Jack's 2000 years
As the Saga's second novel, The Quintessence of Quick, opens in 1959, Jack Mason, the heir to a Deep-South beer distributorship, has accepted a multimillion-dollar offer for the business. As the deal's closing date nears, Jack receives his draft notice. Signing up for the Navy's flight program in the nick of time, he becomes a Naval Aviator.
He's also struggling with a bittersweet,
on-and-off affair that began when he was 16. The woman, his senior by more than a decade, is a striking specimen with outsized appetites. Jack's quandary is rapidly escalating; leave her, or live with her
perpetually roving eye?
Added female distractions include
Clare Boothe Luce, former Congresswoman and Ambassador to Italy. She's an avid supporter of anti-Castro Cubans, an aficionado of LSD and the wife of a global publishing magnate...
Jack grew up fast in The Rough English Equivalent (See it at Amazon). In The Quintessence of Quick, his orders send him to Stormron THREE, The world-famous Storm Chasers. The Navy ships his car, a Cunningham C-3, to Puerto Rico, the site of his new duty station,
Naval Station Roosevelt Roads.
He cuts quite a figure in it, ripping around the island off-duty, still coming to grips with his newfound financial independence. Early on, he tends to deal with both military and civilian worlds with youth's freely-dispensed cynicism; he and his fellow characters, however, are by turns vivid, sexy, and hot. As time passes, he acquires a sure-footed self-confidence, infuriating, cajoling, embracing a wide range of colorful cohorts and antagonists, sweeping readers along as the plot unfolds... Jack's a guy they won't soon forget!
Stormron 3's primary duty is hurricane reconaissance, flying into hurricanes in long range radar-equipped Lockheed WV-3 Super Constellations, better known to their crews as "Willie Victors." Away from this hazardous mission, squadron members plunge into the diversions of their tropical island home. This enthusiasm is fueled at virtually every turn with cheap alcohol. Top brands of Puerto Rican rum can be bought from various outlets on the base for less than a dollar a fifth. From this easy availability emerges a variety of results,
from amusing to disastrous.