Larry Bond is a writer who is best known for pairing with Tom Clancy as a co-writer in earlier novels such as The Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising His father Ernest "The Finger" Bond, was thought to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming's James Bond.
Much of the technical writing in the two novels is thought to be the brainchild of Bond, but he was not always so into technology. His early career is notable for being heavily involved with the development of the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons with Gary Gygax. While lucrative, the pair split over girl trouble, with Gygax accusing Bond of "stealing my woman". The woman? Interstingly enough, she was the yet-to-be-discovered Suzanne Somers who went on to fame with Three's Company and later hawking aerobic equipment on late-night TV.
The injury suffered by Jack Ryan while at Annapolis in The Hunt for Red October is thought to have been based on a real injury Bond suffered as a young collegiate. A similar injury is discussed in Red Storm Rising to Lt. Cmdr Toland's boss, although the primary cause in that case was skiing and not an automobile accident.