Flyboy is the story of Sheffield “Curly” Brason and the women in his life. Their journey through the times in which he lived, is a tale of love and life, tragedy and war. Relying on their faith in God got them through and led them to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, putting him on a path of faithful service for the remainder of his life.

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What Kris From Wyoming has to say about Flyboy:

I have read this entire series, books 1-10. These books are entertaining, inspiring and a wonderful story beginning to end. I couldn't put them down. The last few I read in about a week, wanting to get to the end to see what happens. I HIGHLY recommend this series of books. Gordon is a wonderful story teller and does his research. It's a terrific story. Life has its many twists and turns and this story us no different.

And this from Brenda in Idaho:

I have read the first two [volumes] and enjoyed them and connected with the characters. You did a great job at connecting me to their love story. Enjoyed your writing. Great to meet you.
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Wings of Gold
Balancing Faith, Family, and Career
Flyboy Volume 1


  Dangling from a parachute, Lieutenant Sheffield "Curly" Brason watched his plane and that of his wingman spiral into the sea, the result of a midair collision. Coming down not far from the wreckage, he swam to it and held on. His wingman having gone down with his plane, Curly is in perilous circumstances adrift alone in the Pacific Ocean somewhere off the coast of Panama.

His career as a naval aviator came with risks; risks he was willing to take for God, country, and family. Hoping for rescue, his thoughts turn to his wife and their two small children, giving him the determination to survive. Their faith in God and devotion to each other has seen them through their challenges and difficulties as well as the good times of the 1920s. Will it be enough now, or would Geannie be left a widow?

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Clouds of War
Looking for Answers
Flyboy Volume 2


  The challenging times of the 1930s leading up to the Second World War present Curly and Geannie with their own set of challenges. When a heartbreaking tragedy strikes their family, they put their emotional bookshelves back in order. Questioning her beliefs, Geannie wonders if there is there more to the purpose of life. Would she have her husband and children in the world to come? If not, what's the purpose? To her frustration, no one can answer her questions.

When Curly is assigned to the USS Enterprise, they move back San Diego, but a surprise move sends him to Hawaii, and Geannie and the kids follow. While there, Geannie is kept from the answers to her questions by a twist of fate.

As the clouds of war grow ominous, they plan for Geannie and the kids to go home to Roanoke where they will be safe. On the morning Curly returned from a secret mission, he flies in to Pearl Harbor only to get shot down during the Japanese attack. Making his way back to the base, he discovers the unimaginable.

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Neptune's Realm
Healing A Broken Heart
Flyboy Volume 3


  Heartbroken, Sheffield has a war to fight, participating in raids on enemy-held islands in the Pacific, and playing a key role in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo.

Promoted to captain, he assumes command of the USS Reprisal, a newly completed aircraft carrier. Based in Norfolk, Sheffield is close to home and the support of his family. Encouraging letters from Ramona also help the healing.

With the war going badly, Sheffield is anxious to get his ship and crew ready for action, while struggling with a host of emotions.

Once the ship sails, Sheffield’s frame of mind gradually improves while conducting the business of war from the Bay of Biscay to the South Atlantic. Swooping in to liberate hostages from a notorious German raider, he rescues a recent widow. Will the encounter allow him to let go and begin to move on?

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Mediterranean Summer
To Love Again
Flyboy Volume 4


  With the Reprisal in Norfolk, Sheffield explores his relationship possibilities before sailing for the North Atlantic. When the ship returns for repairs after being damaged in battle, Ramona is waiting on the dock.

Sheffield discovers she has been in love with him all along and he confesses his developing feelings for her before sailing to the Mediterranean, where a lack of communication with the Army Air Force leads to some tense encounters.

While operating off Salerno the Reprisal is severely damaged, resulting in many casualties leaving Sheffield unconscious; the ship, dead in the water, on fire, and listing, fights for her life. While unresponsive and not breathing, Geannie comes to him and gives him a choice.

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Across the Seven Seas
Second Chance
Flyboy Volume 5
  With a second chance at life, will Sheffield fully recover from his injuries, or will there be lasting effects?

With a second chance at love, Sheffield and Ramona settle into marriage. His assignment keeps him in Washington DC for several months and includes a working honeymoon in Hawaii. Fully accepted by the Brason family, will a fortuitous discovery lead Ramona to her own family?

Promoted to Rear Admiral, Sheffield sails to the Pacific for action against Japan. Does Ramona have valid concerns for his safety?

With the war over, Sheffield meets Ramona in New York City after a year-long, around the world voyage. Weary from war, Sheffield considers enticing possibilities for a second career. Which will he choose?

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Two-Star Ranch
Finding Answers
Flyboy Volume 6
  Where Sheffield and Ramona too hasty to settle in Roanoke? Will everything work itself out when their plans appear to fall apart? As Sheffield adjusts to his new career, Ramona is left wondering what to do with herself, until she receives an unexpected inheritance.

Through a tragic chain of events, Sheffield has restored to him what he had lost and Ramona got what she never could have.

Another miraculous chain of events and a trip out west lead Sheffield and Ramona to the answers to Geannie questions in the most unlikely place. Will they recognize it for what it is and embrace it?

As Sheffield and Ramona navigate their new careers, new family, and new church, world events leave them wondering what their future has in store.

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Duty Calls
Keeping the Home Fires Burning
Flyboy Volume 7
  At the outset of the Korean War, is there a possibility Sheffield could be recalled to active duty? When he is, he makes necessary arrangements to cover his coaching and teaching positions and sails off to war. Picking up where he left off as a rear admiral, he commands a carrier division and task force fighting communist expansion. Ramona keeps the home fires burning while Sheffield sends men off on missions against the enemy, and has the opportunity to do some missionary work.

After a year, Sheffield is reassigned to a project in Washington, DC, and commutes from Roanoke, then deploys to the Mediterranean, missing the birth of his first grandchild. Sheffield receives word en route home that the war is over. Can he now come home to his family and second career for good?

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Natural Born Leader
At Church and School
Flyboy Volume 8
  National and world events provide Sheffield with real world lessons for his government classes, including the social implications of integration, threat of nuclear war and the assassination of President Kennedy.

A Japanese exchange student with a tragic story comes into their home and hearts. As the kids grow up and leave home, there are weddings, more grandchildren, a brush with death, a worldwide influenza pandemic, the heartache of losing loved ones, and a fifty-year-old murder mystery.

Sheffield and Ramona answer calls to serve in the Church and as his sixty-fifth birthday approaches, they look forward to retirement and a Hawaiian vacation only to be placed on hold as they answer yet another call.

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Mililani
Mission to Paradise
Flyboy Volume 9
  Sheffield and Ramona’s retirement plans change abruptly when they accept a call to preside over the Hawaii Mission.

Referred to as Mililani by the Hawaiian Saints, the mission home is a three-story mansion nestled in the Nuuanu Valley. While Sheffield and Ramona quickly settle into the routine of conferences, transfers and the like, the challenges that arise are anything but routine: missionaries in the wrong place at the wrong time, using poor judgment, or the personal problems they brought with them. Life and death situations also occur: a bee sting; a jump shot gone wrong; a tropical storm; a kidnapping; and even commanding of the elements.

Sheffield and Ramona discover the Islands as never before and quickly grow to love the Hawaiian Saints. From the moment they enter Mililani, their hearts and souls are consumed for the next three years, one of the best times of their lives.

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Patriarch
An Ever Growing Family
Flyboy Volume 10
  Always there for their children and grandchildren, Sheffield and Ramona celebrate their successes and encourage them in their trials. As the grandchildren marry and have families of their own, many settle in the west.

Always willing to serve, opportunities come that bless their lives and the lives of others. Sheffield’s military service is recognized in a manner that perpetuates his legacy.

Ramona ages gracefully, but Sheffield begins to feel the effects of aging. How long can he keep flying? His age doesn't deter his usefulness; there is always something an old man can do. And what he can't do, his grandchildren can, having taught them the value of hard work.

At an unexpected time and place Sheffield and Geannie are reunited.


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