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Author and Aviatrix MayCay Beeler is Flying High After Picking Up Her Eighth Book Award in Los Angeles Last Month


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WINNER 2018 Los Angeles Book Festival Awards Biography

Award-winning Finalist 2017 Book Excellence Awards- True Crime

WINNER 2016 Hollywood Book Festival - Wild Card

Award Winner 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards) - National SILVER Medalist True Crime

Award-winning Runner-up 2017 San Francisco Book Festival- Wild Card

Award-winning Honorable Mention 2016 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards - Non-Fiction Drama

Award Winning Finalist 2015 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards- Biography Non-Fiction

Award-Winning Finalist 2014 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS - True Crime Non-Fiction

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"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, BLOW author

Author R.N. Shapiro Interviews Maycay Beeler, co-author of Buccaneer

My author-to-author interview of Maycay Beeler, record setting pilot, who coaxed Jack Reed, secretive cocaine smuggling pilot for the Colombian cartel, to reveal his ...




A private airplane in trouble. A forced crash landing. A brush with death. We've all heard about vacations from hell. This one involves a dramatic flying adventure, international intrigue, government cover-ups you won't believe, and a tropical island paradise with a seedy secret. What happens when an ailing private aircraft limps into unfriendly skies? And lands on the threshold of death? Join Pilot/Filmmaker MayCay Beeler as she personally flies two crash survivors back to the island that nearly claimed their lives in this touching documentary you won't soon forget.

2015 update: When we know better, we do better.

At the time of producing this documentary, false and misleading information was being circulated about Carlos Lehder, the Colombian drug lord, featured in this story. Many years later, after extensive research and with new information, I have identified details in this documentary that were wrong. For instance, Lehder did NOT “murder anyone who got in his way,” and the island runway (where the airplane crashed in this true story) was not likely blocked “on purpose”.

The subject matter in this DVD highlights a true and very touching lost-and-found story, featuring Norman's Cay's colorful history. The updated research indicates the sensationalized stories about Lehder’s alleged violent nature are not true—the myth was more exciting than real life. When ordering this DVD, be aware of these inaccuracies. I have been asked to not pull the documentary (DVD) so viewers may see an untainted Norman’s Cay; however, I feel the product description should have an updated perspective.

You can learn more about Lehder in the award-winning true crime book I coauthored with his best friend and codefendant: Buccaneer, the Provocative Odyssey of Jack Reed—Adventurer, Drug Smuggler, and Pilot Extraordinaire by Jack Carlton Reed and MayCay Beeler available on