Lusitania Departures

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A Lusitania Spy Thriller

Here is my historical spy thriller to be released in print Sept. 2017 by Mango Publishing. LUSITANIA LOST depicts romance, intrigue and murder on the war torn Atlantic in 1915. Woven around a precise timeline of the luxury liner’s  final fatal voyage,  It is authentic, apart from my fictional characters and those questions that may never be answered, such as:

Fateful Questions

After the torpedo strike, what caused the second fatal explosion?  Did the Germans, or the British, know the Lusitania would be caught? And, what secret weapons were in the cargo?

Nurses going to the Front?

The photo of women at the ship’s rail was my inspiration. Having investigated the tragic and world-changing event, I created characters to match the five women shown departing for the Great War in Europe. With a few fictional heroes and bad actors they join the historical cast  aboard the Lusitania, inside the German submarine U-20, in the capitals and battlefields of Europe and on the mean streets of 1915 New York.

A Torch Singer meets a Muckraker

Once aboard the doomed ship, my heroine Alma Brady (second from right, the haunted blonde) runs into Matthew Vane, a muckraking reporter assigned as a war correspondent. Matt, on his way to the front lines, intends to find out what secret weapons may be hidden in the British passenger liner’s cargo hold. What they find there could change history, although the secrets may be lost to us forever.

Voyage into history

Alma and Matt’s shipboard romance, against a background of warfare, spying, sabotage, imperial politics and mutiny, leads up to a harrowing climax surpassing even the Titanic disaster three years earlier. It makes a stunning introduction to a war-torn century, and possibly to a new series of historical novels.

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  1. lc2013 Post author

    The social network

    The social network
    Destroyed my dream
    You with another guy
    My heart wants to scream…

    paraphrasing Billy Idol, “Call Me Crazy” in his 2014 album Kings and Queens of the Underground

    Up until now, 2017, pre-Lusitania, that's pretty much all I heard about social networking: Catfishing horror stories on Dr. Phil, cyber-bullying suicides, chatroom adultery, fake news blogging, blah blah blah.

    And I did vainly pursue one biker babe on Facebook, and tweet on Occupy America, but without ever really catching fire. And, more recently, invent (or re-invent) the hashtag #TREXIT that seems hot, lol.

    But all that time I was busy posting websites of my own: a 2000 political site, SoreLosers.org; A vivid graphic site for my novel Biohacker, formerly titled Fatal Strain; my eco-religion page Church of the Goddess.org (still up there); this WordPress author page in its earliest form, now revamped as leonardcarpenter.com; etc.

    Oh, and while trying to sell a Conan the Barbarian TV script, I did frequent the site of what may have been the worst (and lowest-budget) live-action TV show ever broadcast. (The highlight of the series was an Emmy-quality performance by Mickey Rooney as a tribal chieftain.) Their unmoderated chatroom was a cesspool, the Hyborian Age equivalent of a mosh-pit. Yuck!

    A Lusitania Spy Thriller

    Now, faced with the challenge of 21st century publishing—both online and in stores, by the grace of Mango.bz books—I get to extol the merits of my Lusitania spy thriller: how it is the literary equivalent of “Titanic Meets Das Boot” lol, a romantic adventure with gripping suspense and tragedy above and below decks on the Lusty Lusi.

    What fun! All of this amid the Great War in 1915, with scenes in the capitals and battlefields of Europe, in the White House in Washington DC and on the gang-haunted mean streets of New York. Three years after the Titanic disaster, here are the innocent joys and vivid tragedy that started the US on our path into World War I.

    Romance, Intrigue and Murder

    I also get to explain how my Lusitania Lost can be so rigorously faithful to history while portraying romance, intrigue and murder on the war-ravaged Atlantic. The drama unfolds both among my fictional characters and the actual world leaders, Broadway celebrities, and crew on RMS Lusitania and the submarine U-20 that relentlessly stalked the luxury liner.

    Written to a tight, ticking historical timeline, my epic reveals gripping details lost or concealed in most written histories. Apart from my invented characters, everything is documented except my answers to those questions which may never be answered by the Lusitania's crumbling wreck—such as, what secret weapons were in the liner's hold? And what caused the second, more violent explosion that made the ship go down in only 18 minutes?

    Lusitania the Video

    I get to produce and display my background 4-minute model-animated Youtube, Who Sank The Lusitania? at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThKtjVlqasM

    Lusitania the Movie

    And I get to peddle my completed, 120-page screenplay THE LUSI, to any Hollywood studio that wants to challenge James Cameron's immortal TITANIC with modern digital effects, rather than building a life-sized breakable model of half the giant ship in Mexico.

    Two Shipboard Romances

    I won't go into the perils, loves and conflicts of my fictional characters, which are also faithfully portrayed in the movie script. All of that can be in a later blog, or possibly another video.

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