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My Mother, Castigo Cay, and Matt Bracken (Travis McGee)
Vanity | 8 June, 2012 | marktwain

Posted on 06/08/2012 3:31:45 PM PDT by marktwain

A woman lay on the bed in a small house in the north woods. An old woman, her sight was gone, she could no longer walk, she could not hear well, her world had shrunk to this small house and a few of her children and friends. She was 97 years old. She hurt, her bones ached, she was tired and yet, her mind was clear.

For a time, she lived in the Caribbean, rode fast boats, knew heroes, defeat, and victory. This woman is my mother, and she knew some of the joy of life again as I read Matt Bracken’s dystopic action thriller, Castigo Cay.

For a week this spring, I read to her when she was awake and I was able. My sister and I took care of her as she can no longer care for herself. She was captivated by Castigo Cay, enthralled by the story, transported to the tropics and the ocean wilderness. Once, she asked me “Is it real?” “It seems so real!”

I won a case of Castigo Cay from Matt (our own Travis McGee) on a bet on Freerepublic. I would gladly have paid for the case if I had lost.

I will always owe a debt of gratitude to Matt for the hours that he transported my mother to another time and place, where she was part of a great adventure on the tropical seas.

If you have not read Matt’s books, please do so. You will not be disappointed.


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Business/Economy; Music/Entertainment; Society
KEYWORDS: banglist; book; bracken; castigocay
The excitement on my invalid mother's face was payment for the books, twenty times over!
1 posted on 06/08/2012 3:31:58 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: Travis McGee

http://enemiesforeignanddomestic.com/CCE1.htm

Here is a link to Matt’s web site.


2 posted on 06/08/2012 3:33:33 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain; Travis McGee

I’ve read all four, and I can’t wait for the next one. When’s it com in, Trav?


3 posted on 06/08/2012 3:35:29 PM PDT by Mugwump
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To: marktwain

Bump


4 posted on 06/08/2012 3:35:48 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Mugwump; All

As I read to my Mother, my Sister listened. She was not there for the entire story, but I told her that if I finished before she went back to Ohio, that she could take the the book with her for her husband and their gun club.

Near the end, she sat, spellbound as I read. She made sure that the book as finished and it was packed in her luggage when she went to the airport.


5 posted on 06/08/2012 4:13:06 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain
good on you... and God's love for your Mother

now... what was the bet???

6 posted on 06/08/2012 4:17:30 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode; Travis McGee
A little after the Giffords shooting, Travis opined that Americans would not be able to legally own magazines of more than 10 rounds by the end of the year. I had a different opinion, and we agreed that if magazine ban passed, I would buy a case of his signed books. If it did not pass by the first of the year, he would send me one free of charge.

He is a man of his word.

I think he should have sales up there with Tom Clancy. He is an exceptionally talented writer.

7 posted on 06/08/2012 5:43:39 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Hey! knock it off will ya? Grown men aren’t supposed to tear up. ;^)


8 posted on 06/08/2012 5:47:33 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: marktwain

BTTT Good going MT


9 posted on 06/08/2012 6:05:08 PM PDT by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: marktwain

He does write a good yarn.

Hugs to your mom.


10 posted on 06/08/2012 6:39:17 PM PDT by bgill
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To: marktwain

Enemies Foreign And Domestic was great.

We’ve purchased the second,just haven’t had time to start it yet.


11 posted on 06/08/2012 6:45:09 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: marktwain
yup... i've got em all!
12 posted on 06/08/2012 7:20:58 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: 2111USMC; All
They are all good, but Castigo Cay is my favorite. He just seems to be getting better. Who knows how good he will be when he hits his stride. I would like to see a new Dan Kilmer book about every two years.
13 posted on 06/08/2012 7:33:52 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain; Travis McGee

How sweet you are to your mom to read to her. :)


14 posted on 06/08/2012 7:58:47 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: marktwain

Aw. You’re a good son. And smart too, for picking out something she’d like, though it might not have been what she would have picked for herself. Good going!


15 posted on 06/08/2012 10:39:34 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert ( "Be Breitbart, baby!")
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To: marktwain

You just made my entire weekend. Thanks!


16 posted on 06/09/2012 4:49:54 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: marktwain; Eaker; Absolutely Nobama; afnamvet; AK2KX; Ancesthntr; An Old Man; APatientMan; ...
"Bleeding-edge dystopian thrillers, for readers who are tired of politically-correct fiction."

17 posted on 06/09/2012 4:54:43 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: marktwain

EFAD is scary-close to what the Obama Administration was trying to pull with Fast & Furious.


18 posted on 06/09/2012 4:59:18 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Mugwump

It’ll be at least a year for the next one. I can’t push them out any faster, and keep the quality.


19 posted on 06/09/2012 5:08:11 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: marktwain; Travis McGee
I've read them all. Now finishing Edward Klein's Amature". You have me wanting to go back and re-read them. I believe I will.
20 posted on 06/09/2012 6:17:19 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: Travis McGee

I’m saving that image so I re-read them in sequence this time...


21 posted on 06/09/2012 6:20:27 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: bcsco
Reading them in order would certainly enhance the experience!
22 posted on 06/09/2012 6:26:28 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

I’d purchased/downloaded them all at one time to my Kindle. When I finished the book I was reading, I simply picked the one I thought was the first. Well, it wasn’t. Sheesh!


23 posted on 06/09/2012 6:32:26 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: marktwain

Need a ‘like’ button. ;)


24 posted on 06/09/2012 6:37:14 AM PDT by sheana
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To: marktwain; Travis McGee

Awesome...just awesome.


25 posted on 06/09/2012 6:44:22 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (Dave Mustaine for president.)
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To: Travis McGee

Now there’s a satisfying twist, an old woman there had BTDT and knew the book.


26 posted on 06/09/2012 7:58:50 AM PDT by CodeToad (Homosexuals are homophobes. They insist on being called 'gay' instead.)
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To: Travis McGee; TheOldLady; netmilsmom; tomdavidd; Freeper; Gvl_M3; Flotsam_Jetsome; ...
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Go to this website, www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com . - About a hundred pages of each 500+ page novel may be read there.

"Bleeding-edge dystopian thrillers, for readers who are tired of politically-correct fiction."

.


27 posted on 06/09/2012 8:41:33 AM PDT by LucyT
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To: marktwain

I’ve bought 3 sets of Enemies Foreign and Domestic, had one set sent to my County Sheriff’s office for their reading pleasure. I think it’s time I bought anohter set; I buy directly from Travis so he gets all the $.


28 posted on 06/09/2012 8:54:39 AM PDT by little jeremiah
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To: LucyT
Great books!! I could not put EFAD down. I fly a lot, 89 segments with just Delta last year, but I had gotten my first smart phone and did the Kindle download of EFAD and it was great. I even posted it on my blog here, and keep recommending it at every opportunity. I also saw this trailer, Behold A Pale Horse and bought it. It just arrived and I will watch it on my flight out on Monday.
29 posted on 06/09/2012 9:02:49 AM PDT by GregNH (If you are unable to fight, please find a good place to hide.)
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To: marktwain

Getting the series and Castigo Cay on the Kindle was great for many of us, being that its stored on the Amazon Cloud server it can be kept in its archive files. I often download EFAD to my Samsung Galaxy S II for showing the artwork to my friends and to give them a sample to read.

If I were to be doing long distance driving such as being a line driver I would really love to see all of them in an audio book version, hint hint...

I wonder if Travis has considered a novelization of the days immediately after Obama or a fictional POTUS with the exacting same ideology is exposed, is removed from office, is tried for treason, gets pardoned, sets off for his homeland and then with cached billions of dollars becomes the new UBL and vows to destroy America for revenge of its non acceptance of his ideology.


30 posted on 06/09/2012 9:14:03 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: TigersEye; marktwain
I wish there was a for some of these comments....
31 posted on 06/09/2012 9:16:02 AM PDT by GregNH (If you are unable to fight, please find a good place to hide.)
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Try this:

http://www.enemiesforeignanddomestic.com

32 posted on 06/09/2012 9:17:44 AM PDT by LucyT
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To: GregNH
:-)

If I come back to this thread anymore I'm gonna need a salt tablet.

33 posted on 06/09/2012 9:32:30 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: marktwain

What a great and Accurate review!


34 posted on 06/09/2012 9:38:28 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: TigersEye

I tried to find it but I have too many pings to go through. In a birther thread I made the comment that a “natural born Citizen” would not try to destroy this country. A FReeper lambasted me as dumb and pointed to Bill Ayers as an example.

But I made the comment in the context of the thread and it conversational direction. What I meant was that we who are born here of parents who are it’s citizens, and even maybe nbc’s themselves, view this country with a reverence that no one else can understand. Bill Ayers would not even run the POTUS because he knows he would not get elected. So my point was that if you are seeking to be POTUS and you ARE a NBC that you would not be on a mission to destroy this country.

I tear up every time I hear our national anthem.


35 posted on 06/09/2012 11:28:42 AM PDT by GregNH (If you are unable to fight, please find a good place to hide.)
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To: LucyT

He is a *very* good writer!


36 posted on 06/09/2012 1:02:07 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: marktwain
Travis opined that Americans would not be able to legally own magazines of more than 10 rounds by the end of the year. I had a different opinion,

Glad you were right and won the bet. At least you were right.. FOR NOW. "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." -- Wendell Phillips, (1811-1884), abolitionist, orator and columnist for The Liberator, in a speech before the Massachusetts Antislavery Society in 1852

37 posted on 06/09/2012 5:11:58 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: Travis McGee

Thanks for getting my Dad hook on these novels...

When he finished the first one (Yellow), he got bit by the preparedness bug...

Then he finished the nextone (Red), got mad and started getting a fever...

The third installment gave him chills and a nightmare, and all the time since the first read, he and I have been getting things “done” since then...

Castigo Cay made him hope we are all up in our little neck of the woods, before it gets that bad...If it ever does...

Your novels were the catalyst that many wake up to, and realize that, “Hey! we ain’t that far from going off the edge!”

Again, many thanks to your knowledge, insight and ability to put it in writing for all of us to enjoy...

BZ sir!


38 posted on 06/10/2012 2:25:36 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: Travis McGee

Ah, a fellow perfectionist. I look forward to the next one!


39 posted on 06/10/2012 9:11:46 PM PDT by Mugwump
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To: Travis McGee
I picked up Castigo Cay a few weeks ago, but had to finish the book I was currently reading (just finished last night) before I could start on this one.

The book I just finished was Ship of Ghosts, the story of the heavy cruiser Houston, which was sunk during the Battle of the Sunda Strait on March 1, 1942. It is an excellent read and I highly recommend it. The author, James Hornfischer, has written several excellent works of naval history.

40 posted on 06/10/2012 10:41:53 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
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To: marktwain

” For a time, she lived in the Caribbean, rode fast boats, knew heroes, defeat, and victory. This woman is my mother, and she knew some of the joy of life again as I read Matt Bracken’s dystopic action thriller, Castigo Cay. “

Way to go!


41 posted on 06/11/2012 11:04:42 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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