Author: Jason Ryan
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762767995
Size: 77.12 MB
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In the late 1970s and early '80s, a cadre of freewheeling, Southern pot smugglers lived at the crossroads of Miami Vice and a Jimmy Buffett song. These irrepressible adventurers unloaded nearly a billion dollars worth of marijuana and hashish through the eastern seaboard’s marshes. Then came their undoing: Operation Jackpot, one of the largest drug investigations ever and an opening volley in Ronald Reagan’s War on Drugs. In Jackpot, author Jason Ryan takes us back to the heady days before drug smuggling was synonymous with deadly gunplay. During this golden age of marijuana trafficking, the country’s most prominent kingpins were a group of wayward and fun-loving Southern gentlemen who forsook college educations to sail drug-laden luxury sailboats across the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean. Les Riley, Barry Foy, and their comrades eschewed violence as much as they loved pleasure, and it was greed, lust, and disaster at sea that ultimately caught up with them, along with the law. In a cat-and-mouse game played out in exotic locations across the globe, the smugglers sailed through hurricanes, broke out of jail and survived encounters with armed militants in Colombia, Grenada and Lebanon. Based on years of research and interviews with imprisoned and recently released smugglers and the law enforcement agents who tracked them down, Jackpot is sure to become a classic story from America's controversial Drug Wars. “The adventures, the long-gone economy, and the sting that ultimately brought them down and changed US drug policy are meticulously documented and lucidly spun…. Part New Yorker feature-part Jimmy Buffet song. . . . The result is adventuresome, lavish, informative fun.” —GQ “[A] rollicking story, Ryan manages to pack in one amusing tale after another.... Jackpot is a rip-roaring good read.” —Charleston City Paper “High times on the high seas: Investigative reporter Ryan recounts the glory days of dope smuggling and their terrible denouement.... A well-told tale of true crime that provides a few good arguments for why it should not be a crime at all.” —Kirkus Reviews “Reads like an international thriller. . . . chock-a-block with hilarious and hair-raising anecdotes of fast times.” —New York Journal of Books “[A] thoroughly researched account of Operation Jackpot, the drug investigation that ended the reign of South Carolina’s ‘gentlemen smugglers,’.... Ryan recreates the era with a vivid, sun-drenched intensity.” —Publishers Weekly


Author: Gordon Korman
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0545633494
Size: 32.40 MB
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The sixth installment in the Swindle series, in which The Man With The Plan gets a new rival . . . and the search for a missing lottery ticket becomes a hunt of epic proportions. JACKPOT: the top prize in a game or lottery; a sensational and unexpected success, stroke of luck, windfall, bounty, pay day . . . What would you do with $30,000,000? That's the question everyone in Cedarville and every town near it is asking, because right now there's an unclaimed lottery ticket worth that much -- and the money will go to whomever finds it first. Griffin Bing, The Man With The Plan, wants to be the lucky winner. But he's got competition. Darren Vader, Griffin's number-one enemy, will stop at nothing to find it. And a new kid in town, Victor Phoenix, is also in on the big hunt. He's got an advantage that Griffin would have never guessed: Griffin's own friends are helping Victor out. But why? Griffin's going to need a lot of help -- from a rowdy Doberman, a completely strange invention, and a very random set of wheels -- to hit this jackpot and win his friends back.


Author: Tarvis El Alberty
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
ISBN: 1609762185
Size: 17.28 MB
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In this gripping profile of Eugene Bulgarino, author Tarvis El Alberty takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the world of a unique Robin Hood-type of hustler, whose schemes were humorous at their the core. Eugene was a key figure in the largest slot machine casino heist in history. Along with his accomplice - a man the FBI named "The Genius" - Eugene took Las Vegas for millions. Jackpot: The Story of Eugene Bulgarino covers Eugene's early years and his gift for hustling, which eventually caught the attention of noted Mafia associates and union bosses. Eugene became a stand-up man and was known as "one of the best" sports handicappers of his time. His reputation, covered by various television shows about mob criminals, is legendary, as Jackpot reflects in its engaging, informative and riveting pages. About the Author: Tarvis El Alberty is a commercial truck driver, screenwriter, and independent film producer. He enjoys history, poetry, and current events, and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. He began writing ten years ago, and is currently working on various screenplays, film and book projects. Publisher's website: http: //www.sbpra.com/TarvisElAlberty


Author: Lainey Bancroft
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand
ISBN: 160601319X
Size: 54.43 MB
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[BookStrand Contemporary Romance] The odds of developing the committed relationship she longs for with Las Vegas playboy, Lucas Smyth, are a long shot Casino Niagara security supervisor, Cassidy Malone, wouldn't take even if she were a betting girl. But life has dealt her enough bad hands lately. She feels entitled to indulge in the lavish attention Lucas offers. While Cassidy investigates the unfamiliar pleasures of no-strings sex, Lucas investigates her! When her heart starts straying with her hormones, will she be able to forgive him for discovering facts that cause her to lose her job? Falling in love is the most high-stakes game she's ever played, but if she risks it all, could she hit the jackpot? ** A BookStrand Mainstream Romance


Author: Karla Oceanak
Publisher: Bailiwick Press
ISBN: 1934649511
Size: 56.42 MB
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When a warm March day beckons Aldo and his best friend, Jack, outdoors to their fort under the giant pine tree, stick-in-the-mud Aldo gets, well, stuck in the mud. As they dig Aldo’s sneakers out from the embankment, they unearth a humungous bone, which rock-hound Jack believes to be a dinosaur fossil from the Jurassic period. Their hilarious quest to figure out the bone’s origin and value takes them to the nearby university, the local pawn shop, the famous dino dig site a few hours away, and finally, over spring break, to Dinosaur National Monument. Meanwhile, Aldo discovers the Indiana Jones movies, writes a book report on Journey to the Center of the Earth, starts in on a jumbo jawbreaker, and tolerates Bee, whose newfound passion for journalism could make or break him. This tenth installment in an A-to-Z alphabet series also includes a glossary of fun and challenging “J words,” such as juju, jocular and jinx.


Author: James F. Fixx
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
ISBN: 9780394508993
Size: 79.49 MB
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The author's entertaining account of the effects of his celebrity status recalls his encounters with the media, fans, financial advisors, and his struggle to preserve his sanity and maintain a normal life


Author: Richard Radtke
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595332560
Size: 15.92 MB
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In a small city in northwest Wisconsin in 1955, loan collector Curt Kissow's fortunes are in decline after his wife of six years divorces him on unfounded grounds that he is trying to poison her. Unlucky at love, Kissow soon finds himself fabulously lucky at games of chance when he wins the Irish National Lottery. His good fortune confers instant celebrity upon Kissow, a private man ill-equipped to handle notoriety. He is beset by alms seekers of all kinds-friends, neighbors, city officials, strangers with proposals involving dubious charities and get-rich-quick schemes. When his boss at Friendly Loan Company gives him the chance to track down a debtor who has fled town, Curt takes the assignment eagerly. He tracks skip Gorman Hooper to the New Mexico desert, where Curt finds a true Land of Enchantment. But Curt is not the only one to be stalking Gorman Hooper. He discovers-too late-that he has been trailed by a pair of thugs in the employ of gamblers to whom Hooper owes a vast sum. Curt and Gorman barely escape an attack by these gangsters. The startling climax of this outrageous, yet thoroughly human story will keep you on the edge of your chair.

Bit The Jackpot

Author: Erin McCarthy
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101157941
Size: 55.78 MB
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The national bestselling author of High Stakes returns to Sin City, where you can get bitten by the gambling bug—or by the sexiest vampire you’ve ever seen… Campaign manager—and vampire—Seamus Fox has had his fill of women, since he’s been keeping tabs on his presidential candidate’s wife and female entourage. But suddenly he finds himself obsessed by a mysterious stripper who dances behind a screen. The sultry—yet shy—Cara Kim whets his appetite for more. But leave it to Seamus to fall fangs over feet for that rarest of Vegas attractions...a good girl. After a sudden run-in on the street, though, they may soon have a lot more in common...

Hitting The Jackpot

Author: Brett Duval Fromson
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 9780802141712
Size: 38.87 MB
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A hard-hitting investigation into the lucrative world of Indian casino gambling focuses on inside wheelings and dealings that spawned recognition of New England's Pequot tribe and the creation of Foxwoods, the highest-grossing casino in the world. Reprint.


Author: Angela Amato
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9780312205539
Size: 32.17 MB
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