The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery

Author: Ronald Chase
Publisher: Down East Books
ISBN: 1608933628
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On November 12, 1971, Bernard Patterson, a much decorated Vietnam War hero, turned a real-life version of Don Quixote, Butch Cassidy, and Robin Hood all rolled into one package, robbed the Northern National Bank in Mars Hill, Maine. He escaped with $110,000; at the time, the largest bank robbery in the history of the state. A tunnel rat and paratrooper in Vietnam who rose to the rank of Sergeant, he was awarded four bronze stars and recommended for a silver star for valor. He returned home to northern Maine broke and disillusioned. Wearing dark glasses, dressed in a Marx Brother’s ankle length coat and wearing a blue wig, he robbed the bank, even though he was recognized by the elderly teller. He initially escaped by paddling a rubber raft down the Prestile Stream. This was the beginning of a comic, outrageous, implausible journey that took him across the United States, then to Europe and North Africa before finally surrendering to authorities in Scotland Yard after he had spent most of the money. Along the way, he lived a raucous life of wine and women while hobnobbing in aristocratic hangouts and giving money to those he perceived to be in need; all the time staying just a heartbeat ahead of law enforcement officials. He motor biked across Europe, hoodwinked border officials, bought a camel and got lost in the North African desert. Returned to the United States for prosecution, he was convicted and imprisoned. Released several years later, he moved back to northern Maine, where he continued to lead a reckless life that included running a “pot farm,” until he died at age 56 in 2003. When asked by a friend why he had robbed the bank, he responded, “the VA wouldn’t give me a loan, so I decided to take one out on my own.”

The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery

Author: Ron Chase
Publisher: Center Point
ISBN: 9781683244707
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"On November 12, 1971, Bernard Patterson, a much decorated Vietnam War hero, robbed the Northern National Bank in Mars Hill, Maine, escaping with $110,000. He evaded capture across the United States, Europe, and North Africa before finally surrendering to authorities in Scotland Yard after he had spent or given away most of the money"--

The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery

Author: Ronald Chase
Publisher: Down East Books
ISBN: 9781608933617
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On November 12, 1971, Bernard Patterson, a much decorated Vietnam War hero turned real-life version of Don Quixote, Butch Cassidy, and Robin Hood all rolled into one, robbed the Northern National Bank in Mars Hill, Maine. He escaped with $110,000; at the time, the largest bank robbery in the history of the state. This was the beginning of a comic, outrageous, implausible journey that took him across the United States, then to Europe and North Africa before finally surrendering to authorities in Scotland Yard after he had spent most of the money.

For Two Cows I Ain t Half Bad

Author: Bac Thi Eaton
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781542861465
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A rather brutal story of a young girl growing up and surviving war in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta against overwhelming odds. Working for the Americans resulted in a VC death sentence and after we Americans left her survival became exceptionally difficult.

Pursuit of the Golden Lily

Author: R. Emery
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781534632936
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Rose Jamieson is a writer whose day job doesn't involve much risk. But then her dying father asks her to identify an enigmatic stranger he'd encountered in Thailand in World War II and bequeaths her his wartime diary, which contains a cryptic riddle. Drawn in by the mystery, Rose leaves her home in Canada for Southeast Asia and begins to retrace her parents' wartime journeys through Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. That's when she finds the map. Hidden in an ancient Buddhist temple, it confirms the rumors she's heard about a secret Imperial Japanese operation called the Golden Lily. Suddenly, her promise to her father transforms into a hunt for billions of dollars' worth of gold, jewels, and other valuables. Yet she's not the only one looking for the treasure. Thrown together with an unforgettable cast of characters-including a Scottish museum curator and his beautiful Japanese lover, a corrupt Mafia don, and a quirky, ex-CIA American-Rose is on a journey she's never going to forget. Inspired by the author's true story of finding her British father's POW diary and following in his footstep, Pursuit of the Golden Lily is brimming with adventure, romance, and intrigue.

Dirt Roads and Diner Pie

Author: Shonna Milliken Humphrey
Publisher: Central Recovery Press, LLC
ISBN: 194209423X
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Against a backdrop of highways, diners, and cheap coffee, one couple finds peace through the redemptive power of love. Told from a wife’s perspective, Dirt Roads and Diner Pie is the story of one couple’s struggle to confront the long-reaching effects of childhood sexual abuse. Musician and former lead singer of the United States Air Force Band, Travis James Humphrey lived for thirty months in a culture of childhood sexual abuse while studying at New Jersey’s prestigious American Boychoir School. After his tenure, Travis buried his memories deep. Years into the marriage, these memories began to surface and threaten their relationship. In an effort to resolve the problems, Shonna and her husband hit the road and navigated their way through the treacherous terrain of mental illness, sexual dysfunction, and shame. She details their journey within a month-long road trip throughout the southeastern United States taken shortly after Travis made his experience public. While the effect of child sex abuse informs nearly every aspect of their shared life, it does not define their relationship. That is the message Shonna offers: Sexual trauma may dominate, but it need not define the relationship. Shonna Milliken Humphrey’s nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Salon.com, Down East, and Maine magazine. For two years, she wrote regular food, restaurant, and lifestyle columns for the Maine Sunday Telegram. She holds an MFA in Nonfiction Writing and Literature from Bennington College.

Devil s Defender

Author: John Browne
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613734905
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In the tradition of bestselling legal memoirs from Johnnie Cochran, F. Lee Bailey, Gerry Spence, and Alan Dershowitz, John Henry Browne's memoir, The Devil's Defender, recounts his tortuous education in what it means to be an advocate—and a human being. For the last four decades, Browne has defended the indefensible. From Facebook folk hero "the Barefoot Bandit" Colton Moore, to Benjamin Ng of the Wah Mee massacre, to Kandahar massacre culprit Sgt. Robert Bales, Browne's unceasing advocacy and the daring to take on some of the most unwinnable cases—and nearly win them all—has led 48 Hours' Peter Van Sant to call him "the most famous lawyer in America." But although the Browne that America has come to know cuts a dashing and confident figure, he has forever been haunted by his job as counsel to Ted Bundy, the most famous serial killer in American history. A drug- and alcohol-addicted (yet wildly successful) defense attorney who could never let go of the case that started it all, Browne here asks of himself the question others have asked him all along: does defending evil make you evil, too?

The Two Minute Rule

Author: Robert Crais
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451648944
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Devastated by the murder of his estranged son on the day of his own release from prison, former bank robber Max Holman launches a renegade investigation and discovers that the chief suspect is being wrongfully targeted by the LAPD. Reissue. 100,000 first printing.

Vietnam Convoy Trucker

Author: William E. (Bill) Patterson
Publisher: Xulon Press
ISBN: 9781498413084
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Vietnam Convoy Trucker recounts the story of Specialist Five William (Bill) Patterson, as he and his fellow truck drivers delivered supplies to American combat troops battling the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong. The men experienced moments of fear, boredom and humor during their almost year-long tour during the Vietnam War in the late 1960s. The Lord watched over them and brought all but one back safely. Various members of the company took the photographs that accompany many of the incidents he describes. Author Bio: William E. ("Bill") Patterson was born in Augusta, GA in 1943, one of seven children. He has lived all his life within ten miles of the Augusta National Golf Course. No, he has never played there! He attended public schools, and used his G.I. Bill benefit and graduated from Augusta College (now Georgia Regents University) with a Bachelor Of Business Administration (emphasis Management) degree. He was awarded the U.S. Army Commendation Medal for his Vietnam War service. Bill was a Georgia State Bowling Championship Team member as a youth and as an adult. He was awarded the U.S. Army Major Command Outstanding Program (Bowling) Managers Award in 1988 and 1989. After nearly forty years' employment with bowling centers he is now retired. He and wife Shelley are Christians and very active in their Warren Baptist Church. His priorities now are God, Family, Country and "Other" in that order of importance. He hopes his fellow Vietnam War Veterans and others will find this book worth reading.

The Oregon Bigfoot Highway

Author: Joe Beelart
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780692380819
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The Oregon Bigfoot Highway A travel book celebrating adventure and history along Oregon's National Scenic Byway No. 5 The Oregon Bigfoot Highway (The OBH) is a collection of 31 Bigfoot sighting reports, 43 Bigfoot track finds, and 69 Bigfoot related incidents in the wild forest of the upper Clackamas and Breitenbush Rivers. With sightings beginning in 1924 and track finds back to 1911, the 352 pages offer plenty of action and suspense. Published by Willamette City Press, LLC the OBH contains 118 b&w photographs, 13 custom drawn maps, plentiful non-Bigfoot history, and nine detailed appendices. Available now in soft cover. A full-color eBook edition will soon be available via Kindle Books. The OBH either begins or ends at the Oregon mountain towns of Estacada or Detroit, each only about an hour's drive from Portland or Salem. For 15 years, authors Joe Beelart and Cliff Olson and a loosely knit group of adventurers branded the Clackamas Sasquatchians have scouted the area and gathered seemingly genuine accounts relating to Bigfoot from persons of diverse professions from loggers to lawyers. The compelling quality and similarity of these reports caused the authors to conclude that this is, indeed, The Oregon Bigfoot Highway. Travelers and explorers alike will find the 70 miles of The OBH, which coincides with the National Scenic Byway No. 5, to be a journey through ancient forests and regal mountains capped in the south by majestic Mt. Jefferson. Embedded in the area are five national wilderness areas collectively designated the Clackamas Wilderness. It also includes two reaches of National Wild and Scenic Rivers. There is little doubt this mountain highway is among the most beautiful in the nation and is a likely home for Our Barefoot Friends. So, find your imagination, open your mind, sit back and enjoy this remarkable book!