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The story of a man put in the middle of doing what is legally right over going into a life of crime with a dear friend he cares for. The choices we make, the aspects of life, hanging on the edge of balance, and the everlasting effects that follow, are all found within this literary delight....

Title : The Audubon Caper: The Untold Story of the Theft of an American Treasure
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ISBN : 9781612960944
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Number of Pages : 164 Pages
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The Audubon Caper: The Untold Story of the Theft of an American Treasure Reviews

  • Zoe Saadia
    2019-04-25 07:46

    I was meaning to pick "Audubon Caper" for some time, but the moment I peeked into the sample chapter I knew I have to read this book. It gripped me from the very beginning, the author's way to address the reader in the friendly conversational way of someone telling you his story. I didn't know that it was a creative non-fiction in the beginning. It felt like a well written thriller, with its mounting action and the well-defined characters. But of course the realization that the story has truly happened was another delicious tidbit, to enhance my reading experience.The fascinating world of the organized crime and its dynamics with the legal powers of the state, the decisions the FBI agents would sometimes take as though they were playing chess, with the "small fry" of the regular people caught in this grand game, forced to take their roles often against their will, the situation in the after-Vietnam USA, the state of mind of people from all cuts of society, all those made this story into a fascinating read as the plot progressed and got more and more complicated. Never once my attention wandered, and many times the story surprised me with its unpredictable turns.I enjoyed this book immensely and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in broadening his/hers horizons, while enjoying a good deal of action and adventure.

  • Roy Murry
    2019-05-04 11:35

    It was my first endeavor as a writer. However, I had a easy task in writing the story, because I am the main character. The problem I had it putting the adventure down on paper was - I couldn't write.I started out with 525 doubled spaced pages and the story went in many directions - not the one I wanted. I decided to take a writing class and then all things fell in place a year and half ago. With a mentor(Everyone needs one,) I narrowed down the story to its root - my character's conflict over what he wanted in life - turn to a life of crime with a friend and defy a Govt. Agent or take the hard road and free himself and family of a life of crime by turning over the Audubon prints to their owners.My story is an Autobiographic True Crime that moves fast over the pages. My mentor, Kathryn Johnson, says The Audubon Caper is a Page Turner.

  • John
    2019-05-03 12:38

    Short but very captivating. An up & comming writer.

  • Bill
    2019-05-02 08:34

    I have known R. Murry for about six years and he was invited to Laura's and my wedding. He is a friend of Laura's mother. So we thought of him as a friend and respected him for how he was living - going from homelessness to being a stable individual. When he said he was going to write a book about his life two years ago, I just said to him that was nice. In the back of my head, YA RIGHT!!!When his book was published, Laura's mother said we should read it. I thought - Maybe it will be boring, but due to our respect of him, we bought a copy from him.I couldn't put the book down and I only read about five to six books a year. I read THE AUDUBON CAPER - twice. The pages just kept on turning. I was interested in where the story would end and had to confirm in my mind who this man was. This man has been living here for seven years and we didn't really know him. That alone was a surprise.I didn't know we had a writer in our mist an now an Published Author. The storytelling is this book is as easy to read as Mark Twain's books - down to earth and right to the point - no flowery words.A must read of True Crime or Biographical enthusiast.

  • Peggy
    2019-05-21 09:39

    The candor and style of this creative non-fiction tale made for an engaging read. Roy Murry slowly drew me in with his straightforward, no-nonsense approach in this tale of intrigue, betrayal, and conspiracy, a combo that plays throughout his story. I loved the way it flowed between the present to the past and back to the present seamlessly. The give and take with a drug-related personal friendship, the mafia, the FBI, and competing governmental agencies played well with dialogue that kept me reading further to find out where it would all end up. A very enjoyable read by an Author who pulled off his tale of intrigue with style, wit and open, honest frankness, leaving one to speculate: in the end, who can you really trust?

  • Teresa McRae
    2019-05-02 04:33

    Interesting story. Written in a captivating way. Enjoyed it.

  • Theresa Braun
    2019-05-14 06:48

    R. Murry’s The Audubon Caper is a fast-paced story. There are so many things going on in this creative non-fiction tale. One of the greatest things about this book is that it’s based on a true story. I kept thinking about that as I read, noting that definitely truth can be stranger than fiction. Murry’s writing lets us really get to know him. He’s frequently very open about his thoughts and feelings throughout the tale, something I really enjoyed. We see him get caught up in drugs, booze, and sex, very fitting for the ‘60s/‘70s scene—yet he graduates from college and accomplishes a lot, such as surviving Viet Nam and a number of other military feats. The story keeps us on our toes, shifting from the present and going into the past, and around again. Murry tells us one of the reasons he gets involved in stealing the Audubon paintings is because of being loosened up by cocaine and scotch. His rich college buddy van Zandt ends up roping Murry into the theft by using the powers of friendship. In addition, Murry has vowed to van Zandt’s father to keep an eye on him, keeping him out of prison. We see Murry getting in way over his head and that’s before we learn about the big named mafia guys who are connected to van Zandt.Much of the story takes place in Key West, where the theft and the trial take place. Murry’s colorful description of Key West is well done, as are his noting of details of his characters, giving us a rundown of what they wear and drink. We get a really good historical sense of the significance of the Audubon paintings, something Murry does well. It’s also fascinating how easily these artistic treasures are taken. Dancing with the FBI is one of the best parts of the story. Murry explains his complex feelings about having already served his country in war and then having to serve his country to help catch the mob. The trial where Murry testifies about his involvement in the Audubon Caper is intense. We see his having to think about himself and his new wife he hopes to be reunited with at the end of the story. Murry has to outsmart van Zandt’s lawyer and many other players in the legal debacle. We want to see him succeed and make it into the witness protection program as he is promised by the government. Murry builds effective suspense at the end of his tale and we get a satisfying conclusion—partly because we know he lives to write about it.

  • Linda Abbott
    2019-04-27 05:41

    From the opening chapter, this book captured my interest and set the stage for what was to come. The Audubon Caper is a riveting and unvarnished account of the author’s role in a major art heist and involvement with some very unsavory characters who ultimately threaten his life. He gives us a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be a government informant and enter the federal Witness Protection Program. I enjoyed the way this book took me back to the 1970s and those tumultuous days of Watergate and the end of the Vietnam War. Perhaps this resonated even more with me because I’m a member of that generation, and remember the tremendous societal and cultural upheaval and explosion of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. After distinguished service in Vietnam as a Green Beret, Roy Murry is on his way to a conventional life and job as an accountant when he meets Francis “Forrest” van Zandt. What starts as a friendship ultimately puts Roy in the midst of a plot to steal more than 400 Audubon prints valued at $400,000 from the Audubon House in Key West, Florida. One of my favorite parts of the book is his compelling account of transporting the prints. He’s driving on a dark highway, belting down scotches, and having an intense debate with himself over the choices he’s made. Love this narrative: “Looking in the mirror I saw a young man ready for a change in his present life’s pattern. Educated yes, but not using his intelligence very well. In my new life, I would emphasize my peace of mind.”This perspective is relevant beyond the scope of the story. We all find ourselves in situations we didn’t intend, when the path we’re on takes a jagged turn, and we’re faced with tough choices. What defines us is not how we got there, but how we go about setting things right. Bravo to Mr. Murry for a wonderful tale about the choices we make, consequences and redemption.

  • Nancy Silk
    2019-05-15 06:41

    "A Very Intense Story"This is a novel, based on fact, and is very gripping and thought provoking. The story starts with the happy marriage of Roy Morrell and his pregnant wife Maria, from the Dominican Republic. She feels blessed with a resident visa and a marriage that allows her to live in the U.S., escaping poverty in her homeland. She doesn't speak English and Roy struggles to speak her language. He tells her he will be gone for one or two weeks on ... business. She believes he works as a government agent. Unknown to her, Roy and his wife are in the Witness Protection Program of the U.S. Government. Roy Morell tells his story starting from his college days. He had previously completed his Army assignment in 1971 but the Army wanted him to do Reserve duty, baiting him with a commission upon graduation from college. The FBI was also interested in his skills based on his Air America operations. Even the CIA could use his skills. He wanted to be an accountant, not a puppet of the Government. He knew how the Government deceived Americans as to the reasons for the Vietnam War, and he wants total distance from Government agencies. However, a friend at college suckers him into a courier job, picking up a package in NYC and delivering it to Boston. Needless to say, he was coerced into serving the FBI as an informant ... or he'd be charged with a felony of transporting stolen artwork across state lines. This is an exemplary story based on some true events, of which the author was part of. But he has woven the facts into an exciting novel that will grab you and spin you into reading to the very end. The characters are captivating, the pace vigorous, the story line potent, engaging, and candid. A story for all Americans to read.

  • Cindy Smith
    2019-05-19 05:47

    Government control at its best, January 14, 2013This review is from: The Audubon Caper: Untold Story of the Theft of an American Treasure (Paperback)I first want to say that I was lucky enough to win a free signed copy of this marvelous book! No strings attached, this is a freely written review.Roy, a Green Beret from the Vietnam War returns home and becomes a college student involved in sex and drugs. He knows the truth about the governments policies and just wants to have a normal life. You want that for him.Enter Forrest, a fellow student who wants the good life the easy way. Forrest gets Roy involved in one illegal activity and the government takes full advantage. Roy becomes reluctantly involved with the FBI and CIA in an operation to take down a crime syndicate. His life is in the hands of these organizations as well as the US Marshall Service.Who initiates the criminal act the government needs? I am not sure. Was he really roped into the escapades with Forrest by friendship and booze, or was he a willing participant? Again, I am not sure.Mr. Murry writes so smoothly that the story flows from past to present without a ripple. His scenes of sex and drugs are reminiscent of the activities of that era but are written in such a way as to add to the story instead of becoming a major piece of it.A truly remarkable story that I find totally believable. The desire to question the government's actions at any point is instilled.Kudos to R.Murry on an excellent book!

  • Mirna
    2019-04-26 05:46

    I loved this book from the beginning. I am so proud of Roy for becoming a published author.From the writing, I can tell he worked hard to put this story on paper. His non confusing approach told the story of a man with many conflicts in his life. The main one was to stay alive and on the right side of the law - his friend Forest was on the other side.The choices one makes in his life affects many people: Family and Friends alike. Roy, the main character, makes many bad decisions that get him in trouble with the government, who want him to help put mobsters away to pay for his sins. Roy finally gives into the FED s and turns against his criminal friends, who could care less about him.The theft of John James Audubon's prints from their house in Key West, Florida upset the Audubon Society and the art world in general. Their lost was a crime and their return was orchestrated to catch higher ups in the criminal chain. Not really unbelievable - it happens. This being the turning point in this adventure.The ending just gets to you. I am glad it ended well, because I would never have met R. Murry.Good Read for anyone.

  • Hilda Moret
    2019-04-22 08:25

    I normally like Romance Novels, but my husband asked me to read The Audubon Caper. I was surprised that a True Crime could be about people in love: with oneself and each other, one another, money, drugs,crime, etc.The story starts out, with the main character (Roy) getting out of bed after a get night of sex with his wife (Maria,) who seem to be in love with each other. But they are not - she in love with the fact she is married to an American; he in love with the fact that she is there and having his baby. Only problem: They're on the U.S. Govt. Witness Protection Program. The story begins.It goes through the trails and tribulations of Roy's conflicts on whether to be a criminal of a good guy. The Theft of The Audubon prints in 1977 is a major turn of event in Roy's life where he decides that home life with his love Maria is more important then staying fast with Forest and deceiving the FEDs. He is set free by returning the prints and being the Star Witness in the trial that convicts the other criminals.Roy almost pay for that act with his life, but the U.S. Marshals save the day. As good as a Romance Novel.

  • Johnh
    2019-04-28 12:32

    I have known Roy for over 20 years. Over many bottles of wine and friendship in the Dominican Republic, he told me his story. In 1999 he put that story down in print, sending it off to the Library of Congress to protect the story. The problem he had was that it was massive - over 500 double spaced pages, so he summarized for the Govt.. Many events passed since then and he has now published his book.I have just finished the book. I rate it with all the thrillers I have read that kept me on the hook - five stars: He kept me going on even though I already KNEW the story. Each page I wanted to know what was going to happen. Being an avid fast reader, I read THE AUDUBON CAPER IN TWO SITTINGS.My wife Martha and I are very proud of Roy. He is an excellent teller of his story - a very good writer/author. We can't wait for his next book, which we know he has in him, because of all the life's adventures he has been through - homelessness just one. You have seen nothing yet.

  • Kerry Reis
    2019-05-11 11:44

    In the late 70's, John James Audubon's Birds of America original prints were stolen from the Audubon House museum in Key West. This book is the somewhat autobiographical story of the Vietnam War veteran who was manipulated by both the art thief ringleader tied in with the mob and the FBI seeking to infiltrate and break up the art theft/drug smuggling band into becoming a part of the plot. The author writes his tale totally from his prospective in a matter-of-fact style bouncing between the events leading up to the actual robbery/recovery and the trip from his home in Witness Protective Custody to the trial to give his damaging testimony while under a million dollar hit list bounty. The tale is interesting, suspenseful at times, and critical to both the criminals and the justice system, but does not have any supportive details outside of the writer's perspective to fill in the complete story. Still, a very interesting view of justice, society and politics in the 70's.

  • David
    2019-05-03 08:36

    Roy an I have been drinking buddies for about eight years, so when he approached me to buy one of his books - I said book? You wrote a book? I didn't know that he could write our talks were always about sports an this and that. So I bought a book - his autobiographic true crime. I thought about that before I opened the book which laid there in my office for three weeks. People at the bar were telling me it was a good read - I read sports, I told them.I finally open the book to read it and it took me sometime to get into the story. But when I did, it was an unbelievable story. I asked Roy about the truth of the matter - 80-90% true, depending who you talk to, he said.What a story - having the mob put a "HIT" on you and being on the U.S. Witness Protection Program. He has a story to tell and if you want a very good read, I recommend it. Oh! Roy can WRITE!

  • Drthomas
    2019-05-01 08:50

    The Psychological trip taken by the writer, this being a True Crime Autobiography, was incredible. Having known Roy for a number of years, I couldn't believe he did what he did. Not the man I know.He had told me, when we were both homeless in 2002, that he had an outline of HIS BOOK. What could one say at that point - Ya Right.In retrospect, I saw the photo's that he has on The Audubon Caper Page at that time: It was just hard to believe.Now, I believe. His story is written very well and I know because I've been a Foreign Correspondent for a number of years. He presents his story with profound credibility, using a creative nonfiction easy to read prose.He kept me entrenched in the fast moving narrative. A Good Read Indeed.

  • Christoph Fischer
    2019-04-30 05:39

    “The Audubon Caper: The Untold Story of the Theft of an American Treasure” by Roy Murry is a thriller set in the grey area somewhere between speculative fiction and fictionalised non-fiction. According to the afterword some characters are real while others are added.This creates a very fascinating and engaging pull into the story about art theft and governmental conspiracy. A Vietnam Veteran, Roy, becomes with the more ‘fast-lane’ fellow student Forrest and together they get involved in sex and drugs and crime before getting into bigger schemes.Not knowing the history of the events that are real helped to fully get into the suspenseful story. As piece of fiction it is a great thriller that delves deep into the characters and their lives and motives. As speculation it is sound and credible. A very enjoyable book.

  • Jrubin
    2019-05-01 04:37

    The adventure that Mr. Murry takes us through is real to life. Well, it's an autobiography with a twist. He is involved with a friend who is a controller. Because of circumstances, the events lead to the theft of John James Audubon's print from Key West, Florida.Mr. Murry leads through the events commenting along the way his feelings that tell us he is forced into the events because the FBI are pulling one way and his friend Forrest the other, being crime. Murry decides to make the right decision - a crime less life, living with his new wife.We are taken from College in Massachusetts, to Key West, then to the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.Drugs, sex, greed are an important parts of the story. They are used to motivate the characters. It's Mr. Murry who comes out without a scare other than being on the Witness Protection for the rest of his life.

  • Larry B Gray
    2019-04-22 09:40

    Do you want to read a book that you can’t put down? Do you want a book that will grab you by the seat of the pants and will not let you go? The Audubon Caper by R. Murry is just the book for you. In this true crime tale Roy Murry has pulled it all together into a fast past adventure tale.The author did a great job in developing the storyline. It is both easy to follow and believable. Each plot and subplot kept me on the edge of my seat and unable to put the book down.The characters were easy to identify with and follow. I found myself caught up in the story, cheering for the hero all the way through. The author made each of his characters believable and likeable, even the so called bad guys.I enjoyed reading The Audubon Caper by R. Murry and I highly recommend it. [Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]

  • Hollybrookelaine
    2019-04-29 08:43

    I live at Hollybook where Roy works. I bought a book from him out of respect, like many other golfers - we like him. What we didn't know that he could write. Now he is a published Author. If no one else said it yet, we at Hollybrook are proud of him.I am into Romance novels, so my autographed book sat there for two months. Then I pick it up and couldn't put it down. The Audubon Caper chapters just kept on turning. Better than some of the trash I have read as Romance novels.Roy kept me interest to the end. It's hard to believe that our Roy was into so much trouble when he was young. I am 82 and have many stories to tell, but I could not have wrote or told his story the way he did.If your retired, spend an afternoon reading this book. I did and I am happy I did.

  • Fred
    2019-05-07 05:34

    I finished The Audubon Caper yesterday and it's a book I couldn't put down. I read in two sittings.A mixture of drama and thrilling events that I can associate with, having spent much time in the Caribbean where the background takes place - Haiti, Dominican Republic,Puerto Rico and Key West.Certainly the author would be hard pressed to come up with this story if the adventure wasn't factual, because his detail in places I have been and know are right on the mark. His character, himself, and I have checked is the real person.I recommend this novel for it's colorful entertainment. It's an insight into crime in the crime which I have seen at first hand.Buy the book and you'll have a Good Read.

  • Paul
    2019-05-19 10:24

    I am a member of Hollybrook Golf & Tennis where R. Murry (Roy) works in the Pro Shop during the season. When he published his book it was the buzz of the community - I think he sold 200 books to members.Members talk, not much to me, but they talk. The consensus was Roy published a book?! Well he did and everyone was reading it.My opinion, if you want it, is that he did a surprisingly good job of writing. I am into crime - last book was MAFIA KINGFISH by John H Davis, which I thought was too long to get the point across. Not THE AUDUBON CAPER - IT'S SHORT AND RIGHT TO THE POINT. How he made it through it (His story) is unbelievable. The Mafia had a hit on him in the 70s and he lived. A must read for True Crime lovers.

  • James
    2019-05-03 07:40

    Being a lawyer who had close workings with the U.S Marshals, I know what Roy went through. I can only say I am surprised. I didn't know until he told that he wrote the book and gave me the story line.I read it with knowledge that most people don't have - having had a client on the Witness Protection Program. It's a physiological night mare for the client, in this case Roy, because someone wants to KILL YOU. They want you dead!This story gets to the point and kept me interest right to the end. Roy is a very good writer. I recommend this speedy pace book to everyone who reads True Crime. This book is as true as you can get.

  • Robert Jr.
    2019-05-02 11:53

    The Audubon Caper: The Untold Story of the Theft of an American Treasure (Kindle Edition)SEX, DRUGS, ROCK AND ROLL, AND THE CHOICE BETWEEN what one perceives as the easy life or working. Welcome to Florida in the flash days, easy money, friends that are only users, and a fast track to jail. I enjoyed the Audubon Caper, the fact it is based on a true crime made it that much more interesting. Mr. Murry writes crisply and the pace will keep you on the edge of your chair. Without giving anything away if you like stories of capers you will enjoy this book. Who at one time did not want to do something a little on the wrong side of the law?

  • Brian
    2019-05-18 11:35

    Wow!! I never ever gave a review of a book in my life. I am doing this for two reasons: I enjoy Roy's company and I loved his book. Reading is not what I do, but when everyone at the Anchor Inn told me how good the book was, I had to try and read it.To my surprise, the reading was easy and quick. I couldn't stop until I finished it.What a life Roy has had being on the Witness Protection Program and having the mob trying to kill him. I don't know if I could of handled the pressure. But, he made the right decision and worked with the FBI to get the John James Audubon prints back and going to court against the others, even though his life was on the line.Great Read.

  • Gary
    2019-04-23 12:44

    I read this book not too long ago and could not put it down. Roy Murry's life was incredible. He tells his story in this novel. You wouldn't think he had such an adventure in his life by looking at the quiet man I know.The read moved so fast I was through the story before I knew it - fast pace. It's a story that takes you to foreign lands with the government and the mob putting him in a no win situation. Nerve racking non the least.Loved his style and story: Simple and straight forward.

  • Kay Robinson
    2019-05-14 08:42

    Being a great fan and collector of everything Audubon related I loved this, a book based on fact about one of my favourite books. I do wonder whether Mr Murry modelled Morrell on the person he'd like to have been (sex, drugs, and rock n roll), anyway a nice clever mix of reality and fiction, well written too. A great plot and a great book to read while lounging on the patio with a few long cool drinks. Whether you know of Audubon or not it makes for a great and tense thriller. Highly recommended.

  • Thomas
    2019-04-20 08:54

    I am a fan of Roy Murry's writing and have read his books (The Audubon Caper and The Three Wives of Don Quixote Smith,) two times each.Both novels were easy to read and fast paced. The Audubon Caper, his autobiographical true crime was most interesting and fantastic mostly because I know Roy. We have talked about it on numerous occasions - very cool.Three Wives was different and kept my attention. Saucy and from the women's point of view. My wife loved both books. We exchanged each on our last cruse.Using common language, Roy writes well thought-out stories.

  • Fred Fischer
    2019-04-28 04:38

    The book was very insightful into the life of a man who did the right thing by following the law. He paid the price and spent many years on the Witness Protection Program. It must have taken a toll on him and his family.The story flowed very fast. I think I read it in four sittings. I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read about personal conflicts between right and wrong. In this case, the right was not really the easy way to go. The life of crime was the easiest way to go.The character took the hard way, but became free from crime.

  • Wayda
    2019-05-06 09:41

    Steve and I know the Author from the Anchor Inn. They had a book signing for him when his book was published in March 2012 and we bought a copy. What a whirlwind! The story just takes you away into an adventure that I don't believe that I could cope with. To be in the position that he was in 35 years ago, as a young buck, is incredible.Both Steve and I read the book and compared notes. We agree: It's a very exciting read. Can't wait to see what Roy will write next. He has had an adventurous. Not the person we know - a lot has happened in 35 years.Good Read; Good Man!!!!!