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January 5, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Florida’s Citrus Belt, finest place in the world to grow citrus, Tropical Zone summers, hot, humid, rain. Temperate Zone winters, mild, possible touch of frost, minor chance of freeze. Perfect. Except, the place is directly in the flyway of airborne illegally imported illicit opioids from our neighbors to the south. They fly unseen into the U. S., bound for Midwest and East Coast distribution, invade under cover of night, land in the rural unpopulated groves, commandeer homes and barns, threaten murder, bankruptcy, economic havoc. Some brave young citizens face the traffickers, fight back, bring high seas chase all the way to Bahamas hideouts, battle vicious gunfire and a deadly hurricane, and even find young love. Who wins? This time, you do.
About the Author:
Pete Clements, University of Michigan, A.B. in English/Creative Writing, started as a TV Advertising copywriter, winning 23 national and international trade awards, including Cannes Film Festival, then writer/director in documentary, corporate and sports films. The 1964 Indie 500 Motor Car Race corporate documentary film, “The Eddie Sachs Story” for Marathon Oil Company, considered by the Indie 500 authorities “the definitive remark on the philosophy of why they race,” was placed in the Indie 500 Museum, Speedway, Indiana. In 1970, a radical change, moved to Vero Beach, Florida, founded what became a successful retail marine business and wrote a local newspaper column and magazine articles. Growing up on the Great Lakes, Pete became an expert sailor, later held a USCG Ocean Master, Power and Sail license and was proud owner of the 42′ ketch, “Pendancing”, cruising the Atlantic Seaboard, Maine to the Bahamas. By the early 1990’s, he was a full time novelist. Pete’s first novel won the Florida Space Coast Writers’ Guild’s 1996 Florida Writer’s Conference, First Place for unpublished long fiction. His newly published debut novel, The Latitude, was just released to the public, November 21, 2019. He continues to make his home in Vero Beach, Florida and is writing a new Florida-based thriller novel.