Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) June 19, 2012
Newly available on CreateSpace and Amazon, Baldwin's novel is set in the worlds of high-performance soaring, Mustang P-51 pursuit fighters, the world’s most expensive diamonds and lovely, quirky women.
'Angle of Attack' leads the reader on a path of interleaved plots, as glider flight instructor Cicero Clay fights to stay alive. Who is the dead man on Clay’s porch? How can a glider become a murder weapon? Why do unseen actors want Clay dead?
Baldwin weaves plot lines through a tale rooted in familiar realties, but raises the stakes until the reader is pursued through night skies in a stolen antique fighter, trying to avoid disaster while heading for a place in history.
On the surface, 'Angle of Attack' is a genre work of airborne adventure, murder and untold riches. But Baldwin’s themes draw deeper, on a young woman’s recovery from childhood abuse, her discovery of the father she never knew, and a genuine tribute to real warbird pilots. Here, Baldwin turns back the clock, to a time when young warriors in their vicious planes helped bring peace to Europe and the world. And in these pages the reader gets to be there.
Baldwin’s tale pays homage to genuine Fly Boys (one of whom, George Herbert Walker Bush, has a real-life role in James Bradley’s 2003 account of U.S. pilots downed on Chichi Jima).
The book's dedication reads, “With respect for two real Mustang pilots I actually knew, Captain Robert J. Love, the Korean War’s 11th jet ace, and Colonel Charles W. Reed, who flew combat in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.”
"It is well that we pay tribute to these men now," Baldwin comments. "The recent D-Day anniversary (June 6) reminds us that the very last of them are with us for a very short time."
Launch points for 'Angle of Attack' are the botched 2003 Antwerp theft of Argyle pink diamonds and a woman’s lust for power, which set deadly traps for wrongly-convicted Cicero Clay, who must evade a parole system corrupted by a murderous ex-girlfriend.
Based on historical facts, Baldwin’s unusual story line is sparked by the tangible and personable characters he invents, the relationships they develop, and the hidden desires they must reveal to reach their goals. The action turns on character fears, loves, forgotten pain and explosive lust, all set in a tapestry of monumental wealth and the constant threat of violent death.
In the words of one Amazon reviewer, “Lee Baldwin has captured the pace of James Lee Burke and the descriptive ability of John Steinbeck.” A review in Soaring NZ Magazine called it “a rattling good ride… really good and totally believable,” and Sailplane and Gliding Magazine remarked, “I would recommend it to open-minded readers as an intriguing novel, full of surprises...”
See visual outline and ‘Where to Buy’ at Baldwin-Books.com.
About Lee Baldwin
Lee Baldwin is an aviation researcher, writer, and visual artist living on the Northern California coast. From sports such as soaring and motor racing, Baldwin derives the realistic action that makes his stories believable. Baldwin dismisses domestic Midwest EPA spy drones as completely fabricated rumors.