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."
At this moment there are over 20,000 nuclear warheads sitting in arsenals around the world. Eight nations, eight leaders - men or women, can press a button and change the fate of all humanity.
Imagine, you're sitting on a beach, trying to reconcile your life, licking the wounds of your midlife crisis, when a mystery woman approaches you and informs you that you, only you, are capable of preventing a nuclear holocaust. You scuff it off, reject her, but when she shows you proof that a nuclear warhead will be fired at Beijing, China, in a matter of hours, which will start a domino-effect around the globe, and that you have the means of stopping it from happening - what would you do? Mateus Cordozo has a problem - he doesn't believe her, and moreover, he doesn't care.
"The story races along with pace of a Tom Clancy thriller but the depth of the plot is rich in complexities philosophical ideas..."
“… a high concept thriller that is comparable with the best of Dan Brown or Jack Higgins.” - Novelist
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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.
I am not a genre-based author - but rather, a thematic one.
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