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Over two years ago, I wrote a really dumb blog post. Long story short, I misheard Joe saying "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" as "Air Force Gator" somehow, and it got me thinking of a really stupid story. I spent a couple of hours writing a fake description of a game called Air Force Gator and made some dumb photoshops. I hadn't really thought of it much until two months ago on a bus to Kansas City. It was about four in the morning, and I was sleep deprived and half drunk. Needing something to pass the time, I randomly decided to start laying out the outline of an actual book based on the idea of Air Force Gator. Two months later, and it's available for purchase right now on Amazon (both in print and on Kindle)
This isn't an elaboration on the blog post, as it's an entirely new story. Elements from the blog (Grandpa Gator, the Gator Plane, etc) are present, but it's brand new for all intents and purposes. Here's the official product description on Amazon:
With a storied military pedigree and unmatched war record, Air Force Gator achieved worldwide fame and legendary status among his peers. After falling into a years-long depression fueled by booze and pills, the alligator pilot is inspired to clean up his act and return to action after the tragic events of September 11th.
When a former partner goes off the grid and threatens to shake the foundations of the United States, Air Force Gator is forced to return from the Middle East to face him head-on. Can Air Force Gator stop his old partner Gustav, or will the dastardly crocodile's plan for a reptilian revolution succeed?
As you can expect, a lot of dumb things happen in its 152 pages. Reiner got me in touch with the artist that does the album art for his band, and he (Mike Nevins) made some awesome artwork for Air Force Gator. He was able to turn my laughably bad concept for the image into this sweet cover (click here for the full front-and-back spread). Considering that the only books I had the attention span for were in the Goosebumps series, that's what I was shooting for in terms of length. It's a pretty quick read, which is good because how long do you really want to read about a ****ing flying alligator?
It may be dumb as all hell, but I genuinely had a great time writing this book. If you happen to pick it up and enjoy it, I'd greatly appreciate a positive review on the Amazon product page. More importantly, I'd love to hear your feedback via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter. Thanks for reading my dumb thing!
And if you didn't see the link earlier, here it is again. Buy it!
Email the author Dan Ryckert, or follow on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and Game Informer.
I have no words for this...
But I need that book.
Like what I told Ben when he wrote his book, I will negotiate for film rights Mr. Ryckert.
Kudos, it's like you're the next Ian Fleming.
We might need to make a game based off of this!! Get Miyamoto in here, pronto!
This needs to be a movie.
I remember when you posted that blog idea. I had just found the blogging section then. I honestly didn't expect you to do anything with it. Now I must buy this book and read it.
I will without a doubt buy this as soon as I'm not a poor college student.
I'm actually so damn excited.
lol the reviews and the back of the book are awesome
I need to get this and Kill Screen...
I remember that amazing blog post, and I will get this book!
Ordering RIGHT NOW! Now hurry up and right the screenplay, Dan!
Chris Kluwe's review is priceless haha