The Nuremberg Puzzle & other news

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Research, Uncategorized

I was in Los Angeles in February to meet two producers about their plans for the Puzzle series. The hope is that they can raise funds this year to start a TV series based on the Puzzle novels. It’s still only a hope, I have to say, but if I stopped believing in hope I’d be lost! Above is a picture of the restaurant where we met in Beverly Hills. We ate Mexican food and I enjoyed every second. They gave me some books to take home with me, which I found very...

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The History of BXH. The Bank in The Manhattan Puzzle.

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Research, The Manhattan Puzzle

BXH is one of the least well known international banks in the world. Its name is rarely mentioned in the media for one very important reason. It is discreet. It doesn’t announce its results in a flurry of conference calls and media interviews because it is the last of the great banks to remain in private hands. And it plans to remain that way. The Eternal Circle – The Symbol of BXH Because of this you will not have heard much about BXH and rather less about its...

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The Dangerous Lie in Dan Brown’s Inferno – updated

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Research

Please don’t read this if your mind is closed to new ideas or if you dislike debate. You’ll simply be wasting your time and you may upset yourself. And I do know Inferno is fiction, too, but that doesn’t mean I’m not allowed express an opinion. To the the person who called me a threat to society in the comments below I say only this – if speaking out is a threat to society we have descended into tyranny. And I do allow Dan Brown the right to...

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What will China do next?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Research, The Manhattan Puzzle

Napoleon called China a sleeping giant. “Let him sleep,” he said. “If he wakes he will shake the world.” China is waking. A new Silk Road is being planned that will see high speed trains connecting China to India, Iran and points west. The year Chinese dominance will be permanently unassailable is projected by some to be 2040, only a generation from now. By 2040 the Chinese economy, at current projections, will be a $123 trillion behemoth, three...

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The 5th Puzzle: Why are the Treasures of Istanbul unknown?

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Research

When I was growing up I heard nothing about the beauty and wonders of Istanbul. I heard a lot about the wonders of Paris and Rome, but nothing positive about Istanbul. And I am a voracious reader of newspapers and magazines. Istanbul was the city of Midnight Express, a depiction of pure violence, and occasionally a political story would appear about a coup.  Imagine my surprise when I went to Istanbul to discover: 1. A museum that was the largest cathedral in Christendom...

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Manhattan sex scandals – Fantasy or real?

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Research

New York is famous for its sex scandals. Voters there recently (September 2013) refused to elect Elliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner to positions of Democratic candidate for Controller and Mayor respectively. Each had endured a public sex scandal involving prostitutes (Spritzer 2008) or adulterous sexting (Weiner 2011).  The only surprise was probably that Spitzer was only narrowly defeated.  Tellingly each of their wives were missing for the bulk of their campaigns. The kiss...

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