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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Welcome to the "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean" spy series!

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Bomb-sniffing dogs featured in CIA spy thriller novel

It was fun researching how bomb-sniffing dogs are trained and their incredible ability to sniff out explosives. Here's an excerpt from the "Penumbra Database" spy thriller:

Unknown to Edhi or the Dolans, a week prior, at 3am, four CI agents wearing jeans and dark hoodies emerged from the surrounding Hemlock forest surrounding the Dolan’s organic farm. A special dog accompanied them. It was an overcast and moonless night. They snuck to the back of the open U-Haul and crawled in.
As one stood outside as a lookout, the three inside swept hand-held devices close to the van floor, walls and ceiling. They did the same to the canoes and camping gear. The dog sniffed items its handler pointed to. One agent held a strange-looking device that detected minute traces of radiation.
In ten minutes, they vacated the truck and disappeared back into the forest, then made their way back to the quaint, Victorian-styled Riverside Inn where ‘Tracker’ was eagerly waiting for them.
In her room, ‘Tracker’ and the agents analyzed the air samples they collected for traces of biothreat residue. Special strips were inserted into the hand-held devices that detected traces of Anthrax, Plague, Ricin, Abrin…even Tularemia. The results came up negative. The radiation detector device computed zero emissions.
The dog handler reported his canine gave no behavioral signs of smelling explosives. It was trained to detect C-4 signatures, buried land mines, IED’s, and explosives used in military-weapon war- heads… including mortars.
When pressed by ‘Tracker,’ the handler assured her that his dog would have picked up a week-old scent if mortars had been in the U-Haul. Even an infinitesimal amount would trigger a nerve in its nose, the trigeminal, and be sent to a part of its brain that processes sensations, including smells. He told her, “If any of these hi-tech mortar shells had been in the van, my dog would have alerted me… she never forgets an explosive signature.”
‘Tracker’s’ sixteen CI agents initially reported the Dolan’s U-Haul as suspicious. The decision was made to target it, for they spotted it passing them often as they bicycled, hiked and bird-watched along the back roads surrounding Cambridge Springs.
A thorough background check of John and Diane Dolan came up clean and their truck was free of biological, radiological and explosive residues. U.S. intelligence decided they were not a homeland-security threat.

Check out this new breed of bomb-sniffing dogs

Robert Morton writes the "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Florida Keys and Caribbean" spy series. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Journey Through the Caribbean and Florida Keys with CIA Spymaster Corey Pearson!

In writing my spy thriller series, I've grown to love the Caribbean islands and Florida Keys. Get the FREE "Caribbean Best-Kept Secrets" newsletter!

Where CIA agents meet their spy contacts in Nassau, Bahamas

The Poop Deck- featured in the "Penumbra Database"

     In the Corey Pearson spymaster series, this iconic place on East Bay Street in Nassau, Bahamas is often mentioned. Why? Because it's a meeting place where CIA agents meet their contacts. Here's a snippet from Episode 6 of the "Penumbra Database":

Episode 6 Missed rendevouz
Poop Deck Restaurant  and Pub Nassau, Bahamas

(GPS 25°04’28.1”N 77°19’03.5”W)

"Corey Pearson sat on a barstool at the Poop Deck Restaurant & Pub sipping a Goombay Smash. General Morrison scheduled the rendez- vous with Darnell Ferguson at noon. It was 12:30pm…  a no-show.    A lone man entered the restaurant, drawing Corey’s attention. His behavior was dissimilar to that of a typical customer. He sat at a ta- ble overlooking Nassau Harbor and nervously glanced at Corey and the other bar patrons, then at the entrance doorway and around the open-air restaurant. Whoever it was he expected to meet made him uneasy. Corey made a quick mental note of the man’s physical ap- pearance and exited the restaurant.

CBIF protocol dictated the next step. He  proceeded  west  on East Bay Street toward the backup rendezvous, the Bullion Bar at the British Colonial Hotel, the old “BC” as the locals nicknamed it. Corey footed it quickly down East Bay Street for an eighth of a mile until    he reached Potter’s Cay, a conglomeration of open-air venders and fishing boats underneath the Paradise Island bridge. Once there, he glanced over his shoulder to determine if the uneasy, thin, mustached man in the Panama hat followed him out of the Poop Deck."

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Robert Morton is a member of the Association of Former intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean and Florida Keys" spy series. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Best-Kept Secrets of Key West, Florida Keys and Caribbean!

Hello and welcome back! This 5/30/18 "Caribbean and Florida Keys Best-Kept Secrets!" newsletter is all about my favorite bars in Key West that are mentioned often in my spy thriller series. Enjoy the neat facts and photos of the Key West Schooner Wharf Bar. There's even a video of singer Michael McCloud singing a song I love called "Schooner Wharf Bar Dog."

There's more about the
Caribbean and how it suffered back-to-back hurricanes, so I threw in an informative article about surviving a powerful hurricane and insights on living through a tropical storm. I luv Jimmy Buffett. Yeah, I'm a Parrot Head and mention him in my spy series often. I threw in an article about Jimmy in Key West. There's more articles about:
  • Mysteries of the Florida Keys and Caribbean
  • Sloppy Joes Bar
  • The upcoming Hemingway look-alike contest
  • A nice photo gallery
  •  Recipes on how to make Caribbean rum punches 
  • Sloppy Joe's Taproom and its cold crafted beers on tap and full bar with premium domestic and imported bottled beers
  • The best child-free Caribbean cruises cruises
  • The program "ReDiscover Dominica" to boost tourism on the island of Dominica
  • How to choose the perfect Caribbean island for your dream holiday
  • The best church charities to donate to for victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria
  • Lots of neat photos of the Caribbean and Key West
  • The island of Barbados has its first woman leader elected
Don't miss the video section, especially the one of the "Schooner Wharf Bar Dog" song being sung by Michael McCloud, with real dogs sitting under real bar stools! Another video shows Sloppy Joe's Bar under water one day after Hurricane Irma. Enjoy!

Robert Morton writes the "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean and Florida Keys" spy series.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

This issue: Mysteries of the Florida Keys and Caribbean!

Snorkeling the Bimini Road
     This 4/25/18 Issue of "Caribbean and Florida Keys Best-Kept Secrets" is all about the many mysteries and secrets lurking throughout the Florida Keys and Caribbean islands. From the Fountain of Youth and Bimini Road in Bimini, Bahamas to the mysterious whistle sounds many have heard emanating from the Caribbean Sea, dozens of mysterious places to visit are featured to put on yur bucket list. Enjoy!

Robert Morton is author of the "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean and Florida Keys" spy thriller series.  

Friday, December 22, 2017

CIA operative abducted from the Nassau, Bahamas Hard Rock Cafe


     I enjoyed the Nassau, Bahamas Hard Rock CafĂ©. In fact, I couldn't resist putting it into a scene in the "Penumbra Database" spy thriller. A young CIA operative was kidnapped out of the place in a very imaginative manner and Corey Pearson is sent to Nassau to find out what happened to him. Here's a paragraph from the novel: