Read a Book! Jett Landry: The Fuse, by Stephan Oak

Need something to do this weekend? Are you Netflixed out? Read a book! Remember when we were kids and we spent hours in our rooms reading our favorite novels and comics? I read everything from Star Wars, to James Bond (by Ian Fleming, the original Bond novels) to whatever science fiction, mystery or spy novels I could get my hands on. I’d read them over and over again, trying to get every detail of the story, find things I may have missed, figure out the characters. The first book I checked out at the public library was “A Wrinkle in Time.” I enjoyed the movie, but there is just something about reading the book. You get so much more. You get a feel for the characters’ thoughts and motivations. You get details that can’t be portrayed on a screen. You get scenes that, for practical or time reasons, didn’t make it into the movie. You get the WHOLE story. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good movie. I’ll watch a good movie over and over. But you invest in a good book, and the payoff is astronomical.

I discovered two things in my teens: Film Noir and novels by writers such as Raymond Chandler. First person accounts by gritty, no nonsense characters who live hard lives and try to make sense of a sleazy, violent world. A character who doesn’t really want to be a hero, but they end sacrificing themselves for the greater good anyway. I have this belief that Han Solo (Star Wars, duh) is the cleaned up science fiction version of this same character. When he shot Greedo under the table at the cantina he was playing the part of the classic film noir anti-hero. Or maybe not, I don’t know. It’s a matter of opinion, I guess. But Han shot first, I don’t care how Lucas tried to revise the story later. But I digress.

When I started writing “The Fuse” I intended for Markus Jackson, Port City Private Eye, to be that guy. He lives in a sleazy world, trying to make sense of things that don’t add up but isn’t shy about punching a problem in the mouth if he runs out of more reasonable options. Or if he just feels like a problem needs a punch in the mouth. He’s a throwback to the film noir troubled protagonist who works in the shadows. The prologue opens like many noir stories: He’s sitting at a bar, telling his story in first person narrative, when a beautiful woman walks in and changes his life forever. He knows it the minute he sees her; when she sits next to him at the bar and asks for a light for her cigarette.

Chapter One cuts to fourteen years later and now Markus Jackson has a teenage daughter who gets bullied at school. The story is no longer in first person narrative as told by Markus Jackson, because the story is no longer about him. It’s about his daughter, Jett. As parenting goes, when you have a kid, your life is about their story, and that’s how Jackson sees it. But Jackson is working on a case where he recognizes some creepy parallels between Jett’s experience with bullies, how the school district (mis)handles the bullying, and the corruption he is uncovering in his missing persons investigation. Are these two plots related? I don’t know. Read the book and find out. The answers are shocking! (Ha ha. Using dramatic words to get your attention).

The sequel, Jett Landry: Urban Legend, will be out soon. Artist Micky Mitchell and I are working on the cover and it’s gonna be awesome. It’s also a good story. A wild ride through Port City and beyond. Read Jett Landry: The Fuse first so you’ll be ready for Jett Landry: Urban Legend.

Read the book, write a review on Amazon, and let me know here, on Twitter or Facebook what you think. If you like the book, recommend it to your friends.

Jett Landry: The Fuse on Kindle
Jett Landry: The Fuse on paperback

Thank you for reading this blog and thank you for reading my book!

Stephan Oak

PS: Share your favorite books or genre of books in the comments if you choose.

Jett Landry: Urban Legend – Coming Soon

Jett Landry: Urban Legend is coming soon. The original plan was for a late summer release but Hurricane Laura put us behind a little as some of us skipped town, others rode out the storm and lived without electricity for a while. We’re about a month away. I’ve been working to promote this project. I appeared on the Podcast Beaumont Y2Z recently. I did a book signing and discussion at Shabby Shabby Antiques for First Thursdays on Calder here in Beaumont in August.

Urban Legend is the second book in the Jett Landry Saga. It picks up four years after the events of Jett Landry: The Fuse. It’s wild ride. Lots of action, emotion, character development and an introduction to some new characters I think you will enjoy getting to know.

I’ll update everyone again as we get closer to publishing.

Jett Landry: Urban Legend and the Tale of Three Storms

It’s actually four storms and a refinery explosion. Let me explain: A little over a year ago in September, 2019, Southeast Texas was hit by Tropical Storm Imelda. At the time I was prepping to release Jett Landry: The Fuse. This put us behind schedule. Then on Thanksgiving, the TPC Plant exploded in Port Neches, Texas. This put us behind schedule for a book release. Finally, I released the book on February 29, 2020.

Then we had COVID 19.

August, 2020, I recorded my interview with Aaron and Zach for the Beaumont Y2Z Podcast (you listen to it here). On the podcast I confidently asserted Jett Landry: Urban Legend would be released in early September.

Then we had Hurricane Laura. I evacuated to Lufkin, Texas, to wait out the storm. Back in Southeast Texas people were recovering from what was an indirect hit that nonetheless put tens of thousands of people without power and cleaning up a huge mess. Hurricane Laura hit our neighbors in Lake Charles, Lousiana head on caused catastrophic damage.

Then we had tropical storm Beta. More of a nuisance, but another reason things came to a grinding halt.

Yesterday Beaumont was on the western side of Hurricane Delta. Again, our friends and neighbors in Lake Charles took a direct hit. We were only expecting tropical storm force winds, but last night around 6:00pm the power went out and the winds escalated with alarming intensity. I heard stuff flying around in the attic as the wind blew through the vents. I had some minor damage to my house and, again, tens of thousands of people are without electricity. We were still lucky, though. Lake Charles was once again devastated.

We are going to release Jett Landry: Urban Legend. But first we have to recover from all these storms. I ask your patience here, as hurricanes and tropical storms can rock your world. It’s not like the The Scorpions didn’t try to warn us back in the 80’s. I can’t remember getting three storms in one year like this. I can’t remember a time when Lake Charles, or any American city, took two direct hits in less than a month. I’ve lived on the Gulf Coast my entire life and this is a different kind of hurricane season.

Anyway, I will post a new release date for Urban Legend soon. And when we release it, you will read it and I hope you enjoy it. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, read Jett Landry: The Fuse. I’ll post the link below.

Can we just cool it with natural/man-made/public health disasters for now, though?

Jett Landry: The Fuse at The Art Studio Inc.

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Today I visited one of my favorite places in Beaumont, Texas. I have so many great memories of The Art Studio Inc. Playing band nights and public/private events with my old bands Fantastic Enemy, Y2Steve and my solo act; attending numerous art openings; numerous public events, and the parties. Most of all, it’s the people. If you want to meet some of the most compassionate and friendliest people you ever want to meet, this is where you go.

Today I was there to record a reading from my first novel, Jett Landry: The Fuse, for an upcoming virtual book fare. I’ll post the reading here on October 15th, when it’s released. But after visiting with longtime friends and looking at the artwork, I’m left with a lot of memories of good times, good people and amazing artwork. If you’re ever in Beaumont, Texas, stop by The Art Studio Inc.

Beaumont, Texas has a great art, music, theatre community. The Art Studio, The Music Studio, The Logon Cafe, The Jefferson Theatre, The Texas Rose Saloon and numerous locally owned restaurants and bars proudly exhibit all that Southeast Texas has to offer in terms of art, theatre and original music. Beaumont, Texas, is a mecca of creativity with so many people from all walks of life coming together to make Beaumont a wonderful city. Tons of original music, songwriters, bands, artists and theatre all over town. You need to check this out.

Jett Landry: The Fuse on Amazon. Order now!

The second book in the Jett Landry series, Urban Legend, is coming soon. I’ll preview drafts of the cover art in the near future. It’s going to be a wild ride. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the first book in the series, Jett Landry: The Fuse, available on Amazon as an eBook or a paperback. Order, read and leave a review!

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