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Robert M. Blevins is from the Puget Sound area of Washington State, USA. He is a typical Northwest guy who goes camping and fishing a lot, when he isn't working. Author of the sci-fi novels 'Say Goodbye To The Sun,' 'The Corona Incident,' 'The 13th Day of Christmas,' and other works.
His famous 'AB of Seattle' column for Newsvine, 'adventurebooksDOTnewsvineDOTcom' has been visited more than two million times since March of 2007, and contains nearly 500 illustrated articles.
Each year during the second weekend of August, Mr Blevins hosts 'Adventures in Literature' at the Auburn Avenue Theatre in his hometown of Auburn, Washington.
He has appeared on television in shows such as 'Brad Meltzer's Decoded' (DB Cooper episode) and on Comcast Cable's 'Adrenaline Hunter'.
Brent Butler's review is spot on, yet not critical enough. This is a poorly written poorly investigated mess.
Brent stepped through what it offers, and the only reason I completed it was to figure out the additional $2000 of found Cooper money that was stated early as fact and later completely back-peddled from. When I read it, I tried to google for confirmation, without luck, I read on. There is no first hand account of any $2000 being recovered by anyone, just folklore.
There is no reason given why a man spending money like crazy would bury $2000 remotely on his land. The basic theory in this book is to "follow the money". Christensen seems to immediately transform from near homeless to independently wealthy, with no solid explanation on how money laundering could have occurred.
Very late in the book the authors try to state that cautious actions and coin/stamp collections were the money laundering answer; where nearly all the preceding information throws caution to the wind.
The most annoying part of this book is the extensive narrative about traveling to interview people, sleeping in cars (I see a shoe string budget, weak investigative firm, and no writer) and not allocating enough time to actually conduct an interview, forgetting to charge his camera for many pictures. Doesn't sound like an investigator who is searching for the truth but one that is trying to check off someone as advancing their theory.
They seem to ignore one witness constantly telling them she is trying to contact the FBI, then concludes that she doesn't speak for fear of the FBI. (I am not making this up).Read more ›
I don't think anyone can say this is "The true story of DB Cooper." There are some good parts of the book, but the author(s) state very clearly in the book that some of what is written is based partly on fact and partly on what they think is true. If that's the case, then the cover should not state that it's the true story. If indeed what they claim is true, then it would be a heck of a book and a five star read. But, there's not enough real facts to back up their claims. I hate to state that because in itself just as a book to read, it's ok. And the story line is quite confusing too. Does not follow a logical path. That's a major no no in book publishing. It's ok to buy if you get a used copy cheap; I would not recommend paying full price for a new copy.
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Note: For the record, Robert Blevins, one of the listed authors of this book and an officer of "Adventure Books of Seattle", has harassed me over the course of two years following the publication of this review. Not only did he undertake a lengthy program of misinformation in the comment thread under this review, he created an external blog about me. In the blog he takes quotes from my review and the comment thread out of context, offers an extremely slanted account of other comments, and entirely fabricates events concerning the history of the comment thread.
In recent months he has taken to posting harassing comments about me in the Kindle Book Forum here on Amazon, including a link to his libelous blog. Over the course of of 7/14/2012 to 7/16/2012, he posted five lengthy, harassing and abusive comments in the KDF, four of which included links to his blog. In the fifth comment, he'd gotten a bit scared about using the link, and so gave instructions on how to find it with a Google search. He followed up with two other harassing comments which did not include the link.
I have had enough of this harassment, and as of 7/16/2012 I've contacted Amazon and started a complaint process which could result in anything from ABS being put on notice for this prohibited behavior, to losing their ability to sell products on Amazon, permanently.
Since Robert Blevins is acting as an officer of Adventure Books of Seattle, I cannot recommend ANY title of that small publisher. Harassment of an Amazon customer over the contents of a review is a serious challenge to all reviewers. It attempts to intimidate any reviewer who wants to warn other customers off of a bad product. We cannot tolerate it as customers, and Amazon can't tolerate it as an eCommerce operation.Read more ›
At best, this apparently printed-on-demand book is an article in a second-rate (or third-rate) magazine, with the title demonstratively false. Much of the cobbled-together speculation of who D.B. Cooper really was details how the editor interviewed a few people, including what purports to be a transformed verbatim interview with the co-pilot of the skyjacked plane. In separate parts, the text reports that the stewardess who spent the most time with the skyjacker "became a nun for several years, but later returned to ordinary life" and that "she did not become a recluse after the hijacking." The pictures are poor-quality and, for some reason, include one of one of the authors and his car. It has no index, a sign it shouldn't be taken too seriously, and a few pages about the authors being on a cable t.v. show peddling their at-best circumstantial case that the man they researched was D.B. Cooper.
To believe the authors, you have to accept the fact that though the FBI sketch of Cooper, agreed on by many witnesses including the stewardess who sat next to him for at least an hour, was widely-circulated at the time, none of the alleged suspects co-workers or family or friends either saw the picture or connected him with the incident, very unusual as he worked for Northwest Airlines at the time, the same carrier that was skyjacked. The book is akin to those advancing some spurious explanation of who killed JFK, or how it really was Elvis who was sighted at a Burger King in Kalamazoo.