||May 1 2001
Barnes & Noble.com
Discover the ultimate fate of Lt. Charles Taylor, and the crew of Flight 19; along with their 5 TBM torpedo bombers that were mysteriously lost in the midst of the Bermuda Triangle!
Two pilots from the West Texas wing of the Confederate Airforce, Bond and Holt, Join a team of other pilots on a search and resque mission for a distress call from a ship off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. Later on in the flight they encounter a time storm, known as; The fangs of fire, where they travel in time to the year of 2050 a.d. They find The crew still alive and well of the missing flt. 19, but due to geological disturbances of the Island in which they crash landed on, they must some how find their way back through the time gate, as the ultimate destruction of the Island is soon to close in on them!
The nose of the huge B-17 flying Fortress drooped into a firey rage towards the dark sea in which stormed below us. We were in a grave yard dive in excess of two hundred and fifty miles per hour, and it seemed as if our aircraft was slowly coming apart little by little. We desperatly tried to pull the B-17 back into a level pitch attitude, or level flight, but there seemed to no use in trying because it seemed that the fire in the engines damaged some of our flight controls as it swept underneath the body of the airplane.
Adventure Fiction His Forte',by Jeanne Graham, Lovington News,NM
Leslie Bond can hardly recall a time when he didn't have the yen to write. In fact, he has been penning his thoughts since he was seven years of age, beginning with poetry when he was a youngster. He has recently completed a self-published adventure novel "Bermuda Voyagers: The Fangs of fire." Born in Kermit, Texas, Bond has lived in Lea County most of his life, growing up in the Eunice area and spending his high school years at Kermit. He joined the Air Force in 1979 and was in aircraft maintenance, mostly at Holloman AFB,NM for over 2 years. He started his pilot training in Jal from 1977 to 1979and was 18 years of age when he recieved his pilot liscense. Two weeks later, he joined the Air Force and began building his flying time. He worked a few years as a single engine land charter pilot and was a three time flight Instructor. He also has worked in various fields, including roustabout. He and his wife, Abigail, are parents of eight children and are grandparents of four. All are grown except a 10 year old daughter. Bond uses his own name as one of the principle characters in his book, a story of two Connfederate Air Force pilots who join a search and rescue mission headed for the mysterious Bermuda Triangle. Their journey sends them hurtling into the future, with no way home,except back the way they came-through a window in time known as the,"Fangs of Fire." The story relates the occurences after the captain of a freighter radios the coast guard to report a "mysterious illumination" many miles off the tip of Florida. A few hours later, the ship and crew are reported missing. When two of the best pilots of the Confederate Air Force volunteer to brave the Bermuda Triangle for a search and rescue mission for survivors of the freighter. twp of them do not return, Col. Bond and a man named Holt. The pilots are caught in a storm and crash land their B-17 bomber, the Flying Fortress, on an uncharted island. They are frozen for decades in another ice age. The two must brave the future before they attempt their dangerous return home. His book is published by 1stBooks Library which was founded in 1997 and allows authors to publish their books while retaining all rights. The book is copyrighted with the Library of Congress. The Lea county man also enjoys bluegrass music and plays with a group which has entertained in this area. He has published poetry in several anthologies. Bond says his book is available by calling 1stbooks Library at 1-800-839-8640, ext. 231. It also is available on four retail book stores on the internet.
Book Review: Local writer's first book is OK
Marie Wadsworth, Hobbs Sun-News
For a first book, "Bermuda Voyagers: Fangs of Fire" by Lovington author Leslie Bond is an OK read.
I usually don't read this kind of novel, which I would classify as a science fiction genre about strange sightings and pilots traveling into the future through a mysterious phenomina occuring around the Bermuda Triangle. This style of science fiction doesn't normally appeal to me since I'm an avid reader of science fiction space dramas, but the novel is enjoyable because it's similar in style to the "Back to the Future" movie trilogy.
Bond does a good job of capturing reader's attention by sending two Confederate Air Force pilots on a rescue mission to find pilots lost in the Bermuda Triangle, but then he throws readers out of the story with a multitude of spelling and grammatical errors. All these mistakes make it hard to concentrate on the story and get through the novel.
Bond has very realistic characters since the characters and their personalities are based on the author and a pilot friend. Although the characters are fairly well developed, I was interested in knowing why Bond and Holt decided to join the Confederate Air Force. I also wanted to get a feeling for how long Bond and Holt had been friends since the story suggested they'd flown together in their 20's.
I would have liked a clearer idea of how Bond knows what his friend Holt is thinking and to have seen a further development in the relationship and bond between these pilots.
Even though this is a fictional novel, it's written in a first person narration, which adds to the feeling of reality with the characters and plot of the story in the novel.
There were few things in the novel I found unbelievable. Once the pilots reached their destination in the future, they don't seem to remember being a part of the Confederate Air Force, as if their memories had been erased. Then the pilots order milk in a futuristic bar and I think ordering a nonalcoholic drink in a bar would have made them the butt of several jokes. I didn't understand why the five Navy TBM bombers from 1945 didn't return with Bond and Holt when they journey back in time.
Finally, when the two pilots return to the present day, I felt that there wouldn't have been too many people who wouldn't believe or accept the story of two pilots flying in a futuristic craft returning from a futuristic time. I wanted to know if Bond and Holt were going to keep their unique experience a secret and how they would deal with their society's reaction to the story.
Because Bond and Holt were presumed dead after being lost for several years, I wondered how they were going to resume their lives.
To me, the flow of the novel was a bit awkward. It ventured off into side stories about a futuristic sea creature and a visit to the Egyptian pyramids in the future, where Bond meets his love interest, Abby. When Abby arrives on the boat at the end of the novel, the timing of her reappearance into the story was too convenient for me.
The story also raised several questions for it's readers that were left unanswered.
Overall, the novel is entertaining, and Bond does a fair job of spinning an interesting story.
The novel is available for order at Barnes and Nobles bookstores and at barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, 1stbooks.com, and Bamm.com on the internet.
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