Jackpot Island

Tower Review

What if you picked a mega Powerball, photographed your winning ticket, but then lost it? Imagine you have proof of where you bought it confirmed, and as time ticks down you search relentlessly until, at last, time's up and you're joked about on late night TV for 15 minutes of shame...after which you are forgotten, back at your job as a bowling alley accountant. Now imagine it's a year later, and you win again. This time the jackpot is $900 million, and your ticket is sole winner. How careful would you be to protect yourself? How paranoid or cynical or shocked? Meet Howard Rosen, a lifelong loser determined to rock the world. Step one: erase his identity, and disappear. Step two: hire the tabloid writer who finds him--Jude Johnstone--to act as location scout to finance a coup against a corrupt Caribbean island dictator by staging a fake reality show like Survivor. Step 3: Re-emerge a hero, buy a neighboring island, and throw parties for other lifelong celebrities. What follows is anything but predictable, though, in this adventure/romance based partly on a true story. Set in Miami and the West Indies, no votes or numbers matter for survival here, because if you fail to beat the opposing tribe? You're shark food.
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About the author

John Caldwell developed Palm Island in the Grenadines. It happened like this: I saw an ad for island while on vacation in Barbados. Called him to ask if anyone had written his story. They had, and he had partly in "Desperate Voyage," a sailing classic about his sailing alone to Australia after the war, into a storm, to meet his wife. He later sailed with his family around the world from Los Angeles, ending up in the Grenadines, where he spied an island called Prune and approached the government of St. Vincent to develop it. He got a lease for $1 a year for 99 years, plus 12% of future profits, planted 8000 palm trees by hand, renaming it Palm Island. When I flew there and met him on assignment for Cruising World magazine, there was an independent film company planning to option his story. But it never happened. So I wrote a script, which later became this novel. The Powerball part is fiction loosely based on various lottery stories. Caldwell died, and his sons sold to a development company. It is now an upscale resort, one of the best in the Caribbean. Recommend the flying fish sandwich. 

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Publisher
Tower Review
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Published on
Sep 1, 2018
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Pages
213
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ISBN
9781370888252
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Language
English
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This content is DRM protected.
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