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Land of the Radioactive Midnight Sun

Land of the Radioactive Midnight Sun

A Cheechako's First Year in Alaska

Sean Michael Flynn

Thomas Dunne Books



"In New York City, a Cheechako (chee CHA-ko) would be the kid who just fell off the turnip truck. No street smarts. A pink windbreaker. A subway map sticking from his back pocket...In Alaska, a Cheechako is even easier to spot. He's the guy with his tongue stuck to a metal pole. A tenderfoot. A greenhorn."

Land of the Radioactive Midnight Sun is the story of Lt. Sean Michael Flynn as he tries to survive his first year in Alaska. With romantic notions of Jack London and Bush piloting, Lt. Flynn requests a transfer to Eielson Air Force Base outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. He is a bit unnerved at how easy the transfer goes through.

From a rugby game on a frozen river to living across from Santa's Village to random moose attacks to soaring over the Bush in an F-16, Land of the Radioactive Midnight Sun is a hilarious trial-by-many-errors account of what it takes to become a true Alaskan.


Praise for Land of the Radioactive Midnight Sun

“A warm, bright book about our coldest, darkest state, this comic gem reminds us how very little separates the brave from the stupid.” —Camden Joy, author of Palm Tree 13 and The Last Rock Star Book

“Anyone curious about how public affairs figures in military missions and omissions should enjoy Lt. Flynn's insider perspectives on the brass running Eielson Air Force Base, damage control in the wake of high-altitude mishaps, and war games terrorizing Arctic wildlife, not to mention the insights flowing from the cup of a bachelor-in-uniform contemplating Alaska's most elusive resource, women of the Last Frontier. Land of the Radioactive Midnight Sun is a hilarious romp through Interior Alaska and rates a medal for public disclosure, but the Air Force brass may lean toward a firing squad.” —Brian Patrick O'Donoghue, Alaska journalist, author of My Lead Dog was a Lesbian

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About the author

Sean Michael Flynn

Sean Michael Flynn was commissioned a Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force in 1994. After a brief tour in Mississippi, he transferred to Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska where he began writing his fish-out-of-water column, Cheechako. He has since returned from Alaska and completed his tour with the Air Force. He lives in Tivoli, New York with his wife and son.

Sean Michael Flynn

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Thomas Dunne Books

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