Wayne Stinnett
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Wayne Stinnett

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Stinnett grew up on the central east coast of Florida, in a small town called Eau Gallie. There he and his brothers explored the beaches, the Indian River Lagoon, the swamps along the St. Johns River and all the streams and creeks that flow into both. They explored on foot or by Jon-boat, sailboat, and canoe. At 16 he began exploring further outside of his hometown and soon found that long island chain at the southernmost tip of Florida commonly called "The Keys". It was 1974 and a great time to explore.

After graduating high school in 1977, Stinnett enlisted in the Marine Corps, which opened up a lot more exploration possibilities. He visited countries from northern Europe to the Far East, but returned to Florida after 4 years. Spending a lot of his free time scuba diving, sailing, surfing, and fishing, he also began to write, creating a few fiction short stories in the early eighties. He also compiled an extensive list of beach dive spots, while exploring the many shipwrecks along the Treasure Coast.

After his second failed marriage, he bought a sailboat and lived aboard it in Boot Key Harbor, in the Florida Keys. He also lived on Andros Island in the Bahamas and on Isla de Cozumel, in Mexico for short periods, working as a Divemaster.

Today he lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near a small town called Travelers Rest. After working for twelve years as an over the road truck driver and writing in his free time in the back of the truck, he published his first novel, Fallen Palm, in 2013, based on the short stories he wrote in the eighties.

Married for the third time in 2001, the Stinnetts have four children, four grandchildren, three dogs, and a whole flock of parakeets. They grow a lot of their own food in a large garden, behind their house.

Stinnett still gets down to Florida every now and then, but more often than not, it's via his imagination and writing. All his books are set primarily in the Keys and involve a retired Marine by the name of Jesse McDermitt, a charter boat Captain who lives on a deserted island just north of Big Pine Key where he explores, dives, and fishes the back country of Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. That is until trouble comes looking for him.

You can also follow Stinnett's and Jesse's explorations and adventures on Facebook at "Wayne Stinnett, Author", or @waynestinnett_ on Twitter.

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    • By: Wayne Stinnett
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
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    • Fallen Palm

    • By Patricia Bennett on 03-06-16

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    • Rising Force

    • A Jesse McDermitt Novel (Caribbean Adventure Series, Volume 13)
    • By: Wayne Stinnett
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 30
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    • By shelley on 09-14-18

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    • Fallen Out: A Jesse McDermitt Novel (Caribbean Adventure Series, Volume 1)

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    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 299
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 270
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    When Jesse McDermitt retires from the Marine Corps at age 37, he has no idea what he will do for the rest of his life. He only knows he doesn't want to spend the coming winter anywhere cold....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
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    • By A. L. Blevins on 04-11-16

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    • Merciless Charity: A Charity Styles Novel

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    • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
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    Charity Styles is a former Olympian and US Army helicopter pilot. Captured and tortured by terrorists in Afghanistan during of the War on Terror, she has a score to settle....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By Kelly on 12-14-15

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    • Rising Storm: A Jesse McDermitt Novel

    • Caribbean Adventure Series, Book 11
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    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
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    Somewhere amid all the glitz and glamour, hides a thief who stole a fortune in Aztec emeralds. Or did he? Jesse McDermitt must first determine if the victim herself is a thief....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • These suspense thrillers are addictive!

    • By Wayne on 09-14-17

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    • Fallen Honor - A Jesse McDermitt Novel

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    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
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    Key West's sultry summer heat isn't for the faint of heart. But Michal Grabowski is running from a Pittsburgh cocaine dealer intent on killing him in a slow and painful manner....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another excellent Jesse McDermitt novel!

    • By Wayne on 09-14-16

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    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 84
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      5 out of 5 stars 75
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    A young treasure diving couple is sadistically murdered in the back country of the Florida Keys - and Jesse McDermitt's friend is the prime suspect....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great end to the Caribbean Adventure series!

    • By Wayne on 01-01-17

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    • Fallen Pride

    • A Jesse McDermitt Novel - Caribbean Adventure Series Volume 4
    • By: Wayne Stinnett
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109

    A friend's son, who was dishonorably discharged from the Corps, is suffering from nightmares, brought on by the incident that was the catalyst for his discharge....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • NOT Travis McGee... but who is?

    • By Mel on 09-01-17

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    • Fallen Tide: A Jesse McDermitt Novel

    • Caribbean Adventure Series, Book 8
    • By: Wayne Stinnett
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 94
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 94

    Coral branches rarely wear a wristwatch. That was Jesse McDermitt's first thought when he found a partially denuded human arm, teeming with crab, lobster, and fish life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By Wayne on 09-16-16

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    • Enduring Charity: A Charity Styles Novel

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    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
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    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
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    When her position with the government is eliminated, Charity Styles turns to the cruising lifestyle in her classic sloop. But there are hidden dangers: marauding pirates, psychopaths, and drug smugglers run rampant throughout the Caribbean....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Could not put this down!!!!

    • By shelley on 05-05-18

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