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Book one in The World Duology sets the scene for book two, Fiji: A Novel.

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Set in the 19th Century, WORLD ODYSSEY (The World Duology, #1) follows the fortunes of three young travelers as each embarks on an epic journey. Their dramatic adventures span sixteen years and see them engage with Native American Indians, Barbary Coast pirates, Aborigines, Maoris and Pacific Islanders as they travel around the world – from America to Africa, from England to the Canary Islands, to Australia, New Zealand and Samoa.

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Ambitious American adventurer Nathan Johnson’s journey begins when he runs away to sea to escape a violent father. After surviving a shipwreck and enslavement by one of the indigenous tribes of America’s northwest, his stocks rise and he becomes a successful trader. When Nathan decides to visit Fiji to trade muskets to the natives, he doesn’t know it but his fortunes are about to change again.

Sheltered English missionary Susannah Drake’s journey begins after she agrees to accompany her clergyman father…

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The Challenges and Benefits of Co-Writing According to Authors Lance and James Morcan

New Zealand father-and-son writing team Lance and James Morcan have just co-authored and released their ninth novel, an action-adventure titled The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables, Book 1)

In the following interview, Morcan Senior (Lance) talks about the challenges of collaborating on books and also the inspiration behind their latest novel.

Please tell us about yourself and your books

I’m an author/screenwriter and former journalist who collaborates with my son. I’m based in New Zealand; my co-writer/son James, who is also an actor, is based in Sydney, Australia.

We could be described as a prolific Kiwi father-and-son writing team and together we’ve co-authored more than 20 fiction and non-fiction titles.

Our established novels include the bestselling historical adventures White Spirit and Into the Americas, which are both based on true stories, and the modern thrillers The Orphan Trilogy and Silent Fear; our non-fiction titles include Debunking Holocaust Denial Theories and the bestseller Genius Intelligence.

New releases include the action-thriller The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables, Book 1) and the non-fiction book Vaccine Science Revealed: Are Childhood Immunizations As Safe As Claimed?

We have adapted (and are adapting) several of our novels to feature film screenplays, and some are now in development with our production company Morcan Motion Pictures.

Could you tell us something about The Dogon Initiative that is not found in the book description?

The book and the series it has spawned (or is about to spawn) were inspired by the belief American intelligence contracts foreign mercenaries to undertake clandestine missions abroad. They’re known as deniable assets. Deniable because, if a mission goes belly up, the agency will deny any knowledge of their existence and no-one’s to their assistance. For obvious reasons, we refer to the assets as the Deniables.

Book one in the series shows how the CIA’s New Paradigms Team, a newly-formed humanitarian division of the agency, is tasked with saving Mali’s persecuted Dogon people from genocide. Although fictional, we consider it’s not too unlikely the CIA is pursuing humanitarian goals, and, with that in mind, that’s the basis of the entire series. Each book will focus on the Deniables’ latest mission.    

What do you want readers to take away from this story?

That ethnic groups throughout Africa – the mysterious Dogon of Mali in particular – are not ignorant desert nomads or cow herders, but are keepers of ancient knowledge the rest of us would do well to treasure. In the case of the Dogon, who many believe have links to the ancient Egyptians, they have an uncanny understanding of the heavens that has intrigued astronomers for centuries. Some believe that knowledge came from alien visitations.

Did you plan for this book to the first in a series? How many books do you have planned for The Deniables?

Yes, we always planned for The Dogon Initiative to be the first in the series. We have almost limitless story line ideas so the series could eventually comprise many books… Or we could run outta steam and end up with only a few. Time will tell!

What was your process for writing The Dogon Initiative? Is this different or the same as other books?

The writing process differs from book to book. Usually, the one whose brainchild it was ‘drives’ the project and the other acts more as an editor and sounding board. I usually drive our historical novels and James usually drives our contemporary novels and non-fiction books.

Regardless of who drives a book project, we both agree on an overall story outline and then one of us takes the reins to craft a first draft. In this case, it was me who crafted the first draft.

Can you share with us what are the challenges and benefits of co-writing a novel?

As a (somewhat rare) father-and-son writing team based in different countries (NZ and Aussie) there are many challenges as you can imagine. Electronic communication overcomes the distance problem, but there are numerous artistic disagreements regarding plots and story lines. However, the benefits far outweigh any disadvantages because our generational differences mean we can cater for young and old reading tastes, and we edit each other’s writing mercilessly. (Usually, whoever argues or cries the loudest prevails… and the end result seems to be okay… So far)!

What is the biggest thing you learned when it comes to publishing and marketing your novels?

It’s all about the book’s launch. If you screw up the launch, the book will be lucky to rise to the top of the rankings because it won’t be noticed. This is a generalization because we have screwed up a book’s launch and the book still rose to the top. Our best example of this is our latest historical adventure White Spirit, which missed the launch completely, but ultimately became our best ever seller.

Being active on Goodreads is one of the best marketing activities an author can undertake. We believe many book sales can be attributed to an author’s following on Goodreads. In our case, we have formed the Underground Knowledge global discussion group on the site. Its membership has topped 10,600 making it one of the biggest and fastest growing groups on Goodreads. This has generated tremendous interest in our books. (New members are welcome, and authors of alternative thinking books are welcome to post their books on the site)!

In your opinion, what is the measure of a book’s success?

Number of sales and quality of reviews.

What would be your advice for aspiring co-authors?

Read, read, read and write, write, write… then write some more… then rewrite what you’ve written and rewrite some more! If you’re still passionate about what you’re doing after all that… then you are a writer!

What are you working on next?

Book two in The Deniables Series.


The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables Book 1) 

by Lance & James Morcan

A group of foreign mercenaries hired as deniable assets by a newly-formed humanitarian division of the CIA is tasked with saving Mali’s persecuted Dogon people from genocide. The operation must be carried out in stealth while journeying across some of West Africa’s most hostile terrain. As if all that’s not enough, they are also instructed to help solve an ancient astronomical mystery linked to the pyramids of Egypt.

Mission impossible? Duh!

Nicknamed the Deniables because their existence isn’t officially acknowledged by the CIA, the mercenaries are crazy enough to accept the mission anyway. However, they soon find themselves fighting for their lives when they get caught in the middle of warring ethnic factions in Mali. Their only way to survive is to join with the Dogon in a race against the clock. The stakes are so high that not only could an entire indigenous group be wiped off the face of the Earth, but all evidence that supports advanced ancient technology theories surrounding the Dogon and a lost civilization thesis may be destroyed in the process.

Inspired by a true-life mystery of astronomy, THE DOGON INITIATIVE highlights some of the many myths and theories surrounding the fascinating Dogon people of Mali. In particular, their unexplained knowledge of the invisible-to-the-eye Sirius B white dwarf star, the rings of Saturn and other heavenly bodies, and their rumored ancestral relationship to ancient Egyptians.

The Dogon Initiative – “An excellent black ops adventure,” says one reviewer.
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Critically acclaimed historical fiction novel White Spirit  dedicated this month to Women’s History Month worldwide

White Spirit (A novel based on a true story) by [Morcan,James, Morcan, Lance]

4.5 out of 5 stars after 86 book reviews.

 

“It is real, very, very real with fascinating characters at the helm. Very highly recommended! Both men and women will enjoy the story.” – a ‘History and Women’ review

 

White Spirit  is available as a paperback and Kindle ebook via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/White-Spirit-novel-based-story-ebook/dp/B01LWIRH9J/

 

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THE DOGON INITIATIVE (The Deniables, Book 1)  currently has a 4.8 star rating (out of 5 stars) on Amazon and a 4.6 star rating on Goodreads, showing that reviewers are resonating with this new release novel by New Zealand father-and-son writing team Lance and James Morcan.

Co-authors of the bestselling historical adventures WHITE SPIRIT  and INTO THE AMERICAS, and the thrillers SILENT FEAR and THE ORPHAN TRILOGY, the Morcans say their latest novel and the series it has spawned, or is about to spawn, were inspired by the belief American intelligence contracts foreign mercenaries to undertake clandestine missions abroad.

“They’re known as deniable assets,” Lance explains. “Deniable because, if a mission goes belly up, the agency will deny any knowledge of their existence and no-one’s to their assistance. For obvious reasons, we refer to the assets as the Deniables.”

James say book one in the series shows how the CIA’s New Paradigms Team, a newly-formed humanitarian division of the agency, is tasked with saving Mali’s persecuted Dogon people from genocide.

He continues, “Although fictional, we consider it’s not too unlikely the CIA is pursuing humanitarian goals, and, with that in mind, that’s the basis of the entire series. Each book will focus on the Deniables’ latest mission.”

 

The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables Book 1) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

Available now via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NKTD515/

 

Random review excerpts for THE DOGON INITIATIVE  follow:

★★★★★ “Excellent Black Ops Adventure… There is plenty of action as the ‘Deniables’ first must fight to get the Dogon leader back to his former home village, and then fight to keep him alive.” –N. Hall

★★★★ “I found this a fascinating read… Highly recommended by me.. especially to fellow Africans (I’m South African).” –‘Dinx’ 

★★★★★ “This is a tale that pleads to be a film… Highly recommended.” –Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Top 50 Reviewer

★★★★★ “Compelling… A fascinating suspense and adventure.” –P. Blevins

★★★★★ “There are some books that just can’t pull yourself away from with the need to find out what’s going to happen, and this is definitely one of those.” –Todd Simpson

 

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In our new action-adventure THE DOGON INITIATIVE (The Deniables, Book 1), the CIA is intent on obtaining proof that the Dogon of West Africa possess ancient knowledge – knowledge that predates modern astronomy.

Early in the novel, two key members of the agency’s New Paradigms Team  lobby their superior to order the Deniables taskforce to photograph cave paintings of the Sirius star system in the Dogon’s homeland in Mali.

Excerpt follows:

Catrell placed a tablet she was holding on the desktop in front of the senior agent. On its screen was a photo of a cave painting.

“This is a painting that accurately depicts the Sirius star system… One of many such paintings to be found in the caves along the Bandiagara Escarpment, in the Dogon homeland. Pointing at a smaller star on the system’s periphery, she added, “And this Sirius B, the white dwarf companion star of Sirius A and the star said to be invisible to the human eye.”

“Said to be?” Daley asked.

“Modern day astronomers assure us that is the case,” said Catrell, “but the Dogon believe their forefathers have known of its existence for centuries. They insist that Moussa’s ancient forefather, the original Moussa Diarra, first discovered it… Long before the invention of telescopes.”

“So this so-called invisible white dwarf star can be seen in the cave paintings,” Daley said to himself. “I assume they’ve been carbon-dated?”

“They have,” said Catrell, “but carbon dating of cave paintings can be an inexact science.”

“Which is why sourcing and authenticating a painting that features ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics would seal the deal as far as present-day academics are concerned,” said Einhorn re-joining the discussion. “It would prove beyond doubt that, one, the painting is truly ancient, and, two, the Dogon have knowledge that predates modern astronomy.”

Daley formed a steeple with his fingers to rest his chin upon as he surveyed the two agents and considered their pitch.

At length he said, “Remind me why this is so important.”

“Because it would support the theory that the Dogon have unexplained knowledge,” said Einhorn. “Such a revelation would reflect well on a people considered by the ill-informed to be little more than ignorant desert nomads and cave-dwellers.”

“And the unearthing of such knowledge could well have benefits for all Mankind,” Catrell quickly added.

“And you want me to order our taskforce in Mali to locate the mystery cave in question and photograph or film the mystery painting after they reach Tireli?” Daley said.

The two agents nodded.

“Why wait until now to drop this on me?” the senior agent asked.

“We’ve been primarily focused on the logistics of the Dogon Initiative up to this point,” Catrell explained. “Only now are we able to focus on the humanitarian issues.”

Daley accepted that explanation.

The women waited in silence while their superior considered what they were asking of him. They had nothing more to say. They’d delivered their best pitch. Now it was up to Daley.

Finally, the senior agent nodded.

“Very well,” he said, “you’ve convinced me.” He indicated the meeting was over and motioned to his subordinates to leave. Before they reached the door, he mumbled, “Oh… good pitch by the way.”

The women departed, feeling pleased with themselves.

 

The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables Book 1) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

THE DOGON INITIATIVE  is available via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NKTD515/

 

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Quote from White Spirit: “To understand the Dreamtime, you must understand that we do not own the land. The land is our mother and she owns and nurtures us.” –Old Aboriginal saying.

 

White Spirit (A novel based on a true story) by [Morcan,James, Morcan, Lance]

White Spirit (A novel based on a true story).

 

When Irish convict John Graham escaped Australia’s Moreton Bay penal settlement only to be captured by a remote tribe of Aborigines who had never seen a white man before, he couldn’t have known what adventures lay before him.

At first, the natives thought Graham a white spirit, one of their own returned from the dead. And he considered them backward, bloodthirsty savages.

As the years passed, he became lover to the beguiling Aboriginal woman who ‘identified’ him as her late husband, and he became a father to her two children. He also came to realise the natives who had adopted him were people who harboured the same hopes, dreams and desires as himself.

Over this period, John Graham was never forgotten by the beautiful young Englishwoman he’d left behind. He was also tracked relentlessly by a native the British Army called the Tracker.

White Spirit (A novel based on a true story)  is available via Amazon as a paperback and Kindle ebook:  https://www.amazon.com/White-Spirit-novel-based-story-ebook/dp/B01LWIRH9J/  

 

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Bestselling INTO THE AMERICAS (A novel based on a true story)  is a tale of two vastly different cultures, indigenous North American and European civilization, colliding head on. It is also a Romeo and Juliet story set in the wilderness.

 

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

 

Nineteen year-old English seaman John Jewitt is one of only two survivors after his crewmates clash with the fierce Mowachaht tribe in the Pacific Northwest. A life of slavery awaits John and his fellow survivor, a belligerent American sailmaker, in a village ruled by the iron fist of Maquina, the all-powerful chief. Desperate to taste freedom again, they make several doomed escape attempts over mountains and sea. Only their value to the tribe and John’s relationship with Maquina prevents their captors from killing them.

As the seasons pass, John ‘goes Indian’ after falling in love with Eu- stochee, a beautiful maiden. In the bloodshed that follows, John discovers another side to himself – a side he never knew existed and a side he detests.

The stakes rise when John learns Eu-stochee is pregnant. When a final opportunity to escape arises, he must choose between returning to civilization or staying with Eu-stochee and their newborn son.

INTO THE AMERICAS (A novel based on a true story) is available via Amazon as a paperback or Kindle ebook: http://www.amazon.com/Into-Americas-novel-based-story-ebook/dp/B00YJKM51E/

The novel was inspired by the diary entries of young English blacksmith John Jewitt during his time aboard the brigantine The Boston, and also during his sojourn at Nootka Sound, on North America’s western seaboard, from 1802 to 1805.

 

INTO THE AMERICAS has been adapted to a feature film screenplay and the planned movie is in early development with Morcan Motion Pictures. Expressions of interest are welcome from experienced film producers and directors.

 

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