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Joe Race’s law enforcement career spanned 45 years in Los Angeles, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Micronesia, Kosovo and Bosnia, and most recently on Saipan with the Attorney General's Office. He is a retired member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  He was able to practice his police skills in riots, forest fires, earthquakes, floods, major drug rings, barricaded assailants, drunk celebrities, and crooked politicians. He finally had to retire when the bank robbers and pimps were easily outrunning him. He teaches Criminal Justice at the local college, and passes on his knowledge and war stories to the young, enthusiastic students.  Joe Race is the author of Movin' On: From The Mean Streets of Los Angeles To The Sandy Beaches Of Micronesia, Continuin' On: Enjoying Bursts of Happiness and Finding True Adventure, Hawaiian Paniolo: A Cowboy in the Islands and, Moon Over Manila: A Contemporary Romance.

 

According to the book description of Movin’ On, “Sheriff's Sergeant Tom Parker has to get out of Los Angeles before he gets hurt on the job, or goes over the edge emotionally. He is approaching middle age, wondering if there isn't more to life than nightshifts, and is tired of ducking bullets and breaking up fights in gang territory. He wins millions of dollars gambling in Las Vegas and makes his way to the sun, surf and sand of Saipan in Micronesia.

 

Tom buys an old dilapidated hotel, starts a Private Investigations agency, and is soon involved with a myriad of characters, some hilarious and others deadly, from Asia and the mainland. With his divorce final, he enjoys a series of ladies, but unexpectedly falls in love with his hotel manager, Cocina, a Filipina with three children. He and his Private Eye partner, Carlos, come in conflict with local officials and hoodlums, and soon the shooting starts. Tom vowed that he would never re-marry, or get back into police work, but he breaks both these resolutions after several months on the island.

 

Even with the dark days of grief and hardship after several shootings, Tom never despairs. He is where he wants to be, enjoys the sunsets, windsurfing, making new friends, playing ukulele music, and drinking lo-calorie pina coladas... and finding new love.”

 

According to the book description of Hawaiian Paniolo, “After too many bloody battles, Civil War Veteran Roy Stearns rode west searching for a new life in ranching or farming, or trying to seek his fortune in the goldfields. En route, he takes a temporary job with the Roswell marshal in capturing and killing murderous, raping desperadoes on the border of Old Mexico.

 

He finds several romances along the western trail, and especially in Los Angeles, California, where he frees up Chinese sex slave, Han Bo. Roy is tough as nails and has to fight off determined members of the Chinese Tong, who are trying to return her to the slave dungeon. After fighting off the killers, Roy finds her a safe home with big-hearted Madame Jillian. On an evening sojourn he is shanghaied in San Francisco and hauled off on a tortuous voyage to China with a crazed, cruel captain. On the return voyage, he and several of his friends jump ship and end up working on the big island of Hawaii on the Parker Ranch as novice paniolos, Hawaiian cowboys.

 

When things heat up along the trail, Roy is the man that puts out the fire. The adventure is as big as the Pacific Ocean with tons of exciting characters, beautiful maidens, island music and flowers, and bucking broncos.”

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