I have started re-editing my novel “Angel’s Brother”. I hope to have it ready for a third-party editor and later publication in early 2017 (but not before the Inauguration, sorry).
It’s disturbing how I find issues, like in logical sequencing of the action as “Randy” (40) follows Sal (21) back to a taxi from the grounds at Auschwitz in the opening chapter.
But there’s no immediate cliffhanging crisis (or skyscraper-hanging, which opens “Vertigo”, before settling down into talk).
But by Chapter 4, Randy (an ex-military CIA agent who works a regular job as a high school history teacher, even with AP students, which Sal had been) has run a gauntlet of a treasure hunt, visiting a porn shop in St. Petersburg, Russia (even looking at gay porn, which isn’t supposed be allowed in Vladimir Putin’s fiefdom anymore), a step on a Howdy-Doody style treasure hunt that sends him to in a rent car to northwestern Russia, near Lake Ladoga.
He meets an old codger who looks after a secret weapons cache, supposedly hidden among the old radioactive waste that Russia keeps. This is the kind of stuff that the Nuclear Threat Initiative wants to collar up.
Randy picks up a small device that will be transferred back to the U.S., and eventually be useful in a bizarre psychic education center in West Texas that is supposedly part of a Homeland Security capacity. But then the Russians see him, and chase him across the border into Finland.
The idea is provocative now because Vladimir Putin is making noise about wanting to take the Baltics back. Karelia had once belonged to Finland but is now part of Russia (it’s also the subject of a Sibelius suite). If an incident like this really happened, then the West would have to respond, although Finland is not (yet) part of NATO. Wiki. This would be a gravely serious matter, although there are questions as to how president-elect Donald Trump will handle relations with Putin regarding Putin’s aggression.
The novel as written doesn’t yet do much with the potential crisis with Russia that it would cause, so I will work on this.
When a file (from my DADT-2 book) was hacked in April 2002 (on an old legacy site), the overlay looked like jibberish related to the NW-Russia – Finland area.
Update: Dec. 6, 2016
There is a news story about a gun attack at a town in southeast Finland very near the Russian border, Imatra, in the Karelia area. This is certainly interesting, Guardian link is here .
(Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 11:45 PM EST)