THE SOUL OF A
The author is a storyteller, and this is a work of fact and fiction intermingled. Intended to be thought-provoking and entertaining.
NewMex, the main character, reveals a lifetime of anger and guilt while affording the reader a look inside THE SOUL OF A MAN
The Soul of a Man
As Told To
A DOCUDRAMA IN PRINT
The helpless child of God, never given a chance at life.
PATRIOT OR ASSASSIN
FACT OR FICTION
Or all of the above... The reader is given free rein to decide. Yet only the author knows, or does he?
Within these pages is the story of one man’s struggle to come to grips with, How did that ever happen?
Who killed his son—only two choices—God or his father?
NewMex, the main character, reveals a lifetime of anger and guilt while affording the reader a look inside THE SOUL OF A MAN.
Who is the biggest buyer of books in the world? Amazon? Barnes and Noble? Costco?
Nope! It’s toilet paper companies, so they can shred the books and let you wipe in comfort.
I mention that because a lot of books I am asked to read probably deserve to be Charmin.
In my many years on the radio, I’ve probably been given an average of five books a DAY to read. Let’s do the math: 25 books a week x 4 weeks. That’s 100 books a month x 12 months = 1,200 books a year. I started in radio in 1983 but really didn’t start hosting my own talk radio show until 1995. So 1,200 x 25 years = 30,000 books!
I have been asked to read nearly 30,000 books in my talk radio career. DAMN!!!!! I’ve been busy!
That being said, of those 30,000 books, very few have stuck in my mind. A minuscule number of those have been page-turners. You know, the type of book you can’t put down. You start reading and look up for a moment, only to realize you’ve been reading for a couple of hours and still don’t want to stop
That is the kind of book you have before you now—not the toilet paper kind, the page-turner kind.
As a radio personality, professional singer, #1 Amazon Best Selling Author, music producer, actor, VIP talent coach, etc., I have been blessed to have worked with many major entertainers in my life—people like Will Smith, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Seacrest, Dick Clark, Casey Kasem, Rush Limbaugh, George Michael, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Suzanne Somers, Chuck Woolery, Amy Grant, Tony Orlando, Michael Damian, Governor Sarah Palin, Wilson-Phillips, Orson Scott Card, Vice President Mike Pence, and hundreds more, along with major corporations like Coca-Cola, Mercedes-Benz, Ford. And to quote the band Journey, “It goes on, and on, and on, and on.”
I have had a backstage pass to the greatest entertainers and storytellers of our time. That being said, I can be a little jaded at times. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard, “I’m going to write a book!” I try to be encouraging, but most people just talk. Very few actually do.
When my friend Jim Eagle (now forever to be remembered as “This makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle.” — President Joe Biden) told me he was writing a book, my first reaction was the same . . .
“Uh, yah, good luck with that.” And I forgot all about it. Well, Jim is a tenacious SOB and a darn good storyteller too. I had no idea! After months of cajoling, I got my copy and read it all on one flight to Kansas City. It was so good, I couldn’t wait to land to give him my praises.
The Soul of a Man, as told to Jim Eagle by “El Cazador,” is like binging a great series on Netflix, hoping it never ends. When it does end, you actually miss the characters and can’t wait for the next season. That’s exactly how I felt when I finished this book: when will the next one come out? What happens next?
I’ve sat with Jim in the foothills of Cave Creek, Arizona, and seen the bottle of Miller Light and a shot of Baileys on a small round table to his right. Where fact and fiction meet . . . honestly, I don’t know, but it’s a heck of a ride from start to finish.
Nationally Syndicated Radio Talk Show Host
Phoenix, Arizona, 2021
Jim Eagle lives in the shadows of Black Mountain, located in an old western mining town north of Phoenix, Arizona, called Cave Creek. Entrepreneur, inventor, stock speculator, “car guy,” poet, author, and weekend cowboy, his “heroes have always been cowboys.” Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, and John Wayne were his childhood playmates.
Joy turned to sorrow for Jim at the age of nineteen when the birth of his son resulted in the death of his son eight months later. Still haunted by the tragedy fifty years later, the story within these pages is his attempt to weave fact and fiction into an exciting yet thought-provoking journey for his readers and to honor his son, James T. Eagle Jr.
May he Rest In Peace.
“When you lose a child, you lose yourself.” —Jim Eagle
The author is a storyteller, and this is a work of fact and fiction intermingled. Intended to be thought-provoking and entertaining. Names, characters, businesses, events, and incidents are mainly the product of the author’s imagination. Any similarity or reference to actual persons, places, or events is purely coincidental and/ or purposed to intrigue and entertain the reader. Furthermore, any derogatory or offensive words, depictions, or statements are purposed to enhance and clarify the storyline and not intended to offend any race, religion, gender, or institution.
Fifty percent of all proceeds will be donated to several children’s hospitals and care facilities across the United States, including, but not limited to:
CLICK ON THE HOSPITAL NAME BELOW TO DONATE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
AUTHOR’S NOTES 12
THE ISLANDS 14
2020: THE ORIGIN 15
THE CROSSING 33
THE BAY 35
THE BREAKERS 42
NEWPORT BEACH 50
THE MISSION 63
ROXZANNE (REBOOT) 71
THE LAND GRANT 94
TWO WEEKS EARLIER 105
THE WAKE 107
DAY FIVE OF TEN 110
TEN-DAY COUNTDOWN 121
RETURN TO GLORIETTA BAY 127
THE CASTABELLO CONNECTION 133
THE GO TO GUY
Gram L. Telen