We've all met The Buffalo Kid. He's the old man standing on the corner every day, in cold or shine, asking you for a dollar. He's the guy you walk by most every day and avoid because he's homeless. We've all met him or seen him one time or another.
What if that homeless, derelict and forgotten man got a 2nd chance at life - what would his story be? 71 year-old John Ross, aka The Buffalo Kid, the oldest homeless man in Buffalo, New York, has all but been forgotten. His family have disowned him. His children think he's dead. Only one person in the world knows he is still alive, buried beneath a scraggly beard and torn clothes, living under a bridge in a paper box, and he's determined to keep the Kid alive. Opportunities come in the most unexpected ways, when, one day, the Kid asks a stranger for money, and the bizarre collaboration that follows not only changes his life, but the very city that has abandoned him. An inspiring story about hope, one that will change how you see the forgotten ones.
“The Buffalo Kid,” is tremendous.”
“It was impossible to stop reading once I picked it up…”
"You'll want to reread this one after finishing it. Yes, it is that good." "I simply couldn’t put it down. This surprising story of a human experiment is a thrilling masterpiece offering hope for us all!
Typically, we think of astronauts as clean-cut well-spoken types, but in the case of Captain Jim Tale, who is heading up the largest ship ever built, The Evolution, and the most important mission ever launched to colonize an exoplanet, the choice between a well-groomed Captain, and one who could get the job done, ended up with anything but the stereotype. Think of him as a mix of John Malkovich, Rambo (Stallone) and a dose of Neo (Keanu Reeves), and you've got a gritty, foul-mouthed, audacious Captain, one who will have to endure odds that no one has ever done before him - and the world is counting on him to make it before war and global warming consumes us.
Here's the twist - NASA and the European Space Agency, in planning this 27 year mission, didn't count on that exoplanet being someone else's property. I mean, we're supposed to be alone, right? Jim Tale finds out that Earth is not particular welcome in that sector, and when he does, he faces new and seemingly insurmountable challenges, but ones which will lead him to the very edge of the Universe and a discovery that changes everything.
Herb Baker, who had a 40+ year career with NASA, and who has known many astronauts in his time, had this to say in his forward to Earth Escape...
"I grew up a few miles from what is now NASA’s Johnson Space Center, went to school with the kids of the original Mercury Seven and Apollo astronauts, and recently retired after a 40+ year career at NASA. I’ve been lucky enough to meet and become friends with many American astronauts over that time and following along with this book’s brave, irreverent, plain-spoken astronaut Jim Tale reminded me of some of those real-life American heroes. No matter how dangerous and life-threatening their mission was, or how many unexpected complications they faced along the way, they were committed to completing their mission and always believed that the rewards were worth the risks."
I know, there are literally tons of crime thrillers out there today, but in my defense, the Keeno Crime Thrillers are a bit different, for several reasons: 1) Keeno McCole, the main character, heads up a special crime unit of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. You don't hear a lot about crime in Canada, most criminal series are based in America or elsewhere. Canada needed its own crime series to illustrate its unique potential in this regard. 2) Keeno McCole isn't dysfunctional. He doesn't have a dysfunctional marriage - just one woman he adores. He isn't traumatized, but because of his background, he certainly hates criminals. 3) Lastly, every book in this series is thematically based on cutting edge stuff, not serial murders or the like, but the big fish in the criminal waters who threaten us all.
Keeno McCole and his partner, Jake Williams, along with their two forensic specialists, Janene and Kelly, take on some serious criminals - taking them to the far reaches of Canada, and then beyond, to China, South America, Africa and even the United States, following the RCMP motto - "We always get our man" - Keeno and Jake are both ruthless and relentless, and the action never stops until the bad guys are six feet under.
"Calling this book a page-turner does not do it justice. The author takes what WE would all think is impossible and makes it not only possible....but probable."
"Author, Real Laplaine, without being apologetic tells a suspenseful tale with dialog as raw and true as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police characters, who attempt to thwart a plot of international proportion."
Nancy Lee Canfield, Author of A Rose for My Mother
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I grew up in the 60s and 70s, during a period of radical cultural change from the post WWII culture of the baby boomers, to the counter-Establishment rebels of my time; protesting the Vietnam war and nuclear bomb tests, resisting the authority of our time because of their utter failure to lead our world away from more wars, nuclear annihilation, racism and hate. We listened to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the Eagles, and watched films like Easy Rider - all of which empowered our sense of disenfranchisement with the mediocrity of the times. The seeds that were planted then, remain today, except now I let my words incite change, and, I hope, inspire others to look outside the box at the bigger picture, our true potentiality, and our individual and collective power to achieve a society based on understanding, not war; peace, not hatred; intelligence, not wholesale ignorance.
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