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Man Overboard: The Counterfeit Resurrection of Phil Champagne by [Barer, Burl]
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"Phil Champagne is the last of the great gentleman crooks. I really liked the guy."- Special Agent Lyle Workman, US Secret Service (ret.) "Crisp as a freshly printed C-note. Exceptionally clever and vastly entertaining!"-Lee Goldberg, author, screenwriter and television producer "Barer does it again! A deft and dazzling display of solid research and rapier wit-a must for all true crime aficionados."-Gary C. King, author of To Die For "True crime at its best. ... Barer has undeniable talent, pizzaz and imagination!"-Jack Olsen, bestselling author and award-winning journalist

About the Author

Burl Barer is an Edgar Award winning author of fiction and non-fiction, and is best known for THE SAINT, CAPTURE THE SAINT, and many best selling True Crime classics. Regarded as one of America’s premier investigative journalists, his true crime books such as BODY COUNT, HEAD SHOT, MOM SAID KILL, BROKEN DOLL, FATAL BEAUTY, MURDER ON 9/11, MANLING WILLIAMS’ DEADLY SINS, and MURDER IN THE FAMILY are required reading in many criminology classes and among true crime fans. On September 18, he will initiate his association with WildBlue Press by publishing the 20th Anniversary edition of MAN OVERBOARD: The Counterfeit Resurrection of Phil Champagne. Replete with the dark humor Barer is known for as well as his journalistic skills, this WildBlue Press edition has been updated and revised to reflect the past twenty years since the book first came out. In 2014, Barer completed the important historical work, LOVE AT THE COST OF LIFE, an oral history of the persecution of Iran’s Baha’i religious minority following the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Barer was born in Walla Walla, Washington on August 8, 1947. He says he’s been writing since he first “scratched pictographs on the cave wall.” In 1994, Barer received an Edgar Award for his book The Saint. The Saint: A Complete History in Print, Television, and Film was first published in 1992 and republished in 2003. Research on a second edition expanded over the time period of 1992 to 2013 to include everything about the character of Simon Templar. He has written two novels about the character, each published in 1997. One titled The Saint, the other titled Capture the Saint. Barer also worked with Producer William J. MacDonald to create a two-hour screenplay, The Saint in New Orleans, as a pilot episode for a new Saint TV series that was set to begin filming in 2011. After several delays, the production was shut down. The screenplay was then cut down to an hour by another screenwriter. In 2013 Adam Rayner, who played Simon Templar, was chosen as the new lead actor. Writing is just one of Barer’s many successes. In the 1980’s, Barer and Kenneth H. Thompson established Barer Cable Advertising, Inc., a cable television advertising interconnect in Eastern Washington. In 2012, Barer and Don Woldman reunited as contributors to various true crime-related specials and discussions on Hart D. Fisher’s American Horrors channel, featured as part of the basic tier of channels offered on filmon.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2115 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WildBlue Press; 2 edition (17 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NOFLXRM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #381,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you have not read Burl Barer's brilliant MAN OVERBOARD, you are in for a treat! Unlike Barer's subsequent true crime books, MAN OVERBOARD is a laugh out loud story of an average man who reads about his own death in newspaper and begins life anew as an adventurer, rogue, lover, and ultimately, convicted criminal. This hysterical story of lies trickery fraud and fine prime rib was nominated BEST TRUE CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR by the World Mystery Convention. The first 19 pages may seem a bit disjointed, but once the book gets rolling, you will be hooked on one of the wildest true life comedies ever put into print. A MUST READ!
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Cracking true (???) story which fairly zips along - deducted one star because you can never be sure this conman is not embellishing the truth from time to time. Great how-to manual if you're thinking of doing a runner!
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Not what I expected. It seemed to jump from one topic to another and some of the events just did not make sense,in
particular the shooting incident on the boat which his friend was shot dead????
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 47 reviews
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for the True Grue Collector... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 16 Nov. 2014
By RJ Parker, Ph.D - Published on Amazon.com
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"A fascinating adventure of deceit and deception as depicted by the facetious and brilliant, Burl Barer. This was a riveting read from start to finish fraught with twists and turns that keeps the reader captivated and entertained. A true crime library is not complete without Man Overboard." -- RJ Parker, award-winning true crime author and publisher.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wishing You Were Phil Champagne While Thinking He was a Moron 22 Jan. 2015
By Island Lawyer - Published on Amazon.com
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The story here is borderline unbelievable. It will completely maintain your attention and is worth reading. I think everyone who reads will yearn for a bit of adventure and almost wish they could have the opportunity that Phil Champagne had. All of this while thinking Phil Champagne was a complete moron for what he was doing. Tricky and interesting balance. The book is very well written and I enjoyed the style. It had an almost Eric Larsen type feel. The only dissapointment here is that I felt like some things were unresolved by the book- but I think if you read you will understand that they had to be!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets into the man's brain 22 Mar. 2015
By Sharon K. Schiller - Published on Amazon.com
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With the author's interview skills he gets into the brain of Phil Champagne. Phil lives by a different moral code, where one reasons that money can be literally made without hurting anybody. Phil adores but at the same time mocks the wealthy lifestyle. He reasons that his family is better off without him, thinking no one values him anyway, and shows how easy it is to run away and feel the temporal relief of personal freedom. With his charms, it is easy for him to find female companionship and support. To me, it's a middle-aged man gone wild, with other men and women helping him out, not asking enough questions. Women, to Phil, seem to be necessary but on a lower level, made to be used. One hopes for justice throughout.
I give this a five-star rating, though I am more of a fan of the gentility of romance novels.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Crime can be fun. When that wacky writer Burl barer is at ... 1 Nov. 2014
By Jim Hewett - Published on Amazon.com
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True Crime can be fun. When that wacky writer Burl barer is at the controls it's like riding a roller coaster with no seat belt. Dressed up in a few of the old one-liners from his old radio shows, the story of Phil Champagne is a real thigh slapper. Phil doesn't know who he wants to be, but he doesn't want to be Phil Champagne anymore. Haven't we all had that feeling from time to time?
Phil changes identities faster than a transvestite at a two-for-one dress sale. Just to make it more exciting while reading, you can play the count-the-typos game. It actually is a clever editing device to get you more involved with the story.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth stranger than fiction 17 July 2016
By BC Cloutier - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to go cave and verify that this book is based on a true story. It reads like one of Hunter S. Thompson's fictional tales of crime and debauchery. Every page is full of amusing anecdotes and unexpected revelations.
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