Karl Boyd, Author & Storyteller

 

Nine years ago, at the age of 65, Karl began writing.  As of the Fall of 2011 Karl has written and published eight full length books. Fiction with lots of twists and turns and surprises is Karl's forte. Sometimes he even surprises himself.

What other information about the author and his family would he like to share?

My wife, Carol, and I are both retired Master Sergeants from the United States Air Force. We have travelled to more than 100 countries, islands and possessions around this beautiful blue globe we call Earth.

We also are semi-famous for an entirely different reason than my writing. In 2010, we won a nation-wide contest to determine who were the biggest fans of the best hamburger in Texas and nine other states – the "Whataburger". Since then we have visited all 737 Whataburger locations and become legends in the family-owned business.

The completed items on our bucket list are many and varied, but since Carol has gone blind from a rare form of eye cancer, and now has Alzheimer's, our travels have been severely curtailed. But neither of us has given up, there is always another adventure out there just waiting for us to enjoy.

Our motto?

If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right.

Several of my short stories have been published in the local newspaper, and are available for your pleasure by clicking on “Short Stories”.

Remember to visit my blog - Karl's Korner for the most current information on my book and book signings.

Karl's Latest Books

From China with LoveFrom China With Love

About the Cover and Title

The cover of "From China with Love" features three items; a cup of coffee, (or it could be tea), plus a packet of a new, delicious artificial sweetener, and a cell phone, (both manufactured in China), which are the key components of a master plan to take over all of North America in five days without, essentially, firing a shot.

The title is another play on words, and the same as an old-time movie of the same name. At the time I selected it, the title seemed very appropriate, and still does. I believe my readers will understand when they reach the final pages.

Synopsis of "From China with Love":

Due to poor planning and environmental damage in the past, the viable land for cultivation or crops in China has diminished to a point where it can no longer sustain its population. If China is to survive, it must have more land and resources, so the Chairman is faced with two solutions; either initiate WWIII by attacking nearby countries and thereby reducing China's population, (and theirs), through attrition, or find another more resourceful solution to his problem. Rather than ravish and possibly bankrupt his country, he looks to the West and North America, where land is readily available.

If somehow the population of those three countries, (Canada, the Unites States, and Mexico), can be quietly reduced to a point where they cannot retaliate, then a "New China" can be established to house and feed his people.

So he tasks his ministers to formulate such a plan. They do, and the devious results affect not only those he asked for, but everyone throughout the world.

"From China with Love" tells the story of this silent, sinister attack, how it succeeds and what happens during and afterward. The tale gives the reader an idea of what we may expect some day in the future if we do not find peaceful solutions to the problems of the world. The prologue says it all:

In the beginning, the Bible says God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh.

The history books of the future would record it took the Chinese one day less to conquer all of North America without, essentially, firing a shot. From that day forward, they never paused for a moment.

At one second after midnight on the west coast, or the first tick of the clock on a cold, late winter day, there were approximately three hundred million residents in the United States of America. An additional thirty-two million souls lived in Canada, while one hundred and nine million people resided in Mexico.

Five and one-half days later, at one second after noon, Eastern Time; and the corresponding times in the Central, Mountain and Pacific zones, plus those of the Hawaiian Islands and Alaska, given the average natural deaths and births each day, the number of warm bodies numbered nearly the same.

The only difference was; nearly seventy-two percent were dead.

More than one survivor wondered what God thought about all of this, or if He even cared anymore.

How did I develop the story?

My son, Kristopher, and I travelled to Cabo San Lucas for a weekend of Marlin fishing. When I made the reservations, I forgot college spring break would take place at the same time. As a result, the beaches and quay were packed with young students, all of whom had their electronic gadgets, i.e., cell phones, IPods, cameras, laptops, etc.

As we were glancing around, Kris made the comment, "Some plastic company is making a lot of money from all those products."

So I asked, "What if they were all made of a plastic explosive?"

And the story began to build in my mind. On the plane home, I began making notes, and for the next 21 days, the tale poured out of my imagination and onto my compute screen. I hardly slept until it was finished. Then a year of editing and fine-tuning was required before "From China with Love" was published.

Who will enjoy this novel?

Everyone that holds a love of the United States and North America deep in their heart will want to read a foretelling of the future if we don't change our ways.

Along the way most readers will recognize the behavior of a character as that of a friend, someone they have met, or perhaps themselves. Moral fiber, determination, personality, spirit and temperament play a huge role in deciding who will live and those that won't survive to see another sunrise.

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The Lost PriestThe Lost Priest

About the Cover:

The old saying, "It is difficult to tell what a book may contain by looking at its cover", is true.

So, you are on your computer checking the books on David's website, and you happen to notice the title: "The Lost Priest".

And naturally; you believe this is a book about religion – Wrong!

Although this novel is as thick as a bible, plus one is featured on the cover together with a Priest's collar and the Statue of Christ in the Andes; still; this is not a novel that has religion as its base.

Then you note there are three entirely different maps interposed on the cover: Texas, Bermuda and Brazil, and may wonder what they have in common. The answer is: A lot!

The title of this novel evolved from the first featured adventure, when Father Tom Fitch travels to Brazil to serve as a missionary to the remote tribes along the mighty Amazon River and inadvertently incurs the wrath of an evil medicine-man, Narro. Tom becomes Narro's prisoner, and his captor intends to sacrifice the priest to his own spiritual God at the next full moon.

Synopsis of "The Lost Priest":

"The Lost Priest" contains two separate, yet conjoined books; "The Lost Soul" and "The Lost Spirit". Both have a wide variety of characters; family members, friends, lovers, wives and husbands of the Fitch family, known and respected throughout the 21 square miles of Bermuda.

The matriarchs, George and Pearl Fitch are both doctors of surgery and general practitioners. Their twin sons, Tom and Tim, (who are the main characters), are a travelling Priest and a general contractor from Texas, respectively, which seems an out of the ordinary combination until you learn their individual background and desires.

The initial adventure reported above is exciting enough; however, the journey is only beginning. When Tom is reported as missing, Tim follows him to Brazil, where with the aid of a helicopter pilot, a schoolteacher, a native guide, and an explosive expert, he attempts to rescue his brother. Yes, again; an odd combination, but that is the fascination of "The Lost Priest" – throughout each exploit, as each situation occurs, the novel joins several people of different backgrounds into one cohesive group with a common resolve; their salvation.

Combined with the remainder of the Fitch family, each of the above characters plus yet another diverse combination of a married couple from Germany, a nurse from Peoria, IL, a charter boat captain and his sweetheart, and the Islands' resident drunkard, together with a Bermudian Police Inspector has his/her/their venture to reveal for your enjoyment.

Their individual stories are woven together to form a masterpiece of mystery, suspense, deceit and love; while along the way heroes emerge from timid souls; cowards are revealed for who they are, and more than one person questions their faith or finds redemption in the strangest of places.

Atop all of this, each of their lives is collectively threatened by a common veracious enemy; a great white shark that makes the one in "Jaws" look like a minnow in comparison. Fate and determination to succeed combined with time and location decides which will live and those that will never again see the beauty of Bermuda, Brazil or the United States.

Reviewers claim: "The Lost Priest" is a romance novel masquerading as an adventure story.

Now, it is up to the individual reader to decide if they are correct, or if their comments should have been reversed. Either way, "The Lost Priest" is a novel you will remember and tell your friends to read. Enjoy!

How did I develop the story?

I awoke in the middle of the night with the thought of a man in a helicopter searching along the Amazon River for his brother. (I tend to get my best ideas while attempting to sleep.) So, I got up and began to write, and for the next eight years, "The Lost Priest" grew is size and volume as I kept re-editing the contents and adding more adventure. Finally, I decided the novel was complete and any further changes would just delay the publishing.

My wife, Carol, who is my greatest critic and best reviewer in the world "made my day", when she told me "The Lost Priest" was my finest effort. I believe you; along with most of my fans will agree.

Who will enjoy this novel?

Anyone who loves adventure, suspense and mystery with a little romance thrown in for good measure will enjoy "The Lost Priest".

If you have read one of my other novels, you know I love to include several "side stories" within the main theme to provide the readers with more to enjoy. Thus is the case here and I believe you will find each interesting enough to keep you involved until the final page.

One day in the future, I hope to add to this work by addressing the lives of the younger people you will meet. More adventure can always be found, if you look in the right places. Or, sometimes it finds you.

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Terroristic SignsTerroristic Signs

About the Cover and Title:

Okay, you've seen many novels with beautiful half-dressed women, or handsome hunks with a torn shirt and muscles that won't quit, and their bare chests pictured on other covers. And you know they are there to entice you to pick up the book and check the contents.

So, why is there a monkey featured on the cover of "Terroristic Signs"?
Am I "monkeying" with your mind?
No, and if you look closely, that isn't a monkey, it's a lady chimp. Her name is Sadie, and she uses our standard sign language to communicate. The hands you see spell out the title, which is a play on words.

A short synopsis of "Terroristic Signs":

After a mute biochemist at a nerve gas facility in Sulphur Springs, CO overhears terrorists planning an attack to kill the President of the United States and thousands of fans attending an annual sporting event, he is discovered, but attempts to escape by hiding in a nearby animal research laboratory. There, he meets Sadie, and before he is killed, leaves a coded message behind by signing it to her.

Although Sadie can't possibly know the significance of the words she memorized, she literally holds the fate of thousands in her hands and fingers - a code that can lead the FBI to the date, time, location and method of delivery of the stolen nerve gas.

But now, Sadie is missing from her cage. Who has her - and why?

Finding her, breaking the code, and quietly thwarting the terror attack before it can send shock waves throughout our homeland is a challenge a few local police officers, an FBI agent, and a crafty assassin turned vigilante must solve, or 9-11 will pale in comparison.

Prior to the conclusion of this suspense-laden tale, readers will discover there are many predatory and carnivorous animals living in this jungle we call the United States; and there are only a few hunters that are worthy of taking their measure and bringing them down.

God Bless America! Or will he?

How did I develop the story?

Every time I attended a football game or watched my favorite baseball team in action, I thought of the possibility of a terrorist attack on such a confined space with so many spectators, and I wondered if such a horrific event would ever happen, while hoping it never would.

But the beginning of a novel was planted in my mind. So, during a trip to New Mexico, my wife, and I held a "What if?" discussion. By the time we reached our destination, the basic plot had been established. Six months later, "Terroristic Signs" was born.

What was the hardest part of writing this novel, and what important lesson did I learn?

That would be the seemingly never-ending editing process, plus the difficulty of accepting constructive criticism from my editor and wife. You may argue with your editor, but never doubt the wisdom of your wife's advice!

Who will enjoy this novel?

Everyone that reads it; but especially those who love suspense, mystery, and a story within a story, plus a little romance thrown in for good measure They will find them all in Terroristic Signs, and more.

What I would like my fans to take away from this novel is an appreciation of those in the law enforcement community, who, through long hours of tedious, repetitious work, and devotion to duty keep us safe from harm. Plus how lucky we are to live in the United States, where we are free to see our dreams come true.

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PalmyraPalmyra

About the Cover and Title:

The cover depicts the island of Palmyra in the background, together with a modern day two-mast yacht and the ghost ship of the Esperanza in the lagoon as if they are about to go to battle, which in reality they are, but not with cannon fire. The spirits of the pirates together with the Inca Gods will fight to the death to keep these latest treasure hunters from finding the booty they hid so many years ago.

The title was very simple; it is the nickname given to the group of small islets far from civilization that has become known for a number of mysterious disappearances and a double murder of a famous yacht owner and his wife by two hippies during the ‘70s.

Synopsis of “Palmyra, Isle of Death”:

A battle to the death between a Spanish pirate ship named “The Esperanza” (that was carrying a fortune of Inca gold), and another, (name and origin unknown), on September 16th, 1816, resulted in the attacker being sunk and left the Esperanza mortally wounded with her steerage gone.

The few survivors from both ships, (less than 50), finally fetched up on a small series of islets named Palmyra, that are located more than 1,000 miles S/SW of the Hawaiian chain. There the Esperanza sank and left the pirates and their intended victims stranded with a trove of plundered gold and jewels estimated to be worth more than one billion dollars in today’s economy.

After three fruitless years of awaiting rescue that never arrived, plus deaths of many from starvation, accidents or simmering resentment and the resulting knife-fights; the remaining 20 survivors managed to build two fragile sailing craft and attempted to reach either Hawaii or Australia. But before leaving Palmyra, they hid their booty where no one else would find it.

One craft disappeared without a trace, and the other was discovered hundreds of miles away, closer to Antarctica than its intended destination. There was only one survivor, but he died the next day without revealing where the treasure was hidden.

(All of the above is fact, not fiction, and the history of the Esperanza is well recorded; however, thus far, this fabulous fortune has never been recovered.)

Now enter Karl Boyd – who stumbled upon the saga of the Esperanza quite by accident while reading a book titled, “And the Sea Will Tell”, written by Vincent Bugliosi with the assistance of Bruce B. Henderson, (ISBN 0-8041-0917-6).

But, those few details were enough for him to study the annals pertaining to the Esperanza’s cache of wealth. Then he decided to embellish this chronicle of the past with his fast-paced fictional account of what occurred aboard those two ships and afterward; and add the present-day search for the hidden ancient Inca gold and precious artifacts.

The result is a great adventure/mystery/suspense story of two modern-day treasure hunters, Bill “Skeeter” Whitaker and Clete Palmer, who sail to Hawaii and Palmyra in search of the treasure of the Esperanza. However, their quest results in far more than they bargained for, when along they way they encounter murder, deceit, greed, unrequited love, madness and irrational revenge, all tied together with the unique sinister and mysterious nature of Palmyra.

Now it is time for you to join the quest to discover:

Will Palmyra allow the secret it has kept for nearly two hundred years to be solved, or could the ghosts of both pirates from the past and present, plus ancient treasure-guarding Inca Gods continue to plague those who would dare step ashore on Palmyra?

Only the Isle of Death knows for sure. But you may discover the answers within the pages of this delightful adventure tale.

Who will enjoy this story?

If you have ever dreamed of discovering a buried treasure worth millions upon millions of dollars, or if you enjoy a good adventure story with a little romance thrown in for good measure, together with those other elements mentioned previously, you will find “Palmyra, Isle of Death” a fascinating journey that you will want to share with your fiends and family.


The Nearly Perfect PlanThe Nearly Perfect Plan

About the cover and title:

The cover:

The scene before you is what you see as the driver of a Brinks armored truck cruising along Highway 385 that leads out of Roswell, NM toward Cline’s Corners and I-40. Up ahead are two sign posts, but no, you are not about to enter “The Twilight Zone”. However, you will soon be just as surprised. Shortly after you stop at the flagger’s position over that next rise, you, your truck and the guard seated next to you are about to disappear without a trace from the open highway in a matter of minutes. And there is nothing either of you can do to prevent this from happening. Welcome to the Perfect Plan!

The title:

I wanted to use “The Perfect Plan”, but discovered there were several other books with that title. Since this plan has one tiny, unexpected flaw, I decided to add the word “Nearly” to make this exciting novel of suspense stand out from the crowd. I hope you will agree; after all, none of us are perfect…

Synopsis of “The Nearly Perfect Plan”:

Questions; there are always questions…

Have you seen a Brinks armored truck on a highway and wondered, “How many millions of dollars are inside?” At the same time did you think, “If I had that much money, I would be set for life,” but knew such a dream could never come true? What if one day you stumbled upon a foolproof plan to hijack a Brinks truck on the open highway and make it disappear in a matter of minutes? Plus, what if Brinks, the FBI and local law enforcement officials would never know what happened to the truck, the money, or the driver and guard? Wouldn’t that be “The Perfect Plan”? If so, would you or could you follow your dream? But wait! What if the opportunity arose where you could repeat that plan not once but twice? That’s right – why not hijack three Brinks armored vehicles with a combined payload of over thirty-four million dollars in two different states within a span of only ten days? Sound impossible?

Not if your plan is perfect, and this one truly is.

This is the premise of a fast-paced thriller that leaves you hungry to turn the next page and discover if the perfect plan is just that, or if fate, (fickle siren that she is), has a different idea.

When both she and this gang of thirty master thieves meet to battle for supremacy in a dark, dank garage on a ranch fifty miles north of Roswell, New Mexico, fate seems to have the upper hand and the perfect plan may soon become the “nearly” perfect one. But, sometimes “nearly” is close enough. As with one of our Presidents, it all depends on your individual interpretation of the word, “nearly”. Come along with Roger Booth and Carl James as they lead their band of Ex-Army buddies on the three greatest heists ever attempted. The road is bumpy but also filled with thrills, so buckle your seat belts and watch out for signposts of suspense, mystery, intrigue and cunning like you’ve never seen before along the highway of life.

How did I develop the story?

Much like the two main characters, my wife, Carol, and I were driving on the same highway while it was under construction. And we passed a Brinks armored vehicle just moments before being stopped by a flagger, just as Carl and Roger do in “The Nearly Perfect Plan”.

For years afterward, I carried that picture in my mind, and the story began to build until it just had to flow out and onto my computer screen. Again, I planned to hijack just one truck, but the idea of more than one popped up one night in my dreams, and I incorporated the change into the tale the next day.

Who will enjoy this novel?

If you like adventure and suspense and want to see the details of how a master thief plans such robberies, then you will enjoy coming along on this ride of a lifetime. I also urge readers to lay out the action of the third robbery on a large piece of paper and check the progress of each individual thief to see how the plan succeeds. Believe me, it is a lot of fun.


The Don’s Stimulus PackageThe Don's Stimulus Package

About the cover and title:

The cover:

After I discussed the storyline with her, the cover was developed by my good friend and computer expert; Nancy Paulson, who owns Rockport Web Sites.

The money seems to be flying out of our nation’s capitol building and into Texas, which is appropriate as the latest plan of my two favorite con men, Roger Booth and Carl James, is to bilk the U.S. Government out of ONE BILLION DOLLARS.  (Yes, that’s correct – a Billion with a capital “B”!)

The title:

This is the fourth novel in a four-part series, and one of the main characters is a Mafia Don; Mister Giacomo Remualdi, who has backed the first two of three “capers” Roger and Carl planned and then pulled off to perfection:

First - commandeering three Brinks armored vehicles and making them disappear from the highway in a matter of minutes, along with the $34 million dollar payloads.  (See “The Nearly Perfect Plan”)

Second – Hijacking a cruise ship and robbing all the passengers plus stealing the money from the casino, Pursers’ Office and jewelry boutique.  (See “The Cyrus Caper”)

And third – Stealing the $20 million dollar grand prize from the final table at the Universal Poker Tour in Las Vegas.  (See “The Texas Two Card Hold ‘em Heist”)

So, since our politicians and the President are giving away stimulus money like it was candy, it only seems fitting that the Don and his son-in-law, (Roger) and his partner in crime, (Carl), plus most of the members of their other forays into criminal activities, should find a way to get their fair share of the goodies. 

Thus:  “The Don’s Stimulus Package”.

Synopsis:

When one bright individual, Stuart “Stu” Turner and his rather inept Cousin, Derek Lee “Lefty” Hanley, decide to rob a bank, unknowingly and unwittingly, they choose one that is under the control of Don Giacomo.  It is also the same bank that is “laundering” the $20 million dollars Roger and Carl stole in Las Vegas.  When they discover the four white bags full of $100 bills, Stu and Lefty feel as if it is Manna from Heaven, when in reality it will make their lives a living hell.

But Mafia justice is swift and they are soon captured and brought before the Don to receive their punishment, which could mean death in a most unpleasant manner.
That is when Stu reveals his reason for robbing the bank was to bankroll the largest confidence scheme ever – bilking the US Government out of one Billion dollars.
After the Don hears the details of his plan, he decides to call Roger and Carl out of hiding in Switzerland to aid Stu and ensure his confidence game goes off without a hitch.

What follows is scheming and deception at its best, combined with a little skullduggery, bribery, greed, lies, plus ineptness personified and retribution as only the Mafia can manufacture.  There is also romance, thrills and some laughable but poignant  moments that turn the plan upside down and make winners out of every hardworking man and woman in the United States, while the Don, Stu and Roger and Carl find redemption can be more rewarding than the con.  (Or is it?)

As always, Karl Boyd keeps you entertained with his “side stories” and the added adventure each features.  There is one particular chapter with a near heart-stopping event that leaves you with a desire to leap ahead in the storyline to discover what really happened.  No, I won’t tell you what it is; you’ll have to get there by yourself by purchasing “The Don’s Stimulus Package”.  Enjoy!

How did I develop the story?

Near the middle of “The Texas Two Card Hold ‘em Heist”, the Don’s right-hand man, Jerry Carothers meets Roger and Carl in Flagstaff, AZ, where they transfer four large white sacks containing $5 million dollars each into his van and Jerry drives away.  The money is on its way back to Dallas, where the Don will arrange to have it “laundered” at a local bank.

I originally had decided this series would be a “Trilogy”, and “The Texas Two Card Hold ‘em Heist” would be the last.  However, those four bags kept bugging me, and I thought, “There has to be a story to go with them.” 

And there was.  Then it came pouring out of my mind and onto the computer screen.  Sometimes I surprise myself, and truly took pleasure in writing this one.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did while I was putting it together.  The dramatic episode I referred to earlier is a piece I consider as one of my finer endeavors.  Take the time to see if you agree.  (It begins on page 250 and leaves you hanging on page 254 – be prepared!)

Who will enjoy this novel?

All I can say is:  Everyone.

I have had more readers tell me how much they enjoy the “Yes, we ‘con’” series because they can assimilate with the characters, their wives, children and friends. 

Perhaps the following excerpt from one of the reviews says it better than I can:

“If you’re looking for evil, brooding, sadistic, scum-of-the-earth hardened criminals… this is probably not your kind of book.  If, on the other hand, you’d like to enjoy a more light-hearted crime story; you won’t be let down.

“Not only will the reader take pleasure in unraveling the most-recent, meticulously planned “caper” being perpetrated by author, Karl Boyd’s two main “bad guys,” Roger and Carl; you’ll be glad you got to know these “criminal characters.”   That’s because Boyd’s “bad guys” come across like the proverbial “guys next door.”  They’re “nice,” they involve their wives in the action (or at least keep them updated on their progress), they trust each other, go out to dinner together, invite others to get to know them… in other words, the “bad guys” act like “good guys.”

“Perhaps it’s because of their meticulous planning that Boyd’s characters don’t need to be rough and ready killers.  Actually, it’s refreshing to have reason to empathize with your main characters… even if they are a bit flawed… well, actually… even when they’re wanted felons.  We have enough of those running our government, and nobody seems to care too much.”

So, again, Enjoy!

What other information about the author and his family would I like to share?

In addition to “The Don’s Stimulus Package”, Karl Boyd has written seven other mystery/suspense/adventure tales for your enjoyment.  Be sure to check them all out on this website, www.askDavid.com  or the website of the author:  www.karlboyd.com
All the novels may be purchased from the publisher at:  www.bluewaterpress.com

My wife, Carol, and I are both retired Master Sergeants from the United States Air Force.  We have travelled to more than 100 countries, islands and possessions around this beautiful blue globe we call Earth.

We also are semi-famous for an entirely different reason than my writing.  In 2010, we won a nation-wide contest to determine who were the biggest fans of the best hamburger in Texas and nine other states – the “Whataburger”.  Since then we have visited all 737 Whataburger locations and become legends in the family-owned business.

The completed items on our bucket list are many and varied, but since Carol has gone blind from a rare form of eye cancer, and now has Alzheimer’s, our travels have been severely curtailed.  But neither of us has given up, there is always another adventure out there just waiting for us to enjoy.

Our motto? 

If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right.


The Texas Two Card Hold ‘em HeistThe Texas Two Card Hold 'em Heist

About the cover and title:

The title is basically the only logical one, as it explains just what Roger Booth and his partner in crime, Carl James, (with the assistance of several members of their old gang), plan to do:  Steal the $20 million dollar first place money from the final table of the Universal Poker Tour in Las Vegas.

The cover depicts a whole lot of money in the pot and the winning hand in this round of the Texas Two Card Hold ‘em poker game – a Royal Flush in Hearts – the highest hand a gambler can draw.  Hearts is appropriate, as this group of master thieves will also walk away with yours as you cheer them on to victory.

Synopsis:

Fresh off the cruise ship Cyrus of the Sea, where they robbed all the passengers and stole the money from the ship’s casino, Pursers Office and the jewelry boutique, Carl becomes enthralled with the Texas Two Card Hold ‘em phenomenon that is sweeping through Las Vegas.  When the grand prize rises in value to $20 million dollars, he and Roger decide stealing that much cold hard cash is worth the risk of returning to the USA, where they are still wanted for hijacking and stealing three Brinks armored vehicles and the $34 million dollars the trucks were hauling.  (See Parts 1 & 2 of the “Yes, we ‘con’” series – “The Nearly Perfect Plan” and “The Cyrus Caper”)

Come along with these two enterprising young con men and a group of interesting gang members as they pull off the slickest robbery in Las Vegas history.  Twenty million dollars in $100 bills is a hell of a stack of money, so how will they get away with that much cash?  As the cover says, “Now you see the money; how you don’t”.  It is a unique plan, yet at the same time, rather simple in nature; but can you figure it out?  No matter what you believe is happening, keep in mind that with Roger and Carl; nothing is as it seems.

As always in a Karl Boyd adventure, there are several “side stories” that keep your eyes and mind glued to the pages, waiting to see what happens next.  Each one will have you on the edge of your seat, yet bring a smile to your face at the conclusion.  “The Texas Two Card Hold ‘em Heist” is an adventure/suspense novel, but there is still time for a little fun and levity in the course of events.   

How did I develop the story?

When I was a little younger, I played poker in Las Vegas and always liked the game.  At times I actually believed I could “will” a card to magically appear to give me a winning hand.  Back then, the Texas Two Card Hold ‘em game was just getting started, and as previously stated, it was due to blossom into a truly amazing style of poker that now attracts thousands of players with the dream of winning the millions in prize money and a bracelet that says they are a “Champion”.

As I grew older and settled down, about the only poker I was involved in was watching the game on TV.  As a writer, I tend to look at things a little differently, so it was only natural that I noticed the entire “set” of the final table with all that money piled at one end.  It seemed a shame not to come up with an idea to steal it – after all, that’s what my guys, Roger and Carl do.  And so I did, but I won’t say any more.  Now it is up to you to see if you can decipher the mystery of “What happened to all that money?”

Who will enjoy this novel?

If you watch the World Poker Tour on TV, or have actually played the game of Texas Two Card Hold ‘em, you will understand everything that takes place and enjoy the thrill of what you probably would have liked to do once you “busted out” of the latest tournament.  Even if you aren’t familiar with the game, you will learn the basics, plus trying to solve the mystery is what writing is all about, isn’t it?

And the characters you meet in the side stories only add to the suspense and brilliance of the tale.  Enjoy!

What other information about the author and his family would I like to share?

In addition to “The Texas Two Card Hold ‘em Heist”, Karl Boyd has written seven other mystery/suspense/adventure tales for your enjoyment.  Be sure to check them all out on this website, www.askDavid.com  or the website of the author:  www.karlboyd.com
All the novels may be purchased from the publisher at:  www.bluewaterpress.com

My wife, Carol, and I are both retired Master Sergeants from the United States Air Force.  We have travelled to more than 100 countries, islands and possessions around this beautiful blue globe we call Earth.

We also are semi-famous for an entirely different reason than my writing.  In 2010, we won a nation-wide contest to determine who were the biggest fans of the best hamburger in Texas and nine other states – the “Whataburger”.  Since then we have visited all 737 Whataburger locations and become legends in the family-owned business.

The completed items on our bucket list are many and varied, but since Carol has gone blind from a rare form of eye cancer, and now has Alzheimer’s, our travels have been severely curtailed.  But neither of us has given up, there is always another adventure out there just waiting for us to enjoy.

Our motto? 

If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right.


The Cyrus CaperThe Cyrus Caper

About the cover and title:

The cover depicts a cruise ship with a helicopter approaching for a landing on the fantail, which is one of the pivotal moments in the story.  Off to the left of the ship, look carefully and you will see an old WWII submarine.  Again, this ancient vessel is a key to the different and daring adventure waiting within.

How I chose the title is still a mystery; Cyrus popped into my mind and stayed.  The word is listed in the dictionary as a masculine name for the founder of the Persian Empire, but it sounded like the sirens of the sea that you read about in mythological novels and thus an appropriate name for a ship.

Be that as it may, this is one terrific caper that has never before been attempted, and you will want to be aboard until the end of the voyage.

Synopsis:

After their initial foray into the big time when they robbed three Brinks armored vehicles and made off with $34 million dollars, fate stepped in and Roger and Carl were caught and sentenced to ten years in prison.

(See the first of the “Yes, we ‘con’” series: “The Nearly Perfect Flan”)

However, they managed to escape and fled to Reggio De Calabria, Italy, where they both eventually married their lovers and spent the next two years in hiding until the notoriety of the “Nearly Perfect Plan” subsided.  Then their wives, (Maria and Julie respectively), became bored and persuaded them to take a cruise, which turned into a vacation nightmare. 

Maria suggests they complain and ask for their money to be returned.  But Roger has other ideas.  Always the devious schemer and master architect when it comes to confidence games, and in an effort to make the cruise line pay in his own wily way , he formulates a plan to hijack the ship.  Once they have control of the vessel, their gang of 30 plus thieves will rob the casino, Purser’s office, jewelry boutique and all the passengers.

His line of attack is going well until the foursome travels to Spain to requisition a WWII submarine to complete their escape.  There they are photographed and identified by Interpol, who in turn notify the FBI that their two most wanted thieves are alive and well in Italy.

But to their surprise, instead of capturing and returning them to the USA for incarceration, the FBI sends their old nemesis, Agent Jake Polk, to meet with Roger and Carl and offer them a chance for redemption:  Complete the hijacking of the ship while at the same time find a way to entice a most wanted terrorist into joining them in the hopes of making off with three of the most prized possessions of the United States.

What follows are double-crosses, triple-crosses, and one of the most imaginative confidence schemes ever hatched and then brought to fruition.  Jake should have remembered; “With Roger and Carl, nothing is ever as it seems”.

Join in the fun, excitement and laughter as this pair of brilliant con men and their wives worm their way into your heart – but keep a tight grip on your billfolds and purses…

How did I develop the story?

Have you ever had a vacation ruined by events not being as wonderful as they were advertised by those offering the trip?  If so, you will appreciate that this is truly a work of revenge on my part as well as the fictional characters of Roger Odem Booth and Carl Jesse James.

My wife and I booked a cruise on a line other than Princess Cruise Lines, (which is a wonderful organization and provides great cruises, fantastic entertainment and fun every day).

But this cruise line, (which I will not name), was a disaster from the very beginning, and other than the ports of call, the time we spent aboard the sorry tub was almost unbearable.  So, when we arrived back at home, I vowed to get even – thus; the fictional cruise ship “The Cyrus of the Sea”, and another adventure for my two favorite con men.

Who will enjoy this novel?

Anyone who has cruised, or those that dream of sailing on the ocean blue, plus anyone who would like to discover how such a robbery is planned and then initiated will enjoy tagging along with these two young men and their wives as they complete their act of retribution.  As always, there are stories within the main tale, and several times I leave the readers “hanging” onto their seats while they turn the following page quickly to discover what happens next.  As my publisher says, “This is indeed, a page-turner!”   Enjoy!

What other information about the author and his family would I like to share?

In addition to “The Cyrus Caper”, Karl Boyd has written seven other mystery/suspense/adventure tales for your enjoyment.  Be sure to check them all out on this website, www.askDavid.com 
or the website of the author:  www.karlboyd.com
All the novels may be purchased from the publisher at:  www.bluewaterpress.com

My wife, Carol, and I are both retired Master Sergeants from the United States Air Force.  We have travelled to more than 100 countries, islands and possessions around this beautiful blue globe we call Earth.

We also are semi-famous for an entirely different reason than my writing.  In 2010, we won a nation-wide contest to determine who were the biggest fans of the best hamburger in Texas and nine other states – the “Whataburger”.  Since then we have visited all 737 Whataburger locations and become legends in the family-owned business.

The completed items on our bucket list are many and varied, but since Carol has gone blind from a rare form of eye cancer, and now has Alzheimer’s, our travels have been severely curtailed.  But neither of us has given up, there is always another adventure out there just waiting for us to enjoy.

Our motto? 

If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right.

 


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