Sunday, August 28, 2016

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     As we travel through the islands exploring places to write about for the spy series, we will let you know of the Best-Kept secrets we run into. Here's one small example. On the island of Bimini, Bahamas, I was writing a scene along the Queen's Highway. Hot and hungry, we stopped in at Edith's Pizza and experienced, quite frankly, the best pizza with the best crust ever! It was a "conch and lobster" pizza topped with green peppers.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE EXUMA, BAHAMAS ARCHIPELAGO!


 Video of the Exumas by Robert Morton

    

     Some episodes in the "CoreyPearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean" spy series  take place on this great Bahamian archipelago of 365 cays and islands, beginning just 35 miles southeast of Nassau. There's three major areas- Great Exuma, Little Exuma and The Exuma Cays.

     They’re all unique! Great Exuma and Little Exuma are laid-back and traditional. You cross a tiny bridge to get between them! The long string of Exuma Cays have become a playground for the rich and famous and private cays boast private homes and luxury resorts and beachside condos.
     The Exumas are also rich in history, as they were settled by British Loyalists who fled the U.S. with their slaves following the American Revolution.
     Renting a car and exploring Great and Little Exuma, I was amazed at the miles of pristine beaches with talcum-powder sands. Sipping a Bahama Mama made by the one and only “Dr. of Livation” at the Peace & Plenty hotel in downtown Georgetown, Exuma was a wonderful experience. What a great person he is! The video features a few other Exuma hangouts I discovered when writing the spy series down there.
     There's a ferry boat that takes you over to Stocking Island...go there! Hint: If you stay at the Hotel Peace & Plenty, the fare is free. Stocking Island is a mile from Government Dock in Georgetown and is long and narrow, with a population of 10 people. It protects Georgetown from ocean waves and creates a natural harbor. Climb the hill, known as the Beacon for a breath-taking view of the Caribbean and harbor. There’s an unused gas beacon at the top, which is cool. The glass top portion is missing, but the concrete pillar is visible for miles.
     Hike along a path to the middle of Stocking Island to an inlet called Hurricane Hole. I met some yachters there and had a good talk, learning much about their sailboat experiences. Hurricane Hole is a protected inlet and boaters seek shelter there from approaching storms.
     Also, on Stocking Island, hit the Chat and Chill bar and restaurant! It’s located on a sandbar beach called the Split and accessible by boat only. I had a great talk with the bartender there, who told me about the local culture…great stuff for my Corey Pearson spy series!
     At the Chat & Chill you’ll meet locals and yachters. Grab a Kalik beer there and try the conch salad. By the way, their conch salad is called "Bahamian Viagra" by the locals and by Pedro, the conch man. Wade in the gin-colored waters and smell the ribs and chicken barbecuing on the huge outside grill.
     I devoted the 8/16/16 Issue of “Caribbean Best-Kept Secrets!” newsletter to cool places to visit and fun stuff to do in the Exumas…enjoy!
 
 
Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), loves the Florida Keys and Caribbean Islands, and authors the "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean" spy series.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Secret Chinese spy base operates in Cuba!

    

China has secret spy base in Cuba

     Traveling to Cuba is on my Bucket-List! I dedicated the entire "7/25/16 Caribbean Best-Kept Secrets!" newsletter to this fascinating island, which is only 90 miles away from Key West, FL. Heck, that's closer than the nearest Walmart!
     I hand-picked articles that I thought North Americans and Europeans would be interested in such as the cheapest ways to fly to Cuba, what you need to know before traveling there, and how to get there RIGHT NOW!
     I also gathered some neat information about walking tours and specialty shopping in Havana, not to mention the best places for night life and clubbing...yes, for the younger crowd, clubbing!
     Lastly, I downloaded five videos about everyday life there that I thought you'd enjoy watching.
     As most of you know, the newsletter is a spin-off of my spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean" and an episode is written about CIA spies inside Cuba who discover a secret Chinese eavesdropping base there. Actually, it's true, they did uncover one. Yes, a Chinese CIA spy base is operating in Cuba and it was even mentioned by Marco Rubio during the Republican debates. Here's a piece about it all taken from my spy series:
     "General Morrison waited for Hsin Chow’s call on his secure phone. The Chinese operate a super-secret complex that eavesdrops on America’s satellite-based military transmissions and the messages contained in targeted American home and business faxes and e-mails. When Corey Pearson began working for CBIF, he journeyed to Cuba to recruit assets who worked in Cuban hotels. A number of desk clerks were paid to monitor the hotel registers for a “hit list” of potential terrorists visiting Cuba.
     Corey grew suspicious when large numbers of names like Yao Lee, Yo-Yo Quan, and Sin Ling booked into hotels in Havana. Satellite imagery surveillance revealed a Chinese electronic espionage facility was being built…it literally sprang up in two weeks. In return, Beijing gave Castro electronic countermeasures that blocked Radio Marti from transmitting pro-U.S. radio and TV broadcasts into Cuba from Miami. Hsin Chow registered at the Sofitel Sevilla hotel in downtown Havana. Corey discovered that Chow had an only son attending MIT in the states. In addition, his wife visits him in Cuba several times per year. 
     CBIF targeted Chow for explicable reasons, so Morrison had Corey register at the Sofitel Sevilla, posing as a French businessman. He “accidentally” met Chow at the pool and fitness center. After several casual conversations, Corey laid out detailed plans on how Chow and his wife could defect to the U.S. when she came to visit him from China. CBIF would ensure that the CIA exfiltration team would fly them clandestinely to the U.S. and unite them with their son. The family would be given top secret clearance, new identities, and $2 million cash. Chow was a priceless target for CBIF: A Chinese engineer who was a senior member of their SIGINT program. He was no less a genius and operated Chinese surveillance satellites from Cuba that he personally designed and built."

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), loves the Florida Keys and Caribbean Islands, and authors the "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean" spy series.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Florida Keys "Hidden Gem"- the No Name Pub on Pine Key

Watch this video- maybe I'll see you here someday!

     Scenes in the “Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean” spy series take place inside the No Name Pub on Pine Key in the Florida Keys. Corey meets a contact there, amidst the thousands upon thousands of dollar bills hanging from the ceiling and walls.
     This funky pub is off the beaten path and a great place to grab a cold beer and top-of-the-line pizza (Hint: Get the shrimp pizza with bacon). If you can find it…go there! Its remoteness is why CIA Spymaster Corey Pearson uses it as a contact place to meet his undercover agents. Enjoy the video above I made of one his contact meetings.
     Believe me, it’s worth it to make the detour off main Highway 1. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable of the area. I ordered the shrimp pizza (with bacon) and drank a few inexpensive beer refills in a souvenir glass. The video I took shows many of the Key Deer I saw when trying to find the place. 
     My wife says I have no sense of direction and the No Name Pub was hard to find (for me) but I would still recommend getting off Highway 1 in Pine Key on your way to Key West and visit it. If you have GPS and a phone map, type in the address to avoid getting lost. I guarantee you’ll see at least a dozen cute and tiny Key Deer along the side roads you take to reach it. On a hot day, the chilled beer and cold raw shrimp will cool you down!
     I know hot pizza doesn’t sound too good on a hot, humid day, but their shrimp pizza is to die for! Hint: I know this is a second reminder, but request that the chef add bacon to your shrimp pizza order… outstanding!!
     I call this Corey Pearson contact place the “Hidden Gem.” Maybe I’ll see you at the No Name Pub someday…you'll recognize me. I'm the one scribbling down notes for the next episode of my spy series.  Enjoy!
 
Note: Just curious- anyone know how much money hangs from the ceiling and is stapled to the walls of the No Name Pub? If you do, please let me know on the Secure Contact Form. Thanks in advance!
 
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Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), loves the Florida Keys and Caribbean Islands, and authors the "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean" spy series.

Monday, June 20, 2016

CIA SPY MEETS CONTACT AT NASSAU, BAHAMAS BRITISH COLONIAL HOTEL

     I love the British Colonial Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas. The Bullion Bar inside is plush and written into many of the scenes in my spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean." It is nicknamed the old "BC" by the locals and it brings back many memories for me.


     During Spring Break in my college days, in the 60's, I flew to Nassau with several fraternity brothers. We visited the BC often during our five-day break. It was, believe it or not, covered with a straw roof! Since then, My wife, daughter and I stayed at the BC several times, enjoying the lush tropical nine acres behind it with a private beach. 
     I made the video below while writing an episode of my spy series, where Corey Pearson meets his contact, Darnell Ferguson, in the back "Patio  Bar and Grill" open-air bar in the lush garden behind the British Colonial (Nine acres of garden!). 
 

 CIA Spymaster meets contact at British Colonial
 
 Here's another video of one of the Caribbean's Best-Kept Secrets: The British Colonial is only a five-minute walk to Junkanoo Beach, home to the Tiki Bikini Hut Beach Bar. This, in my humble opinion, is one of the best beach bars in the Caribbean. They pile fresh coconuts in a rowboat at the Tiki Hut and when you order any drink with coconut, they retrieve one and machete it in front of you, then pour the coconut juice and meat into a blender. Enjoy!

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean." Get the FREE "Caribbean Best-Kept Secrets" newsletter! 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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     Here’s an excerpt from the “Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean” spy series. He’s called in from Jamaica to the headquarters of the Caribbean Basin Interdiction Force (CBIF). The series takes place in the Florida Keys and throughout the Caribbean Islands. Counter-intelligence agents followed him here from Jamaica, making sure that he wasn't tailed. Please subscribe to the "Caribbean Best-Kept Secrets" newsletter, which features locations and great places to visit in the Caribbean...places where CIA case officer Corey Pearson ventures to on his assignments. Check out Issue 3/18/16 of "Caribbean Best-Kept Secrets"    

     "Corey Pearson sat at a table by the front picture window of the Key Lime CafĂ© in Key Largo, enjoying a conglomeration off the breakfast menu of steak and eggs, hash browns and grits, coffee and Key Lime pie. It was past 4pm, but with no time for breakfast or lunch, he didn’t care about the unusual request. Neither did the waitress. A customer decked out in cut-off jeans, sandals and a ‘Wastin’ Away In Margaritaville’ T-shirt sat at the counter watching a small Motorola black and white TV, complete with rabbit ear antennae. The Parrot head wannabe sipped a Corona and snacked on a complimentary cheese plate which was frequented by flies. A large tarpon hung over the bar. Every picture and sign hung slightly askew, including a Karaoke poster that read, “No Refunds For Songs We Don’t Play!!”

 
     Corey thought to himself: CBIF went all out acquiring this joint. Definitely doesn’t draw the sport’s bar, country western, college, punk rock, yuppie or corporate community. A class all its own.
     The owner bragged to the Jimmy Buffett Parrot head, describing how he miraculously acquired a state liquor permit, his plans for a backyard patio for bands, and a remodeling of the downstairs bathroom.
     I wonder how much the Caribbean Basin Interdiction Force (CBIF) invested to take over this joint…and their reasons for doing so. Poor guy doesn’t know he’s working for them, or that his newly-hired waitress is most likely a plant for the counterintelligence team. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Parrot head is, too."

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. authors the spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean." Get the FREE newsletter "Caribbean Best-Kept Secrets" to discover the undiscovered Caribbean.