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Publisher's Summary

Roger Reaves grew up a poor farm boy in Georgia and went from making 'moonshine' to becoming one of the most prolific smugglers of the 20th century. He covered six continents, transporting 20 ton ship loads of hash, tons of cocaine, and completed more than 100 sorties across the US border with plane loads of marijuana. His friends and associates spanned the globe - from Medellin Cartel kingpins Jorge Ochoa and Pablo Escobar, to "Mr. Nice" Howard Marks and the infamous Barry Seal who was Roger's close friend and employee. He escaped from prison on five separate occasions; was shot down in both Mexico and Colombia; and tortured almost to death in a Mexican prison. Despite it all, Roger still has a twinkle in his eye as he recounts his life story. And you have probably never heard of him...till now.

©2016 William Roger Reaves (P)2021 William Roger Reaves

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By far the best autobiography I’ve ever read. First heard about Roger Reeves on the Lex Fridman podcast and was instantly intrigued. This led me to purchase the audible book. I was not disappointed. I’m so grateful that Roger is finally home with his family.
P.S. I have never left a review but I was so moved by his story I felt compelled to share a review and encourage others to buy the book.

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His tv interviews are fun to watch!

Some crude language but what a life this man lived and survived to tell. I’ve listened to his tv interviews and his story is unreal!

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Great telling of an interesting life…

The author narrates his own life story, a very interesting one at that. Some of the other reviews spoke negatively about this, but I will give up a little fluidity in the story to have it told in the authors own authentic voice. The story does jump around from time to time but it really didn’t bother me much…it’s a rich story that I really enjoyed, definitely worth a listen!

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awsome

one of the best accounts you will ever hear. also the authors narration really adds alot to the story

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Incredible!!

Incredible story with fantastic deliverance from its author. As a former outlaw myself so many aspects of Roger's life resonated with me and many more would be quite unbelievable if I didn't know them to be true. I will definitely be listening to this book again next year and hope that Roger finds the time to write another.

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This is a wonderful and magnificent story

This true tale, read by the very individual that lived this life stole my mind fir the duration. I feel like I know Mr. Reaves and I’m so very happy that he, as we like to say in the Deep South, “give em hell” and kept the good lord and right from wrong in his heart while doing so. God Bless you sir and yours.

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Incredible!

It might sound like fiction to most. Having been born and raised in the South Bay- Manhattan, Redondo, Hermosa & Hawthorne In addition I have traveled to several or the locations mentioned - Ambergris Caye, Roatan, Tikal, Costa Rica, Nica, Grand Cayman, Trinidad, Barbados etc. I will say what he says is no lie! I could not stop listening. His good ole boy tough guy shit is but much- regardless great book.

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A man’s, man.

Just getting started listening but,
Ever since I watched Mr. Reaves interview with Lex Friedman I wanted to buy the book but, wasn’t able and I kept looking on audible for it too. Knowing that if Mr Reaves actually read the book himself it’d be an even greater read. So sure enough they finally got it on Audible and The Man with the golden voice (from my part of the world) is, reading it himself! Halaluyah!
I’m only 10min in and it’s already gripping and everything I hoped for.

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great book

An honest and courageous good listen that kept the story moving. His is well told, especially when he started trafficking cocaine and his trial and imprisonment.

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Yea he's not an author, so what?

I have seen a few negative reviews on this book about "how it wasn't well written", "poor plot", etc. Sure, Roger Reaves isn't a true "author", but this is basically his memoirs. Sure it rambles a little from time to time, but this man has done more adventurous stuff in his life than the majority of us could even dream of.

Bottom line, I found it highly entertaining, and I'm glad Mr. Reaves was able to share this.

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  • 08-17-21

Amazing Life Story Told By a Natural Narrator

This is a personal account of someone on the wrong end of the absurd war on drugs. It highlights that the idea of good and bad is nuanced

The stories of adventure are riveting and the author has a natural talent for a good yarn.

I couldn't stop listening; an ideal book for audio format.

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  • 08-09-21

It’s like listening

It’s like listening to my grandfather tell old stories. I’m only a hour in and I’m thoroughly enjoying it

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  • 03-17-22

Me, my Dog and Roger Reeves

I go out early with my beagle Alfie for long 10 mile walks, he’s getting on a bit now in years and our walks have gone from 15/12 miles to 10’s because he’s slowing down as we all are.
I found the Smuggler and Rogers real and friendly voice has kept me hooked on his life of action, drug smuggling and, massive high’s and cavernous depths. I’ve found myself out for hours and doing extra walks and extra miles to listen to what happens next.
Excellent narration from Roger himself , sad but Roger stay’s upbeat no matter what it seems.
Great story and good luck to Roger

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  • Scott Almond
  • 08-02-22

Smuggler

What an incredible story. We could all learn a lot from Reaves, despite being a smuggler he has a good moral compass.

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  • Philip Hickleton
  • 05-04-22

Slow to start then interesting and intense

How much is enough? but a great adventure and listen and lots of it if you think smuggling is the easy way out check this Out!

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  • Shane
  • 02-10-22

great listen

Found it very honest and interesting. Narration by author was a big plus as he was telling his own story and his accent was a big part of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-21-22

Wowza....

This man's life is the very definition of "full"!

Thanks so much for sharing your life story, as hard as it is to believe in part. As a fellow pilot you made my heart race and my mouth grin describing your many close calls. I applaud your down to earth, honest style. Like us all, you aren't a perfect man, but the depth of your caring and compassion for others, and for life, is endearing. You really do inspire one to make the very most of every day we have on this earth.

Best wishes to you and your lovely family, wherever you are!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-15-22

Incredible Book I loved it

This is one of the best books I ever read I highly recommend it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-21

Dull

Dishonest author, simpleton literature, painfully slow. Do yourself a favour and find another book, I suggest marching powder.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-21

Fantastic

This is a must read. What a horrible unbalanced world we live in. Thanks Rodger for your take on life and love.