Bill Siren Flies Readers Over the Iron Curtain

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New book tells story of airline pilot Ryan Lasseter before the fall of the Berlin Wall

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Divorced and remarried, Ryan Lasseter works as an international airline pilot for Contrails World Airways. Based in Berlin, before the fall of the Wall, Lasseter and his wife, Lexi, take advantage of excursions to the many intriguing cities in Europe, providing insight into the once-glamorous world of airline travel and the life of a pilot. It is these travels that Bill Siren pens in his new book, “Contrails: Airline Flying in Eastern Europe before the ‘Wall’ Came Down” (published by iUniverse).
Lasseter’s thoughts often take him back to his days in naval aviation. He thinks about his participation in the Vietnam War, the friends he lost through accidents or enemy fire, and the demanding tasks involved in winning his wings.
But when he becomes enamored with a flight attendant named Katarina, a perplexing love triangle develops, and Lasseter begins the agony of personal disintegration because of an incurable disease. As the illness and relationships progress, Lasseter experiences the mental anguish of trying to differentiate reality from fantasy and finds himself in a difficult dilemma.
By Bill Siren
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 158 pages | ISBN 9781475966022
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 158 pages | ISBN 9781475966008
E-Book | 158 pages | ISBN 9781475966039
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Bill Siren lives in San Diego with his wife, Allison, near his children and grandchildren. He’s a retired Navy captain and spent several years as an international airline pilot. He’s a graduate of Stanford University with advanced degrees in aeronautical engineering and business administration. He’s also an alumnus of the National Defense University. Siren flew 80 combat missions over Vietnam and served at the Pentagon for six years. He authored articles that have appeared in aviation journals and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Tau Beta Pi, national honor societies in business and engineering, respectively.

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