The Tinder Box
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This is the fictional account of Naval Aviator John Walker and his adventures in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. His story begins in Monterey, California where he is recruited by the CIA as an intelligence gatherer while still serving in the U.S. Navy. He is transferred to Naval Station Sangley Point where he is assigned to fly a camera equipped DC-3 to assist him in his tasks.
His first encounters are with the Hukbalahuk in Luzon. Landing his DC-3 on a beach to gain information on the Huks.
Other missions outside the Philippines include Laos, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan which bring intrigue to the story.
His flight to Indonesia brings the United States close to war as John is forced down by a Mig 21 then protested by a mob at the airport and his hotel where unsatisfied protesters burn the British Embassy to vent their frustration in being unable to get to John and his crew.
Back in the Philippines John has his first of many interactions with the Abu Sayyaf. After the first two his life is threatened and he is transferred to the United States where he is recruited as a full time field agent for the CIA. After a cooling off period he returns under cover to the Philippines as the Naval Attaché attached to the American Embassy. He continues his efforts to help the Philippine Military bring the Abu Sayyaf under control but is finally forced to leave the Philippines under threat of his life. Before leaving he is honored by the Philippines for his actions in helping maintain the stability of the government.
His conclusions about the situation shows the increased Chinese influence in the country through many insurgent sources.


H.J."Walt" Walter is a retired naval aviatorwho served four years in the Antarctic. Hespent 22 years flying all types of naval aircraft including single engine props & jets, multiengine props & jets and the turboprop powered C-130. After retirement he earned his college degrees. A Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Earth Science and Master of Science in Education He also has three years of mechanical engineering at Purdue University. Taught high school Technology Education and Pre-Engineering at Canisius College and was also employed in the engineeering department of an aerospace corporation.