"Everything Douglas Bond writes...is a fascinating read."
          
Joel Belz, WORLD Magazine

Russ Pulliam of the Indianapolis Star wrote,

"Douglas Bond offers a ringside seat on the War for Independence... a historian with unusual insight." Russ Pulliam, Indianapolis Star

11-year-old Calum reviews GUNS OF THUNDER

Dr. Peter A. Lillback wrote of GUNS OF PROVIDENCE,

"A tale of America’s revolutionary beginning, told with strength and truth—engaging, accurate, and free of political correctness. Here Providence is actively at work in the lives of the honorable commander George Washington and the gospel-believing patriots. Take up and read!"

Dr. Peter A. Lillback, President, The Providence Forum, Author of George Washington's Sacred Fire"

FAITH & FREEDOM TRILOGY--The story continues!

"What happened to Fiona M'Kethe?" many readers have asked. What happened to the M'Kethe family after their knife-edged escape from Scotland on the Good Hope? What happens after Rebel's Keep?. FAITH & FREEDOM TRILOGY picks up the Scottish thread left dangling at the end of the Crown & Covenant Trilogy...

Guns of Thunder is set in the 1740s in the upper Connecticut valley during the rising tensions between the American colonists and the French and their Indian allies. Told from the point of view of Malcom M'Kethe's grandson Ian, the book comes to its climax during King George's War at the incomparable colonial victory at the Battle of Louisbourg.

Guns of the Lion is set during the same time period as Guns of Thunder but returns to Scotland and Ian's cousin Gavin, grandson of Fiona M'Kethe. The Jacobite Rebellion is brewing and Gavin must sort out conflicting political loyalties--and attempt to survive!

Guns of Providence moves ahead a generation, and opens with the siege of Boston in 1775. Sandy M'Kethe, great-great grandson of the patriarch in Duncan's War, is befriended by African-American hero of Bunker Hill, Salem Poor. Ready yourself for a flurry of historical conflicts on land and sea, and in Sandy's heart and mind.  

Listen to audio excerpts of all three FAITH & FREEDOM volumes

Peter Lillback on George Washington / Ships and Sea Battles

GUNS of PROVIDENCE, book III

To release June, 2010.American War for Independence setting. Guns of Providence moves ahead a generation, and opens with the siege of Boston in 1775. Sandy M'Kethe, great-great grandson of the patriarch in Duncan's War, is befriended by African-American hero of Bunker Hill, Salem Poor. Ready yourself for a flurry of historical conflicts on land and sea, and tortured ones in Sandy's heart and mind. 

"Like G.A. Henty in an earlier era, Douglas Bond offers a ringside seat on the War for Independence. Bond is a historian with unusual insight, tracing a Scottish Covenanter immigrant family and revealing the truly British origins of the American Revolution." Russ Pulliam, Indianapolis Star

You will join Sandy as he fights the redcoats at Boston under General Washington's command. You will sail on-board USS 12-gun sloop, Providence, with Captain John Paul Jones, as he boldly out-wits the superior British navy time and again. You will cross the Atlantic and visit war-time Paris with Sandy, and bemuse the decadence, the beauty, the music, and the tenuous character of political alliances.

Ultimately you will observe the transformation of Sandy M'Kethe as he comes to trust in the guiding and governing hand of Providence in even the minutest details of life in a broken and troubled world. And you will experience with Sandy the stunning realities of armed conflict between people with common ancestry, who are are graciously apprehended and become more deeply dazzled with the King of kings. 

War for Independence Battle scene / "La Roxelane," F. J. Haydn

GUNS of the LION, book II

Get ready for romping intrigue on the high seas and in the Highlands, set during the treacherous Jacobite troubles of '45 (1745-6). "What happened to Fiona M'Kethe?" many readers have asked (read Rebel's Keep if you don't know why they've asked this question). This book picks up the Scottish thread left dangling at the end of the Crown & Covenant Trilogy...

    A knife-edge adventure in the Highlands, in Guns of the Lion Gavin Crookshank finds himself an unwilling conscript of King George II's military service. It is the story of a maturing faith emerging out of conflicted loyalties in battles, within and without, wherein the protagonist is forced to kill or be killed in bloody conflict during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 in Scotland. Uncertain who is friend and who is foe, Gavin must learn courage and duty, and how to pitch his hopes on the God alone who makes wars to cease to the ends of the earth.

GUNS of THUNDER, book I

    "Here comes Douglas Bond--again--to say that those of us who love the truth, are not consigned to live lives of boredom and dullness. In Guns of Thunder, he's got action from beginning to end.  I wish I'd had this kind of book to read when I was a kid." Joel Belz, WORLD Magazine

Guns of Thunder is set in Wallup, Connecticut, near Enfield in the upper Connecticut Valley, an area where only a few Covenanter refugees were known to have settled. The story begins in the autumn of 1740, where Malcolm M'Kethe, now a vigorous seventy-three year-old grandfather, teaches his grandson, Ian, to shoot a muzzle loader.

Colonial Flint Fowling Gun 20 gauge, 46" Getz barrel play a key role in Guns of Thunder, the first book in the Faith & Freedom Trilogy,  featuring Ian M'Kethe (I received a letter the other day from a reader named Ian who asked me in future books "not to kill off anyone named Ian." He suggested, however, that I might make an "Ian the hero if you wanted to." Consider it done, Ian!). Ian M'Kethe learns many things, including how to shoot the American fowling gun (1730-1760); how to paddle a birch bark canoe--while attempting a beach landing under heavy enemy fire; he will fish and sail on the Connecticut River; get caught up in Indian tensions, and friendships, especially with an old Algonquin Indian named Watookoog; experience the Great Awakening and hear Jonathan Edwards preach his famous sermon at Enfield, July 8, 1741; he'll feel the tensions with French fir traders and the differences with some English settlers waning in their spiritual devotion; then Ian will get drawn into the rising tide of King George's War, also called the War of Jenkin's Ear; he will be forced to contribute to the ingenuity and determination of colonial militia taking Louisbourg (1745) from the French and freeing colonial prisoners; then he will feel the withering condescension and betrayal of the British who handed Louisbourg back to France (1748) thus, alienating colonists who fought, and and lost loved ones, at Louisbourg--and much more!

"Your characters seem so much like real people, it’s amazing! I really like how you pay close attention to detail in your books. Telling about what the character sees, hears, and feels literally adds a whole new dimension to your writing, which is one of the things I love about it! Someday I would like to write books like you do." Anna Brooks (14)

|"I just got Guns of Thunder in the mail a few days ago and already three people in my family have read it! All of us agree that it's the best one yet. I especially like the rich spiritual content of the book. Great job! I hope you're busily at work on the next one. We can't wait!!!" Chris Short

You'll find out lots about firing muskets and shooting longbows

Reader poem inspired by GUNS OF THE LION

Hadrian’s Wall, by Anna Michael (17)

The Lion Rampant flutters,

The wall ahead stands tall,

Prayers or curses muttered,

Which army this day will fall?

 

Each man moves in order,

As the army makes for war,

Standing either side the boarder,

On the right hand there’s the shore.

 

On the left sleeps the moors,

The rolling hills like waves of sea,

Minds and legs all weary sore,

Days are remembered when one was free.

 

No sail from the sea shows,

No help from the rear arrives,

Waiting for the sign of our foes,

Dreading the bloody death-cries.

 

Conscripted for Bonnie Prince Charlie,

To fight against King George,

Gazing across the barley,

I feel the heat of the Devil’s forge.

 

A flag unfurls over Hadrian’s Wall,

Horse’s hooves pound the thistles and earth,

The battle begins with the gunshot’s call,

The men charge for all it’s worth.

 

“Claymores!” That cry rang through our ears,

As army to army we clashed,

Our God granted grace and took our fears,

Though claymore with claymore crashed.

 

Old One-Hundredth rang in our head,

Cheering our hands to war,

“Wars into peace I’ll turn,” Christ said,

For Christ, not Prince, our guns we bore.