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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

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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Think all associates of Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel were violent? Then you don't know Jack! Fans of Netflix Narcos and cocaine cowboy movies may be surprised by this bold and honest account. Not what the media has led us to believe.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Strategic Media Books (March 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939521084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939521088
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Fletcher on July 9, 2014
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After hearing author MayCay Beeler interviewed on the Airplane Geeks Podcast, I was really excited to read this book. In the interview, we learn that MayCay is herself a pilot and it was this flying connection that allowed Jack Carlton Reed to open up and allow her to record his life story. 

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. 
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and, as Glenn Frey (The Eagles) wrote, "It's the politics of contraband, It's the smuggler's blues"! Jack Reed sought a lifestyle. He tells his own story in this crisp and easy read that gives you great insight into the easy money smuggling can produce, the lure of the lifestyle and an insiders view of how a lot of the violence attributed to "cartels" just did not exist, at least not in the transportation services side of the business Jack was involved with. The book delivers this first hand insight and reveals how even our legal system can, in a sense, form its own cartels in its zeal to force and coerce "smaller fish" to "rat out" the bigger fish with the harshest of penalties if you don't. But this is more than an exciting adventure story...it is a love story...a surprising love story that is not, and could not be, revealed/explained until the very end. I bought this book with the intent of reading it while on flights for the many business trips I take...I ended up reading it in three settings over the weekend...it was that good a story!
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Interesting story but I wish she would have edited his story better. Sometimes it was hard to read with the jumping around and grammar errors. Also, I just don't feel we are hearing the real truth. I kept thinking that we would because this was meant to be released after he passed. But I think this was fluffed up and a feeble attempt at a love story.

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!
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I received this book the day after I ordered it, read it in one sitting, 5.5 hours. From the beginning you want to know how things will end for the cast of characters. It is an intriguing true story with more then a few surprises. The biggest surprise is in the Authors Epilogue. A well composed and thoughtfully told story. It will make you weep, it will make smile. It is very thought provoking. Spoiler alert ! When you read this book you are reading two stories in parallel. You just don't know it till the end. Bravo to the Author for such a well written book and for having the courage to tell the story in the story. Treat yourself. You will enjoy this book. Richard Brown.
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This is a great book, definitely worth reading!!! Caution: Hard to put down, once you start reading it, I'm retired so I have time to enjoy. Jack Reed was very much a character, just too bad that he had to do so much time. I am not a pilot, but as I read "Buccaneer," I could imagine myself being at the controls of a twin engine plane searching for one of the clandestine strips, searching for a place to land. MayCay Beeler is a gifted (and very attractive) writer and allows you to believe that you could be a "silent character" in this story as it unfolds. Actually, I will be surprised if some movie company doesn't buy the rights to this book and make it a Hollywood feature film.
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Interesting line of stories that DEFINITELY contradicts what I had already read about the GO GO Days of Normans Cay. I find this account of the normal daily activity there a bit subdued compared to the story in "Turning the Tide" which I think may be easier to conceive. It sucks that the POS guy that ratted out Jacks whereabouts to DEA happened. I'm guessing they would have lived there for many more years in peace & happiness. Definitely a TRAVESTY...
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At first blush it is hard to have sympathy for a man who chooses to help narcos transport their poison from the Caribbean to the United States. But this man wanted to "live large" during his youth and was willing to pay for his sins later in life. Jack Reed used his talents as a pilot to work for the cartel, but rationalized his behavior as simply moving cargo for his friends. He separated himself from the "business" side of the smuggling trade and never got involved in violence. When the time came to defend himself in court, he refused to "rat" on his friends and was given a stiff sentence in return.

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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