Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Researching Dillinger's Decption by Ronald K. Myers



While doing research for Dillinger’s Deception and Impossible Gold, a suppressed memory of author Ronald K. Myers surfaced:

At the age of three, he was in the machine-gun turret protected Jungle Inn casino.  While his father was conducting some sort of business there, Myers was inside sitting on a wooden table that was close to one of the steel gun turrets.  Not only were machine guns in the turrets, shotguns were also ready for use  The man behind the turret must have accidently let a shotgun slip next to the long rectangular opening.  It rattled like thunder.  Myers jumped up off the board and cried.  The man laughed.  Every time Myers stopped crying and calmed down, the man rattled the shotgun and laughed.

The first in a series, Dillinger’s Deception starts us on a road never traveled before.  Here, sensible
Freddy, wise guy Rafferty, and the incandescent Neal McCord, push a 1940 hot rod Ford to the limit and race over the border to borrow a Canadian flag.  After they run smack into a wicked brooding
mass of ugly, stone-faced Mafiosi wanna be’s, it becomes a ‘refusing-to-die’game.They end up with a bank bag that leads them to the Jungle Inn Casino.  
Although the notorious Purple Gang, John Dillinger, and gangsters from all over the country no longer visit the former gun-turret protected safe haven, the sprawling building creates chaos, but the sunrise souvenir is within their grasp.

Reading like an express train, Ronald K. Myers’ tale of a hot rod Ford racing through the midnight streets with its passengers attempting to break away from poverty and themselves shakes the
shackles of society and takes us to a place where nightmares come true.

Author’s Biography

Whether American novelist Ronald K. Myers, is remembering the brutalities of being beaten
when he could scarcely walk, being outweighed and outclassed in the boxing ring, or dying and coming back to life, his writing reveals things we could not have expected.

His humor-sprinkled novel, I’m Gonna Cut Your Ears Off, is perhaps one of his best wild tales about life among the depressed economic classes of the U.S. children of mill workers of Pennsylvania.  His futuristic novels include Pigmy Wars,The Orange Turn, and Stay On the Blue Grass.  Characters in his thrillers Dillinger’s Deception and Impossible Gold are forced to jam years of living into a few days. Dangerous Detour gives us a glimpse of the isolated island of
The Rock, Shemya, Alaska.

When Myers and, Kenny, a brother he never knew he had, were united and they exchanged life
histories.  In disbelief, Kenny asked him if he had all his oars in the water. And it is no wonder.  Butcher-knife-carrying bullies chased four-year-old Myers and threatened to cut his ears off.  When he was a little older, he worked for months with a broken shovel and dug a pond in a creek.  Fish and other wildlife came, and he used the pond water to raise over a hundred rabbits. 
Then, neighbors ran raw sewage into the creek, poisoned his rabbits and killed the fish.  And wildlife no longer came.  He was told that it was progress,and that nothing could be done about it. 
This is the driving force behind his futuristic novels Stay On the Blue Grass, The Orange Turn, and Pigmy Wars.

At the age of twelve, completely paralyzed with rheumatic fever, Myers was condemned to be
a cripple for the rest of his life. He fought his way back to his feet, limped back to school; and because he couldn’t fight back and was considered an “other-side-of-the-tracks slum kid” who swam
and hung around a polluted river; cruel rich kids pummeled him.  He took the beatings, fought the crippling legacy of the disease, and became a championship high school wrestler.  
With a college scholarship almost in his pocket, he got married, joined the Army Security Agency, and made it through a cryptic school where a few candidates who washed out were taken away in
straight jackets.


Then, he was transported to Shemya, an isolated island at the end of the Aleutian chain,called, “The Rock.”  Under the cloud of threatening Russian capture, he became a guinea pig in a nuclear test called Long Shot.  During the 1968 Washington, DC race riots, he was a gas station shift-leader and experienced the violent racial side of the American dream.  In the late sixties, he was a semi-drunk in Chitose,Japan.  
Back in the states, he landed in a steel mill, operating a 225-ton Hot Metal Crane from six stories up, where he watched many men get crippled and killed.  When he boxed, he was called an animal.  Whenhe jumped on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, he became a hill-climbing nut.  He has won arm wrestling championships. 
On calmer more civilized days, he attended the University of Virginia, was a tour guide, a mailbox painter, tree trimmer,clerk on the Erie and B&O Railroads, diesel locomotive mechanic, high school wrestling coach, salesman, construction worker, roofer, scuba diver,power lifter, union representative, electrician, and newsletter publisher.  He is also the inventor of magical trick rope called Flick It.  
What else has he done?  Died in 1998, came back to write. His varied life experiences are reflected in his writings.  When he’s not swimming, fishing, or at a writer’s meeting, he can be found in Pennsylvania, reading and writing.

Dillinger’s Deception, Stay On the Blue Grass, The  Orange Turn, and I’m Gonna Cut Your Ears Off, are available at Double Dragon Publishing, Amazon.com and just about any eBook sites.  Pigmy Wars will be released in August of 2016.  Impossible Gold will be released soon. 
Until next time,

Ronald K. Myers








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