Author(s): Bill Redding
This is the true story of some of the exploits of former American marine Bill (Red Dog) Redding, set in the lawless Colombian bandit country of the 1950s. Red Dog has been hired to fly a perilous payroll delivery to a construction company building a dam. Most of the previous pilots have been killer or robbed but Red Dog manages to outwit the bandits, deliver over half of the money and finds himself rocketed to hero status. He takes on an explosves job with the company, whose motto seems to be "safety last". But Red Dog makes his mark when he tames a man-killing horse, defuses a potential explosives disaster and dines weekly with the Bandit Queen and her 12 gun-toting sons. Finally, after a tipoff, he and his girlfriend Consuelo, plus their gold, flee for their lives through the bandit-riddled mountains. This is a riveting "wild-west" memoir, written like fiction, and will appeal especially to teenage and young adult males (and their dads).