<HTML> <HEAD> <TITLE>Arnold Beckhardt's Books, Introduction</TITLE> </HEAD> <BODY BGCOLOR="#000000" LINK="#000000" VLINK="#000000"> <LEFT> <TABLE BORDER="0" WIDTH="900" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0"> <TR> <TD WIDTH="1000" VALIGN="top" BGCOLOR="#ffffff" COLSPAN="2"> <IMG SRC="image_ab_banner.jpg" WIDTH="900" HEIGHT="160" ALT="Arnold Beckhardt's Roy Neely Novels" BORDER="0"><BR> <!-- HORIZONTAL BAR ONE --> <TABLE BORDER="0" WIDTH="900" HEIGHT="10" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" BGCOLOR="#fcbc4d" ALIGN="CENTER" VALIGN="CENTER"> <TR><TD> <CENTER> </CENTER> </TD></TR> </TABLE> <!-- END HORIZONTAL BAR ONE --> <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0"> <TR><TD WIDTH="200" ALIGN="right" VALIGN="top" BGCOLOR="#cacbcc"> <FONT FACE="VERDANA" SIZE="2" COLOR="#944264"> <BR>Introduction &#160 </FONT> <BR> <FONT FACE="VERDANA" SIZE="2" COLOR="#000000"> <BR><A HREF="ab_roy_neely.html" STYLE="text-decoration:none">The Roy Neely Files &#160</A> <BR> <BR><A HREF="ab_book_turnaround.html" STYLE="text-decoration:none"><I>Turnaround</I> &#160</A> <BR> <BR><A HREF="ab_book_goerings-gold.html" STYLE="text-decoration:none"><I>Goering's Gold</I> &#160</A> <BR> <BR><A HREF="ab_book_black-gold.html" STYLE="text-decoration:none"><I>Black Gold</I> &#160</A> <BR> <BR><A HREF="ab_book_mexican-gold.html" STYLE="text-decoration:none"><I>Mexican Gold</I> &#160</A> <BR> <BR><A HREF="ab_book_kashmir-dilemma.html" STYLE="text-decoration:none"><I>The Kashmir Dilemma</I> &#160</A> <BR> <BR><A HREF="ab_book_paris-surprise.html" STYLE="text-decoration:none"><I>The Paris Surprise</I> &#160</A> <BR> <BR><A HREF="ab_author.html" STYLE="text-decoration:none">About the Author &#160</A> <BR> <BR><A HREF="ab_reviews.html" STYLE="text-decoration:none">Reviews &#160</A> <BR> <BR><A HREF="ab_links.html" STYLE="text-decoration:none">Links &#160</A> <BR> <BR><A HREF="ab_contact.html" STYLE="text-decoration:none">Contact &#160</A> <BR> </FONT> </TD> <!-- START CONTENT TABLE SECTION ONE--> <TD WIDTH="700" VALIGN="top" BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"> <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0"> <TR><TD> <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="40" WIDTH="660"> <TR><TD ALIGN="left" VALIGN="top"> <FONT FACE="VERDANA" SIZE="2" COLOR="#000000"> <B>Roy Neely</B>, a widower, ex-Air Force pilot, former CIA surveillance trainer, and FBI psychologist, thought he'd be settling into retirement when he turned 65. Instead, his adventures were just beginning..... </FONT> </TD></TR> </TABLE> </TD></TR> <!-- END CONTENT TABLE SECTION ONE--> <!-- START RULE TABLE --> <TD WIDTH="700" ALIGN="center" VALIGN="top" BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"> <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" WIDTH="600"> <TR><TD ALIGN="center" VALIGN="top"> <FONT FACE="VERDANA" SIZE="2" COLOR="#000000"> <IMG SRC="image_rule_divider.jpg" WIDTH="600" HEIGHT="14" ALT="Photo"> </FONT> </TD></TR> </TABLE> </TD></TR> <!-- END RULE TABLE --> <!-- START CONTENT TABLE SECTION TWO --> <TD WIDTH="620" VALIGN="top" BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"> <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="40" COLSPAN="2"> <TR><TD ALIGN="LEFT" VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="160"> <IMG SRC="image_author_portrait.jpg" WIDTH="160" HEIGHT="188" ALT="Photo"> </TD><TD ALIGN="left" VALIGN="top" WIDTH="360"> <FONT FACE="VERDANA" SIZE="2" COLOR="#000000"> <B>Arnold R. Beckhardt</B> is a retired IBM engineer who specialized in the development of military weapon systems and civilian space programs, including key components of the Saturn-Apollo moon rockets. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot in World War II, flying treacherous Himalayan air routes over China, Burma, and India. Later he served in the U.S. Air Force reserves, piloting the first generation of transonic jet fighters while working as an aerospace engineer for NACA, the federal aeronautic agency that later became NASA. After retiring from IBM, he ran an international software engineering business based in Florida and Tennessee. <BR> <BR>Before becoming a novelist, Beckhardt wrote technical papers and magazine articles. He published his first <A HREF="ab_roy_neely.html" STYLE="text-decoration:none"><FONT FACE="VERDANA" SIZE="2" COLOR="#0066CC"><B>Roy Neely</B></FONT></A> novel <A HREF="ab_book_turnaround.html" STYLE="text-decoration:none"><FONT FACE="VERDANA" SIZE="2" COLOR="#0066CC">TURNAROUND</FONT></A> in 2007 at the age of 85. The Neely series continued with <A HREF="ab_book_goerings-gold.html" STYLE="text-decoration:none"><FONT FACE="VERDANA" SIZE="2" COLOR="#0066CC">GOERING'S GOLD</FONT></A> in 2008, <A HREF="ab_book_black-gold.html" STYLE="text-decoration:none"><FONT FACE="VERDANA" SIZE="2" COLOR="#0066CC">BLACK GOLD</FONT></A> in 2009, <A HREF="ab_book_mexican-gold.html" STYLE="text-decoration:none"><FONT FACE="VERDANA" SIZE="2" COLOR="#0066CC">MEXICAN GOLD</FONT></A> in 2010, <A HREF="ab_book_kashmir-dilemma.html" STYLE="text-decoration:none"><FONT FACE="VERDANA" SIZE="2" COLOR="#0066CC">THE KASHMIR DILEMMA</FONT></A> in 2012, and <A HREF="ab_book_paris-surprise.html" STYLE="text-decoration:none"><FONT FACE="VERDANA" SIZE="2" COLOR="#0066CC">THE PARIS SURPRISE</FONT></A> in 2013. <BR> <BR>Beckhardt grew up in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, and earned his degree in aeronautical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1944. He and his wife Greta now live in Vero Beach, Florida. </FONT> </TD></TR> </TABLE> </TD></TR> <!-- END CONTENT TABLE SECTION TWO --> <!-- START RULE TABLE --> <TD WIDTH="700" ALIGN="center" VALIGN="top" BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"> <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" WIDTH="600"> <TR><TD ALIGN="center" VALIGN="top"> <FONT FACE="VERDANA" SIZE="2" COLOR="#000000"> <IMG SRC="image_rule_divider.jpg" WIDTH="600" HEIGHT="14" ALT="Photo"> </FONT> </TD></TR> </TABLE> </TD></TR> <!-- END RULE TABLE --> <!-- START COPYRIGHT TABLE SECTION --> <TD WIDTH="700" VALIGN="top" BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"> <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="40" COLSPAN="2"> <TR><TD> <FONT FACE="Arial" SIZE="2" COLOR="#000000">All content &#169 Arnold R. 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