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DUSTY PILOT author and public speaker

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Dusty Pilot dressed as Roy Rogers' son Dusty.

However, Dusty falls in love with Costa Rica and, upon his return to the U.S., decides to retire and settle there. Dusty unwittingly falls into a trap and, on his return visit to Costa Rica, he is kidnapped.

​Beginning at a young age, his parent's advice was "Live life to the fullest, follow your dreams, shoot for the stars, and never give up." By following that advice, his life became an extraordinary adventure. Doors opened to a mind-boggling banquet, and he feasted. Never content just reading about it, or hearing about it, he developed a zest for living life — seeing it, experiencing it.

As a kid, Dusty barely made it through high school because of ADD. Then, against all odds, became a syndicated newspaper columnist at age 20, a weekly magazine editor of Ohio's largest evening newspaper at age 24, was a local TV personality at age 25, and after eight years had syndicated TV segments that ran nationally for two seasons. He also founded and ran five successful businesses (one international), had nine creative living books published, traveled the world, and retired to Costa Rica, building three ocean front houses.

His interesting life also led to his being investigated by the Secret Service for counterfeiting; detained for a three-hour interrogation at a foreign airport; investigated by the FBI, CIA, and other agencies. He had his phones tapped numerous times and was under 24/7 surveillance in a foreign country. He also lost his high six-figure life savings overnight. Dusty will share these experiences plus much more — some humorous, some not so humorous, others unbelievable — in a book entitled My Extraordinary Life, Living Outside the Box due to be published in 2017. 

In the meantime, he is writing short narratives, such as My Costa Rican Nightmares, part of a five-book collection. His first book, Lost in a Bat Cave, will be offered free November 14 through the 18th in Amazon's Kindle store. For a limited time, eBook 2: Kidnapped in Paradise, is being offered free. You can receive your complimentary copy by tapping the red dot on the home page.

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 TERROR BENEATH THE RAINFOREST is available in Amazon's Kindle store. To purchase, tap on the Amazon/Kindle logo below.



Trapped In A Cave Of Horror

WHILE LIVING IN Costa Rica for 11 years, author Dusty Pilot went picnicking with friends at the Damas River. Venturing alongside the river's bank he discovers a small opening on a hillside that leads to a dark, damp cave. The feeling of exploration overcomes him. He returns the following day, alone. What mysteries will he discover? A 14-hour horrifying adventure with twists and turns leads to unexpected discoveries years later in the United States.

Terror Beneath The Rainforest, by Dusty Pilot

To be released March 2017

In 1997, author Dusty Pilot visits a childhood friend, Paula, who is living in Costa Rica. While there, he meets Paula's husband David, a marine biologist, and the three travel to Isla Bastimento, a tiny Panamanian island. His seven-day stay on the island turns out to be a harrowing experience.

Photography by Tom "Photo" Storm

My Costa Rican Nightmares​​​ Collection

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