Buccaneer- The Provocative Odyssey of Jack Reed , Adventurer, Drug Smuggler and Pilot Extraordinaire, is the stimulating, true account of the life of Jack Reed, an All-American boy turned drug smuggler; turned Robinson Crusoe, then infamous prison inmate. For the first time, Jack Reed (1930-2009) discloses his extraordinary, tabooed journey as a high flying international cocaine smuggler and personal pilot for Carlos Lehder, partner to Pablo Escobar of the infamous Medellin Cartel. Reed flew drug runs for Lehder who handled transportation, while Colombian drug lord Escobar handled production and supply Lehder’s cocaine transport empire was based at Norman’s Cay, an out island 210 miles off the Florida coast in the Bahamas. Having gained notoriety in the late 70’s as a staging point for drug smuggling, Norman’s Cay was immortalized in “Blow”, a 2001 motion picture starting Johnny Depp.
Buccaneer is an incomparable, compelling, true crime tale that propels Jack Reed the, nonconformist, on an incredible controversial journey. Overwhelmed by his desire to shed the stereotyped “Pat Boone” role of his youth, Reed pursues a life of adventure that lands him in court as the co-defendant of best friend and drug baron Carlos Lehder in the longest-running drug trial in U.S. history. In a case loaded with judicial misconduct and intense media hype, the minds of readers will be blown when they find out what happens next in this high profile historical criminal case that will make them believe in destiny. A non-violent offender, Jack was severely punished for refusing to snitch on close friend Carlos Lehder. Filled with high-flying adventure, a forbidden love, and explosive erotica, this memoir will stun readers with its honesty and candor.
“Beeler has written the raucous tale of a cocaine smuggler and incorrigible hedonist who paid for his adventures with life in prison—and would gladly have done it over again.” –Bruce Porter, author of the best-seller, Blow
“I’m no God damn rat! I’m a player. I’m a pirate. I’m a hedonist; and one hell of good smuggler, but I’m no rat! This is the true story of the events of my life. It involves arriving at the infamous Norman’s Cay in the Bahamas, participating in the island drug smuggling business, and the subsequent consequences that include stunning punishment for refusing to rat on my comrade in the courtroom.” –Jack Reed