A Semi-Finalist in the 2008 WriteMovies writing competition, The Cannons of Costa Rica is an epic novel inspired by true events within the worlds of politics, power, corruption, and international intrigue that spans two generations of high stakes competition.
The tale, commencing at the brink of the War of 1812, delves into the consequences when the motivations of men are overcome by greed and power. Maybe that is why it has been described as "the Godfather of the 1800's."
The initial stages of the story have been gleaned from thousands of pages of research and hundreds of hours of internet research in an effort to maintain as much accuracy as possible. Yet, it is a blend of fact and fiction.
Based in part on the activities of United Fruit and the so-called "Banana Wars" of Central America, much of the later events and dialogue of the story were developed through researching court files of the U.S. Supreme Court. Some of the dialogue in the closing arguments of counsel are verbatim so as not to lose any authenticity of the proceedings.
The Epilogue offers a short contemporary analysis of how the Courts would decide the same issues today if this case were to evolve in the current news. As is one of the fundamentals of law and history, they are ever changing worlds with multi-facted consequences.