Mike Bond has been a correspondent for The Financial Times newsletters in Paris from 1990 to 1998, and has reported for many newspapers including The Dallas Morning News , The San Francisco Chronicle , The Denver Post , and The Oregonian. He was also the co-anchor of the PBS news program European Journal in 1987, produced by Deutsche Welle in Cologne, Germany.
Bond was a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in Montana in 1982, and served in Al Gore's 2000 Presidential campaign as head of Colorado Business Leaders for Gore and as a spokesman in several western states (Colorado, Utah, and Oregon) for Gore environmental positions.
The former CEO of an international energy company, he has served as an advisor to more than 70 of the world’s largest energy companies, led the international task force that united the former Soviet Union’s grid with Western Europe’s, and has authored many studies on climate change, renewable energy and utility siting and operation.
Bond has hiked more than 50,000 miles—twice the circumference of the earth – in North and South America, New Zealand, Mongolia, Russia, Africa, Spain and France. In the dying days of the Algerian revolution, Bond took off at age 19 on foot across the Sahara, experiencing the euphoria and terror of wandering across the blazing, uncharted desert mountains from Tamanrasset to Timbuktu. After racking up long mileages in Africa, the Himalayas, and other locations, he prefers a more leisurely 25-miles-a-day stroll in the Alps or Andes.
From its terrifying start in the night skies of Afghanistan to its stunning end in the Paris terrorist attacks, Assassins is the story of the last thirty years of war between Islam and the West.
Drop by parachute into the deadly mountains of Afghanistan. Fight door to door in the bloody cities of Iraq and the lethal deserts of Syria, the Sinai and Africa. Feel the terror of battle inside a Russian tank. Live the power of passion and love when at any instant you both can die – it’s all there, all real, in Assassins.
DID the Saudis finance 9/11? DID GW Bush let Osama bin Laden escape Afghanistan? And then lie about Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq? DID Obama’s decision to leave Iraq in 2011 lead to ISIS and its worldwide fanaticism?
WHAT has really happened in the last 30 years of war with Islam?
It’s all there, all real, in Assassins.
“An exhilarating spy novel that offers equal amounts of ingenuity and intrigue.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“This novel covers thirty years from the early years to 9/11 to the evolution of terrorism into ISIS. The action is rivetingly present on every page… a thrilling read in which tension never relaxes. It’s so real it’s almost overwhelming! It is what is really happening. Assassins is Mike Bond’s best novel! Well-researched, complicated, surreal yet real, this is a story (it is fiction, after all) that will sear the reader’s memory long after the last page is turned! Highly recommended, well-crafted fiction that tells the vivid story of an endless war!”
– Crystal Book Reviews
“Assassins is a political thriller with an attitude. But who would expect less from Bond, an author whose books are never afraid to take on the tough issues of the day while directly pointing fingers at those who pull the strings from the shadows? Assassins packs one thrilling punch after the other. But equally important in making the novel an especially memorable one, are the numerous supporting characters… A first-rate thriller.
– Book Chase
“Mike Bond writes with an urgency few other authors have been able to maintain. Mailer was able to do it to some degree. Tom Wolfe and Hunter Thompson had their ears to the ground. But Mike Bond has assumed this mantle for the 21st century.”
“Not the propaganda spewed out by CNN and the other major news sources over the last 10-15 years… It profoundly articulates… the how, what why, and when we are in the midst of the sickening troubles of, not just the Middle East, but the whole world. This book was earth shattering for me.”
– NetGalley Reviews
“Mike Bond is the master of the existential thriller.”
“One of the 21st Century’s most exciting authors ... spellbinding readers with a writing style that pits hard-boiled, force of nature-like characters against politically adept, staccato-paced plots.”
– Washington Times
“Mike Bond is one of America's best thriller writers.”
– Culture Buzz
“Bond never loses the reader’s attention ... working that fatalistic margin where life and death are one and the existential reality leaves one caring only to survive.”
− Sunday Oregonian
“One of the best thriller writers, in the same league as Gerald Seymour and Frederick Forsyth.”
– NetGalley Reviews