The Specialist: The Costa Rica Job Excerpt: Chapter 24
If you love spy action and kick ass beat down type fight check this chapter out! The author does a great job of getting you involved with the action, you forget what you were thinking before you started reading it. Phillip
One of my favorites Oldies but Goodies The Specialist Loves the Fans back, thanks to all who write me and tell me so. Today was the first day of spring and it was a beautiful day here in Santa Monica, CA hope it was for you if spring is in your part of the world.
This book is intended as a vehicle for a celebrity, Phillip Sheppard of Survivor, to shape and mold the image he portrays to the public.
"It is the first foray into a branding concept that incorporates elements of intrigue and cool mystery with action, toughness and ultimately, ‘the modern effective male.’ It is a marketable platform for Phillip Sheppard to gain positive exposure, and to associate him with an easy reading experience, full of action and intrigue. The book is about action for entertainment’s sake, but also seeks to portray the protagonist as intelligent, flexible in his thinking, and physically capable under duress. We think most readers finish the book feeling satisfied, yet wanting to know more, much more, about the Specialist and the people with whom he associates. It is something to build and expand upon over time". Charles P. Sheppard, (CPS)) Author The Specialist: The Costa Rica Job
Women are Powerful in The Specialist The Costa Rica Job
The most interesting thing is that women play a very active role in the book and drive almost all the action forward. The reader does not notice this because the author Charles Peterson Sheppard, disguises their pivotal roles behind the protagonists viewpoint, but he is surrounded by active capable women who are very tough, smart and full of self determination and warrior spirit. The hero (The Specialist) is surrounded by women who constantly put him in danger, get him out of danger, and drive the plot forward. This is a feminist leaning book disguised as a heroic male mini-epic. It’s good to be The Specialist. CPS
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”I picked up the machete in time to see another man rush me with a machete of his own. He was short and squat and swung his blade with sweeping cuts, always advancing. I tried maneuvering but he knew how to cut me off while never leaving himself exposed. I blocked his swings defensively, but they came fast and hard and I found myself backing away until I was pressed to the wall with nowhere to go”. CPS
Huge fan! Loved you on Survivor. Just a fan question, but who was your favourite person that you were on Survivor with?
Hello Jamie, I really enjoyed playing with Boston Rob in Season 22 Redemption Island but also enjoyed playing with Natalie. We made it to the very end together. The experience was the most enjoyable the beauty of the place and I especially enjoyed the twin Omentepe Volcanoes.
Phillip Sheppard Is “The Specialist” in New Book The former Federal Agent isn't only a Survivor character, he's the character in a book! by Carrie “Spicy” Milburn February 7, 2013
Phillip Sheppard of Survivor is BACK! But not only is he returning on the upcoming season of Caramoan’s Fans Vs. Favorites, he’s also back as a special agent in a new book titled, The Specialist: The Costa Rica Job.
The book is a “creative collaboration” between Phillip and his younger brother, Charles Peterson Sheppard and is available for pre-order now at Amazon.com.
From the Press Release:
“The big question? Was Phillip Sheppard really a “Former Federal Agent?” One thing is certain. He is the inspiration and persona in The Specialist: The Costa Rica Job novel. Sheppard’s character The Specialist heads to Costa Rica on a perilous rescue mission to extract a corrupt banker from the hands of ruthless kidnappers. Swept up in a life or death mission, The Specialist teams up with a small cadre of Israeli secret service agents, and navigates a risky path of betrayal pitting him against drug cartels, dirty cops, turncoat agents and a terrorist bomber. In this fascinating thriller, one man faces past demons to solve a case fraught with chilling international implications.
“Sheppard’s first foray into popular fiction presents him in a way never before seen by fans of the CBS reality show, that of a hardboiled, fist swinging former federal agent determined to complete his mission. Written in an engaging first person style, The Specialist: The Costa Rica Job deftly incorporates all elements of traditional action thrillers, along with Sheppard’s own unique blend of dialogue, intrigue and quick pacing. The book will be the first in a series of The Specialist action adventures.”
Jesome “Hawk” Herring Enterprises, Inc. P. Sheppard & TheSpecialist
in Collaboration with CPS Works
In hindsight, Mimi Sabo’s phone call sparked my long-awaited return to form.
I never did let myself go completely—not even after the thirty-nine days of hell I endured in Costa Rica. That job paid more than it cost me, but still not enough to justify the injuries I received when a dirty cop named Aguilera and his drug-slinging friends boot-stomped me senseless one night. They snagged my wallet and passport of course, and then dumped me a hundred miles south in Puerto Armuelles, a city on the west coast of Panama. That’s right, Panama. That’s where they left me, slumped over on a dusty side street. I lost a few days too, but eventually I got myself right.
They didn’t kill me so I guess I got off easy, but the bum’s rush treatment took its toll.
I had no real recourse. It’s not like I could run to an embassy or gripe to the tourist board, not in my line of work. Besides, sometimes you have to keep things in perspective. Rico Bravo, the 22-year-old kid I hired as a guide got it a lot worse than me. They arrested him on his way home somewhere in the province of Limon, Costa Rica and shortly thereafter, he got shot during a supposed ‘escape attempt.’ According to all the local media outlets, the shooter was the same dirty cop who sent me packing…Aguilera. I never talk much about what I do in the first place, and ever since young Rico Bravo died, I’ve clammed up a lot more. Costa Rica was the first job I ever did that went totally bad, my first major screw up. Getting back to the States in one piece did little to ease the sense of failure that followed me around like a black cloud. I felt guilty as hell about that Costa Rican k id, still do, and for a while I lost my edge.
So, I took six months off, completely.
I quit working out and picked up a few pounds and just shrugged it off. Eventually I got a grip, but by that time, my body needed a tune-up and an oil change, if not a complete overhaul. Lack of constant practice also downgraded my intuitive perception.
But I digress…
Mimi Sabo started calling the day before I received a Pay Rent or Quit notice for my small office space in Santa Monica. Not a big deal, I had been in that sling before.
When I walked into the office that day, my secretary Charity Fields had that worried look on her face, the one on display whenever we get a quit notice that coincides with her upcoming payday. Charity’s a cute California blond, a mom who’s chipper and mighty crisp at the desk work, with a five year old son to fend for. She had every right to worry about her finances and my obligations to them. We share a bond of mutual trust and support. She hadn’t quit on me in seven years and I doubt she ever would, but she still had that worried look.
“Rent’s due, boss…”
“Don’t remind me. And don’t worry, we’ll make payroll. It’s only you.”
“Have to worry sometimes. It’s not just me, you know that.”
“Are we gonna be okay this time or should I just call my pimp and ask for extra weekend work?” We laughed and for a moment the worry went away.
“We’re not quite there yet,” I said. She wasn’t exactly convinced. “And here I thought I was your only pimp, Charity…”
“A gal’s gotta do what she’s gotta do…If you can’t look out for me boss, well…”
“Gee, thanks for the vote of confidence.”
“It’s just that things are slow. Loyalty won’t put bread on the counter…”
“Yeah, that’s true. Things are hard all over, I guess.”
“You’ve been so mighty picky and choosy lately. You’ve been avoiding work.”
I had. She knew it. I knew it. Funds were low. The onus was on me. I had to get back into the mix.
I sighed. “Any good calls, any inquiries…anything?”
“Well, there’s been a woman calling since yesterday…not collections, either.”
“How reassuring. Does she needs a Specialist?”
“Then why didn’t you say anything about it before now?”
“Because she said she’s from Costa Rica.”
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It was an incredible honor to be a part of the BET Awards Show yesterday evening and what a show it was!
The number of people I saw who have inspired me throughout my life was breathtaking. And it was humbling to hear my name called by the expansive bank of photographers as I walked down the red carpet among them. Just seeing how many people came out in support of the African-American community of artists was really touching. Some younger attendees included Justin Bieber and Willow and Jaden Smith, who shared an award.
As soon as Kevin Hart came out on stage to open the show, I got goosebumps. His energy was fantastic and his unique brand of comedy really set the stage for the magnificent show that followed. Seeing such talented artists as Kelly Rowland and Chris Brown perform was awe-inspiring. Patti LaBelle, who also gave an incredible performance, was honored with a lifetime achievement award. No one is more deserving.
I also had the good fortune of attending the VIP Creme of the Crop Post-BET Awards Show party, where I met, among other great artists, Snoop Dogg. This, for me, was a very surreal experience. Some of the people in attendance have careers that I’ve been following for years. So you can imagine my excitement when the impromptu live performances started at the party.
One of my favorite parts was seeing some of these young rappers, like Lloyd, perform at the after party. The energy and passion they bring to the stage is truly amazing. I look forward to seeing how their careers unfold.
The party raged on with dancing and laughter until the wee hours of the morning. It was, as they say, a grand ole’ time; a perfect summer evening spent in Beverly Hills.
Growing up in a family with 12 children, my family learned how to have a good time with the simple pleasures in life. My parents would put on James Brown or The Temptations and we kids would stage dance competitions. This musical seed planted in me early on shaped the way I view the arts today. Now, I am not just a fan of the soul, jazz and rock and roll that typified my childhood, but a lover of all types of music. I appreciate the artistry that goes into creating an album, but more than anything, I love music that makes me want to get up and hit that dance floor.
That’s why I’ve been a fan of CeeLo Green for many years. He’s what I would call a “Man’s” singer. He sings from the heart and I relate to his lyrics, but mostly, his music makes my foot tap uncontrollably. I had the good fortune to meet CeeLo briefly the night we both taped the Jimmy Fallon show, and I saw in his charisma that he was someone I’d have to see perform live.
So imagine my excitement when I find out he and Rihanna, who I am also a big fan of, are playing together at the Staples Center here in LA. What’s more is my 17-year-old son, who is also a big music buff, wants to see their show too! So we will be going this Tuesday, June 28 at 7:30pm.
The magic of attending a concert in the summertime is something I’m sure you music lovers out there have felt. The energy in the air during the summer is something electric and inexplicable. I went, with my girlfriend, to the Playboy Jazz Festival a few weeks back and the aura of the music and the crowd and nature was just awe-provoking. It’s a beautiful moment when you know you are with nature and that you are at its will.
Outdoor concerts are like reality shows in that, if it’s hot, you’re hot and if it rains, you’re getting wet. The difference is, you’re not just surviving, you’re thriving. I hope all of you are able to see a few outdoor shows this summer; you only live once. Tell me which ones are worth the time, and I’ll keep you posted on how the CeeLo/Rihanna show goes!