Jeff Egerton

Biography

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.

Thank you for your support.

Jeff Egerton

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on three more novels. Dying for Diamonds is a contemporary mystery/thriller that is my first book with a romantic background. Vern and Rosanna are searching for her daughter who is missing in Mexico. During their investigation they discover an ingenious money laundering scheme that involves African diamond mines.

Spies and Lovers is my third historical novel featuring Catwalk and Curly. It's set in the cold war era: Because his airline is now flying into the USSR, the CIA asks Catwalk to perform some "courier" duties. He discovers that in the intelligence game, it's almost impossible to tell who is on your side.

Showdown is another Jake and Loretta thriller where he's captured by a Colombian drug lord. Loretta had misgivings about continuing their relationship, until she discovers that she's the only person who can rescue him.
Who are your favorite authors?
Although I read mostly nonfiction, I've read some Dennis Lehane, John Grisham and Diana Gabaldon.
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Books

Tough Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,670. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
In TOUGH LOVE Rosanna and Vern rekindle a dormant romance while they’re searching for her missing daughter. Their quest takes them to the deadly cities of Mexico, then to the Caribbean where they have to outrun cartel hit men. Finally the pressure of the near impossible search drives them apart. Then, Rosanna returns to Mexico and disappears. You won’t believe the astonishing conclusion!!!
The Brazilian Blues
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,010. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Luke Jackson and his family fly to Brazil to plan for Aztec Airline’s international expansion. Second day there his wife and son are kidnapped. The local police are useless so Luke enlists more help, but can they get to his family? During a 1,000 mile chase down the Amazon, the ransom money gets stolen, a boat is stranded, Luke is arrested, a friend is murdered, and this is just the beginning!!
Escape
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,320. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Tibby and Josie are in the risky business of recovering stolen aircraft; they’re no strangers to violence. When hired by the US Government to bring a plane back from Russia, our cunning duo pulls it off, even though the plane is parked on a Russian Air Force base. Then they discover that they've been used to smuggle out a political assassin-and framed for a major act of sabotage!
The Boxcar Blues
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,420. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Adventure » Action
THE BOXCAR BLUES is a hard hitting story about two homeless teenage boys, one white and one black, and their fight for survival during the Great Depression. Luke and Curly fight a phony murder charge, suffer lost love and overcome hatred on their grueling road to success. Their tempered steel toughness and street savvy allow them to rise from vagrants, to become owners of a prosperous airline.
Caribbean Splash
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,070. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Tibby and Josie are in the risky business of recovering stolen aircraft. When they snatch a plane and find a seven year old girl asleep in the aircraft, they’re shocked. When they also find $750K, they’re suspicious. When they discover that it all belongs to Roberto Ortega, a notorious drug lord, full blown panic sets in.

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