Friday, December 31, 2010

Dionne's New Thriller

"Fans of the late Michael Crichton will enjoy Dionne's exciting second ecothriller (after Freezing Point). Philippe Dumas, a Nobel Prize–winning French scientist deeply concerned about the future of life on Earth, agrees to attend an environmental summit in Santiago, Chile.
Summit organizer Rebecca Sweet, leader of the advocacy group Preserve Our Planet, hopes that Dumas's presence will get her conference the publicity she needs. Celebrity volcanologist Max Heat, who's been tipped off by Dumas that Chaitén, a Patagonian volcano dormant for 9,000 years, may soon erupt, hopes footage of the volcano will form the basis for a successful TV special. After Chaitén blows, researcher Sheila Kennedy seeks evidence to link the catastrophic event with some illegal sulfur dumping. Crisp writing keeps the pace fast, and the tight interweaving of story lines bodes well for this author's future efforts." -- Publishers Weekly

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

OMEX Sacrificed for a Painting?

Odyssey Marine Exploration (OMEX) was named in several U.S. State Department cables obtained by WikiLeaks. Some of the released cables suggest the U.S. State Department offered special assistance in the “Black Swan” case to Spanish officials in exchange for help returning a French painting confiscated by the Nazis during World War II, and now held by Spain.

The leaked cables indicate the U.S. Government also provided confidential documentation on Odyssey to Spain, and support Odyssey’s previously stated version of events relating to the company’s activities in Spain, including the HMS Sussex project and the boarding of Odyssey’s vessels.

“While we are obviously concerned about these implications regarding the 'Black Swan' case, we are attempting to obtain additional information before taking any specific actions. I have personally sent a letter to the Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, requesting additional information and a review of the position taken by the U.S. in the ‘Black Swan’ legal case,” stated Greg Stemm, Odyssey CEO.

“We’ve wondered why the United States changed its long standing position on sovereign immunity, which prior to this case was consistent with U.S. law, international law and U.S. naval regulations that in order for a foreign country’s ships and cargo to be immune from the jurisdiction of the U.S. courts they must be engaged in military, non-commercial activities,” stated Melinda MacConnel, Odyssey Vice President and General Counsel. “These released cables do call into question the motivation behind the amicus brief filed by the Executive Branch supporting Spain in the ‘Black Swan’ case.”

Additional cables released support Odyssey’s statements that, contrary to allegations of certain Spanish officials, the company always cooperated with the Spanish Government and that permits from the Spanish government were granted for work on the HMS Sussex project. The cables also demonstrate the obstructionist activities carried out by certain Spanish officials who had personal reasons for trying to prevent Odyssey from working on the Sussex. These obstructions took place even though Odyssey has an exclusive contract for the archaeological excavation of this UK sovereign immune warship (which was on a strictly military mission when it sank in 1694 off the coast of Gibraltar).

Friday, December 10, 2010

Think I'll Go to Mexico

The Famous Author disappeared against last night, and I'm not just sitting around here waiting for him to come back. I'm looking for him where the sun shines, the tequila pours, and the senoritas are friendly. Viva La Mexco!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lorraine Bites the Dust

As already well documented here, The Famous Author has been working on other things besides another story about me, Austin Carr. I'm tired of complaining. I'm sure you are, too. Nataska.
Desert rocks. Weird hit-man tales. Personally, I think TFA's one toke over the line, messing around with all these other projects. He should stick to what he knows -- stupid stockbroker tales.

But no. To view the latest diversion from what he should be writing, click on over to A TWIST OF NOIR for TFA's 632-word story, BOY SCOUT OF THE YEAR. The tiny tale gives new meaning to the phrase, Be Prepared.

Who the heck is Nataska?