The Iron Tiara
By Beth Flynn
Anthony Bear and Christy Chapman are from two completely different worlds.
Anthony’s the leader of a motorcycle gang that terrorizes Florida’s West Coast. As a child, he ran away from his family and the Cherokee Indian Reservation to enter a life of crime. As an adult, he leads a multifaceted life managing his two businesses—his legitimate landscaping venture, and his loan shark and underworld dealings. Driven by anger and betrayal, Anthony begins the hunt for Christy’s father, Van Chapman, after he runs out on a loan.
Christy’s privileged life is not as it seems. She has kept painful family secrets and hidden some of her own. She’s determined to find out the truth and expose Van, but her search delivers her right into Anthony Bear’s hands, adding kidnapping to his list of crimes.
Their worlds are as contrasting as the color of their skin. The only thing they seem to have in common is their mutual disdain for Van Chapman…and each other.
They couldn’t be more wrong.
I’m sure the digital book retail world is working in overdrive today with the release of The Iron Tiara by Beth Flynn. Readers have been waiting for a year to re enter the dynamic world from the Nine Minutes Trilogy. Readers are taken back to South Florida in the 70’s where a corrupt world of lawless bikers committing unspeakable crimes that included drug trafficking and murder were as much a part of the scenery as the sunny beaches and gator infested waters of the Everglades. A world where men like Grizz and Anthony Bear ruled with an iron fist and a loaded gun without any conscience or remorse. The readers experienced Grizz’s epic story that spanned over twenty years and now they are going to experience Anthony Bear’s reign of terror during those years as well. Unlike Grizz’s complex story, Anthony’s story is just as charismatic with a very straight forward view. He’s just a lethal (if not more) as Grizz was but he didn’t have to hide his actions and secrets the way Grizz did. Anthony owned his kingdom and protected what was his no matter what the cost was and did it without apologies or explanations.
Before I go any farther I want to emphasize to the readers… do not go into to this book looking for more insight into Grizz. This is not his book or his story! His story has been told, his life has been exposed, he’s bled for the readers on the pages. Grizz didn’t get to where he was alone, he had a few friends who helped him along the way and he trusted completely. The one who always had his back without question was Anthony Bear. Anthony Bear is just as enigmatic as Grizz. His story is just as compelling. Grizz and Ginny will only make cameo appearances as supporting characters. It’s time for Anthony and Christy to tell their story.
It all begins with Anthony Bear as a twelve year old child on the Cherokee reservation in Oklahoma. Readers get an insight of his heritage and what his life was like as a half breed on the reservation. Being the nephew of the Chief doesn’t give him prestige or validation, he still has to prove himself as a person of integrity and value. He’s learned the value of ethics and honesty from his uncle but has also learned corruption and dishonesty from his father. When faced with choices that test his honor as an individual it sets him on a new path that leads him to South Florida and the beginnings of a life of crime.
By the mid 1970’s Anthony has established his ruthless reign of crime on the west coast of Florida. No one crosses his line and lives to tell about it. When a client reneges on a loan, he takes revenge and extracts whats due.
Van Chapman ran out on a loan and Anthony is going to get his due. When an opportunity falls in his lap, he takes it. He kidnaps Van Chapman’s only daughter, Christy Chapman, to hold for ransom. It doesn’t take long to realize that Van Chapman could care less and the only thing being held for ransom is his heart. Christy Chapman isn’t the white socialite he thought her to be. She’s more than an heiress, she is the queen of his iron heart.
As most readers know… Beth Flynn delivers a complex, detailed story that spans decades. She allows her readers to experience her characters lives throughout the years rather than just the moments where they fall hopelessly in love. She allows the readers to experience their joy, their triumphs in life as well as their mistakes, pain, and tribulations that test their very souls. She gives them life on the pages as well as in the readers hearts!
I am thankful to experience Anthony Bear’s beautiful, ugly life. He is a man of honor and integrity as well as a ruthless criminal. He is a hero in his own right!
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Beth Flynn is a fiction writer who lives and works in Sapphire, North Carolina, deep within the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Beth and her husband, Jim, have spent the last 17 years in Sapphire, where they own a construction company. They have been married 31 years and have two daughters and two dogs. In her spare time, Beth enjoys writing, reading, gardening, church and motorcycles, especially taking rides on the back of her husband’s Harley. She is a five-year breast cancer survivor.