Author Howard Moss


Second Edition Now Available! Perfect Gift and For a Good Cause: Kiss the Talisman for Lady Luck!

Corrected final book coverDaniel Wetta Publishing proudly presents Howard Moss’s gripping novel about Captain Josh Randolph, USAF, an astute, brave pilot of F4-E jets during the Vietnam War. Lucky in love and air battles, Josh kisses his talismans before missions – a St. Christopher medal given him by his mom and a small Buddha presented to him by his gorgeous Thai lover, Malinee. Successes are many, but Josh also experiences loss of comrades, flight crashes and ill-fated rescue missions. The big question is whether he can survive the bittersweet trauma of love.Howard Moss photo at 12 percent

Howard Moss, himself a highly-decorated-combat pilot who was once Officer-in-Charge of the renowned Tiger FAC program during the war, has the experience to tell this story about human emotions and conflict from different cultures in an engaging manner that is authentic, humane and often humorous. Kiss the talisman and enjoy the journey!

Kiss the Talisman is available in print online for $16.95 from Amazon, CreateSpace and Barnes and Noble. The Amazon link is Click here for print book purchase and reviews.

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The second edition of Kiss the Talisman includes two pages of excerpts from reader reviews of this novel, including the review from the Fall 2017 issue of the Daedalus Flyer and the Spring 2018 issue of The Red River Valley Fighter Pilot’s Association (“The Magazine for Aviation Warriors.”) Overall, the book has maintained an astonishing 4.8 stars out of five through 46 reviews on Amazon! All royalties from this book are donated by the author to The Paul M. Bayliss ’60 Scholarship Fund at Virginia Military Institute. Give the book as a gift  to help the scholarship fund and support the efforts of young people who may also become American heroes!

Click Photo To See Daily Press July 8, 2017 Interview with Howard about the Novel, Kiss the Talisman!

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Howard T. Moss was born and raised in Richmond, Va., and graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1960. After graduation, he was employed at John Marshall High School as Commandant of Cadets, Head Track Coach, Asst. Football Coach, and taught senior class history. He entered the United States Air Force a year later and was assigned to Air Force Systems Command, Vibration and Impact Branch. Pilot Howard Moss at 33 percent 900 dpiHe was the first human to test an instantaneous 20 G-force under controlled conditions in support of the Gemini Space Program. After flight school, he was sent to Southeast Asia for his first combat tour. On his second tour, he was selected as Chief of the Tiger, Fast-Forward Air Controller Program at Korat RTAFB, Thailand. He ended his combat flying with 341 missions and 841 hours over North and South Vietnam and Laos. After Command and Staff College and a tour at Headquarters, Tactical Air Command, he was assigned to RAF Bentwaters, U.K., as Commander of the 510th Tactical Fighter, (A-10), Squadron. After a tour at the Pentagon, he retired as a Colonel, ending 23 years of active service. He was awarded 4 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 24 Air Medals, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and various other citations. He was then employed by The General Electric Co. to build and supervise The Center for Advanced Airmanship, an F-5 fighter training facility in Phoenix, AZ. It was the first time that the U.S. Air Force contracted to a civilian company to perform fighter training services. He ended his career with NavCom Defense Electronics, Inc. and still consults with them. Howard and his wife Susan with their dog, Paces are retired, and live on the James River in Surry County, Virginia.




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