Bogota Backscatter: A Novel by the author of An Unlikely Journeyby Frank Stephenson
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"Bogota Backscatter" is a sequel to the first work of historic fiction entitled "An Unlikely Journey" and, like the first novel, depicts one man´s struggle with the U.S. Government´s hidden agenda(s) and the ongoing struggle within himself to find his place in life. Fred Sager, a Ph.D. geologist assigned to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, travels to Bogota to assist the local scientist´s interpretation of the horrendous January 1999 earthquakes. In no time, he also finds himself attracted to a Chinese lady, also a geologist, and also there on temporary assignment. But is she really there to help her geology brethern, or does she lead a dual life?
The following is a brief excerpt from the book:
He looked at Adolph and asked, “Did you understand any of that gobbledygook?”
“Yes, it was quite well articulated, in fact.” Adolph replied, his somber expression lighting up with a smile and I assumed he had decided to pay attention to what was being said after his last lapse of concentration. “Even though Fred isn’t a petroleum geologist, most of us learn the basics of that branch of the discipline in undergraduate school. Fred is good that way; he retains everything except what he had for breakfast, or where he put his car keys.”
“Sounded like doubletalk to me,” Tweedledum mumbled, “so what exactly are you saying then, that Okradana geologists are mistaken about the location of a rather large deposit of oil? That they’re looking in the wrong spot?”
“That’s a distinct possibility.” I said. He failed to answer. I’ll bet both of these yo-yos are attorneys, they’re sure as hell not geologists.
“How do we know you’re not lying? Intentionally trying to throw us off the track? Causing us to delay operations, screwing us around?” Tweedledum demanded, his voice becoming a bit hoarse and raspy now.
“You don’t know.” I replied, with a modicum of self-satisfaction in my intonation. “You’ll have to take my word for it.”
“If you’re lying, would you say you’re lying?” He asked.
“No, I wouldn’t. If I were lying, I wouldn’t tell you I was lying, that would defeat the purpose of lying in the first place.” I said.
“Where should they be drilling? Where is this oil reserve?” He asked.
“I don’t know.” I said.
“Does this Chinese gal know?” He asked.
“Do I know if she knows?” I replied.
“If she knows would you tell me?”
“If she said I that could tell you, yes.” I said.
“And if she said that you couldn’t?” He barked.
“Then I would say that I didn’t know.”
“As you’re saying right now. Well, at least you’re truthful.” He replied, scratching his head and pacing nervously about in front of Adolph’s desk. From the expression on Adolph’s face, I could see that Tweedledum’s response had him baffled.
“I try.” I said, again studying the quizzical look on Adolph’s wrinkled face.
“Even when you lie you seem to be truthful.” Tweedledum said, “Wait a minute, we’re talking in circles here.”
“Did you know that the ancient Egyptians didn’t like pigs?” I asked, trying one last time to break his spirit. “Otherwise, they could’ve invented ham.”
“Dr. Sager, how about some straight answers to our questions?” Feigning his frustrations now, trying to conceal the fact that he knew that I knew that he was playing a game he was supposed to better at than me.
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Quite enjoyable, entertaining, tasteful in a provocative, seductive way. I believe I will try his other book as well.
I have not read anything by this author before, but if his other books are half as good as this one, I'll be ordering them shortly. This story is more truth than fiction, and the author has been kind enough to list his sources at the end of the book (although I think he may have missed a few). As such, the story underscores the media's (TV, newspapers, etc.,) fear and unwillingness in reporting to the American people and the rest of the free world, the true, underlying agenda our government has adopted; choosing instead to white-wash the reasons it (Washington) spends billions of dollars of taxpayer money on programs such as the badly misnamed 'The War on Drugs' (this is the main theme of the book), when Washington's real intent and silent objective is focussed squarely on exploiting Latin American oil reserves and satisfying the big oil companies. The book exposes some (certainly not all, otherwise it would thousands of pages long) of these myths in such a way as to be quite entertaining and suspensful. I greatly enjoyed reading it, although it intesified my disdain for politics which is, perhaps, not what anyone needs during an election year (I'm already sick and tired of the wrangling). I give the book a full five stars.