The Delta Lovers

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The Delta Lovers

A novel by Jerry Lemonds

He was 140 miles south of the Main Island, Marianas Theater, North Pacific.
Zooming along at 14,000 feet.  Almost home.  Officer’s Mess, tonight: English-cut roast beef and garlic potatoes – his favorite.  Life was good!  I like pie, I like cake. . . .
    But then the cockpit radio crackled to life.
    “You’ve picked up a shadow, Johnny.  Two o’clock.  Johnny?”
    At the same moment, he spotted a flash of light coming off his wing.  A reflection?  Too big for a bird . . . and besides, there were no birds at this altitude.  What the hell . . .
     “You got a Zero at two o’clock, Johnny.  Looks like he’s lining up his gun-sights.  You better run for cover, hombre.”
       He turned his head . . . and then he saw them.  At least a dozen Jap Zeros were arcing out of a cloudbank, their engines screaming and the wing-mounted machine guns already opening up. 
    All at once, Johnny Andrews was fighting for his life.
    In a flash, his right hand went to the stick.  Yanked it.  Hard.  The wing rolled sharply to the left, hurling him into the gut-wrenching roller coaster of a full-throttle Split-S.  A moment later, he was flying upside down, after roaring through a Descending Half-Loop that would have earned him a court-martial in peacetime.
    No luck.
    They were still coming.
    “Johnny!” roared the voice on the radio, “you gotta get out of there!”

Also check out two other books by Jerry Lemonds,



The Lonely Paddler of the Missouri

Jerry Lemonds JERRY

He's a hiker, a camper, and a lifelong canoeing enthusiast. He's also a nationally recognized author who's published several recent books that celebrate the joys of all three pursuits.

After completing his 2003 autobiography (Timer: An American Story), the peripatetic Jerry Lemonds would go on to write two high-octane novels about his remarkable experiences as a long-distance canoe-pilot
(The Lonely Paddler of the Missouri) and as a U.S. Navy airman during the Korean War era (The Delta Lovers).

Born and raised on a cotton farm in small-town Missouri, Jerry Lemonds put himself through college and earned two graduate degrees . . . before spending the next 35 years running a series of federal and state
health and workers' compensation agencies. 
Working in more recent years as a successful management consultant and as a guide in the national "Volunteers In Parks" program, the adventure-loving Lemonds frequently wanders the country in his RV, and has so far visited 16 National Parks. 

Book chapters now available online  for browsing in PDF format:

The Delta Lovers chapter 1

The Delta Lovers chapter 15