James Babcock

Biography

In designing his plots, James Babcock draws on a forty-year career in finance that included responsibilities in almost every phase of international and domestic banking. With Citibank in South America he was an auditor, foreign exchange trader, personnel director, and branch manager. In Belgium he served as Chairman and CEO of Financia NV, a Citibank subsidiary engaged in banking, savings, auto finance, mortgage lending, and credit insurance. With First Virginia Banks he was the holding company's SVP for non-banking subsidiaries, manager of operations and marketing for the lead bank, and Chairman and CEO of its Hampton Roads banking subsidiary, where he supervised commercial and consumer lending, trust services, and branch operations. He served three years in the U.S. Navy as supply and disbursing officer of a destroyer. He holds a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Finance. He served as Rector of Old Dominion University, President of the Virginia Symphony, Chairman of Future of Hampton Roads, Inc., and Chairman of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his novels, his creative work includes a number of pieces for violin and several geography teaching guides based on flags. He and his wife reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Books

Feathers: A Comedic Ornithological Melodrama
By James Babcock
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,520. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2012. Category: Fiction
A retired professor revisits the Pacific to update his famous book on island birds, but in a comedy of errors he inadvertently foils a revolution--and also finds romance. Great fun!
The Farmer Takes a Wife
By James Babcock
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,040. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2012. Category: Fiction
“Love is a many-splendored thing.” It certainly finds expression in myriad ways, and often laughably--as you will see from these 38 amusing stories. Great fun!
OIL, The Secret War, 2040 A.D.
By James Babcock
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,400. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2012. Category: Fiction
Thirty years in the future, journalist Hank Thomas uncovers a conspiracy--a secret war plan to seize the world’s last big oil field. With the help of a patriotic Russian girl, the newsman visits the war zone in western China’s famous Turpan Depression. There he finds romance while also discovering the final damning evidence that will upend an American presidential election.
The Root of All Evil
By James Babcock
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 161,110. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2012. Category: Fiction
As the Good Book says, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” Joe Phillips and Maryanne Larkin--a police detective and bank trust officer--team up to solve three financial crimes in the Florida Panhandle: Was it suicide--or murder? Who was importing drugs? Who poisoned Emily? It’s about money, murder, and mayhem—three books in one!
Where There's a Will: Who Poisoned Emily?
By James Babcock
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 52,770. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2010. Category: Fiction
A wealthy widow, heiress to a fortune from Florida oranges, is poisoned—KGB style. A police detective and a bank trust officer follow the money trail. The outcome is horrendous!.
Partners in Crime: Who Was Smuggling Drugs?
By James Babcock
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 52,130. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2010. Category: Fiction
The marina of a Florida Panhandle town is awash in more than salt water. Somebody local is smuggling in drugs from Mexico―but who? Police detective Joe Phillips and his wife Maryanne, the local bank trust officer, investigate a murder that leads them to an intricate money laundering scheme with a shocking twist.
Too Rich to Live: Was it Suicide--or Murder?
By James Babcock
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 56,950. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2010. Category: Fiction
A poor young black man, winner of a $23 million Florida lottery, is found dead in his bed with a pistol in his hand. Was it suicide―or murder? Police detective Joe Phillips romances bank trust officer Maryanne Larkin while they investigate―and discover a wholly unexpected answer!
Solitaire!
By James Babcock
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,510. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
If you carry a pack of cards with you, you’ll never suffer boredom if you get stuck for something to do while waiting in the airport for a late connection, or waiting for your date to finish primping, or…well, you get the idea. Play these fifteen new solitaire games―plus the classic Klondike―and kill time enjoyably.

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