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 ›
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 ›
One of America's most complex cold cases,the flight of D.B. Cooper.Most of Ken Christiansen's life and persona fits with that of the infamous 'Dan Cooper'.Former FBI agent,Ralph Himmelsbach,felt that D.B. was an old con,pulling another robbery job.I think Ken Christiansen put on the show of a would-be modern James Bond/Robin Hood character to fool everybody.He drank Bourbon and Seven-Up and smoked Raleighs.Ken Christiansen served the jet-set in first class,over his many years of service,as an airline steward.He went from being a military aeroplane mechanic to being a low-paid air-steward.Did 'KC' have shady operations going on the side,and simply played the part of a mild-mannered steward? When the Cooper flight refueled,the pilot informed the stewardess that the plane could not reach Mexico City,Cooper's first choice.Reno was suggested,and Cooper accepted.There were plenty of hijackings occurring around 1971,most destinations south of the border or Cuba.Ken Christiansen serviced planes during his stint in the army.He knew fueling and how much a plane could hold.He wanted the pilots and FBI to think this was not well planned,and by someone unfamiliar with airplanes.The authors make a good arguement for Ken Christiansen being D.B. Cooper.Yet there are a lot ofquestions unresolved.How could D.B. land in the pre-determined spot ,at night,perfectly? How could DB toss the three bundles of twenties into the river and have them float several miles downstream and settle within inches of one another along the riverside?The three bundles,two thousand dollars each,were discovered February 6,1980.DB's accomplice,'Mike',worked as a tug-boat worker.Was 'Mike' the man known as Duane Weber?Duane Weber confessed to his wife,Jo Weber,that he was the hijacker,D.B.Cooper.Read more ›