Ronald J. Watkins
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Ronald J. Watkins

Ronald J. Watkins has written more than 30 books. These include Birthright, an account of the family that owns U-Haul and of the murder of Eva Shoen, plus Evil Intentions and Against Her Will, true accounts of murder. He is currently co-author of the Summit Murder Series which includes Murder on Everest. He is founder and managing writer of Watkins & Associates. He has appeared on Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice, PrimeTime! with Tom Brokow and Katie Couric, Under Scrutiny with Jane Wallace and Geraldo with Geraldo Rivera.

Between 1993 and 1995 he resisted a subpoena served on him to compel he name his sources in researching Birthright. A Federal judge twice held him in contempt and ordering him jailed for refusing. Both times the orders were appealed and resulted in case law which upheld his right, and those of other writers, to withhold such names.

He has been reviewed in all major publications which include The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, to name just a few. His book, Unknown Seas, a history of the Portuguese discoveries and the first European voyage to India by Vasco da Gama, received enthusiastic reviews. The Scotsman called it "a gripping adventure narrative". The Naval Review referred to it as "stirring stuff" and "a fine read" while The Guardian called it "fascinating". He authored a chapter on Vasco da Gama for The Great Explorers, published by Thames & Hudson in the United Kingdom in 2010.

He lives in the Sonoran desert outside Phoenix, Arizona.

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    • Unknown Seas: How Vasco Da Gama Opened the East

    • By: Ronald Watkins
    • Narrated by: Robert Anthony Deyes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    In the 15th century, the world beyond Europe began to emerge from myth and legend, and it was the Portuguese who led the way....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Now and Then - No Big Difference

    • By Nives on 04-08-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Against Her Will

    • Pinnacle True Crime
    • By: Ronald J. Watkins
    • Narrated by: Greg Lutz
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 89

    Richard and Victoria Tinyes feared the worst when their 13-year-old daughter Kelly Ann vanished from their quiet suburban community of Valley Stream, New York, on March 3, 1999....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • ~ Nightmare On Horton Road ~

    • By Polly Poizendem on 01-27-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Evil Intentions

    • The Story of How an Act of Kindness Led to Senseless Murder
    • By: Ronald J. Watkins
    • Narrated by: Greg Lutz
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Evil Intentions explores to depravity of this crime, taking the listener into the lives and minds of the killers, relating the tragic consequences to her family and loved ones....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • bought this book without listening to the sample..

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-13-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Murder on Everest

    • A Summit Murder Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Charles G. Irion, Ronald J. Watkins
    • Narrated by: Greg Lutz
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 33

    When Derek Sodoc, only son of the world's richest and most powerful man, dies attempting to climb Mt. Everest, questions are raised. Was it the mountain? Or perhaps something more sinister....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An exciting, action-packed novel!

    • By Jennifer on 01-13-12

    Regular price: $17.95

    • Murder on Mt. McKinley

    • A Summit Murder Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Charles G. Irion, Ronald J. Watkins
    • Narrated by: Greg Lutz
    • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Once again Scott Devlon is thrust into the middle of a murder mystery atop one of the world’s Seven Summits....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • An anti-Liberal, anti-Alaska Native Rant

    • By Penelope Forrester on 05-10-12

    Regular price: $14.00

    • A Suspicion of Guilt

    • By: Ronald J. Watkins
    • Narrated by: James Romick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    When his illicit lover is discovered brutally murdered, Alex Byrne watches as his former lover, the lead homicide detective, slowly closes in on him....

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Murder on Elbrus

    • A Summit Murder Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Charles G. Irion, Ronald J. Watkins
    • Narrated by: Greg Lutz
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Mountaineers Scott Devlon has scarcely recovered from the disaster told in Murder on Everest, when he is sent to observe an EU sponsored conference in southern Russia....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved this murder mystery!

    • By Jennifer on 12-08-11

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Murder on Puncak Jaya

    • A Summit Murder Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Ronald J Watkins, Charles G Irion
    • Narrated by: Greg Lutz14
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    Adventurer Scott Devlon is out to climb Puncak Jaya, one of the world's Seven Summits....

    Regular price: $10.49

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