Aging in Sitka spruce barrels for three decades, Bootleg Skies, Berge’s 1987 debut novel, pours like matured whisky in this 30th Anniversary Edition as it takes you to 1929 when Prohibition was simultaneously pissing off Americans while making bootleggers very rich or very dead. Meanwhile, advances in commercial aviation signaled the twilight for barnstormers hopping rides from hay fields in open-cockpit biplanes. But Jake Hollow, an enterprising, if ethically-challenged, tramp pilot grabs opportunity to combine flying with bootlegging to make the big, illegal—and potentially deadly—bucks. Click here to order.
Nothing gold can last, so when Depression replaces Prohibition in the 1930s, unemployed flying bootleggers, like Jake, follow the American dream to the rainbow’s dead end—Hollywood. Broke, hungry and without wings, Jake rides the rails into L.A. at the same time the East Coast Mob, led by Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, arrives in style to spread its wings over the City of Angels. With Prohibition repealed, mobsters turn to expanding illegal gambling operations in Southern California. To skirt the law, the casinos are loaded onto old steamships and anchored in coastal waters outside the three-mile limit. What’s illegal on land is vaguely legit offshore. As the money rolls in on the tide it carries the bodies of those who don’t play by the rules—Mob rules, Hollywood rules. And Jake Hollow rarely plays or flies by the rules, because That’s Life, I Guess. Click here to order.
This easy-to-read aviation book is ideal for student pilots with no flight background who wish to gently immerse themselves in flight training. Perfect for private and sport pilots to brush up on the aero basics before a biennial flight review (BFR). Flight and ground school instructors will appreciate the Private Pilot Beginner's Manual (for Sport Pilots too) 2nd Edition as the ultimate guide for introducing or reviewing aeronautical basics without scaring off future, or returning, pilots with overly technical dissertations. You'll laugh, you'll fly, you'll refer back to it throughout your flying life. Keep Flying! Click here to order.
It’s 1937. The Depression lingers as Dust Bowl and SPAM enter the American lexicon. War begins in Spain. Amelia Earhart is lost over the Pacific, and the King of England, unable to cope with her loss, abandons the throne to marry some woman he pretends to love. More importantly, Prohibition is over, leaving thousands unemployed. Gangsters, G-men and barnstormers who’d once made a respectable living in the bootlegging trade turn now to less interesting work. For pilots this means airline jobs, except for one enterprising flyer, Kate Strauss, who can’t qualify for the airlines, because No Women Allowed in the cockpit. Kate, along with a devoted circle of friends and lovers, keeps a small midwestern flight operation aloft by the numbers…the numbers racket, that is. Money laundering, Chicago mobsters, biplanes, newsreel footage, running boards on a blood red Ford V8, ten cent gas and nickel cigars, plus a few Hollywood celebrities just to give it class…it’s all Inside The Circle. (Rated PG-13 for gangland violence, crude language and shameless smoking in public.)
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Seventeen years after Artie Azzetti first appeared on Rejection Slip Theater, the author finally...finally (the lazy bum) got around to publishing a paperback collection of some of the short stories about the gang of kids from St. Anthony's Elementary School in Westwood, New Jersey 07675 (Exit 168 Garden State Parkway). You'll laugh, you'll sneeze, you'll get detention in Sr. Belladonna's class. But that's no excuse. Order your copy of Artie Azzetti & Me today....no, today. Click here to order.
Black Knight of the Soul first aired as a radio drama written by Paul Berge, host of Rejection Slip Theater. This medieval fantasy drama tells the story of King Edgaard of Delberry Cue and his fight to regain the crown that was rightfully his, but (as often happens) was usurped by a thoroughly nasty fellow named Cardinal Baskill.
Murder, intrique, passion, battle scenes on foggy moors...it's all here and ready to go on stage. So assemble you cannons, archers and actors, and then, contact Ahquabi House Publishing for permission to present Black Knight of the Soul.
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Three one-act plays, by Paul Berge, originally performed on the radio drama series "Rejection Slip Theater," now adapted for stage.
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