• By & Mariah Edgington

Book review: BUCCANEER


Here we have a story about a larger than life individual, Jack, the Buccaneer of MayCay Beeler's true-life adventure. If anyone believes tales of derring do, surreptitious flights across foreign borders, near death experiences, and otherwise 'too exotic to be true but they are anyway stories are long gone, here's your answer that, yes indeed, those people still exist.


Ms Beeler's rendering of Jack Reed's phenomenal life story reveals the true hidden life of a band of smugglers, scofflaws, pilots, and pirates, showing them to be much different than the general public believes, and that the American media makes them out to be. True or not, it's easy to see how their distaste for violence could be damaging to their brand. True or not, it's easy to understand why these pirates respond to a ready market for their illicit product.


We find ourselves agreeing with the motivations of people who are demonized for simply following the supply & demand business model that capitalism reifies: Find out what people want, and give it to them. So they've done that. The fact that the product people want is highly illegal, and addictive, and disruptive matters not. The marketplace rules all, right?


Also, readers may come away with the impression that those attempting to hinder the drug trade, working day and night to arrest and incarcerate people like Jack Reed are often themselves twisting legal niceties to get their job done. It appears that no one in the drug business is pure as the snow white product they all owe their living to.


Jack Reed is dead. Too bad, I thought. I'd like to have met him, he sounds like someone who lived his life according to his own lights, another sacred tenet of our society. This retired pilot wanted much more aviation treatment, more middle of the night, close calls in crummy weather, aircraft system spit-up stories. I’m quite sure there were many such tales, as the equipment in question had to have been old, ragged, rode hard and put to bed wet aircraft as we say, thus anything but reliable. Maybe there will be a sequel.


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