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Q: Did you write that book?

How many of us say will write a book and  publish it and then actully do it?

Well after ten years of a story in my head , I did it.

Published it on Amazon and all .

So what are you going to  write about while youre in Lock down because of the Chinese Coronavirus ? 

1 year 16 weeks ago in  Arts & Entertainment - China

 
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I am in the middle of my book. Will finish it in a few months. Have the publisher already. it is in Spanish though.

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Nice one mate, congratulations. I've tried my hand at writing before and while I enjoy it I just can't get into it after a day at work, it's one of those things I tell myself I'll try again properly if I ever end up in quarantine or laid up in hospital or something.

 

What genre is it? You didn't write a soppy romance novel did you?

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I am in the middle of my book. Will finish it in a few months. Have the publisher already. it is in Spanish though.

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This is the first Chapter of my Book ...hope you like it...if not...I don't give a F&2k....lol

CHAPTER 1

LONDON CALLING

January 1918

The English Foreign Minister scurries out of Buckingham Palace as light rain starts to fall.

He has a bewildering look on his face and is mumbling to himself.

Minister

it’s just not possible, they are both mad, how do they expect me to go about it?

Arriving at his office he sits down at his desk where he takes a deep breath, opens up a draw, picks up a bottle of liquor and pours himself a glass. He takes a large gulp of the contents of the glass  

Then puts down the now empty glass, he picks up a Pen and begins to writes on a letter pad, while bellowing for his aid.

Minister

 John!!

The Aid enters the office

John

Yes Sir?

Minister

 John, I need you to make an appointment with that fellow …err, Smith -Cumming,

Commander Smith-Cumming from SIS (MI6) …as quick as you can old man.

 

At the SIS Head Quarters, Office of Commander Mansfield Smith-Cumming

The minister Earl Arthur James Balfour, explains to Commander Smith -Cumming the purpose of his visit.

Balfour

His Majesty, the King wants us to rescue …the Tsar of Russia …and his family of course.

 

Smith -Cumming gets up from his desk and walks towards the window to gaze out of it without speaking as Balfour continues

 

 

 

Balfour

King George and the Kaiser both feel a joint effort is required to perform the rescue.

 

Commander Smith -Cumming

I’m sorry that resources to comply with this request are to scarce on the European front, it simply can’t be done I’m afraid.

Balfour

I understand, however I doubt the King will.

 

The commander escorts the Secretary to the door and opens it, and walks Balfour out.

There are a group of Agents talking in the hallway when one Agent is overhead talking about the Silk road from China to Russia and how he will be returning to China in the coming Days.

Balfour turns to Smith-Cumming

Balfour

How are your resources in the Asian Theatre?

 

The Commander interjects the Agents conversation and invites the China based Agent to his office.

Commander Smith-Cumming

Mr Turner, would you mind joining us in my office

 

The three of them return to the Commanders office and close the Door.

 

Commander Smith-Cumming

Capt. Turner, in your opinion would it be possible for a small party of men to go from China to Russia without support from the outside?

Turner

That would depend on a number of things Sir, what did you have in mind?

Balfour

Let’s say we wanted to spirit away 10 people from the middle of Russia …could you do it?

Turner

I couldn’t, But I know just the man that could.

Smith-Cumming and Balfour are both intrigued to know more about Turners friend

Commander Smith - Cumming

Go on

Turner

There are a group of Australians in Tianjin that operate a security service for caravans that travel the silk road.

They came to China at the end of the Boer War and set up shop.

Actually, they are very well supplied, trained, and they know the way.

Commander Smith – Cumming

Tell me more about this Australian Fellow

Turner

Marcus Carra, former Captain in the Australian Light Horse.

As I said he served in Africa until 1902 and set up Shop in Tianjin about 15 years ago

He has about 50 men in his employment, over half are Australian and New Zealanders, the rest are local Chinese.

 Balfour

How can we interest this Capt. Carra in this expedition?

Turner

Oh, I’m sure he will name his price Sir.

 

Smith – Cumming

That will be all for now

Turner

Yes sir

Turner starts to open the door and leave

Commander Smith – Cumming

Oh Turner …Don’t go too far away, that’s a good chap

 

Turner nods his head in acceptance of the order.

 

 

 

 

After Turner leaves Commander Smith – Cumming hands a glass of whisky to Balfour and asks the Minister

 Commander Smith – Cumming

Well what do you think?

 

 

Balfour

A small group of rowdy Australian civilians causing trouble in Russia with no connection to the Empire. and if it goes pair shaped, we can put it back on the Australians

Plausible deniability old boy, Plausible Deniability, what more could we ask for?

 

Commander Smith – Cumming

For some reason I feel like I’ve heard of this Carra fellow before, can’t put my finger on it,

Nevermind… you did say the King wanted a joint force?

Balfour

Yes yes …There are Plenty of German Prisoners in China we can enlist one or two of them and we send a couple of our own people along to oversee this little adventure.

What possibly could go wrong?

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

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A few years ago, I developed a textbook which I use in my classes. I have not gotten it published, as I am still working the kinks out of it. As I teach from it, I continuously find new and better ways of developing the book. The writing book is intended for Chinese students versus western students since they learn differently. Perhaps I will publish it one day, but for now, it is just gratifying to know I did it.

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