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Thursday, April 6, 2017

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

Robert Morton, Author of "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean" series.

Who is your favorite James Bond actor? Please vote!

     Who is your favorite James Bond? This fictional spy character was created in 1953 by author Ian Fleming, who branded him so successfully! The novel series became a film series and we enjoyed watching him on the big screen at the local theatre. Twelve novels and two short-story collections are left behind since Fleming's death in 1964. 

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     In my youth alongside my father, I enjoyed watching MI6 agent James Bond, with his 007 license to kill, save the world from dastardly villains. The James Bond film series is the longest-running one known to mankind. Beginning in 1962 with Sean Connery to the present with Daniel  Craig, it has been a continuous series of spy thrillers hitting the big screen, grossing well over $6 billion, making it the second-highest-grossing film series, trailing Harry Potter     Here's some historical facts on the James Bond TV and movie series:
  • 1954- Author Ian Fleming was paid $1000 for the TV rights for Casino Royale, and it was broadcast on CBS  in October, 1954 as an episode of the Climax! Mystery Theatre.
  • The first official EON Productions James Bond film was Dr. No. Released in 1962, it opened with the gun barrel sequence that become a trademark of the series.
  • Roger Moore came on the scene in 1964. Busy guy! He played Simon Templar on The Saint and starred as James Bond in an episode of the comedy sketch show Mainly Millicent.
  • When Sean Connery departed from the series in 1967, the producers found Australian model George Lazenby to play the new James Bond. 
  • George Lazenby retired from the series after filming On Her Majesty's Secret Service, so the producers were told to bring back Sean Connery at any cost. Connery agreed to do one last film, getting paid a $1.25 million base salary plus an estimated 12.5% of the profits. The film was Diamonds Are Forever and was a complete success. He  didn't enjoy the money, for he donated his entire base salary to a Scottish education charity.
     I recently attended a workshop on James Bond at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. It was sponsored by the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), which I am a member of. Many Bond enthusiasts attended. Die-hard Bond fans have studied the alcoholic libations he frequently enjoyed. There are over fifty 007 drink recipes mentioned, from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace. Bond also had his favorite champagnes and wines. Let's see...how did he like that martini prepared?
     
Robert Morton, Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and authors the book Penumbra Database, part of the "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean" spy series. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

THIS ISSUE IS ALL ABOUT BIMINI, BAHAMAS!

    
Bimini, Bahamas

     I love Bimini, Bahamas and couldn't resist describing street scenes of it in my spy series. Here's one scene where the crooked U.S. Senator Warren and his Chief-of-Staff Mark Serwin are about to meet a contact in Alice Town, Bimini: 

     "Warren and Serwin parked their golf cart on the narrow dirt and limestone Queen's Highway, then walked the same path Anthony Hopkins strolled down at the end of the movie 'Silence of the Lambs' after he called FBI agent Jodie Foster on the phone from Alice Town, North Bimini.
     They walked past the dirt-floored End of the World Saloon where the late New York congressman Adam Clayton Powell drank during his exile to Bimini in 1967. Some locals still order the scotch and milk drink in honor of him, which the émigré sipped on often. Serwin wanted to go in and try a scotch and milk, but the senator reminded him they had a contact to meet at Big John's Bar and Grill." 
 
     The 3/31/17 "Caribbean Best-Kept Secrets" newsletter is all about Bimini! A world-class chef is arriving to become the new culinary consultant at the Hilton in Resorts World Bimini. By the way, Corey Pearson's counterintelligence teams on Bimini track the crooked senator and his contact through the complex, which is vividly described in several episodes of the spy series.    
     Enjoy this 3/31/17 "Caribbean Best-Kept Secrets" issue. It also describes how Mariah Carey unwinds on this 10-square mile paradise that lies only 50 miles due east of Miami. 
     Have fun reading it, and I would sure enjoy hearing any stories you have about Bimini, Bahamas.  Contact me HERE and I'll put them in the next newsletter. Thanks in advance!

Robert Morton, Author of the "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean" spy series.
 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Read the "Penumbra Database" spy thriller!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Penumbra Database- plot summary


 
Nassau and the Bahamian out island of Abaco hold painful memories for Corey Pearson, CIA station chief for the Caribbean Basin. Nassau was where he met his wife, Danielle. And it was during a mission on Abaco when Danielle was brutally murdered.

Pearson finds himself back in the Bahamas to investigate the abduction and murder of a fellow agent. Surrounded by Nassau’s familiar sights and sounds, Pearson struggles not to let memories of Danielle overshadow his mission—a struggle that becomes ever more difficult as he uncovers evidence connecting his wife’s horrific death to a deep data mining project known as the Penumbra Database.

As Pearson discovers, everyone wants the database—from an Islamic narcoterrorism group planning a major attack on US soil to players in an ongoing contest between the FBI and the CIA for control of domestic surveillance.

As for the jihadists, their plan is rapidly approaching fruition. They have all the weaponry and religious zeal they need. Their target? An upcoming World Series game—one the US president plans to attend.

Danielle may have died for the Penumbra Database, and unless Pearson acts quickly, many more will follow her into the grave.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Jamaica hotspots featured in Corey Pearson spy series!

     Check out this 11/27/16 issue of the "Caribbean Best-Kept Secrets" newsletter. It's all about Jamaica, mon. Don't forget to watch the videos on Jamaica, too.
     Many scenes in the "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster n the Caribbean" spy series feature Jamaican locales. Enjoy!

 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

This is all about Key Largo- CIA Spymaster Corey Pearson episode

     I love the Florida Keys, especially Key Largo! This episode of "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean" takes place at a mom and pop restaurant and bar along Highway 1 in Key Largo. It is the entranceway to the Florida Keys, an island in the upper Florida Keys, just a stone's throw away from the southern coast of Florida. You don't have to go all the way to Key West to find a good time!
     Don't forget to see this issue of "Caribbean Best-Kept Secrets" newsletter. It is all about Key Largo! This newsletter features all of Key Largo's onshore and offshore state parks and the many wildlife encounters awaiting you. So, enjoy reading excepts from this episode of "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean." It's all about Key Largo...enjoy! 

Scene from "Corey Pearson" spy series. Location: Key Largo:
 
     "Corey Pearson sat at a table by the front picture window of the Key Lime Café 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 Parrothead 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: Caribbean Basin Interdiction Force, 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 Parrothead about 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 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 teams. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Parrothead is, too.
     He gazed outside past the column of coconut palms and pink hibiscus decorating the front of the mom and pop bar and restaurant. It was Friday and an endless flow of traffic ventured west on US A1A, heading to Key West. The waitress tapped a series of buttons on the aged jukebox in the corner. It took a while for her selections to play, but finally a medley of Buffet tunes began, beginning with “Turnin’ Around”.
     Corey noticed two men talking in front of a small grocery store across Highway 1, and wondered if they were a section of CBIF’s counterintelligence (CI) team. Probably not. They’re too obvious. The real guys wouldn’t be noticed. They’re out there, somewhere, blending into the daily activities, invisible, and they tracked me since I left the Jamaican safe house. 
     (Two pages deleted)

     A cell phone musical chime interrupted his thoughts. The waitress retrieved it from her apron and spoke guardedly, while retreating to the back kitchen.
     Hope this is the signal for me to come home. The counterintelligence teams must not have detected anyone tailing me from Jamaica. 
(Two pages deleted)
 
     As instructed, Corey ended up at the Key Lime Café after climbing aboard an American Eagle at Miami International and flying to Fort Myers-RSW airport, then catching a 1:15pm Cape Air Cessna which was forced to weave around a large flock of gulls before touching down on the tarmac at Key West International at 2:05pm. He climbed into a green Ford-250 pickup in log-term parking space No. 43 and drove to this unpretentious eatery at mile marker 102.8 in Key Largo and ordered a meal, as directed.
     I wonder how many CBIF counterintelligence agents have copies of my itinerary?
     Corey finished chugging down his iced tea and savored the last bite of Key Lime pie. The waitress reappeared from the back kitchen, stuffing the cell phone back into her apron. She walked across the peanut shell-littered floor to his table and laid a receipt on the vinyl, red-checkered table cloth. He stared at the blank tab and understood, handing her an arbitrary amount of cash.
     “Keep the change.”
     She smiled and replied, “Thanks. Have a safe trip.”
     Corey returned the smile. “The pleasure’s all mine. I must have a look at your wine list sometime.”
     In the pickup, Corey took a miniature penlight from the glove compartment and shined it upon the blank receipt. Under the special UV light, the words “You’re cleared, Come on home” appeared."
End
 
     Don't forget to check out this issue of "Caribbean Best-Kept Secrets" newsletter...it's all about Key Largo!
    

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.