The First Nations people of the Pacific Northwest didn’t scalp their enemies. They decapitated them – as young English seaman John Jewitt discovered when his crewmates were slaughtered by Mowachaht warriors of the tribe of Maquinna in Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island, in 1803.

We describe this terrible incident in the following exerpt from our bestselling historical adventure Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story).

The chief pushed his captive ahead of him until they reached the quarter deck. Here, John was met by a sight that would remain with him for the rest of his days.

The heads of twenty-five of his crewmates were lined up in neat rows that extended all the way across the bloody deck from the starboard rail to the port-side rail. Most were recognizable, some barely recognizable and a few not remotely recognizable.

It took a moment for the ghoulish sight to register in John’s brain. When it did, he tried to scream. Something stuck in his throat before he could let the scream out. It was his own vomit. He sank to his knees, retching, before finally disgorging the contents of his stomach on the deck.

 

Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

 

Into the Americas  is available as a paperback and Kindle ebook via Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Into-Americas-novel-based-story-ebook/dp/B00YJKM51E/

 

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To this day many believe J.D. Salinger’s bestselling novel The Catcher in the Rye  was part of the CIA’s extensive mind control program known as MK-Ultra, and that while assassins, or future assassins, were being brainwashed they were forced to read the book over and over until it was embedded in their minds.

 

The Catcher in the Rye

 

In The Catcher in the Rye Enigma, Book 4 of our Underground Knowledge Series, we examine the allegation that Salinger implanted mind control triggers into his novel  – triggers that enabled CIA handlers to activate Manchurian Candidates for planned assassinations.

The very idea that assassination codes are buried deep in Salinger’s book is one of the oldest conspiracy theories around. However, given what we’ve unearthed in our research for this book and indeed the entirety of The Underground Knowledge Series, we believe some of the theories swirling about Salinger’s classic deserve another look.

The Catcher in the Rye Enigma  paperback and Kindle ebook are available via Amazon: https://lnkd.in/enuW97W

 

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By the mid-1800’s, Fiji has become a melting pot of cannibals, warring native tribes, sailors, traders, prostitutes, escaped convicts and all manner of foreign undesirables. It’s in this hostile environment an innocent young Englishwoman and a worldly American adventurer find themselves.

Susannah Drake, a missionary, questions her calling to spread God’s Word as she’s torn between her spiritual and sexual selves. As her forbidden desires intensify, she turns to the scriptures and prayer to quash the sinful thoughts – without success.

Nathan Johnson arrives to trade muskets to the Fijians and immediately finds himself at odds with Susannah. She despises him for introducing the white man’s weapons to the very people she is trying to convert and he pities her for her naivety. Despite their differences, there’s an undeniable chemistry between them.

When their lives are suddenly endangered by marauding cannibals, Susannah and Nathan are forced to rely on each other for their very survival.

Their tale unfolds in the historical novel Fiji — described by one reviewer as “a spellbinding novel of adventure, cultural misunderstandings, religious conflict and sexual tension set in one of the most exotic and isolated places on earth.”

 

Fiji: A Novel (The World Duology Book 2) by [Morcan, Lance, James Morcan]

See what the critics are saying about Fiji: A Novel  on Amazon: http://amazon.com/Fiji-A-Novel-ebook/dp/B0057YCZM0/

 

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WHEN YOU CAN’T HEAR… DEATH COMES SILENTLY…

That’s the premise behind the epic horror-mystery Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) — by the writers of The Orphan Trilogy, Into the Americas and White Spirit.

 

Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

In Silent Fear, Scotland Yard detective Valerie Crowther is assigned to investigate the murder of a student at a university for the Deaf in London, England. The murder investigation coincides with a deadly flu virus outbreak, resulting in the university being quarantined from the outside world. When more Deaf students are murdered, it becomes clear there is a serial killer operating within the sealed-off university. A chilling cat-and-mouse game evolves as the unknown killer targets Valerie and the virus claims more lives.

 

As the book’s subtitle suggests, Silent Fear  is a novel that was inspired by true crimes. Those crimes being the murders of Deaf students at the prestigious Gallaudet University, in Washington, D.C. The investigating authorities didn’t know if the killings were ‘inside jobs’ and for a time nearly everyone connected to Gallaudet was under suspicion. 

A multi-genre epic available in paperback and ebook form, it has equal appeal for fans of horror, mystery, crime-thrillers, sci-fi and romance.

Amazon Top 500 reviewer Susan Elliot describes it as “A riveting crime novel.” Elliot writes, “There is so much to like about this book: the plot, the pace and the characters all came together in the most riveting crime novel that I’ve read in a long time.” She warns readers, “Do not read it on a train. You may just miss your station.”

Amazon Australia Top 50 reviewer Todd Simpson describes Silent Fear  as “Simply Splendid.” Simpson writes, “There is so much to love about this entertaining and well written murder mystery…Hands down this is a wonderful book, and well worth a read.”

To view all the reviews, or to read sample chapters of Silent Fear, go to: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B075HRYTVC/

 

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Dear Fellow Authors,

Here’s a FREE offer to those of you who have written alternative thinking books.

As co-founders of the Underground Knowledge global discussion group – the edgiest group on Goodreads, and one of the fastest-growing, too – it’s our pleasure to invite you to add your books to our ‘Alternative Thinking Books’ discussion thread.

You can access the thread via the Underground Knowledge group’s home page via this link: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/142309-underground-knowledge-a-discussion-group

Books featured in this group are noticed. The group’s membership is 8,371 and climbing rapidly. Our members include bestselling authors and avid readers from around the globe. The group was designed to encourage debates about important and underreported issues of our era. All Undergrounders (members) need is an enquiring mind and a desire to gain or share “underground knowledge”.

Examples of books featuring in the Underground Knowledge group are listed below.

Come join us in the Underground!

Lance & James Morcan

 

ALTERNATIVE THINKING BOOKS LISTED IN THE UNDERGROUND KNOWLEDGE GROUP

Classified Woman

by Sibel Edmonds  (AKA The most classified woman in U.S. history!).

God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican

Sterling Gate Books has launched The Adventures of John Jewitt, the 19th Century public domain book that was the inspiration for Lance and James Morcan’s bestselling historical adventure novel Into the Americas.

 

THE ADVENTURES OF JOHN JEWITT: The true story that inspired Into the Americas (Illustrated) by [Jewitt, John Rodgers]

A book by Jewitt, about Jewitt.

 

Written by Jewitt himself, his story is a tale of two vastly different cultures – indigenous North American and European civilization – colliding head on; his adventures in the Pacific Northwest must surely rank as one of history’s greatest wilderness survival stories.

Sketch - Young John Jewitt

A young John Jewitt… Note the  forehead scar left by a Mowachaht warrior’s tomahawk. 

When the nineteen-year-old blacksmith boarded the brigantine The Boston in his home port of Hull, England, in 1802, he couldn’t have envisaged what awaited him upon arrival in Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island, off the west coast of the country now known as Canada. Jewitt was one of only two survivors when fierce Mowachaht warriors slaughtered twenty-five crew members aboard the brig. He and his fellow survivor had to endure more than two years as slaves of the First Nations people of Nootka.

Sketch - The Boston arrives at Nootka

The Boston arrives at Nootka Sound.

According to Jewitt’s diary entries, the Mowachahts’ slaughter of his crewmates was quite premeditated. Unfortunately, his description of the events leading up to the massacre doesn’t tell the full story, which is that the Mowachahts – like most or all the tribes of the Pacific Northwest – had put up with many, many years of abuse by successive Spanish, English and American traders. History shows that the abuse ranged from unfair trades to the frequent rape of indigenous women and all too often to murder.

There’s no denying the Mowachahts were savage. Jewitt himself writes of their savagery. However, he also refers to the kindness and generosity of his captors and their love of family, and we note the examples he gives far outweigh references to their savagery.

Thanks to Jewitt’s fondness for the written word and his diligence in maintaining his diary entries throughout his captivity, we have been left with an intriguing insight into his life, and into the lives of First Nations people. His account is made all the more extraordinary by virtue of the fact that such interaction between whites and the tribes of the Pacific Northwest was virtually unheard of and certainly never before (and seldom since) written about in such detail.

In his self-effacing way, a modest Jewitt explains how his work ethic, his friendly nature and his willingness to accept the native peoples as his equal endeared him to many of his captors. He even married a local maiden who bore him a son – though he makes little mention of this in his writings other than admitting his wife was very pleasing on the eye. (Georgian era attitudes perhaps dissuaded him from revealing more).

Such was his eye for detail, John Jewitt leaves the reader with a clear understanding of the Mowachahts’ customs, language, daily work habits, hygiene, trading, hunting, whaling and fishing techniques, diet and food preparation, potlatches, housing (they lived in lodges left by Spanish visitors), tree-felling and canoe-making, toolmaking and weapons, worship, feuds and settlement of intertribal disputes. How Jewitt eventually engineered his freedom makes for entertaining reading.

Sketch - Mowachaht war canoe

Mowachaht warriors paddle to war.

All this, and more, will become evident as you read The Adventures of John Jewitt (The true story that inspired Into the Americas). The book also has 10 original illustrations.

 

The Adventures of John Jewitt: The true story that inspired Into the Americas (Illustrated) is available now via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C36WL37

 

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So…why would the military need a top-secret film studio in Hollywood? And why did they make more films than Hollywood combined for a period?? And why would they hire some of the most cutting-edge cinematographers and special effects wizards to moonlight on classified films?

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In the following interview excerpt from the Underground Knowledge podcast, I talk with Californian author/researcher Tantra Bensko about the military’s formerly top-secret Los Angeles film studio, Lookout Mountain Laboratory. And try to find out why most of the films shot there remain classified to this day…

Lookout Mountain Air Force Station – Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lookout_Mountain_Air_Force_Station

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Be seein’ you in the Underground,

James