Mike Bond launches “Freedom:” the second volume of “1960 Coming of Age Masterpiece” | Herald Community Newspapers
Famous novelist Mike Bond has been called one of the most exciting authors of the 21st century. His recently published historical epic, “America,” is the first in a seven-book series that relives our past 70 years and the most profound upheavals in our country since the Civil War.
Today, in the last tumultuous years of the 1960s and through the wild, joyful, heartbroken and visionary lives of four young people, the story continues in the second volume, “Liberty”.
EVOLVING LANDSCAPES AND MORAL CODES
From jungles destroyed by the Vietnam War to burning American cities, imminent death in Tibet, marches for peace, the battle of the Pentagon, wild drugs, rock concerts, free love, beatings State of the CIA in Indonesia and Greece, the Six Day War and Bobby Kennedy’s latest campaign, “Freedom”, takes you back to the ’60s as if it were now.
Bond continues the joint sagas of the four young people introduced to America. They have all gone their separate ways, each reacting as best they can to the country’s political chaos and the new set of moral codes.
Mick leaves for the Himalayas while Troy goes to Vietnam with the Marines. Daisy is starting her doctorate. in brain research, and Tara battles the heroine as her rock band rises to stardom. Troy is soon caught up in mind-numbing fighting in Vietnam, while Mick returns to the United States to lead the anti-war effort. Tara’s group signs a contract with Motown amid the Detroit riots. At Stanford, Daisy expands her study of the human brain on LSD and other mind-altering drugs. Troy falls in love with a Vietnamese professor and gradually loses confidence in the war.
Each of these characters could carry a novel on their own, but Bond did a masterful job telling all of their stories, first one, then another and another and back again, without losing momentum. It connects the story with the haunting songs of Jim Morrison, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary, the unforgettable anti-war lyrics and the temptations of sex and drugs. They are educated and deeply alive young people, in search of the truth and a vision of the future.
REALLY BEAUTIFUL WRITING
One reviewer called freedom “the finest prose I have ever read.”
Bond has been called a “master of existential thriller” by the BBC, “one of America’s best thriller writers” by Culture Buzz, and “one of the most exciting authors of the 21st century” by the Washington Times. He is a bestselling novelist, war and human rights journalist, and environmentalist. He has covered guerrilla wars, death squads and military dictatorships in Latin America and Africa, Islamic terrorism in the Middle East, ivory poaching and other environmental battles in East Africa. and in Asia.
Firmly anchored in facts and history, “Freedom” is very readable, bitterly nostalgic, romantic, heartbreaking and uplifting. It’s a testament to the effects of politics and moral revolutions on America and how what happened then created what we are now. Buy at https://amzn.to/3ns2tUS
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