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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451235088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451235084
  • ASIN: B005DI7S0E
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fly, Colton, Fly is commendable for its scope-- (it) has more twists, backstories, and seething, snarled-tooth side players than, well, The Odyssey--and for its details, thanks to a reporter who's been on the case since the beginning. --SeattleMet

"Holtz has written a well-measured and -researched account of the young man's life, and it seems the author understands the collective impulse behind rooting for the outsider." Good Men Project --Good Men Project

Fly, Colton, Fly reveals much about the Jesse James of the Facebook age—and our fascination with imaginative crooks eluding maladroit cops. Indispensable for anyone interested in the Barefoot Bandit.” —Rinker Buck, author of Flight of Passage

“Every now and then, a criminal comes along who flouts the law with such daring and dash that he is elevated to the ranks of rebel folk hero. Colton Harris-Moore is the latest figure to enter the ranks of these legendary lawbreakers. In this fleet and propulsive account, Jackson Holtz tells the story of this latter-day Jesse James in a style best suited to its subject—with enormous panache.”—Harold Schechter, author of Killer Colt: Murder, Disgrace, and the Making of An American Legend

About the Author

Jackson Holtz is an award-winning reporter at the Herald of Everett in Washington State. He lives in Seattle with his cat, Emily, and his partner of more than sixteen years, Jeremy Moser.

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Jackson Holtz is an award winning reporter at The Herald of Everett, Washington. He lives in Seattle. Read more about him at http://www.jacksonholtz.com.

Customer Reviews

Very interesting story on the life of Colton Harris-Moore.
David D. Trammell
I found myself being anxious for the book to be over, thinking maybe I would learn something new, but no cigar.
Jenna M.
Like "Catch Me if You Can" this book helps us understand the why.
Nancy Drew

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By the Non-Fiction guy on June 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
The story of Colton Harris-Moore and his truly outlandish exploits is unbelievable for so many reasons, and I feel that no other account of that story is more complete than this one. I actually followed Colton's story online as it was happening, and to think that someone in our age could inspire such widespread awe (and disapproval); really becoming the internet's first "folk-hero" is truly unbelievable to me. While other reviews on this site seem to disapprove of the direct and objective tone the way this book tells his story, I would have it no other way. Colton's exploits themselves are more imaginative than most fiction, and anyone who wants a "sentimental" view of the story would not be receiving the complete version. There are as many people who revile the kid for what he did as were entertained by it. For anyone who is simply interested by this story (we all should be) and looking to formulate opinions on the topic for themselves (as we all should on any topic) does not need to look any further than this book. The book is far beyond newspaper-type reportings in its style and prose, and having read alot of other material on the case, this book is the most extensive and completely researched version I have come across. I enjoyed the approach that Holtz took to this material, and I didn't mind at all the insights he provides as some other reviewers seem to have. With the actual perpetrator of the crimes not talking, there were obviously some holes in the story that had to be filled by the author. That said, this book is exhaustively researched, taking into account all sides of the story (cops, victims, supporters, etc.), and is assembled in a way that provides a huge amount of suspense. I found out a ton of new information from the book.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William H. DuBay on June 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
i was more than interested in Holtz's fascinating story. The barefoot bandit, Colton Harris-Moore, grew up in a trailer in sparsely populated Camano Island not far from where I live. I raced through the book. I can't wait to see the movie, but have started to lock my doors at night!

Colton grew up in a highly dysfunctional family, abused by both his alcoholic mother and his drug-addicted father, who was absent most of the time.

He began stealing at an early age and was in-and-out of jail many times. He terrorized his local community burglarizing dozens of homes and businesses. A very talented thief, he would break into homes, steal food, play on computers, make a mess, and steal cameras and electronic equipment. Victims claimed he had very expensive tastes. He once stole infrared night goggles, a rifle and other expensive equipment from a police car. He seemed to have enjoyed taunting the police in his many escapes.

Some say that the police were the only adults he could relate to in any positive fashion. He had poor verbal skills, was aggressive in school. People described him as good-looking and intelligent, but naive. He was not a drug user and was never violent with people. In spite of several negative reports completed by social services, little was done to help him or remove him from his family situation.

He was quite a headache to the Island County Sheriff. He only had two deputies on Camano Island. Colton would often elude them escaping and into the dense woods, where he was good at surviving. They often responded to a burglary and actually confront him and he would escape. He knew they played by the rules and would not shoot him in the back.

They once sentenced him to a half-way house in Renton, and he fled from there.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By athroughme on May 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
This was a decent book following very strictly, the facts concerning Colton's story. What this book isn't is a book of nostalgia, which for me, was a little disappointing. It's the facts and really only the facts. It's dead on objective. However,once in awhile the book takes a conservative shot at specific character's moral sensibilities. It's really a book leveled in reality. You will not find any myth writing here. Equally, the part of me that is disappointed, is challenged by the sane part of me, which feels bad for the victims. This is a story where everybody loses. Make no mistake, the truth is in this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Drew on July 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I worked with that population of kids, like Colton. The first night I worked group care one of our kids stole the van and went all the way north to the Canadian border and back again, finally being chased cross country in farm fields of Eastern Washington until the gas and oil gave out in the van. At least it wasn't my key he stole.

Kids don't end up like Colton for no reason. The reason lies within the family, the community, mental health systems, the schools and DSHS. Not an excuse but to unravel how each child comes to be. I'm hoping Frank Abganale from "Catch Me if You Can" might contact Colton and be a mentor/parent figure to Colton like the F.B.I. Hanratty was to him.

I enjoyed the book because I lived in San Juan Island area in high school and knowing so many of those type of kids I have a warm spot in my heart for them. I know what kind of abuse happened to them as little children and all of them had severe abuse.

In island life the forests, lakes and mountains was where we teenagers hung out for entertainment and being with our friends so the story was very captivating to me.

I felt the richness of the Pacific Northwest was brought alive in this journalistic account and I am glad some book is out there giving a more precise picture of Colton's life. I think he should be able to tell his story, if the telling helps other kids understand why he ran; and acted out, how it might help other kids keep out of trouble and then use the money to pay off the damages that resulted from his being on the run.

Like "Catch Me if You Can" this book helps us understand the why.
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