With- Last Flight Out-Robert Eringer consolidates his well-earned reputation as today's premier "Road Novelist"- a tradition reaching back to Jack Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson. Matching the considerable strengths of his acclaimed earlier entry- Motional Blur- he expands his reach into the extra dimension of time travel in a way similar to Kurt Vonnegut. His protagonist is a "hipper" modern version of Billy Pilgrim who through the portal of a strange Sausalito photo shop is launched into a time warping mission to "fix" the Past. As earlier time travelers like Conan Doyle's "Connecticut Yankee" found it isn't easy to fix the past and in the end it is the traveler who is most changed. Along the way Eringer delivers some stunning cameos from Mark Twain to Marilyn Monroe and Dallas 1963 to Auschwitz 1944. Eringer's own "Road" has steadily led upward and I think his best is yet to come.
Excellent novel! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Robert is a great storyteller. And this is a great story. Hello Hollywood-are you paying attention? (I felt the same way about his last book, Motional Blur). This one grabs your attention by its collar, and pulls you into Robert’s world-that is reminiscent of a great Kurt Vonnegut fantastical story. Robert’s diverse, and mysterious, background takes you on a wild ride designed to challenge your version of reality. And, at the end, there are many pearls of wisdom, unexpectedly. I was reminded of author Richard Bach’s metaphysical style, later in the book. Robert has his own style that is unique to him. Let him take you on a trip with this book, that will shake up your everyday existence. You won’t regret it.
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About the authorA novel by Robert Eringer
As a novelist, Robert Eringer inhabits a world of master spies, billionaires, royalty and delusional lunatics. In reality, he keeps the same company. Two decades ago, a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court (Liberty Lobby v. Jack Anderson) called him “mysterious” and questioned his “actual existence.” Eringer, himself, continues to question actual existenceHe began as a London-based correspondent, filing feature stories and high-profile interviews from around Europe. Later, as an investigative reporter Eringer raked the gutter, exposing sleaze-balls and scumbags.Eringer evolved from journalism to private intelligence before embarking on a ten-year career operating undercover for FBI Counterintelligence. Some of his missions are included in Ruse, published in 2008.For five years, Eringer was spymaster to Prince Albert II of Monaco. After Albert’s ascension to the throne, following Prince Rainier’s death in April 2005, Eringer created the principality’s first (unofficial) intelligence agency, the Monaco Intelligence Service.Resettling in Santa Barbara, he became “The Investigator” (a weekly column) for the Santa Barbara News-Press.In 2016, Eringer returned to fiction with the publication of Motional Blur acclaimed by T.C. Boyle as "A nonpareil road novel that winds up packing a real emotional punch."
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EventsA novel by Robert Eringer
Last Flight Out (book signing)
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 3:00 PM
Robert Eringer will discuss his newest book and answer questions. The novel takes you on a journey unlike any other, running into Mark Twain, and others from bygone eras — all the while paying homage to an iconic TV series, The Twilight Zone.Admission: $00.00
The Book Loft1680 Mission Dr
Solvang, CA 93463
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InterviewsA novel by Robert Eringer
At 35 minutes and 25 seconds into this interview, the discussion turns from Eringer's storied background to a discussion about the novel. Eringer dedicates Last Flight Out to the victims of the 2018, Montecito mudslide, which claimed 20 of his neighbor's lives and ravaged his residence. The details of this experience is journaled in "Mudslide" (January 12, 2018)Eringer explains that the novel is premised upon his experience as an entrepreneur and his frustration in dealing with the municipal and state regulations involved with operating a simple neighborhood bar. Eringer closed his art-themed bar, Bo Henry’s, after one of his employees was caught serving a minor in an ABC sting. Given the choice, Eringer chose to close the business for thirty days rather than financially subsidize the state agency's entrapment operations on the bar's first violation. The Santa Barbara Noozhawk reported on the incident in 2014.The book's protagonist is the small business owner who is fed up and spontaneously takes the last flight out of Santa Barbara Airport.
Robert Eringer catches up with Jim Worther, discussing his new novel, Last Flight Out. Other topics include the indictment of attorney Gregory Craig who defended the Principality of Monaco in Eringer's civil suit, his encounter with Christopher Steele and admiration of his professionalism, and Russian disinformation techniques. Eringer also describes surviving the mudslide and being flooded out of his Montecito home, just after the largest California wildfire season on record.