MAYNARD ALLINGTON was born in Santa Cruz, California, and grew up in Redwood City. After high school he entered the Air Force. Completing Officer Candidate School as a distinguished graduate, he was awarded the military honors for his class. He served two tours in Vietnam, first as Operations Officer for an experimental ranger type unit, and later as an advisor to the South Vietnamese on air base defense. His final field assignment was as Director of Security Police for the U.S. Air Force Academy. He holds a bachelor's degree in Law Enforcement and Corrections from the University of Nebraska (Omaha campus). In addition to magazine articles, he is the author of three novels: The Grey Wolf, The Fox in the Field, and The Court of Blue Shadows, which the New York Times called, "Beautifully written. . . a sensitive and powerful examination of humanity at its worst and at its best."