Larry Bond (born 1952) is an American author and wargame designer. He is the designer of the ''Harpoon
'' and ''Command at Sea'' gaming systems, and several supplements for the games. Examples of his numerous novels include ''Dangerous Ground'', ''Day of Wrath'', ''The Enemy Within'', ''Cauldron
'' and ''Red Phoenix''. He also co-authored ''Red Storm Rising
'' with Tom Clancy
Early life and education
Bond graduated in 1973 from St. Thomas College
in St. Paul, Minnesota
, with a degree in Quantitative Methods
, and then worked first as a computer programmer for two years before being selected for Officer Candidate School
in Newport, Rhode Island
. He was sworn into the United States Navy
in 1975 and graduated from NAVOCS the following year.
Bond served in the United States Navy
for six years, serving four years on a destroyer and two years on shore duty in the Washington, D.C.
area. He then served in the reserves for two years with the Naval Reserve Intelligence Program. After leaving the Navy he worked as a naval analyst for defense consulting firms in the Washington, D.C.
Bond's began his writing career by collaborating with Tom Clancy
on ''Red Storm Rising
'' (1986), a New York Times bestseller
that was one of the best-selling books of the 1980s. It depicted a hypothetical conflict between NATO
and the Warsaw Pact
, drawing heavily on current analysis of what such a conflict would be like. It has been used as a text at the Naval War College
and similar institutions.
Since then, Bond's books have depicted military and political crises, emphasizing accuracy and fast-paced action. ''Red Phoenix'', ''Vortex''
, and ''Cauldron''
were all New York Times bestsellers
. ''Red Phoenix'' is set in South Korea and depicts an invasion of the south instigated by the North Korean government. ''Vortex'' tells the story of a reactionary Afrikaner government trying to roll back the clock in South Africa. ''Cauldron'' shows a financial crisis in Europe that grew out of control, leading to a military confrontation between France, Germany and countries of the Eastern Europe (Poland, Czech Republic
) supported by the United States.
Harpoon gaming system
Bond's ''Harpoon'' gaming system
was first published in 1980. Designed as a general-purpose air, surface, and submarine naval simulation, it combines playability with a wealth of information on modern naval weapons systems. Designed for the entry-level player, it has found acceptance in both the commercial market and the professional naval community. It is used at the Naval Academy
, several ROTC
installations, and on several surface ships as a training aid.
Now in its fourth edition, ''Harpoon'' won the H.G. Wells Award
, a trade association honor, in both 1981 and 1987 as the best miniatures game of the year. The computer version of the game first appeared in 1989 and won the 1990 Wargame of the Year award from ''Computer Gaming World'', an industry journal.
With Tom Clancy
*''Red Storm Rising
With Patrick Larkin
*''Red Phoenix'', 1990
*''The Enemy Within'', 1996
*''Day of Wrath'', 1998
With Chris Carlson
*''Red Phoenix Burning'', 2016
Jerry Mitchell Series
*''Dangerous Ground'', 2005
*''Cold Choices'', 2009
*''Exit Plan'', 2012
*''Shattered Trident'', 2013
*''Burial at Sea'', 2013
*''Fatal Thunder'', 2016
*''Arctic Gambit'', 2018
With Jim DeFelice
First Team Series
#''Larry Bond's First Team'', 2004
#''Larry Bond's First Team: Angels of Wrath'', 2006
#''Larry Bond's First Team: Fires of War'', 2006
#''Larry Bond's First Team: Soul of the Assassin'', 2008
Red Dragon Rising Series
#''Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising: Shadows of War'', 2009
#''Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising: Edge of War'', 2010
#''Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising: Shock of War'', 2012
#''Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising: Blood of War'', 2013
Edited by Larry Bond
*''Crash Dive: True Stories of Submarine Combat'', 2010
He makes his home in Springfield, Virginia.
Category:Board game designers
Category:University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) alumni
Category:20th-century American novelists
Category:20th-century American male writers
Category:21st-century American novelists
Category:American male novelists
Category:United States Navy officers
Category:People from Springfield, Virginia
Category:21st-century American male writers