NC Literary Hall of Fame



FIFTY: Detonation Book 1 by Eldon H. Kellogg

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$2.99, e-book
ISBN: 9781983026423
May, 2018M
Fiction: Thriller
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A rogue general within China's People's Liberation Army has a twenty-five-year plan to smuggle nuclear weapons into the United States. Lieutenant General Kung Yusheng has been the Commander of 22 Base, the secret underground repository of China's nuclear arsenal, for over thirty years. He is a collector of artifacts owned by famous military leaders, loves American art, and would like nothing better than to bring the United States to its knees.

Eldon H. Kellogg was born in Durham on November 8, 1951. He attended NC State University from 1969 to 1972, majoring in mechanical engineering. Two problems: first, the drinking age back then was eighteen; second, he majored in engineering because all his friends majored in engineering (he found out the hard way that calculus and he didn't get along).

His mother's comment was, "I don't know what you're going to do, but you're not living here." So he enlisted in the US Army in 1972, during the Vietnam War, and found himself in the Infantry. He was lucky. He was never sent to Vietnam.

After two years, he applied for the Army's Nuclear Power Plant Operator's School, graduated in 1975 with a specialty in Radiation Protection, and spent the next year teaching math at the school (God does have a sense of humor). After spending three years in Honolulu, working at the Tripler Army Medical Center, he left the army in November, 1979, with a wife, a two-year-old son, and no job.

He started working at Three Mile Island Unit 2 in February, 1980, eleven months after the accident (that's a complete separate novel). This began a career in nuclear power that lasted until 2012.

He has written lesson plans, procedures, and presentations galore (not exactly creative writing). He's also a woodworker, a glazier, and a sculptor. He has had work displayed in the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

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