Born in 1944, at the height of World War Two, he is the product of one of the isolated Appalachian coal camps, where mines are hurriedly gouged out of the steep hillsides to supply coal to the mills and factories which produce the implements of war. A bright and inquisitive child, he is concerned with play and exploring the world around him. He attends a one-room school, and engages the world beyond through a plethora of books of ever increasing complexity and range of interests, provided to him by the county Book Mobile, which makes the rounds of the camps. He is raised largely by a hired semi-literate mountain woman and her young daughter, because his widowed, hardworking, and hard drinking coal miner father isn’t up to the task alone; his existence is yet pleasant and happy. He doesn’t know he is poor; he doesn’t feel isolated. When he is twelve his father is killed in a mine explosion, and he goes to live with an uncle, his only known relative, in a town two hours’ drive away, where he encounters an entirely different environment, one peopled by corrupt sheriffs, bootleggers, pimps and prostitutes, and indignant fundamentalist preachers. He takes it all in stride, even embraces it, and learns from it, while maintaining his virtue, more or less, with the help of a frayed copy of the Boy Scout handbook. When his uncle is robbed and killed in his presence by a corrupt, degenerate deputy sheriff, who then turns his attention on him, he takes a gun and kills the deputy sheriff. And thus, in an instant, at the age of fourteen, he becomes both homeless and a fugitive. But it is not the end of him, it is just the beginning—of seven years of extraordinary adventure and romance, which take him from the streets of the city to the corporate board room, and from his one room school house to the halls of academia. In the process, he becomes entangled in a deadly mystery, which threatens to destroy him.
Graham Grimwood loves to paint. He volunteers his time teaching senior citizens how to draw. He's never stolen so much as a candy bar in his life. And he just knocked over the Brooklyn mob to the tune of two hundred grand.After falling in with some criminal friends, Graham sees a chance to make off with a once-in-a-lifetime score. Drowning in debt, with dreams of opening his own art gallery, this could be his one shot at a new life. Snatch and grab, flee the country, and he's home free. Easy enough, right? Not exactly. Soon an army of wiseguys are after Graham's scalp, and it's time to get out of Dodge, fast. A daring escape leaves him stranded in Black Mountain, a North Carolina town full of hippies, drifters, and more drugs than a Grateful Dead concert. It's a far cry from New York, but this southern pressure cooker has a seamy underbelly all its own. And when Graham begins a fling with Cassandra Boyle, the sexy wife of a corrupt local businessman, his tenuous safe haven begins to crumble all around him.With his pursuers closing in, Graham realizes he'll need Mrs. Boyle's help to make it through this alive. Trusting her could be the last of his many mistakes, but it might also be the only chance he's got. The money, the girl, or his skin—Graham doubts he'll be leaving with all three. Whatever happens, it's going to be one hell of a ride.
Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex -boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With a bad reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah. It’s a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.
Olivia Kaspen is a sharp tongued manipulator used to always getting what she wants. With just one exception-Caleb Drake, the one she foolishly let slip away. After a chance encounter brings Caleb back into her life, Olivia finds herself wanting a second chance with her first love, and asking herself how far she is willing to go to get him back. Her only problem is a red head named Leah, Caleb's new love. Olivia must fight for what was once hers, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.
THE OPPORTUNIST – AN ENTERPRISING LIFE IN SPAIN is Craig K. Kirkland’s account of his inventive and ignoble efforts to make his fortune. After a rather unscrupulous apprenticeship in the north midlands he is forced to flee abroad to further his ambitions and in this amusing chronicle he recounts his unethical exploits with brazen honesty. Mr Kirkland’s eye-opening tale of ingenuity and avarice, though not for the overly righteous, makes for an entertaining and thought-provoking read. This book is not intended as an instruction manual and the publisher does not condone the author’s actions.
THE OPPORTUNIST – AN ENTERPRISING LIFE IN SPAIN is Craig K. Kirkland’s account of his inventive and ignoble efforts to make his fortune. After a rather unscrupulous apprenticeship in the north midlands he is forced to flee abroad to further his ambitions and in this amusing chronicle he recounts his unethical exploits with brazen honesty.Mr Kirkland’s eye-opening tale of ingenuity and avarice, though not for the overly righteous, makes for an entertaining and thought-provoking read.This book is not intended as an instruction manual and the publisher does not condone the author’s actions.
Clay Phillips has been branded by gal pal Reba as devious, unscrupulous and unprincipled in his dealings with men—in short, he’s an opportunist. Clay is good with that definition until he meets Lenny Mitchell, a young man who has just been dumped by his girlfriend because of some serious performance issues in the bedroom. Clay falls hard for Lenny and helps him get to the root of his problem. When all is said and done, both men’s lives are changed for the better and a strong bond is forged between them.
Colton has discovered what his powers can do to people and what those same people will do to get more power. Now he found someone who'll help him but is he ready for it.
Money making is an art but unfortunately not everyone is able to master this art. There are some people who can make money out of every possible opportunity. Let's take a look at one short story about an individual named Harry. This person is a real opportunist; he can make money out of any and every situation!
“Gives greater depth to our understanding of people in the Communist Party, and in particular of those who left and gave testimony against their former comrades.”—Robert Korstad, author of Civil Rights Unionism “A welcome addition to the historical literature on American anticommunism.”—Jeff Woods, author of Black Struggle, Red Scare “Incisive, provocative, thoughtful, jargon-free, a good read. A balanced comprehensible account that weaves together Crouch’s life and his era’s complex, confused political history.”—Daniel Leab, author of I Was a Communist for the FBI: The Life and Unhappy Times of Matt Cvetic Paul Crouch (1903–1955) was a naïve, ill-educated recruit who found a family, a livelihood, and a larger romantic cause in the Communist Party. He spent more than fifteen years organizing American workers, meeting with Soviet leaders, and trying to infiltrate the U.S. military with Communist soldiers. As public perceptions of Communism shifted after WWII, Crouch’s economic failures, greed, and desire for fame morphed him into a vehement ideologue for the anti-Communist movement. During five years as a paid government informer, he named Robert Oppenheimer, Charlie Chaplin, and many others as Communists, asserted that the Communist conspiracy had reached the very doorsteps of the White House, and claimed the civil rights movement was Communist inspired. In 1954, much of Crouch’s testimony was exposed as perjury, but he remained defiant to the end. How, and why, one individual—once known as the most dangerous man in America—could become a loyal foot soldier on both sides of the Cold War ideological divide is the subject of this fascinating, incisive biography.