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Tropical Knights (Jack Steven's Adventures Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John Beckman

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Product Description

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Jack Stevens is living the simple life as a charter boat Captain in south Miami; no complications, and no consequences. He has left behind the Vietnam War, the SEC, the IRS, and a scheming ex-wife. Life is good. And then he meets Amy, the half Cuban beauty who invites him on the adventure of a lifetime. The Latin lovely offers Jack the opportunity to save the eastern U.S. from annihilation by a dying Castro, the dictator of Cuba. Jack wants nothing to do with this woman or her mission. But before he knows it Jack is involved with the Cuban Mafia, the CIA, and duplicitous politicians. When his brother is kidnapped Jack is torn between saving America or saving his only benefactor. Jack has an impossible decision to make. Sail along with Jack and Amy on the life or death voyage which makes Jack’s existence more complicated than he ever dreamed possible.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 607 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BANHEY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #486,957 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as "Johnny the Weatherman" in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV.
In his TV career he was the winner of many awards including two Emmys for his predictions of severe weather.
Also a writer since his teens, Beckman has been nationally published in The New American Review, and numerous magazines and periodicals. Regionally he has published twice in Oh, Georgia, an anthology of southern writers. He was a monthly contributing Editor for Southern Distinction Magazine. He has also presented at the Harriette Austin Writer's Conference at the University of Georgia.
Besides writing, Beckman has had many hobbies over the years including flying his own plane, motorcycling, sailing, and for over 50 years he has been an avid amateur radio operator with the call sign W4BTX, communicating with other "hams" all over the world.
He lives with his wife Dr. Deborah Beckman in Stone Mountain, GA which is a suburb of Atlanta. If you wish to contact him, he receives Email at: john@johnbeckmanbooks.com. Follow him on Twitter or join in the conversation on his blog at http://johnbeckmanbooks.com.


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good adventure story. 15 Jun 2013
By Les - Published on Amazon.com
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I believe this is a well written adventure story and I enjoyed it. The story itself was interesting and I really appreciated the sailing scenes that were presented clearly, but in such a manner that a landlubber could understand them. I also liked the light humor injected into the drama. While there was sufficient action to keep me turning the pages, there were a few times (like during flashbacks) that I found myself really skimming paragraphs and pages to get on with the story.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable mystery, love, spy story. 7 Jun 2013
By Barrie m - Published on Amazon.com
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This is quite a good read with some parts that had me laughing out loud. The author makes many comments about American politicians and CIA which are probably true and which are most amusing. The involvement with Cuban gangsters and Fidel Castro,s Cuba is similarly well conceived. I am not sure it was intended but I found the book remarkably amusing.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 2 Oct 2013
By Colleeni - Published on Amazon.com
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Best book I've read in years. Written in the "film noir" style, it is a Bogus/Becall adventure with lot of intrigue that keeps you turning pages. And when the book ends, you're not ready to let these people go. And luckily, there's another book available!!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Beckman! 28 Mar 2012
By Wayne C. Long - Published on Amazon.com
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What a treat to read John Beckman's Tropical Knights!

This wonderful novel resonated with me on so many levels. I am a Vietnam-era vet, have actually visited Cuba before the revolution, and I absolutely love John Beckman's storycraft.

The sexy cat-and-mouse interplay between Jack and Amy is a delight as they raise the stakes higher and higher. The bad guys are really bad and the good guys, really awesome.

When I was a kid I loved a sailing adventure series on TV called "Adventures in Paradise." Tropical Knights was like that only this modern story arc was much tighter, the character development superb, and the unique writing voice of Mister Beckman plunks the reader right into the middle of the sultry tropics and won't let go until the bitter end. I'm already hungry for a Tropical Knights sequel.

I see from John Beckman's bio that he has actually lived the life of a recreational sailor, has flown his own plane, and knows his marine weather inside and out as a professional meteorologist should. All these skills add such realism to this story.

John Beckman is a writer's writer. I should know. I'm a professional fiction writer too. Download this ebook today. It's Classic Beckman!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a protagonist that holds your attention 29 Jun 2013
By Thomas A. Bullard - Published on Amazon.com
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Looking for a protagonist that holds your attention as the story explodes into a venture of the pursued and the pursuing. It commences with our former stock exchange operative, Jack Steven, enjoying a life of bliss aboard his great old sailboat moored in a Miami marina. With a feel of Bogart noir, enter the fem fatale element resulting in our hero's idealistic life suddenly transformed into one episode after another of nerve-racking escapism for the reader through the Florida Keys, Cuba, and other dreamed about exotic Caribbean islands. A great mingling of 007 like excitements and the Chandler hard-boiled mindset awaits you in John Beckman's Tropical Knights. I cannot wait to read Tropical Daze the next installment as no great protagonist as Jack Steven should be allowed to fade with only one outing. Too good to put down, savor it as you read because it will end too quickly but Tropical Daze awaits.
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