British Royal Navy Ship in Argentina

Plotting an international storyline

Plotting a novel is always good fun and never more so than when it involves travelling to another country that I have never been to before. This is especially pertinent if that country is so different to the UK. This was never more true than with Argentina.

The whole Latin culture is really apparent here and I had been wanting to visit Argentina for many years. So a dream come true, but, as I found out later it was the perfect backdrop for an international thriller: a country with a different culture, many borders all of which are porous; a vested in interested in and hostility towards the UK and a country in which we (the Brits) opened an international property office in 1991 just as the UN refused oil rights to the Falklands for Argentines! As an author this was too good to be true it was the perfect setting for a novel and the story was starting to write itself.

More research showed that the IRA had links with a terror group linked to Argentina and that they really did have a secret service that employed specifically blond women as seductresses called Operation Marilyn after the famous actress!

But as with all my books it relied upon certain lynch pins or plot hinges that really work. The final denouement was suggested to me by a former naval officer who had past knowledge of these matters. His suggestion I used readily but when I was Googling images for the final act, I saw a news paper article which showed that what I was propounding had actually happened. They even used the same wording as my book for the excuse as to refuse access to port. It got me wondering, I wonder if this really happened……

To find out you will have to read the scene in the last part of the book before Rupert and Chris need to make their escape across Argentina! Get your copy now available on Amazon.

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