Richard Herman
Richard Herman, Jr. is an American author of techno-thriller novels. He writes the Jack Locke, Matt Pontowski and Madeline Turner series. Herman was a Weapons System operator for 21 years with the U.S. Air Force until he retired in 1983 as a major. During his career, he served for two tours in Southeast Asia and took part in over 240 combat missions. Following his retirement, he began a new career writing about the aircraft he loves. In his spare time, Dick is a small craft sailor. He lives in Folsom, California.

Richard Herman became a published novelist in 1989 with the novel The Warbirds. Below is a list of Richard Herman’s books in order of when they were originally published:

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Publication Order of Jack Locke Books

Publication Order of Madeline Turner Books

The Power Curve (1997)Description / Buy at
Edge of Honor (1999)Description / Buy at
The Last Phoenix (2002)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Matt Pontowski Books

Firebreak (1991)Description / Buy at
Call to Duty / Mosquito Run (1993)Description / Buy at
Dark Wing (1994)Description / Buy at
Iron Gate (1995)Description / Buy at
The Last Phoenix (2002)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Against All Enemies (1998)Description / Buy at
The Trojan Sea (2001)Description / Buy at
A Far Justice (2010)Description / Buy at
The Peacemakers (2012)Description / Buy at
The Trash Haulers (2015)Description / Buy at
The China Sea (2017)Description / Buy at

Note: Call to Duty was also published as Mosquito Run.

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Richard Herman Synopsis: In The Warbirds by Richard Herman, Jr., Col. Anthony “Muddy” Waters is tasked with shaping a group of rogues and misfits into war heroes – an assignment no other USAF officer would take. Waters, though, is stubborn and dedicated enough to make the “impossible” possible.

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  1. Konstanze Allsopp: 1 year ago


    I keep getting told that Richard Herman wrote 17 books, but there are only 15. Call to Duty/Mosquito Run is the same book, it was just published with a different title by the British publisher. Also, The Last Phoenix is listed both as the last book in the Matt Pontowski series (all of which were written before the Madeline Turner series) as well as the last book in the Madeline Turner series, which you incorrectly list as the earlier written and published series. This can make people think that there ARE 17 books.
    I would list the Matt Pontowski series before the Madeline Turner series and list the Last Phoenix only once, even though both characters appear in both books. If you followed this type of listing all the way through, you would have to list a number of books twice as Jack Locke, for whom the first two books are named as a series in The Warbirds and Force of Eagles, also appears in Firebreak, the first in the Matt Pontowski series. General Mado as well as Kamigami appear both have important roles in Force of Eagles and Call of Duty, and a lot of other more or less important characters turn up in a number of books and are missing in others. I think, therefore, that listing The Last Phoenix twice simply because two main characters appear in both books is misleading and confusing for many readers.
    I also have a question which you may be able to answer me. I HATE paperbacks as I read my favourite books repeatedly and paperbacks fall apart after a while. However, I was unable to find hardcover versions of Richard Herman’s last three books, The Peacemakers, The Trash Haulers, and The China Sea, and the paperback versions were published by a different publisher than his earlier books. And please, don’t mention Kindle or Audiobook to me. I read and colect BOOKS, I don’t want someone to chatter away in my ear or hold a piece of plastic in my hand which just has a copied document on it which has nothing to do with a real book with real pages and the satisfying feeling of reading the work of an author who was deemed good enough to be published. My own books were also published and I still have one copy and my best friend has her’s in her bookcase where it has a placeof honour.. I would just like to know if the last 3 books of Richard Herman WERE published as hardcovers and, if so, by which publisher.


    • Graeme: 1 year ago

      I’m not sure where you “keep getting told” that he wrote 17 books as our site doesn’t state that. We already have the alternate title listing for Call to Duty and Mosquito Run, and don’t list them individually.

      The Last Phoenix by most people is generally considered to belong in both series due to prominently featuring both characters, which is why we have it listed in both series.

      Our series are listed in alphabetical order, hence the ordering of the series.

      Hope that clarifies all that.

      Your weird rant about Kindle and Audiobook users makes me less interested in helping you in regard to your query. Step off your high horse and ask a question like a normal person. You aren’t special just because you like to read physical books.


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