Mike Bond launches “Freedom”
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 brings to life our past 70 years and our nation’s deepest upheaval since the Civil War.
Now, in the tumultuous final years of the 1960s and through the crazy, joyful, heartbroken and visionary lives of four young people, the story continues in book two, “Freedom”.
CHANGING LANDSCAPES AND MORAL CODES
From war-torn jungles of Vietnam to burning American cities, near-death in Tibet, peace marches, the battle for the Pentagon, wild drugs, rock concerts, free love, coups from 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 brought to America. They have all followed different paths, each reacting as best they can to the country’s political chaos and new set of moral codes.
Mick leaves for the Himalayas while Troy goes to Vietnam with the Marines. Daisy is starting her PhD. in brain research, and Tara battles heroin as her rock band rises to stardom. Troy is soon caught up in mind-numbing combat in Vietnam, while Mick returns to the United States to lead the anti-war effort. Tara’s band signs a Motown contract amid the Detroit riots. At Stanford, Daisy expands her study of the human brain on LSD and other mood-altering drugs. Troy falls in love with a Vietnamese professor and slowly loses faith in the war.
Each of these characters could carry a novel on their own, but Bond did a masterful job of telling all of their stories, first one, then the other, then the other and back again, without losing momentum. . It blends 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 truth and a vision for the future.
VERY NICE WRITING
One reviewer called Liberty “the most beautiful prose I have ever read”.
Bond has been called a “master of the existential thriller” by the BBC, “one of America’s finest thriller writers” by Culture Buzz, and “one of the most exciting writers of the 21st century” by The Washington Times. He is a best-selling 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 grounded in fact and history, “Freedom” is highly readable, bitterly nostalgic, romantic, heartbreaking and uplifting. It is a testament to the effects of politics and moral revolutions on America and how what happened then created who we are now. Buy at https://amzn.to/3ns2tUS
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