Jim Reed isn’t a celebrity or multi-millionaire. In fact, those walking past him on the street won’t see anything other than an ordinary guy with that great American wit and integrity. However, he has a led a life most can only dream of, and his new memoir takes flight to explain all.
‘Turning Final, A Life Complete” recounts Reed’s life at the controls of a myriad of flying machines and watercraft to complete tasks ranging from highly-secret government missions to daredevil escapades that are just plain old fun.
“You wouldn’t believe it, but I was born on a kitchen table in Brooklyn during the Great Depression and life’s odds were stacked against me,” explains Reed, whose father abandoned him and his mother. “However, this tough beginning injected the resilience and drive into my soul that has given me a life that few are afforded.”
“It’s tough to believe that I broke free of the chains and rose to become a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. The 45 years that ensued turned me into something of a modern-day swashbuckler. If I wasn’t commanding some of the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft in just about every country around the world, I was at sea sailing boats to Japan and breaking further personal records. You’d be amazed how much the right type of person can fit into their life!”
Reed hopes that his story will inspire an entire generation.
“It’s often tough to get what you want out of life, but I am proof that it can be done. Determination is the key as well as building the strength required to overcome the adversity that will naturally stand in someone’s way. My book is a showcase of what achieving dreams looks like, and its words could literally be life-changing for the right type of reader,” he adds.
‘Turning Final, A Life Complete” is available online.