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James Morgan Ayres, using a variety of pen names, has written over a hundred articles and short stories, five books, two shows for television and more commercials than he cares to number, or remember. He worked in Latin America, Asia, and Europe as a consultant for U.S. Government agencies and private corporations. Once a soldier, he served with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 7th Special Forces Group (Green Berets). In parallel lives he founded and sold four companies with international operations and has traveled or sojourned in over forty countries.
Morgan attended various institutions of higher learning including Howard University and U.C.L.A. and has studied with masters of martial arts and meditation for over twenty years. While in college he worked as a truck driver, a sponsored sports car race driver, archeologist's assistant and ghostwriter. He has taught martial arts, meditation and Eastern philosophy, survival and defensive shooting. Before hopping a freight train at fifteen out of a mid-western state he was employed as a newsboy, strawberry picker and crow hunter.
After a couple of decades knocking around boardrooms and back alleys from Beijing to Zagreb, Morgan now spends his time writing, traveling and continuing as a lifelong student of almost everything. He has read a hundred or so books a year since childhood, enjoys French wine and greets every day as an adventure.
on Feb. 17, 2012 :
İ read a lot of books but rarely have İ written a review...but this book certainly deserves one..and a good one. With each short story adventure one can easily transport in to the particular scene being written. The author is easy going, clever and charming...it made me long for a motorcycle trip through Europe!
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on Aug. 19, 2011 :
James is a humble man with a bit of a wild side. This book is a great read for the busy person (like myself) that needs a little break from the every day chug once in a while. He brings truth to imagination and is a clever writer. You find yourself asking what really happened, and what is stretched a little... living inside the mind of an adventurous traveler. I found that loading the stories up on my phone provided great reading while out on my own adventures, and even sparked a little of my imagination as well! This book is more than just a read- it's almost a lifestyle in and amongst itself...
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Aug. 13, 2011 :
Wouldn't it be nice to read a bit of reality from time to time? Here is an author that serves up such a treat. From true life experience, what could be better. Here we are, with a banquet of memories, so cherished by a liver of life. A writer who has definitely traveld the path less stumbled upon by most of us. James Morgan Ayres is a writer that I want more of. Please.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Aug. 02, 2011 :
Everyone leads a life, whether short or long. Not all lives are spent in search of experience, of adventure. James Morgan Ayres may be "Just Passing Through" but he seems to have an inate ability to perfectly describe a place, an experience, an emotion or those random thoughts we all sometimes remember just as we are awakening of dreams and alternate realities.
One can only hope that this little book grows into a trilogy--or a decalogy. We all need to be reminded from time to time that there is magic in the world.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)