Musician, marksman John Skinner hero of new book ‘Takin’ It Out’

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Richard Bancroft’s novel pits unique hero against those who threaten America

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One man has the titles of family man, musician, business owner and expert marksman in author Richard Bancroft’s new novel, “Takin’ It Out: The Last Chorus of a Tune” (published by Archway Publishing).

Cy and Rane McCormick are on vacation when an unfortunate encounter leads to their cabin being attacked by a group of thugs. Cy desperately calls his friend, John Skinner, a renowned saxophone player who also is a former expert marksman. John races to the cabin, weapon in hand. John wounds the three thugs, causing them to flee. Afterward, John confesses to Cy that he is involved in several covert CIA missions. “Takin’ It Out” tells of John’s mission to overcome injustice and protect his friends, family, and country from hostile forces.

“The story includes intriguing action, real-life characters, examples of patriotism and true loyalty to family and friends,” Bancroft says.

An excerpt from “Takin’ It Out”:

“‘Mr. Michaels told me about this guy who was the finest shot he’d ever seen. That person was a natural combat warrior who could out think and outfight most military men. His exact words I have never forgotten: “the man doesn’t act tough … he just is tough, and to follow him into battle would be a pleasure.” Now I know who he was talking about. Let’s drink to John … our old man!’”

“Takin’ It Out”
By Richard Bancroft
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 338 pages | ISBN 9781480811362
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 338 pages | ISBN 9781480811348
E-Book | 338 pages | ISBN 9781480811355
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Richard Bancroft earned a doctorate from New York University. He has been a music professor, professional photographer, conductor, published composer and arranger and owner of a musical instrument repair business. He lives on the coast of Maine with his wife, Joyce, and their dog, Siegfried, where he remains a gun aficionado. This is his debut novel.

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