Detachment Echo is a novel based on historical fact.
During the Cold War there was hard evidence that American POWs were being shipped from Vietnam to Eastern European “facilities” for medical experimentation.
It was covered up.
In Echo, a US Counterintelligence agent, sent to a border listening post to investigate drug abuse, bears witness to a chain of events that prove American POWs were being held in Eastern Europe.
He risks his life to reveal a coverup that goes all the way to the White House.
The screenplay version of Echo was up for nomination for a Humanitarian Award in an international contest. The author was an electronic spy during the cold war who served in some of the venues where Echo takes place, including NSA HQ.
If you like your spy thrillers written in a cinematic style,seasoned with reality and accuracy, you will want to read DETACHMENT ECHO.
Here’s a post that I first wrote for jamesbondlifestyle.com which is a site I recommend you visit,(after you visit this one of course). It deals with some lifestyle advice that is tailor made for the bachelor. It was part of a series called THE BOND BRAIN, which looked at several of the novels, and extracted words to live by. Enjoy!
We continue with the Bond Brain as evidenced by quotes from the Fleming novels. In this installment, we not only quote 007, but the late and lamented Darko Kerim, the Brit’s man in Istanbul in From Russia With Love.
Let’s start with an enlightening quote from Darko. In speaking with Bond, Darko confesses “I am greedy for life. I do too much of everything all the time.”
Words to live by if you are not too old, but if you live by them for too long, you will never get to be too old. Don’t worry, most of you reading this have plenty of too much time left.
Sooner or later one realizes that the only thing we have at the end of life’s journey, besides a terminal condition that will kill us, is our memory of life. What we did, what we didn’t, what we are grateful for, what we regret.
You want to max out on what you did and what you are grateful for. You want to minimize the regrets of what you never did.
In order to do that, you have to follow Kerim’s sage advice. Know what it is like to over drink, over smoke, over…well you can figure that one out. Don’t do it all the time of course, but don’t always limit your excess to moderation.
While you’re drooling on your shoes in the nursing home, you want to be able to wax nostalgic about the time you had the fifteen hookers and a kilogram of marmalade at that seedy Copenhagen railroad hotel. You want a smile on your face as you reminisce about the two quarts of Japanese Whiskey you drank while pissing in the streets of the Ginza.
As a sage once said, nothing succeeds like excess.
Speaking of regrets, let’s quote Bond here. “Never job backwards. What might have been was a waste of time.”
Words also to live by. So you never wrote the great Armenian novel, you never climbed the big rock candy mountain. So what? Focus on what you have done, your triumphs, your more interesting tragedies. Follow Kerim’s advice, and you won’t have much need to listen to Bond’s above thought.
Here’s another one from James. “Now from months of idleness and disuse the sword was rusty in the scabbard and Bond’s mental guard was down.”
Now, the obvious symbolism of the above we will leave to those whose sex life is intimately connected with audio visual equipment. But the old saw about how a rut is just a shallow grave is true. Routines and routine thinking can leave you rusty, and if we listen to Kerim, we know it’s better to burn out than rust.
Examine what you have been doing, thinking. Is it just the same old same old, or is there a bit of innovation of improvement each day of your life? There should be if you are living the James Bond Lifestyle, (which is the ultimate bachelor lifestyle).
Follow the above advice, and nobody will be asking you “What lunatic asylum did they let you out of?” (As Bond said to Grant in the movie).
Steve McQueen, the king of cool, plays the rich playboy bachelor with a taste for bank robbery, and Faye Dunaway plays the insurance investigator out to get him. Their cat and mouse game turns them into lovers, but she still is out to get her man, and not in a matrimonial way.
This is the version to see. The 1999 version with Pierce Brosnan and a rather ugly woman as the insurance investigator, does not rate, IMHO.
Smooth, flavorful, a great stand alone shot, or good for mixing. Reasonably priced, unreasonably good.
Make your next vodka martini—whether shaken or stirred—with Luksusowa, it means luxury in Polish, it tastes that way too, in any language. A must for the bachelor at happy hour, or anytime it’s martini time.
Mixed reviews from some on this one, but in the opinion of your humble blog master, play this one and you are going to be bouncing up and down with good feelings. Perfect for the bachelor to wake up to, or enjoy a happy hour beverage. Check it out on youtube. Santana: (Da Le) Yaleo – Supernatural
Summer is coming, and the tops will be down on the bachelor’s convertibles, and the bachelor’s boats will be zipping along on the water. Women will be wearing a lot less too! There’s no better music to accompany your summer outdoor activities involving speed and the ladies than this:
So gear up in your pastel tee shirts and your Armani jackets, strap on your automatic in the shoulder holster and don’t forget the hair spray.
Or you could just groove on this Jan Hammer classic with an adult beverage and maybe…dare I say it…a Cuban cigar.