I happen to be the sister of a geologist who works, on contract, for the U.S. Government. Because he has clearance high on the intelligence scale, I can’t tell you much about his job, but my research online tells me the following: he’s probably looking for terrorists in caves (and figuring out how to keep bad guys from finding the good guys hidden in caves), and he might be sorting through underground facilities to stash vital people, equipment and munitions, as well as potent products like spent fuels.
My NATO geologist in BAD LIES http://a.co/0DuYNPn, researches how the caves and mines in Italy have been used for centuries, extrapolating how they might be implemented today. ‘Jack Walker’ scans satellite imagery, pours through geology studies, and consults local geologists. Field trips to the sites? Jack’s favorite part of his job. He tours the terrain, examines rock structures and explores caves, both man-made and natural.
To give you a flavor of man-made caves, I chose some pictures of caves/mines in Italy, Orvieto, built originally by the Etruscans, 2500 years ago, used heavily in WWII. Take a look:
The grotto I talk about in my novel is a little spookier, a wonder of nature. Here are some pics from Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g194863-d669726-Reviews-Grotta_dello_Smeraldo_Emerald_Grotto-Positano_Amalfi_Coast_Campania.html Some caves/mines along the Amalfi coast range for a mile or more, with a maze of offshoots. And dark? Oh my, yes!
I ask again, how many of you would enjoy exploring the caves on the coast of Italy?
While you’re thinking, here’s BAD LIES http://a.co/0DuYNPn:
Italy’s haunted caves spell danger for an American golfer and a NATO geologist
Sophie Maxwell is a late-blooming, unorthodox golfer, and mother of a precocious thirteen year-old. Determined to put divorce, bankruptcy, and a penchant for gambling in her past, Sophie goes to Italy for a qualifying golf tournament.
Jack Walker turned his back on a pro golfing career to become a geologist. As a favor to his ailing father he’ll caddy for Sophie; off hours, he’ll find caves on the Mediterranean coast, suitable for NATO listening posts for terrorist activity.
Someone is determined to stop Jack’s underground hunt and ruin Sophie’s chances to win her tournament.
On a Rome golf course and in the Amalfi coast’s haunted caves, all the odds are stacked against Sophie and Jack. In their gamble of a lifetime, who wins?
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