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“John H. Cunningham’s “Crystal Blue” will make you a Buck Reilly fan, if you’re not already. Cunningham’s ability to take the Antilles, a collection of tropical Caribbean islands that spreads out from the Bahamas and ends off the coast of South America, and turn them from sandy beaches and bars of Paradise to a precarious locale whenever Buck Reilly shows up is unique. Along the bumpy and exciting ride, you can expect Reilly’s eclectic group of friends and miscreants to show up, along with his nemeses FBI Special Agent T. Edward Booth – who is not above blackmailing Reilly to get what he wants.

Of course, there’s the “Beast,” Reilly’s air worthy, if not color-coordinated seaplane, a beautiful woman – looking for a missing husband and trying to put on a benefit rock concert in the British Virgin Islands – and an array of thugs.

Reilly needs the money from the charter businesses but ends up in a misadventure that threatens his life, his seaplane, the rock concert and the beautiful married woman. As he tries to sort out what’s happening, deal with Booth, and protect his plane, Reilly has to stay alive to accomplish it all. He finds out it’s not as simple as sippin’ a mojito on a barstool in Key West.

You’ll be reading all night because the page-turner of a book will keep you wondering until the last pages.” - Michael Haskins, author of the Mick Murphy series

"Green To Go is a rip-roaring, lock you to your seat adventure that careens through the Caribbean with the momentum of a crash landing. Great characters, excellent suspense, just enough romance, and lots of action, all bound together with the author's crisp writing style." - Michael Reisig, author of The Road To Key West

"RED RIGHT RETURN is a high-energy romp through the streets of Key West and the skyways of the Florida Straits. Cunningham's treasure-hunting, amphibian-flying hero, Buck Reilly, could be a reincarnation of Travis McGee with wings. RRR is the first in what will surely be a series of classic Florida adventure novels. Great fun, highly recommended." - Robert Gandt, author of Brick Maxwell series, screenwriter, Naval fighter pilot, historian, Floridian.

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The Buck Reilly series started with Red Right Return, was followed by Green to Go, Crystal Blue, Second Chance Gold and the latest release is Maroon Rising...

Buck wants only three things out of life: A plane to fly, a treasure to find, and a beautiful woman to rescue.

Set against the stunning scenery and freaky fabulousness of the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, Cuba and throughout the Caribbean, Cunningham joins the ranks of Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard, Randy Wayne White, John D. MacDonald and Papa himself in a rich new series for mystery lovers and thrill seekers everywhere.

But Buck is no ordinary hero. A product of his times and ours, too, he’s laying low and trying to fly under the radar in the aftermath of economic catastrophe, family tragedy, and a search for personal redemption that might well have Hemingway turning in his grave. He’s a nice guy who‘s determined not to finish last, but with only an antique plane, desire and intuition, he may not finish at all.

Back in his bad old days on Wall Street, Buck ran e-Antiquity, plundering the world’s treasures, (and a few of his investors’ pockets) for some pretty handsome profit. He wasn’t a bad guy back then, he just didn’t know any better. But life turned ugly for this former Wall Street darling when the market crashed, his company cratered and the FBI investigated the bankruptcy. With his marriage over, his business partner convicted for hiding assets in his bankruptcy, and his parents killed in a car crash outside of Geneva, Switzerland, Buck found out for certain that business wasn’t just business anymore.

These days, Buck’s a lot like the rest of us--trying to make ends meet and hoping for better times. He operates Last Resort Charter and Salvage, flying amphibious Grumman airplanes hunting for sunken treasure and taking on an occasional passenger, no questions asked.

In Buck Reilly, Cunningham has created a new sort of hero. Part quirky Parrothead PI, part Indiana Jones, with just a touch of My Name is Earl, he’s gained traction in the imagination of mystery and adventure lovers everywhere. Buck Reilly resonates with readers as we can all see parts of ourselves in him, or qualities we either love, admire or sometimes wish we could avoid. He’s one of us, and once you’ve seen the world through his eyes, the view will never be the same.

In Red Right Return, events unfold with the speed and punch of a Tarentino film script when Buck drops a beautiful one-way charter at a boat in the Dry Tortugas. When the girl goes missing, Buck is hired by her father to get her back, placing him smack in the middle of a case that involves kidnapping, smuggling, missionaries, sunken treasure, bloody birds and boozy nights in the search for one missing girl. Buck’s own cover is blown when his investigative antics land him in a Havana jail and he’s accused of being a spy. The news makes CNN, the FBI gets involved, and the whole situation threatens to blow the lid off 40 years of uneasy detente between the US and Cuba.

Buck Reilly went to hell and back in Red Right Return. In Green To Go, it’s a one-way trip.

Good news turns bad fast, and the bad just keeps coming in this thrilling new Buck Reilly adventure. The unexpected contents of his parent’s Swiss bank account offer Buck a chance to dig himself out of the hole he’s been in since the recession hit, but first he must recover the treasure maps and clues he lost at sea. Those plans get put on hold when a friend is accused of orchestrating the biggest theft in Key West’s sordid history, and the FBI uses Buck's past against him to demand that he search for the thieves who fled aboard a hundred year-old schooner.

No good deed goes unpunished, and Buck’s dogged by greed and double-crosses from Key West to the Bahamas and points south. His hunt for the missing treasure pits him against a crazed mercenary, Peruvian rebels, rogue Cuban Secret Police and a beautiful woman torn between turning Buck over to the authorities or succumbing to his charm.

Paid trip to the Caribbean sound good? Buck Reilly thinks so--flying rock stars and celebrities to a remote island for a charity concert seems a breeze--until all hell breaks loose when the promoter disappears and one of the A-list stars is kidnapped. The charity's vision to revolutionize women's Choice collides with a collection of threats that sends Buck on a wild race through the Virgin Islands fighting forbidden lust and multiple crazed killers determined to derail the event. When the facts are turned upside down and all seems lost, Buck's motley network of smugglers, arms merchants, and island eccentrics steer him to a full moon showdown to save not only the victims but the charity’s mission and the woman he's falling for.

Crystal Blue is a white knuckle ride from Key West to the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. A thrilling addition to the Buck Reilly series that includes Red Right Return and Green to Go.

Hired by billionaire Lou Atlas to search for answers about his dead nephew on St. Barths, the swankiest island in the Caribbean, Buck Reilly's dream trip goes sideways when his former business partner, fresh out of jail, returns with a vengeance. Buck is quickly eyeballs deep in complications—a race for hidden gold, the beautiful granddaughter of one of St. Barths' most famous swashbucklers, perversely ruthless treasure hunters, an alluring maritime historian, and demons from his past. The heat jumps off the page as romance, double-cross, revenge and the FBI closing in keep readers riveted to see how Buck can escape this latest adventure. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Buck Reilly's in Jamaica and back in the treasure hunting business - until some old enemies ace him out. Fortunately for Buck, a beautiful University professor with ancient Maroon secrets about Captain Henry Morgan's huge stash, missing for hundreds of years, lures him back to the chase. Thrust into turbulent waters where trust is as elusive as the treasure itself, Buck's knocked further off course with the appearance of the one-time love of his life. The heat of Maroon Rising jumps off the page as Buck ricochets from the pirate enclave of Port Royal - once the Wickedest City on Earth - to the Blue Mountains, GoldenEye, white sand beaches and the lush Cockpit Country of Jamaica. The conclusion will change Buck's life forever.