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Buccaneer: The Provocative Odyssey of Jack Reed, Adventurer, Drug Smuggler and Pilot Extraordinaire Paperback – March 15, 2014
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Buccaneer is a true crime story that was a bit of a wow for me. This was something so completely different it has to be read to be believed. It's an intriguing tale, full of twists and turns and one single surprise that turns everything around! An amazingly written and very honest account of Reed's involvement in drug running for Escobar. Two stories are nicely woven together into one amazing read. I guarantee that anyone reading this will be eager to know the ending and won't want to put the book down until it's over.
ByTemple Emmet Williams
Freefalling Into Freedom- Buccaneer, by Jack Carlton Reed and MayCay Beeler, tells the story of free spirits drawn into the flame of adventure, power, drugs, sex, and money. Most of the story is told from the inside, literally, because modern-day Robin Hoods inevitably stumble into the merciless grip of Federal authorities. One does not expect the free spirit to survive inside prison walls, and yet the pen, as always, becomes more powerful than the sword of justice. Unforgiven by society as a hedonistic drug smuggler and daredevil, Jack Reed continues to raise his unbroken spirit above the realities of prison life. He finds an unlikely champion in MayCay Beeler, an award-winning television personality, and record-breaking professional pilot.
Their wings bring them together, entwine their lives in a final victory that spirals both Jack and MayCay into freedom, in every respect. There are many extraordinary lessons learned by reading this 5-star book. Thank you, Ms. Beeler, for shining a bright light on the story.
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I expected this connection would make flying the central thread of the story, but surprisingly, there were few flying stories. And, the stories presented were the kind you expect from any author, not a pilot that shares a passion for flight with the story's main character.
Absent flying stories, or details of what it was like to fly as a drug smuggler, most of the book documents Jack in hiding after his work for the drug cartel, then trial in the United States once the government finally tracked him down.
Like many criminals, Jack is able to rationalize his work for the cartel with "I didn't do anything violent, therefore I don't deserve a harsh punishment.” While it's true that Jack didn't participate in the more violent side of this world, he did import tons of cocaine in to America. Is he positive his contribution would not be responsible for violence on the street? Addiction? Ruined lives? Broken families?
It seems in the end, Jack was successful in charming everyone he met throughout his life, with the exception of law enforcement.
I did like reading about the life in Panama. It sounds great to get away from it all. I wish he had spoken more about the money and how much he had and lived on, etc. Next thing you know, he is indigent for his trial. I would have liked the gaps filled in!
I think this book would appeal to anyone who loves a good story that tests the limits of loyalty to friends and the rewards of risky behavior. Jack's escapades take him all over the map of North, South, and Central America as well as his main activities at Norman Cay in the Bahamas. There is rarely a dull moment in the story, and there are many short chapters that make you want to continue reading even if it's past midnight and you have to get up early to go to work.
Do yourself a favor and don't peek ahead for the surprise ending. It will be worth the wait.
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Good read. Not the same old story. Reed led a very different life compared to people who have taken the same path.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
If you like a renegade, then this is a must read non-fiction book for you. Buccaneer is the true story chronicling the amazing role Jack Carlton Reed fulfilled as Colombian drug... Read morePublished 4 months ago by R.N. Shapiro
Buccaneer, by Jack Carlton Reed and MayCay Beeler, tells the story of free spirits drawn into the flame of adventure, power, drugs, sex, and money. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Temple Emmet Williams
Buccaneer – The Provocative Odyssey of Jack Reed; Adventurer, Drug Smuggler and Pilot Extraordinaire
By Jack Carlton Reed & MayCay Beeler
Reviewed by Christopher Madsen,... Read more
What a great read. Knowing it was a true story, I yearned to visit with the people involved. I was amazed with how the legal system worked this case.Published 7 months ago by Kelly Irvin
First, let me congratulate A. Fletcher for sussing out the essence of Jack Reed (charmer). I met Jack in 1962. Read morePublished 7 months ago by William Faulkner
This is a great book! I enjoyed reading it so much, I was unable to put it down. I enjoyed the adventure, the sweet love story that unfolded and the ending, although sad, but... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Carolyn Sutherlin