Lufkin author draws on military experience to spin tales of terror

Lufkin author draws on military experience to spin tales of terror

After a 28-year career in the Air Force and another career as a financial planner, Col. Paul Barber decided to put the insights he gained through those years to pen. He has succeeded in producing two books packed full of diabolical disasters that promise to give readers goose bumps.

“America in the Crosshairs” takes the reader through a spell-binding tale that imagines a nuclear terrorist attack on U.S. soil. It’s a story of modern defense, complete with the political wrangling that occurs behind the scenes.

The terrifying scenario of an electromagnetic pulse attack on the United States by terrorists who succeed in detonating a nuclear weapon high above the country forms the foundation of the plot for “Taming the Sword.” What happens to our modern way of life in this story becomes the stuff of nightmares. It is an imaginative tale combining the detailed consequences of an EMP attack with time-travel science fiction.

Barber now resides at PineCrest Retirement Community in Lufkin with his wife, where he leads a class of PineCrest residents engaged in writing their life stories. It was his life story that started Col. Barber down the path of becoming an author.

“I was stationed at the Pentagon’s National Military Command Center during my time in the Air Force and worked crisis situations at the national level,” said Col. Barber.

“My life has gone from around the farm to around the world-from high flight to high visibility, from joy to near tragedy, and from the jungles of Southeast Asia to the nuclear seat of power. I never thought I’d write a book, but writing has become fun.”

“Another Day in Which to Excel,” his first book, chronicles many of the milestones of his life, including a tornado that wiped out the family home in his native Kansas, his years flying missions over Vietnam, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Cold War, as well as marriage and children. The title stems from his life motto-seeing each day as “another day in which to excel.”