Thursday, September 4, 2014

Author Brinn Colenda's New Release, 'Chita Quest', Takes Silver Medal In FAPA's President's Awards

In the tradition of WEB Griffin, Tom Clancy and Bernard Cornwell, Brinn Colenda writes military themed novels that reflect military members and their families thrust into extraordinary circumstances

Author Brinn Colenda's newest release, 'Chita Quest', has taken the Silver Medal in the Adult Fiction Action/Suspense category in the Florida Authors & Publishers Association's 2014 President's Awards.

Thriller books, especially military fiction, are Brinn Colenda's specialty. He is committed to creating international works of fiction that are character-driven with dynamic, well-developed plots. His works are based on real-life people and experiences. 'Chita Quest' brings a sense of realism to his work that is seldom seen in the military thriller genre for good reason – he has been there. Colenda spent 20 plus years traveling the globe as a pilot and a political-military officer.  Colenda’s work has also garnered awards and notice from SouthWest Writers and the Military Writers Society of America.

"I started writing my action thriller, 'Cochabamba Conspiracy', shortly after leaving a tour of duty in the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia," Colenda stated. "Later I turned that book into a series with the publication of 'Chita Quest'. Both novels are international thrillers with political and military undertones. Both feature U.S. Air Force Colonel Tom Callahan and his family and associates. The characters are all fictional, products of my fevered imagination and composites of people I had the pleasure (or misfortune) of serving with during my twenty-plus years in the Air Force."

In the storyline of 'Chita Quest', Colonel Tom Callahan is driven to find out if American POWs were left behind after the war - his own father is still listed as Missing In Action. What Callahan doesn’t understand is how politically explosive the issue is, domestically and internationally. As Tom begins his journey, friends and associates meet violent deaths. Aided by his Australian-born wife, Colleen, Tom’s quest to find his father takes him halfway across the world to an Asia threatened by an ultranationalist Russian president who is rattling sabres and threatening the governments of Vietnam, China, and Mongolia. Ultimately, Callahan enters the city of Chita, Siberia. Along the way, he is helped and hindered by unexpected friends and cunning—and deadly– enemies.

Reviewers have raved about Colenda's work and in regards to Chita Quest have stated, “an exciting blend of military intrigue, political suspense, travelogue, and romance - riveting flying sequences and chase scenes - Colenda brings expertise to real characters and fast, intriguing plotting - a thrilling adventure - (a) blend of political intrigue and family values - Colenda is a master storyteller…”

Brinn Colenda is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at All of Colenda's works are available at Southern Yellow Pine Publishing. More information is available at his website at

About Brinn Colenda:

Brinn Colenda's works are based on real-life experiences. Those experiences were broad and varied including flying missions in South East Asia, an exchange instructor pilot with Britain’s Royal Air Force, commander of an USAF overseas base, Chief of the Air Force Section of the Military Group in the U.S. Embassy-Bolivia, and a Defense Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.


Brinn Colenda