Spring 2014 Book Festival: Flight of the Bowyer

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
Spring 2014 Book Festival: Flight of the Bowyer

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  Kenneth Lewis, the author of Flight of the Bowyer, is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader with a free copy of his book.

Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

Flight of the Boyer

An Interview with Kenneth R. Lewis

Tell me about your book, “Flight of the Bowyer”. What is it about?

An ex-cop must choose between the life of his young son and the life of a corrupt United States president as they are pursued by assassins through Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountain wilderness.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

The fictional town of “Ransom” in the book is based on the real town of Atlanta, ID, a small and isolated old mining settlement located at the foot of the Sawtooth Mountains Wilderness approximately 150 miles from of Boise.

To research this extremely rugged and historic area, and to get to know some of the few year-around residents (varies from 30 to 50) who live there, and who are very self-sufficient survivalists, I lived there in a canvas wall tent in the woods for a month in the fall of 2012. I returned there again for another month in the fall of 2013, to do research for the sequel to FOTB.

How long did it take to write?

Not long! My first novel, “Little Blue Whales,” took me seven years to write, and the second one, “The Sparrow’s Blade” took two years. However, “Flight of the Bowyer” took me only four and a half months to complete. I say “only” but what I really mean by that is a day and night, seven day a week, grueling writing schedule!

What happened was this: In April of 2013 I queried a major audio book publisher to see if they might be interested in publishing one or both of my already print published crime fiction novels, and happened to add in the query that I was currently at work on a third novel, a political thriller set in Idaho. I included a two-paragraph synopsis of “Flight of the Bowyer,” a single word of which I had yet to actually write, and guess which one they sent me a contract for? Not only that; they also wanted “Bowyer” by September 1, 2013 if at all possible, so they could include it in their Fall 2013 list.

Fortunately for me, the plot and characters of “Bowyer” came to me almost effortlessly, as it is a story based on the reality of what is happening to America today.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading “Flight of the Bowyer”?

My message is that we Americans are a people unique in the history of the world, and the legacy of revolution, freedom, and liberty is literally infused in the blood which flows through our veins. No matter how bad things seem now, no matter how strong our enemies, both foreign, and domestic appear to be, in the end, Americans will always survive, and we will always prevail.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I am a career law enforcement officer, author, and avid outdoorsman, and I am a Conservative American who believes in both the strength, and sanctity, of the United States Constitution.

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

Like many other Americans at this time in the history of our country, I am preparing for the worst, but I remain optimistic, and am hoping for the best.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes, a sequel to “Flight of the Bowyer” which I hope to have finished by summer of 2015.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

Stand for up for your beliefs. Do not be afraid to speak out. And by all means, get involved in the political process wherever and however you can, and help restore America to greatness once again.

The Book Giveaway

A copy of Flight of the Bowyer has been reserved for one lucky reader.  Here is today’s question – actually, more of a poll.

What best describes you feelings about the current economy?

A – Depression
B – Recession
C – Recovery
D – Stuck

To enter the giveaway, you need to respond to this poll in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Wednesday with the winner notified by email and announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz.  You will have 48 hours to claim the winning book.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.

The Final Word

With a setting right here in the Pacific Northwest (Idaho), I can’t wait to crack the cover and start reading Ken’s latest book.  Ken himself grew up and has lived in many parts of my home state which creates a special connection as well.

The subtitle to Flight of the Bowyer is “When tyrants rise, so will good men.”  I am optimistic enough to believe that is true.  Please take a moment to an answer this week’s poll question and enter a to win a copy of this exciting new book.

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Spotlight Item:  Flight of the Bowyer

After six long years of political genocide carried out against the American people by the administration of President Benjamin Franklin Luder, the nation is stunned when Luder announces that he is issuing an executive order to suspend the next presidential election for “the good of the country,” giving him an unprecedented, and unconstitutional, third term as president.

Luder has slowly, and systematically, robbed the citizens of various liberties and freedoms through similar acts, and in the process, he has nearly destroyed the once greatest country on earth. However, his environmental policy of “green communism” has done the most damage of all, resulting in a nationwide energy slowdown which has crippled every level of industry.

This is the story of Soon how one man is forced to choose between saving his country and saving the life of his son, choosing who will live and who must die—including himself.

Bargain Bin:  Today is all about books.  Listed below are all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone.

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Spring 2014 Book Festival #5 – Fiction
Brushfire Plague: Reckoning
Through Many Fires: Strengthen What Remains
Flight of the Bowyer
The Jakarta Pandemic
The Perseid Collapse
Leaving The Trees
Fury of the Fifth Angel
Fugitives from Northwoods
Phoenix Island: A Tale of Disaster, Survival, and Rebirth

Spring 2014 Book Festival #5 – Non-Fiction
The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness: Life-Saving Skills, Supplies, Tactics and Plans
Simply Canning: Survival Guide to Safe Home Canning
The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster
The Prepper’s Cookbook: 365 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals
Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure: A Prepper’s Book for Kids
The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months


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56 Responses to “Spring 2014 Book Festival: Flight of the Bowyer”

  1. What best describes my feelings about the current economy?

    A – Depression
    B – Recession
    C – Recovery
    D – Stuck
    Both A and B. I feel the recession is quickly spiraling into a depression and millions of Americans are not even aware of it, ready for it, and perhaps don’t want to believe it. Sound like this book would be a good read.

    • a recession. reason it is not a depression is because there are government subsidies in place that were missing during the depression of the 1930’s in the usa. but it can become one if the economy further collapses by failure of the money system as the government continues to print worthless money.

  2. I sense this economy is in a deepening recession that is being propped up by fiat currency, from which the bottom will fall out, leaving many destitute and floundering. I truly hope I am simply wrong.

  3. I agree with both Pancho and Alice. We are in a downward spiral and I don’t think there are any possibilities of recovery until we hit rock bottom.

  4. What best describes my feelings about the current economy?
    A – Depression
    B – Recession
    C – Recovery
    D – Stuck

    We’ve moved through three stages of the economic condition. First recession beginning in ’08, then stuck, for the last several years, and now a mild depression.

    It’s been reported over the last few years we were in a recovery. This is not accurate. We only have to see the recent report that the middle class in the US is less wealthy now than the middle class of Canada. The US economic state is on a slow free fall decline that most fear could accelerate, we are no where near rock bottom yet.

  5. The whole economic system is built on a foundation of quicksand. With all the unfunded liabilities we have , and the governments’ urge to spend More More More, it is scary to think where this could end up.
    Will we crash and burn, and have to live like one of these novels, when the dollar is replaced? Or China calls in it’s markers? Or…,Or…
    Or will the adults take over and pull us from the brink?
    I think the choice is clear. Let’s start this November.
    And as always, stay ready.

  6. Before I had even gotten to the replys I was thinking the same thing Alice said. We are rapidly going from a deep recession into a depression. So B/A is my response too.

  7. We are by definition not in a recession which is when the GDP decreases for two consecutive quarters. We are stuck in the weakest recovery ever. D/C

    • The GDP is defined by people with their own agenda. I believe nothing from the govt. or media. The truth is all around us. Many refuse to see it, or believe it.

  8. A – Depression
    B – Recession
    C – Recovery
    D – Stuck

    D. i believe we are in pre financial catastrophe. Our dollar is losing its place as the world currency. when that finishes up, the dollar will be like continental money , or confederate money. a keepsake. someday worth something as a piece of history. the banks have written more default insurance policies than there is money in the world, let alone their own assets to cover them. do not depend upon electricity or water and natural gas flowing through pipes. someday you will turn on the tap, and nothing will come out. yeah, it is civilized and ok NOW, but it is not a guarantee of the future.

  9. I think we are very close to a depression. I don’t see things improving until more Americans have jobs and being able to afford the things they want. I moved from the second poorest county in my state to a more affluent one, but it still is hard to make ends meet.

  10. I check (B) definately think we are in a recession, what they say about recovery in news I believe to be all lies. Too many people out of work. I don’t personally see how we can get out of the hole our administration has dug for us. I hope we’re not heading into a Depression but I wouldn’t be surprised. We are too far in debt now (country) I believe for any kind of turnaround.

  11. I think the economy keeps taking one step forward and then two to three steps backwards. So I would say we are in a recession that is slowly slipping into a depression

  12. No way are we in a recovery – it’s all lies. We’re in a recession leading to a depression the way they’re printing money out of thin air, soon making it worthless. That’s why I’m spending as fast as I can, after paying the bills in the here and now, on survival food and gear. It just makes sense.

  13. Not sure how to describe it…it’s worse than a recession, but I’m not sure if it meets the official definition of a depression. It is definitely stuck! I would call it a disaster.

  14. I think we are in a recession. If the Feds keep playing games I’m not so sure we won’t be in a depression.

  15. It’s a deepening recession. I also believe we are experiencing a serious stealth inflationary spiral. It’s being hidden by those in charge however any trip to the grocery store will reveal it to you. Prices are spiraling upward and the packing content is shrinking at the same time. Fuel is out of sight. Electricity costs is going straight up. Don’t ask about medical costs. Now I’m in a depression.

  16. I believe we are stuck …
    if it were a depression = the majority of people would see and act upon the system – but, most are supported by the system so there is correspondingly no depression;
    if recession = it is the minority of people who are supporting a majority (when it is ‘silently’ reported that there are more people on the government dole than actually working) = there-by the system (again) allows the truth to be hidden;
    so – when the system actually acknowledges we are in deep ‘do’ then the majority and of course the minority will act (react) and we will see that the crisis of the 30’s was really just a cake-walk !!!!

  17. We’re in a recession. The economy is going to collapse. The truth is being hidden by the govt. and the media. If I think about it too much, then I’m in a depression! A lot of people I talk to say, “why prepare, why store food or ammo? If it gets that bad, I don’t want to be around to see it.” Sometimes, I’m not sure myself.

  18. I think we’re STUCK in a RECESSION that seems to be spiraling towards a DEPRESSION with no hope for RECOVERY in sight.

    Do I get extra credit for using all four choices in one sentence? 😉

  19. Depression masquerading as a recession. When the blanket gets pulled out it will show its true nature and its endless spiral into oblivion. At this point the good all U.S.A. will be a third world economy.

    Stay Safe

  20. What best describes you feelings about the current economy?
    A – Depression
    B – Recession
    C – Recovery
    D – Stuck

    My feelings about the economy is actually a combination of the selection provided.
    I feel the economy is STUCK in a stubborn RECESSION.

    Certainly not a depression as we experienced back in the 20-30’s and the stock market performing fairly well. And not what I call a full recovery with jobs and housing being what they are.

  21. My understanding is depression and recession are the same thing. They just changed the name to recession after the Great Depression because it had such bad connotations.

    So A or B, take your pick, that’s where I think our economy is. It has just been masked by massive currency printing. Though I prep for many possibilities, I think financial collapse is inevitable.

  22. I think the economy is in stuck mode. Obama refuses to do the things that will get the economy back on track. The Government is intent on moving the US into a third world status and have all the people controlled by the dependence it is forcing us into.

  23. What best describes my feelings about the current economy?
    A – Depression
    B – Recession
    C – Recovery
    D – Stuck
    A recession that is quickly turning into a depression. Our country is going down so fast we may not be able to determine where one ends and the other starts!

  24. Yep stuck! Was hoping we might be going into a recovery (slight) as in my area housing prices are starting to rise. But I believe it is more a ‘one step forward and two steps back’.

  25. Recession, but heading straight for a depression. Things are so overpriced that anyone on a fixed income cannot afford much.

  26. What best describes you feelings about the current economy?

    A – Depression
    B – Recession
    C – Recovery
    D – Stuck
    This is tough because for a lot of folks the economy is stuck.Their wages aren’t going up yet the the cost of goods and services are going up. On the other hand the stock market is at all time highs and if you have money invested you have done pretty good for yourself.The country is awash in new found energy sources and we are poised to become the next Saudi Arabia ,if the government would just get with the program .There are plenty of jobs available however most require specialized degrees or skills or they are simple low wage jobs,no middle ground .

  27. With more people out of work daily, the number of individuals & families needing government assistance and no hope in sight…I think we are slowly sinking into a depression.

  28. The economy grew at a whopping .01 percent the past quarter. REALLY ! 1/10 of one percent. If the current administration had not pumped up the Federal Sector, our economy would not have grown, but decreased. How could anyone possibly think anything but STUCK,

  29. I feel we are presently “stuck” in what is called a “recession”, but we are heading into a full blown “depression”. I have not seen any indication of a “recovery”, although we are certainly being told that is where we are at present.

  30. I think we are in a stuck position. We keep experiencing more of the sameo sameo from the politicians. I suppose those who have a high income don’t think much of the folks who are unemployed and unable to find a job because they are over-qualified. Forget about buying what you want as it’s hard even to buy what you need for your family.

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