Hidden Mickey 5: Chasing New Frontiersby David Smith
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AWARD WINNING ACTION ADVENTURE, (Silver Quill Award from League of Utah Writers Annual Awards--category of Novel Manuscript). After Blain Walters, a twenty-three year old charismatic Disneyland Cast Member, meets Missy Johansen, a beautiful, adventuresome Swiss visitor to Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom, together the young couple stumble upon a very old wallet while exploring a secret location at Disneyland…a wallet whose owner, they discover, was connected to a brazen robbery at Disneyland many decades before—a robbery that had yet to be solved. In addition to a large sum of money, the unique and mysterious pendant of Walt Disney’s was also taken, a pendant that had just recently been recovered from a previous theft and subsequent paid ransom.
The owner of the lost wallet, Nathan Duncan, an unscrupulous landscaper at Disneyland, unexpectedly died while being pursued by Disneyland Security after he is suspected in the disappearance of the money and the seemingly predestined pendant. Duncan’s sudden death literally buried any chance of finding the stolen money or the priceless and legendary red-diamond pendant.
Forty-four years after Duncan’s demise, Blain and Missy discover that the found wallet literally holds the key to a trail of lost clues. Each deciphered clue, in turn, leads Blain and Missy on a quest to find interwoven pieces of a nearly half-century old puzzle, a puzzle that may reveal where the lost Disney cache is hidden.
Adding to the intrigue, Blain is unaware that Missy is in reality—and incognito—the rising international pop star from Switzerland, Malaysia Hosner, who has just kicked off her first U.S Concert Tour in Southern California. In addition to tracking down decades-old clues, Blain and Malaysia find themselves seeking to follow their hearts as they find a real connection with each other while delving deeper and deeper into this long-forgotten mystery.
How long can Malaysia keep her identity a secret? Where do the cryptic clues lead? Who else is seeking the long-lost Disney fortune? What kind of relationship, if any, can be forged through the adventure Blain and Malaysia share? And, what magic does the Magic Kingdom indeed have in store for the two passionate explorers?
Pursuing legendary treasure, discovering secret locations in Disneyland, and finding romance along the way, Chasing New Frontiers generates literary fireworks! Adventure, mystery, and intrigue await the reader in this new Hidden Mickey Mystery!
Enjoy this “E- Ticket” Adventure!
Meet the Author
In addition to the co-authorship of the first two Hidden Mickey Novels, and now the author of this NEW Hidden Mickey novel, David is also the author of two of the top-selling tennis instructional books, Tennis Mastery (2004) & Coaching Mastery (2008). David W. Smith is also the Senior Editor for one of the top-rated tennis web sites in the world. (TennisOne.com) Considered as one of the premier tennis teachers in the U.S., David has been selected by Wilson Racquet Sports, Prince Sports and Dunlop Racquet Sports to be one of their Premier, Elite and Master Tennis Professionals (respectfully) representing each company at various times over the past fifteen years. David is one of about 20 tennis pros to have reached this level of recognition in the world.
David has published over 300 articles in a wide range of domestic and European publications. He has produced the DVDs, “Building a World-Class Volley” and “The Ultimate Serve Tune-Up.” In addition, David has given lectures and workshops all around the U.S. on tennis as well as on writing.
In addition to writing, like the character Blain in this novel, Dave is a professional musician playing bass and guitar. Most recently Dave has played bass guitar with the teen sensation, Carlie Wall on her first concert tour in 2010. In the early 1980’s David played guitar and bass for a number of bands, including his own band MAX, a band that played many venues around Disneyland and throughout Southern California.
David is also a professional magician, having performed for large and small audiences. Specializing in close up magic, David also has formed many programs for teaching magic to youngsters and adults alike.
The idea for Hidden Mickey grew out of a love for Disneyland and a deep appreciation for the vision that Walt Disney had in the face of adversity and lack of popular opinion of the day. Having worked at Disneyland in California in the late 1970’s and early 80’s, David learned firsthand, the inner workings of not just Disneyland but, as most all cast members learn, he learned about Walt Disney through those years.
David is married to Dr. Kerri Smith, a pediatrician. David, Kerri and their two children, Kyla Marie who is twelve and Keaton Bruce who is eight, along with three dogs, two guinea pigs and one cat, all reside in the beautiful red-rock scenery of St. George, Utah.
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