The Barefoot Bandit by Bob Friel
The True Tale of Colton Harris-Moore, New American Outlaw

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The Barefoot Bandit tells the riveting true story of Colton Harris-Moore, America's twenty-first-century outlaw. Born into a poor family marred by alcohol abuse, Colt had the local sheriff after him before the age of ten. Colt survived by breaking into homes to forage for food, and learned to evade the police by melting into the Pacific Northwest wilds. As a teenager, he escalated to stealing cars, boats, and identities. An extensive manhunt finally caught Colt, but he escaped juvenile prison and fled to nearby Orcas Island, where he assured his place alongside outlaw legends such as D. B. Cooper by stealing an airplane without ever having a formal flight lesson. And that was just the beginning.

As a resident of Orcas Island, author Bob Friel witnessed firsthand as local police, FBI agents, SWAT teams, and even Homeland Security helicopters pursued Colt around the island. Colt's crime spree infuriated and terrified many locals, while others sympathized with the barefoot young criminal-the controversy tearing at the formerly quiet community. The story gained international fame, with Time calling Colt "America's Most Wanted Teen" when he stole and crashed his third airplane. After more than two years on the run in the Northwest, Colt fled Orcas and began a spectacular cross-country trek. Friel followed the Barefoot Bandit all the way to the Bahamas, where the chase finally ended in a hail of gunfire at 3 a.m. on a dark sea.

Through his personal experiences and hundreds of interviews with witnesses, victims, local authorities, Colt's family, and, indirectly, Colt himself, Friel gives readers an exclusive look at an outlaw legend. Set against the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest's evergreen islands, where Internet millionaires coexist with survivalists and ex-hippies, this is a gripping, stranger-than-fiction tale about a neglected and troubled child who outfoxed the authorities, gained a cult following, and made the world take notice.
 

About Bob Friel

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Friel has authored more than 100 feature articles along with hundreds of columns for magazine such as Outside, Islands, Philadelphia Magazine, Sunset, Caribbean Travel & Life, AAA Living. He has been named "Travel Writer of the Year" and won over 30 awards during his six-year tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Caribbean Travel & Life. He lives on Orcas Island in Washington State with his wife.
 
Published March 20, 2012 by Hyperion. 433 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Crime, Action & Adventure, War. Non-fiction

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Travel journalist Friel became fascinated with Colton Harris-Moore when he and his wife relocated to the seemingly peaceful residential island of Orcas in the waters off Washington State.

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Veteran travel writer Friel's story of Colton Harris-Moore, aka the Barefoot Bandit, reads like something out of the Wild West, complete with an old-fashioned nom de guerre, cross-country chases, and a harrowing shootout in the middle of the night.

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The author has painstakingly reconstructed a nearly day by day account of what Colton Harris-Moore was up to, and his adventures bring new life to the cliché “truth is stranger than fiction.” One of the reasons the tale is so compelling is the fact that the young man was so successful in eluding...

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No matter how you cut it, the story of Colton Harris-Moore is a one of a kind adventure, and Bob Friel has done a great job in capturing it.

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One of the most fascinating crime sprees of the past decade was that of Colton Harris-Moore, aka “The Barefoot Bandit.” In his new book The Barefoot Bandit: The True Tale of Colton Harris-Moore, New American Outlaw, Bob Friel traces the unlikely saga of the young man, which took him from Camano ...

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"Colt's combination of twenty-first century tech savviness and nineteenth-century outlaw cojones came together to create a remarkably effective criminal."

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In his new book The Barefoot Bandit: The True Tale of Colton Harris-Moore, New American Outlaw, Bob Friel traces the unlikely saga of the young man, which took him from Camano Island in Washington State all the way to the Bahamas over the course of two years.

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