-issued by Alabama University as a part of the popular Deep South Books series. Keith followed up his first success with Wizard Of The Wind, which was mainly during the years that he worked in broadcasting.

Following the widescale success of his second novel, Keith wrote and published a series of adventure novels by collaborating with author Kent Wright for adult and young adult readers. This series helped him establish himself as an author in the real sense. It allowed him to get noticed by big names in the publishing world and gain lots of recognition. Tor Books released the paperback version of the books of this series while Econo-Clad Books and published the hardback and Durkin-Hayes Publishing released the audiobooks. After this, Keith moved on to write a thriller novel called Final Bearing. He co-wrote this novel with George Wallace, an ex-nuclear submarine commander. This 2003 book quickly became a bestseller and gained nationwide recognition. The reviewers and critics gave it great reviews, which helped it to attract readers in further large numbers.

A sequel novel was created by Keith more than a decade later. The first non-fiction work by Keith, Gallant Lady, was based on the remarkable real story of the Second World War submarine, the USS Archerfish. He penned the book with the help and crucial inputs of an ex-Archerfish crewmember named Ken Henry. The nonfiction book was released with immense success in 2005. Keith’s next book was based on military history and talked about another WWII submarine, the USS Batfish. In the 2006 book titled Final Patrol, Keith has described the behind-the-scenes stories of the seventeen WWII submarines that have now been converted into museum ships. Today, Keith enjoys being active in the field of writing. He attends various writers’ seminars, workshops, and events. He resides in Indian Springs Village, Alabama, along with his lovely wife named Charlene.

A popular book series written by author Don Keith is known as the Rolling Thunder Stock Car Racing series. It is comprised of 8 books released between 1999 and 2001. Author Keith has set this series in the mid-1950s in Daytona, Charlotte, Darlington, and a few other places. Some essential characters created by him for this series include Jodell Bob Lee, Ned Jarrett, Lee Petty. Junior Johnson, Bubba Baxter, Joe Baker, Fireball Roberts, Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty, David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Buddy Baker, Dale Earnhart Jr., Casey Atwood, Adam Petty, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, etc. The first book of this exciting series is entitled ‘White Lightning’. It was released by Tor Books in 1999. This book opens by introducing Jodell Bob Lee as being brought up in the moonshine business of his grandfather. But, he dreams of doing something else instead of just minting money from a dirt farm and dodging federal revenuers.

Jodell Lee wishes to indulge in stock car racing. So, after only several races, he gets hooked and quickly forms a team with his best friend named Bubba Baxter, and a mechanic cousin named Joe Baker. Before long, all three of them are up against the likes of Lee Petty, Junior Johnson, and Ned Jarrett. Jodell races every race with just one motto, that is, always come first at any cost. This book explores how stock car racing exploded on the scene as the most sought after spectator sport in the United States. Keith has also described the triumphant rise of Jodell Lee to fortune and fame.

Another exciting volume of the series is known as ‘Road Daytona’. It was also published in 1999 by Tor Books. This novel shows how Jodell Lee gets the first taste of a big success in stock car racing. He succeeds with flying colors on the tracks of Daytona and Darlington. It is a time when this sport is speedily making its transition from the backwoods and hills of Martinsville and North Wilkesboro to the new superspeedways. Along with his dedicated commitment to car racing, Jodell Lee juggles with starting a new family. The time is quite tough for him, both personally and professionally. This book went on to entertain a large number of readers across the globe. The fans of the sport of car racing liked it very much. Various critics praised author Keith for coming up with a unique concept and adding a new flavor to novel writing.

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