Blond hair flowing from a gorgeous girl’s head caught his eye. A red dress accented her sensuous curves, and her tanned legs flowed down to her baby doll shoes. With her hair swaying lazily behind her and her face partially hidden by sunglass, she slipped lithely past and stopped at the door of a 1962 white Cadillac convertible. She opened the door, hitched up her skirt, and slipped behind the wheel. Waiting for a hint of recognition, Neal stood alongside the Cadillac. But as if he weren’t there, Samantha shifted the transmission into gear and tossed her head. With her hair cascading over her shoulder, she pulled away. She never turned back at Neal. If she had, she would have seen his baby blue eyes and a smile that could sell toothpaste. She would have felt his incandescent presence that emanated an unseen power. And best of all, she would found out that Neal and his friends were holding a key that could lead them to Al Capone’s gold vault.
In this masterpiece, young meets old. Blondie and the trio from Dillinger’s Deception are a little wiser, but can they avoid car bombs, cross-raging rapids, or survive the machine guns protecting Jungle Inn Casino and win the battle for impossible gold?
Using old timer’s stories about “Youngstown tune ups”, John Dillinger dealing cards at the Green Parrot Tavern, the turret-protected Jungle Inn Casino, and hand-and-knee coal mines, Myers brings the past to the present and takes the reader on a wild ride.
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About the Author
When Myers and Kenny, a brother he never knew he had, were united they exchanged life histories. In disbelief, Kenny asked him if he had all his oars in the water. Butcher-knife-carrying bullies chased four-year-old Myers and threatened to cut his ears off. When he was a little older, he worked for months with a broken shovel and dug a pond in a creek. Fish and other wildlife came, and he raised over one hundred rabbits. Then, neighbors ran raw sewage into the creek, poisoned his rabbits and killed the fish. He was told that it was progress, and that nothing could be done about it. This is the driving force behind his futuristic novels Stay On the Blue Grass and The Orange Turn.
At the age of twelve Myers was paralyzed with rheumatic fever and was condemned to be a cripple for the rest of his life. He got back on his feet and returned to school, but because he couldn’t fight back he was pummeled by the cruel kids. He fought the crippling legacy of the disease and became a championship high school wrestler. With a college scholarship almost in his pocket he got married, joined the Army Security Agency, and made it through a cryptic school where candidates who washed out were taken away in straight jackets. Then he was transported to an isolated island at the end of the Aleutian chain called, ‘The Rock’. Under the cloud of Russian capture, he became a guinea pig in a nuclear test called ‘Long Shot’. During the 1968 Washington, DC riots, he was a gas station shift-leader and experienced the violent racial side of the American dream. In the late sixties he was a semi-drunk in Chitose, Japan. Back in the States he landed in a steel mill operating a 225-ton hot metal crane from six stories up, where he watched many men get mangled and killed. When he boxed, he was called an animal. When he jumped on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, he became a hill-climbing nut. He has won arm wrestling championships. On more civilized days, he attended the University of Virginia, was a tour guide, a mailbox painter, tree trimmer, clerk on the Erie and B&O Railroads, diesel locomotive mechanic, high school wrestling coach, salesman, construction worker, roofer, scuba diver, power lifter, union representative, electrician, and newsletter publisher. He is also the inventor of magical trick rope called ‘Flick It’. He died in 1998, came back to write. His varied life experiences are reflected in his writings. And he’s just getting started. When he’s not swimming, fishing, or at a writer’s meeting he can be found in Pennsylvania reading and writing.