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I was born and raised in Batavia, Illinois, a small town that straddles the Fox River, 30 miles west of Chicago. After our high school graduation, a friend and I found our lives looking pretty bleak. We were thinking that this would be a great time to head for Colorado, but we were also broke. This meant the only way we could leave town was by hopping a freight train. So we jumped aboard a boxcar and headed west. Eventually this youthful adventure blossomed into my first historical novel, THE BOXCAR BLUES.
I joined the Marine Corps at the age of eighteen and entered the fabulous world of aviation. Serving with the Second Marine Air Wing in Vietnam I was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with a Combat V.
Following my service I joined the FAA and spent nine years as an air traffic controller at O’Hare Field, the world’s busiest airport. After O’Hare I spent the next twenty years at various other airports. Now you know why most of my novels have an aviation based theme in them.
This is a synopsis of my novels that are available now, or will be out there soon.
I have two novels out that are about a couple who are in the risky business of recovering stolen aircraft. CARIBBEAN SPLASH is a one-of-a-kind novel where two people find a seven year old child in a plane they just grabbed. When they discover that she’s the child of a former drug kingpin, they know they have to return her — but will they survive the encounter?
In ESCAPE, Tibby & Josie go to Russia to recover a plane, only to find out they’ve been used to smuggle a political assassin out of the country. They get out of Russia, but then discover that they’ve been framed for an act of sabotage at a Russian military base and their pictures are plastered all over European TV.
THE TARGET — a fast moving thriller featuring Loretta Goldberg as an international law enforcement agent who is tasked to find out why someone is stealing military jets. When she discovers who THE TARGET is, no one believes her!
The BOXCAR BLUES is a historical novel that tells the gritty story of two teenage boys, one white and one black, who grow up homeless during the Great Depression, and rise to become owners of a leading airline.
The sequel novel, BRAZILIAN BLUES, is a harrowing tale of a kidnapping in the deadly Amazon River basin — with a 1,000 mile chase and two daring rescues!
An avid outdoorsman and photographer, I currently live in Tucson, Arizona with my wife Diane and our spoiled rotten cat, Pumpkin.
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