The Cannons of Costa Rica, 2nd ed.
The Jarvis Mueller Manuscripts
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.
Douglas Spoors is a semi-retired lawyer, author, and screenwriter, educated in the U.S. and Europe. His first work as a lawyer was in Bangkok, Thailand, and since that time, he has spent over 20 years representing clients in trade matters in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has been published in law journals on topics of international law, securities, and finance. The Cannons of Costa Rica is his first novel. He is also the founder of Crucible Films, Ltd., an independent film company, and has written five screenplays, including No Margin For Error, Destino, Carl, Mr. Henry's Storytime, and Cradle of Power (an adaptation of Part One of this book, co-written with Michael Tucci). To gain "hands on" sailing experience while writing this book, he signed on as a Deckhand with the Brig Pilgrim, a 120 foot fully functional replica of the ship made famous by Richard Henry Dana in his book Two Years Before the Mast. Since that time, he served 12 years as part of the crew.
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