Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a special operations forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas. The thrilling Walt Disney 1956 film, The Great Locomotive Chase, first captured the author's imagination in his childhood and this book is a culmination of a lifelong interest in the subject. The author lives in Cyprus, Texas.
Rottman has also produced a readable work. His writing is clear and crisp and he weaves an interesting story in a way that keeps the readers attention. - American History Blog (November 2009)