The three books in this trilogy feature Rick O’Shea and his companions, beautiful aerospace expert Helga Lange and fearless Luther (“Call me Lute) Martin as they seek out missing valuables with exceptional rewards if successful.
Meet a different kind of detective, one who is a “seeker” and “finder” of things that have been lost, stolen or hidden. He collects lucrative finder’s fees, either from a client or from whatever is found. A seemingly innocuous livelihood has its share of dangerous situations and harrowing experiences. A kidnapping, yacht theft and drug dealers pose risks. Action flows from prehistoric caves at Lascaux, France to Colorado’s San Juan Mountains and into Mexico and Guatemala.
This sizzling mystery involves impalement murders, security guards shot and high-level intrigue in Transylvania. Is it a reprise of the fictional Dracula or a struggle to gain control of what may be a multi-billion dollar invention or both? Fights and chases and a radical threat to plant bombs in the U.S. are part of the action, along with a secret stash of gold found in an ancient fortress plus hidden treasures in the Channel Islands.
A claim is made that the Russian sale of Alaska to the U.S. was not legally completed in 1867. Rick, Helga and Lute are commissioned to find the truth. Other puzzles confront them; theft of rough diamonds from a Canadian mine, air pursuit into the high Arctic and discovery of long lost military material in the Aleutians. A possible triple wedding might ensue as plans are made for the next adventure into South America.
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John Rayburn is a veteran of 62 years in broadcasting. He served as a news/sports anchor and show host, and his TV newscast achieved the largest Share of Audience figures of any major-market TV newscast in the nation. John is a member of a Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.
His network credits include reports/appearances on The Today Show, Huntley-Brinkley News, Walter Cronkite News, NBC Monitor, NBC News on the Hour, etc. He recorded dozens of books for the National Library Service and narrated innumerable Radio/TV recordings.
He interviewed celebrities from the fields of government, sports, entertainment, education, etc. The list includes then-SAG president Ronald Reagan, then-Senator John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Jane Russell, Helen Forrest, Jane Powell, Art Linkletter, Hugh Downs, Charlton Heston, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Jack Dempsey, Muhammad Ali, Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle, Bob Feller, Tris Speaker, Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton, Nat King Cole, John Elway, Terry Bradshaw, Johnny Unitas, Red Grange, Rosie Greer, Leslie Nielson, Alex Trebek, Minnie Pearl, Gene Autry, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson and hundreds of others.
Rayburn has traveled extensively, gaining information and making observations about our national foibles. He is well suited to bring fascinating stories to life concerning the people, places and things.