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British born journalist Jack Owen is an internationally published author, sailor and antiquarian bookseller, based in Palm Beach, Florida.
Murder, mystery and society's mores were a daily occurrence, for decades, when he was on a first-name basis with many of the players. Not all stories could be substantiated and many were killed before getting into print. Some reemerged as fiction.
He first discovered the abandoned millionaires club retreat on Jekyll Island, during an end of season motor-yacht delivery to Newport, via the Intracoastal Waterway, in the 1970's. He's been digging ever since. His research unraveled many of the rumors, mysteries and legends surrounding the exclusive island.
Book dealers are a canny lot, always bearing in mind caveat emptor when book buying..
“Skeptics may scoff, but as the Wikileaks scandals confirmed, nothing is beyond belief,” Owen said.
on Jan. 25, 2011 :
"Owen writes what he knows. Formerly a sailor in the British Royal Navy, his descriptions of the sea, a worn out German World War I submarine, and the tangy salt marshes of Jekyll Island, provide an authentic backdrop for a clandestine meeting off the island's coast for Nazi smugglers and American profiteers. But the lifestyles of the rich and famous in the old Club, whose servants and islanders become combatants overnight, are what gives this WWII story an intriguing spin." -- Bob Lee, (Ret) Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
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