Mexico Got Lucky

The alarm of my Mercedes Benz went screaming into alert mode. I hustled back to the four door sedan to find no Lucky!!!

What would you do if someone you truly loved was taken? To what lengths would you travel? How far into danger would you venture to get a member of your family back?

Lucky, the most famous dog in all of Sonora, Mexico was dog napped on March 1st, 2014. Was it a prank gone bad by teenagers? Did it involve the ruthless Sinaloa Drug Cartel, deadliest in the world? Or was it just a lowlife dog thief?

Mexico Got Lucky shares the true, epic story of how the State of Sonora, Mexico and communities of San Carlos, Guaymas, Hermosillo, Empalme and Obregon came together to try to locate Lucky’s captors, free Lucky from harms way, and get him into Jim Kawaguchi’s arms. Mexicans, Americans, Canadians, and the Consulate of Hermosillo joined forces in an attempt to solve the greatest mystery of dog theft in Mexico’s history.

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Boy To Successful Man:
A Roadmap for Teens & Young Adults

If you have ever sat at the knees of a family member or neighbor who regaled you with their wild stories and hard-earned lessons, you have probably learned a thing or two about how others’ stories can help prepare you for life. Through Boy to Successful Man, you will gain invaluable information from two authors who have seen it all.

For anyone who feels misunderstood, for anyone who feels angry, for anyone who feels lost-this book is for you. There is no shame in feeling trapped or confused by the expectations for you to grow from a boy into a man. This book is a tool to give young men great lives, no matter their circumstances.

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“Rico Austin and Dr. Powers present an incredible wealth of knowledge for younger generations to help them learn from their own mistakes and successes. In Boy to Successful Man, the author and doctor have collaborated to create a literal ‘pocket’ book of advice for young men.” – Stacy Padula, award-winning author of Gripped, Montgomery Lake High, and On the Right Path

“A very well written, and easy to read, and understand. Its a pity that it has taken this long for such a book to be written and made available! 5 stars!” – Amazon Review

“This is an excellent book that should be required reading for students in high school. Rico has been through it all and fought his way to the top. His message is clear for boys and girls.” – Amazon Review

“Wow…. Bought 4 copies to give a few young men simple guidance that might be missing. Well written and easy to read. 25 short chapters with basic info that will benefit anyone. Many young people do not have mentors in their life to learn life lessons from. This book can help them for sure.” – Amazon Review

About the Author

Rico Austin, PhD, was born and raised in Southwestern Idaho as the oldest of five boys. He grew up in an area ripe for adventures, and he learned a lot along the way. His bittersweet stories will have you howling with laughter, grieving from tragedy, and leaving you on the edge of your seat. Rico’s love of reading, exploring, and traveling allured him to many parts of the globe, including Lithuania, Cuba, the United Kingdom where he played American Football, and Mexico to get his PhD. Rico has undergraduate degrees from Boise State University, Grand Canyon University, Staffordshire University, and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He and his wife live in Scottsdale, Arizona. This is Rico’s tenth published book.


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