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Prologue Two

June 3rd

CNN Headquarters

Atlanta, Georgia

 

“How are things on the ground in Lemalia, Giles?” Wolf Blitzer, anchor of “The Situation Room,” asks foreign correspondent Giles Woodbridge.

Reporting from Delohar via satellite, Woodbridge responds in his unapologetically thick British accent.

“The unrest here has been rampant since the assassination of the newly elected president, Mohann Aldessa of the moderate People’s National Democratic Party. His opponent, Emerante Legaud, seized power shortly after the assassination, claiming the presidency by default.”

“As I understand it, Legaud is a well-known hard-liner from the New Revolutionary Party.”

“That’s right Wolf. He has called for the expulsion, of all foreigners from the country as well as the immediate nationalization of all foreign and domestic business interests.”

“That’s a pretty bold step, considering that he wasn’t the one elected to office,” Blitzer retorts. “What’s been the U.N.’s response?”

“The United Nations Security Council ratified a resolution condemning the assassination,” Woodbridge replies. “The secretary general has issued a statement saying that the U.N. will not formally recognize Legaud’s presidency.”

“So what’s their next move?”

“It’s believed that economic sanctions will be levied against Lemalia.”

“Is that wise, considering the fact that Lemalia provides the bulk of Duritium to the global market?”

“It seems the Security Council has decided to take a harder line since Legaud’s rise to power, at least for now,” Woodbridge answers.

“From what we’ve gathered so far stateside,” Blitzer adds, “the White House has not released a statement concerning the recent turn of events in Lemalia.”

 

 

 

 

 

Just a Taste…

Since I created this blog I’ve often teased that I was working on a novel. Well here is just a sample of things to come. All comments are welcome. Enjoy!

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Prologue One

June 1st

Delohar, Lemalia

Three bullets. Three bullets are all it takes to throw a nation into chaos and set the world on fire. With just three bullets a president’s life is snuffed out.

            Mohann Aldessa was the newly elected leader of the small island nation of Lemalia. The country is located in the eastern Mediterranean, nestled between Crete and Cyprus. As a nation it is as much a melting pot as the United States, with ethnic origins in Europe, North and East Africa, and Southeast Asia. Its population numbers just over ten million. Today is inauguration day for the country’s first democratically elected president in over fifty years. Sadly, what is meant to be a joyous occasion devolves into chaos.

            As onlookers react in horror and disbelief to what they have just witnessed, Aldessa’s security detail immediately converges on his body, instinctively brandishing their automatic weapons as they look to return fire. At that very moment, the police make an attempt to maintain calm. Despite their best efforts, a major stampede ensues, with dozens trampled in the tumult.

Amidst the confusion, a sniper on the rooftop of the adjacent parliament building meticulously field-strips his weapon, a Remington 7.62 mm M4OA1 sniping rifle. The man, about five foot, seven inches dressed in cargo pants, a black t-shirt and a well-worn M65 field jacket, carefully places the disassembled rifle into a rectangular weapons case. He pulls a small silver-colored cell phone from his inner coat pocket and presses “pound seven” on the touch screen. As he lifts the phone to his ear, his coat sleeve slides back, revealing a distinctive tattoo on his inner left forearm: a bald eagle clutching lightning in one claw and arrows in the other.

The call is answered. “It’s done,” the sniper says in a cold, sterile tone.

He nods in acknowledgement of the orders given by the other conversant. “I understand.” The sniper ends the call, grabs his belongings, and quickly retreats from the rooftop. As he leaves, the man fails to notice the security camera perched on the parliament building’s satellite tower.

 

Soul Force

As we in the U.S. celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday this coming Monday I wanted to post a reflection on this blog regarding the man and his legacy. Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday was declared a national holiday on November 2, 1983. The very man who signed it into law, President Ronald Reagan would often refer to Dr. King’s speech to justify some of his policies.  If you dig a little deeper Dr. King wanted more than just a color-blind society, he strove for a just society.

In his famous “I Have a Dream Speech,” delivered at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, Dr. King spoke about how the architects of the Declaration were in essence signing a promissory note to all American people to be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Sadly, Dr. King noted, “…America has defaulted on this promissory note in so far as her citizens of color are concerned.” Dr. King made note of the fact that given that America is the greatest country in the world it has fallen short of providing some its first citizens the basic rights and opportunities that were promised them.

 

 

He also warned about complacency when it came to change. Dr. King in his speech stated, “We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now.” This was something that is not often touched upon when people when they reference the “I Have a Dream Speech.” We often get lazy in terms of creating social change for the benefit of our fellow man. Truly, Dr. King was a visionary because he saw how injustice to a people group cannot be ignored. Especially in a system that economically disadvantages a people group. Dr. King said it best, ” We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one.” Dr. King’s words could go for the Native American, Latino or the Appalachian.

Still, Dr. King realized that change must be demanded in a peaceful fashion :

 “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”

Soul force. What a concept.

 

The King’s Director

It was recently confirmed in the February issue of Empire Magazine that “Creed” director, Ryan Coogler, will be directing the upcoming Black Panther movie. That is Fantastic News! If you have not seen “Creed” I strongly recommend that you do, it is truly a great film. I think that Marvel getting such a promising upcoming director to helm the film shows that the studio is serious about quality. There is one scene in “Creed” where Adonis Creed is fighting one of his early opponents and it was beautifully shot, in one take no less!

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It’s sad that Ava Duvernay passed on the opportunity to direct this film but I am happy for Ryan Coogler. Mr. Coogler was asked about the importance of having someone of a similar gender or ethnic background as the main character of the movie and he said something pretty profound. He stated that the director could give a cultural perspective on that film character because they share a common trait. I think that’s very interesting, I don’t think that a Caucasian director couldn’t do a superb job on Black Panther, in fact they could. It would just be that extra nuance and truthfulness that a director of African ancestry could give to a film about an African King would make the film all the more better.

So, what do you think about Ryan Coogler being tapped to direct Black Panther? Do you think he’s the right person for the job or do you think they should’ve gotten someone else? Does it matter if the director of the Black Panther movie is black? Please sound off in the comment section.

Take care.