The Devil's Astronaut. The Devil's Astronaut describes the discoveries that cause a lone female Astronaut to be sent to the Moon in secret. And the events there that will alter the course of humanity. It's a science-fiction mystery set in the present.
Nekkid Lake. Secluded Necklan's Lake is where the Senior Class goes to party after the prom. Tradition calls for skinny dipping in the frigid waters, after drinking enough to build up the courage. There's beer, a bonfire, loud music, brief nudity, and in 2014, the Seniors vanish. Three years later, a forensic science intern is assigned the cold case by the local Sheriff. But the case is not as cold as it seemed. The same deadly forces are still present – waiting to be unleashed. A Gothic mystery.
All the Targets. After the West Coast suffers a nuclear attack, a new President is elected. His secret mission to resolve the root problem of terrorism is thwarted – by mistake. Top U.S. officials become hostages. A gang from New Jersey attempts to remove the North Korean leader. An attempted airline hijacking over France leads to arson and death in Sweden. The CIA ends up fighting itself. And the White House struggles to keep up. It's international intrigue with a twist.
The Lost Testimony of Bones LeBeau, published in September, 2010, follows a young girl from the back bayous of Louisiana to New Orleans, where she goes to work for the wrong people without knowing it. By the time she grasps the truth, she is ensnared in the greatest crime of the century. Through her eyes, the incredible events of the 1960's become comprehensible, the players revealed. Prepare to be stunned.
The Doorstep of Depravity, a tale of lawyers, heirs, greed, deceit, lust and death, published in 2005, relates the bizarre experience of a young solo attorney whose new client is not what she appears to be. When negotiations over her uncle's large estate fail to produce results, the other heirs start dying. Money vanishes. Then the unthinkable happens.
NOMAD/Y The Moon Base Project, published in1999, relates the events which uncover a secret base on the Moon established during the Apollo Program. GAO auditors and Russian scientists pool their knowledge at the dawn of glasnost to discover the amazing truth. What follows will haunt you. Test drive this book at www.moonbaseproject.com.
What are Noah Bond novels?
Noah Bond novels are adult suspense stories. However, they do not contain swearing, explicit sex or foul language. What does that mean? This is a subjective area. Some folks are offended by everything. If the language in television shows like "Friends" and "CSI" doesn't offend you, then neither should Noah Bond novels. This is a personal choice on the part of the author, not a quest or marketing tactic.
There are portions of professional reviews at www.moonbaseproject.com and reader reviews on Amazon.com and other internet book sites.
In addition to his novels, Noah Bond co-wrote the screen plays of NOMAD/Y, The Doorstep of Depravity and The Lost Testimony of Bones LeBeau. No movie yet, but activity continues. ("Hollywood is the only town where you can die of encouragement." – Pauline Kael.)
Just who is NOAH BOND? For one thing, he's not really NOAH BOND.This nom de plume was selected to avoid confusion with another published author.
NOAH BOND practiced law in Fort Lauderdale for most of his life, providing an unusual perspective on the evolving American culture. His work was first published in the University of Florida Law Review, his alma mater. His undergraduate major (Ohio State) was International Trade.
NOAH BOND has been married to the same patient woman for many years. She took the photos that appear on the web sites, book covers and articles about him. Together they've visited archeological sites from Monte Alban in Mexico to Abu Simbel in Egypt. Every so often, they rent an apartment in Paris or London.
THE DEVIL'S ASTRONAUT Science fiction for grown-ups, set in the present. A history professor doing research at the Kennedy Space Center stumbles across some obscure information buried in the Apollo archives that leads him to conclude that a top secret project was initiated on the Moon decades previously. Urged on by the widow of that project's director and her Astronaut daughter, he sets out to prove his hypothesis. He enlists the help of Russian scientists who have intercepted messages that support his conclusions. But there is a new player in this drama that none of them suspects, who will put the professor's Astronaut girlfriend in mortal danger and change the future of mankind.
NEKKID LAKE a Gothic mystery. Secluded Necklan's Lake is where the Senior Class goes to party after the prom. Tradition calls for skinny dipping in the frigid waters, after drinking enough to build up the courage. There's beer, a bonfire, loud music, brief nudity, and sometimes – terror and death.
The Senior Class of 2014 has disappeared without a trace in the night, except for one traumatized survivor who has no memory of the night. The newspaper refers to it as the "Necklan's Lake Massacre." Three years later, the young forensic science intern from Dartmouth is assigned the cold case by the local Sheriff of the county in the Vermont north woods. It seems like a good idea at the time. But he has underestimated her resourcefulness and determination. To his surprise, she discovers previously hidden forces were in play and a link to a previous group disappearance. As she closes in, the conditions that spawned the massacre coalesce again. Available on Amazon Kindle September, 2014.
ALL THE TARGETS. Marco Redondo, United States Senator from Texas, watches the red lines snake relentlessly across the lighted screen at Cheyenne Mountain. They represent impending death and destruction for the West Coast, but he doesn't know that yet. Then he gets a call . . .
In East Jerusalem, a would-be terrorist plots to bomb a car from the American Embassy, but finds himself out of his depth when it doesn't go exactly as planned. A prominent U.S. official is assassinated before television cameras – twice. A girl named Jung plays rock 'n roll to get next to the leader of North Korea. An agent assigned to be a double for an absent official finds herself bound to a Celtic sacrificial altar.
THE LOST TESTIMONY OF BONES LeBEAU, published in 2010, relates the inception, planning and implementation of the plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy, as seen through the eyes of an unsuspecting witness. Just out of high school, Bones LeBeau is employed by Carlos Marcello, the crime boss of New Orleans, who has good reason to hate the Kennedys. His associates in Chicago, Miami and Tampa have their own reasons. But what roles do Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe play?
ForeWord Clarion Review gives THE LOST TESTIMONY OF BONES LeBEAU 4-stars! This is a professional review, as used by the book industry. Read the review by clicking here.
THE DOORSTEP OF DEPRAVITY—a tale of lawyers, heirs, greed, deceit, lust and death, published in 2005, relates the bizarre experience of a young solo attorney whose new client is not what she appears to be. When negotiations over her uncle's large estate fail to produce results, the other heirs start dying. Money vanishes. Then the unthinkable happens. Click here to view more information about this book.
NOMAD/Y: The Moon Base Project, published in 1999, relates the events which uncover a secret base on the Moon established during the Apollo Program. GAO auditors and Russian scientists pool their knowledge at the dawn of glasnost to discover the amazing truth. What follows will haunt you. Test drive this book at www.moonbaseproject.com.
The response from you has been gratifying. I thank you for reading my books and recommending them to your friends and relatives. The primary promotional tool for these novels is word of mouth at this time. In the meantime, I remind you that books make great gifts. Even better, you can order books online and have them gift-wrapped and sent directly to your family and friends with your personal greeting to the recipient.
I've been asked about NOMAD/Y The Moon Base Project. Although it was classified "science fiction/fantasy" by the industry, the science fiction component is small (but significant). The novel is basically about discovering clues that lead to a massive cover-up, and then having the courage and ability to do something about it – while someone is trying to stop you. Is it accurate? There was an active project to establish a Moon Base. NASA did develop a thermo-generator in the 1960s at a NOAA facility in The Bahamas, then no more was heard about it. There is no doubt in my mind that NASA thought that the Apollo Moon landings were just steps toward a Moon Base. (Congress evidently thought otherwise.) The basic plot is rooted in facts. The research was exciting. There are technical errors, mostly intentional.
In contrast, The Doorstep of Depravity is based upon my experiences as an attorney. This novel has been described as John Grisham meets Robin Cook. Naturally, I am delighted at the comparison. Yet this is neither a court room drama nor a story of intense medical investigation. The backdrop of the story is the law office of Grace O'Higgins, who – like most attorneys – does not belong to a large firm. Her dealings with the most venerable firm in town provide a realistic contrast to the practice of law as portrayed on television. All I had to do was add a psychopathic client with remarkable abilities. I selected Syracuse, New York, as the location so that the motion picture could be made in Canada. The research involved viruses, medications and New York estate tax law. I had competent help. Ultimately, this novel is about the consequences of accepting strangers as they present themselves.
The Lost Testimony of Bones LeBeau is my first historical novel (although NOMAD/Y was firmly grounded in history). Anyone who studies the Kennedy assassination will quickly find himself completely immersed in facts, snippets of truth and conflicting theories. The information is overwhelming. It took a bull session fueled by red wine and strong coffee to sort it out one night. But at the end, the motive was crystal clear. Then came the problem of presenting it. The solution was to wrap it up in the fabric of the 1960's and relate it through the eyes of a witness – who later responded to the FBI request for information. If writing a suspense novel is like downhill skiing (which it can be), then writing a historical novel is like the slalom event. The pace must be fast, but there are all these gates (facts and dates) you must go through. About halfway through, I abandoned the project and began writing another suspense novel. But it wouldn't be still. The idea was too strong. When I realized I needed a summary from the KGB investigation to tie up the loose ends, I went back to work. The result is unlike my two previous novels, but perhaps more satisfying to those who wonder why JFK was shot.
All the Targets. In the midst of writing The Lost Testimony of Bones LeBeau, I received a very cordial, but firm, warning not to finish it. It was not a threat. But I was reminded by someone who was connected that certain government agencies and mob interests had actively discouraged such endeavors in the past. It was enough to make me start a new project, which turned out to be All the Targets. But about halfway through it, I decided to finish Bones LeBeau. No repercussions so far. When I returned to All the Targets, I was surprised to find that some of the fictional events I had written had become historical facts. Among them, two American automobile manufacturers had been nationalized and Palestine had declared independence unilaterally. These were major elements in the novel that were removed or changed significantly. I fully expect that further changes will occur that in the near future that will compromise minor elements of the story. This is a risk inherent in writing about current world events. Because of the time that elapsed between the start and the completion of this novel, I deemed it prudent to eliminate the year from the date at the beginning of each chapter – although the year can still be determined by matching the day of the week with the date of the month. If there was ever a story that wrote itself, this was it. Writing without an outline or destination, I was constantly surprised by the directions it took. Only after it was written did I attempt to provide cohesion through a long editing process. I'm not sure why this novel contains so much destruction and mayhem. It seemed to fit the story at the time, and still does. Predictably, Hollywood finds it to be "cinematic."
I've found that when you place a few interesting characters in a situation where they have to interact, they will do so in unpredictable ways. Thomas Harris, author of The Silence of the Lambs, put it this way in his forward to Red Dragon:
I was invisible then, out there in the dark, the way I am invisible to my characters when I'm in a room with them, and they are deciding their fates with little or no help from me.
None of my novels to date ends as I had originally expected. To achieve this spontaneity from my characters, I tend to write in dialogue rather than narrate the story. I refrain from detailed physical descriptions of the characters for the same reason. I guarantee that you will not be prepared for the ending of any of my novels.
Do I know any of these people? Surprisingly, none of the characters is based upon a single real person. My own point of view as a solo attorney is expressed by Grace O'Higgins, but we are not similar. What about the raccoon? Yes, there was a Snooks, who took up residence in our backyard.
Some of you want to know why I write. I have always written just for the pleasure it gives me. This may be due to some gene that appears once every century, because there is little in my family history to explain it. When I get an idea that I think would make a good story, I make notes about it and give it a working name. (I have dozens of these.) Once I have started writing a story, I know that it will take unexpected turns. So, although it sounds strange, I complete the novel in order to find out how it ends.
The American educational system is not designed to discourage reading for pleasure. That is simply the unintended result of forcing students to read depressing literature that has no relevance to modern society. And even Shakespeare would have scoffed at the idea that his plays be read. Don't get me wrong. I have voluntarily read many Charles Dickens novels and consider A Tale of Two Cities to be one of the finest books ever published. But you can't force people to read The Mayor of Casterbridge and Death of a Salesman and expect them to want to read again. (My own formal education required three readings of Death of a Salesman. It's a wonder I didn't kill myself.)
Shortly after NOMAD/Y was published, I gave a copy to a friend who did not read for pleasure any more. Over a course of several years, she would tell me what part she had reached and I would emit encouraging sounds. One day she announced that she had finished it and was looking forward to the next one. I took this to be mere politeness, but I did give her a copy of The Doorstep of Depravity when it was published. Three weeks later she told me she was ready for the next one. Now she reads a novel every couple of weeks. That, my friends, is gratifying.
After years of reading law books, I too had stopped reading for pleasure. Then I discovered Ian Fleming's James Bond books and quickly exhausted them. Friends got me reading Alistair MacLean's intriguing spy novels. Then I discovered John D. MacDonald, who excelled at everything from Travis McGee to science fiction.
Now I read mostly fiction, but occasionally great non-fiction like The Hot Zone by Richard Preston, The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, Boomerang by Michael Lewis, Havana Nocturne by T.J. English, or The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger. Favorite novelists (and favorite books by them because some are inconsistent) are Nelson DeMille (Mayday, Night Fall), Clive Cussler (Night Probe, Sahara), Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, The Great Train Robbery), Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (Cat's Cradle, Slapstick), Len Deighton (Berlin Game, Mexico Set, London Match, in that order), Martin Cruz Smith (Havana Bay, Gorky Park), Ken Follett (The Key to Rebecca, Eye of the Needle, Night Over Water), Carl Hiaasen (Native Tongue, Stormy Weather), Randy Wayne White (Sanibel Flats, Shark River), Donna Leon (Death at La Fenice) and the rest of the Brunetti series, in order, and, of course, Dan Brown (Angels and Demons). I also recommend anything by Michael Connelly. This list is not exhaustive.
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I always get questions about the songs mentioned in my books. In the 1930's there was a weekly 15-minute live radio show in Columbus, Ohio, called Ken & Lou, the Singing Two. My father was the Ken component of the Singing Two. He sang and played the ukulele. I once asked him what they were paid. A confused look came over him for a moment. Then he said "We weren't very good. We called it square." Thus was born a family musical tradition of singing and playing stringed instruments with little talent, inadequate preparation and nominal compensation. I did my part, as evidenced by the songs in my novels and the dozens that lie in wait for unsuspecting future novels.
The genetic predisposition toward musical performances reached its inevitable conclusion in June, 2013, at Chris Capozza's Bluestar Studio in Orlando. Noah Bond, Kathleen Patricia and Chris were joined by Nick Coppola for a marathon session – 13 songs in 12 days. Taking into account that none these songs had been rehearsed, it was a determined effort that left the participants drained, but happy. The results of this have been preserved, along with 5 songs recorded in 2012, in the CD album Fine as Frog Hair. This album also includes Time Suite Time by Failure to Thrive (Coppola, Capozza and Wilson), which sounds like it belongs on an album by The Who.
Since most of the songs were written by Noah on a 6-string acoustic guitar, they tend to be country songs. Perhaps because the guitar was made in Brazil during the 1960s, two songs became bossa novas. In any event, several songs were liberated in the studio, where they achieved their potential as songs in the styles of The Byrds, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Moody Blues and (gasp!) Pink Floyd. When the dust cleared, about half of the songs remained country songs.
Every song has a story. Backward I Gaze is based on a haiku poem by the venerable Japanese poet, Shiki. Silver Ball on the Roulette Wheel of Life began as a friendly parody of country songs, but quickly became the real item. Light Shadows was originally the spooky introduction to a song that wasn't good enough to make the cut. Accessory to Love was the result of a series of miracles worthy of a novel. I Love You, Keep Reading was intended to be a country song, but – like Hotel California – became reggae. Chelsea was originally recorded in Nashville and released in 1971 as Kelsey. It was updated before its reappearance.
Many of the songs were written four decades ago. The others are new. The music for some was written by James Jeff Withrow(Accessory to Love) and Chris Capozza(Fine as Frog Hair, Baja Manifesto, Mr. Wrong). The music and lyrics to Time Suite Time were written by Nick Coppola, Chris Capozza, Bryan Wilson and Jon Agee, who jointly hold the copyright. Except for the foregoing, the lyrics and music were written by Noah Bond.