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Jelly Bryce Legendary Lawman Hardcover – February 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1563118418 ISBN-10: 1563118416
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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Turner (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563118416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563118418
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,222,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Millwee on June 20, 2011
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I was a young protégé of Jelly Bryce after my parents, Claude and Dorothy, bought his house outside Mt. View, OK. Jelly retired from the FBI and returned to his childhood hometown, Mt. View, where he grew up "literally cutting" his teeth on a revolver. Jelly encouraged me to join the FBI, taught me how to think, anticipate, react, and shoot. He created the shooting course at the FBI academy, and was a living legend. The lessons learned by "Mr. Bryce" helped me become the youngest police officer to work the streets at age 19 for the Sheriff's Office in Tampa, FL and then the youngest detective by age 20. While with the FBI right out of high school at age 17, I was given a commendation by J. Edgar Hoover. Mr. Hoover spent over 30 minutes telling me about the bravery and friendship he shared with Jelly, a true G-Man. Jelly shared many insights of his gun battles and experiences, as one of three Oklahoma and Texas lawmen with gun battle experience and no college degrees to be hired by Mr. Hoover after the Kansas City Massacre. The history of Jelly Bryce was a "law enforcement best kept secret, as he gave the credit to his team, whether the Oklahoma City Police Department or the FBI. He was a confident, but humble man with an insight in the criminal mind. He chose to lead by example rather than sitting behind a desk as he rose to the Special Agent in Charge of several FBI field offices. He would instruct his agents to surround violent offenders until he could arrive where he would be the first through the door. Remember, this was long before SWAT teams and bullet proof vests. He stared into the face of true evil and was willing to face down hard-core killers. I was greatly blessed that Jelly weaved himself into the fabric of my life. The foundation he built in my young mind would later prove to save my life on more than one occasion. - Steven C. Millwee, CPP.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph R. Calamia on May 14, 2008
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I purchased this book as a gift for a Catholic Priest who once worked as a clerk for the FBI in the 1940's here in El Paso, Texas under Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jelly Bryce. I also worked under the late John McNamee ( former chief-clerk for FBI El Paso) who also... worked under Mr. Bryce as well. (Mr. McNamee and the Priest worked together).

After hearing numerous stories about Mr. Bryce through Mr. McNamee and the good Father, I became somewhat infatuated with this "Super-Lawman" who would not hesitate to shoot, but also liked his "glitter."

"Bless me father for I can not tell a lie, I read the book before giving it as a gift," and I'm glad I did! The author, Ron Owens gives the reader a much closer look at this very unusual individual and the book makes for exciting reading.

The author seems to have done a great deal of research but, I found one descrepency in the book (at least, when Jelly Bryce was in El Paso). The author claims that Bryce was in Juarez, Mexico when the teletypes started "clacking" the news about Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941).

According to Mr. McNamee and the good Father, Jelly Bryce was on his way to Albuquerque, New Mexico in order to check up on the office there. Mr. McNamee had to call and have the New Mexico State Police try and find Mr. Bryce on his road trip. The State Police asked how they could identify the car in which he was traveling. The response: "That's easy, he's driving a "T---" Pink Cadillac!" The State Police found Jelly Bryce soon there after and, he subsequently returned to his office in El Paso.

Jelly Bryce was one of a few, and ... so is the biography by Mr.Owens. If, you like history, stories about cops and robbers, and men who simply did what had to be done....you will enjoy this book!

A little costly perhaps, but a rare find and well worth the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven K. Tracy on September 12, 2010
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This is the most researched and accurate book about a legendary lawman that I've ever read. Nothing is left out. Legends are documented or dispelled according to amazing research that either confirms or disproves Jelly Bryce's history. The good and the bad of his life is there for all to read. I was expecting more, but the author explains why so many facts are set out for you to see and there aren't as many crazy, legend-type stories to read. While I expected more of a sensational compilation of adventures, the reality of a grim job spread over several decades is apparent. I feel I know quite a bit about Jelly Bryce, the man and the legend, after reading this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Randy on December 30, 2010
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I got interested in D.A. (Delf) Bryce after seeing pictures from a 1945 LIFE magazine where they showed stroboscopic photography used to capture what the human eye could not. And what it showed was Mr. Bryce dropping a silver dollar with his right hand extended at shoulder height in front of him then with the same hand drawing his revolver and firing it before the coin passed the gun which was at waist level. The speed of that draw was timed at two-fifths of a second, To understand this better just normally "blink" your eyes....there you go. A normal eye "blink" takes yep two-fifths of a second. Besides his blinding speed he was also deadly accurate. And when I say "Deadly" I meant it. This book takes you through the days he worked as a law enforcement officer in Oklahoma City and through his career as an FBI agent. He used his incredible skills to combat the most violent and lawless criminals of his day. Why they have never made a movie about this flashy dressing FBI agent who was recruited by J. Edgar Hoover (even though he did not posses the college degree required to work in the FBI) He was first "discovered" at a shooting match by none other than the famous Clarence Hurt (One of the men who killed John Dillinger) Who was so impressed with Mr. Bryce's skill that he hired him on the spot as a Oklahoma City Police Officer and later they joined the FBI together. Mr. Owens tells the story well and should be commended on this literary work for his tireless research and bring one of Americas least know hero's to the attention of the masses. a man who used his extraordinary skills (for his mind was just as fast as his gun hand) to help rid society of those who preyed upon it.
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