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JR Hamilton

TJ's Ride: Book One of The TJ Series
After 14 months of riding riverboats in Viet Nam, TJ Hamlin receives orders to Naval Air Station backyard duty in his hometown of Corpus Christi. It had been three years since he had seen his brothers from the club, and he was looking forward to long rides in the South Texas sun on his old ’59 custom Harley. Little did he know he would end up working undercover for the Navy as a bouncer in a local bar, running for his life, and becoming involved in taking down a drug ring within his own motorcycle club.

In TJ Rides, an action novel of approximately 70,000 words and the first in a planned series, TJ is torn between his dedication to the brothers in the club and his desire to stop drugs from tearing down the only real family he has known. When he discovers who is involved in the operation, he is torn even more, but when a friend is murdered, TJ is focused on one thing: revenging his friend at all costs.

I was born in West Virginia, but by the time I was six months old I had seen and done everything there was in the state so we moved to Texas. Until just before I started school, we moved around south Texas but I started school in Corpus Christi and lived there until I left school to join the Navy my senior year in 1964. After a time in Viet Nam I was assigned to NAS (Naval Air Station) Corpus Christi and was stationed there for three years. While I was stationed in Corpus, I did manage to get into a little trouble and much of it was due to my biking.

I started working on motorcycles when I was 13, an old Triumph 650. When I received her, she was in baskets and with the help of a friend of the family I got her together and running, but it wasn’t a Harley. I got my hands on a 1959 Panhead and began rebuilding my second motorcycle; this one became the love of my life.

I began riding with clubs at a young age and, in fact, belonged to one before I left for Viet Nam, and upon returning I once again began riding with them. I have ridden with clubs in Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio and Maryland.

Guns are another love of mine. I was not quite 11 when I began shooting both long guns and hand guns. I was good enough when I was stationed in Corpus to be a part of the pistol team.

My writing experience is pretty extensive. When I was in Viet Nam and during some dark times in my life, I used writing to work out some of those demons. Later I wrote government specifications and developed quality assurance programs and manuals and even now develop procedures and guidelines for production. As a pastor at a small church, I am tasked with preparing and writing sermons every week, which requires some extensive research at times. Along the same line I have taught Sunday School and worked with youth for almost 30 years. I develop my own curriculum because I can’t find any that satisfy me and my method of teaching.

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