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A bird’s eye view of New Zealand, the land that time forgot.

Shrouded in cloud at the bottom of the world, this was the land that time forgot: the last sizeable piece of undiscovered land on Earth. Two hundred million years after breaking away from the vast southern continent of Gondwana, Man had yet to leave his footprints on this prehistoric place.

Mythology would have it the land was fished up out of the ocean. In fact, earthquakes and volcanic activity forced it to literally erupt from the sea bed. This violent birth left it with a majestic ruggedness that would always reflect its former turbulence. The legacy of those fiery beginnings includes still-active volcanoes amidst the mountain chains that dissect the land.

Over time, its features softened. Scenes of beauty emerged out of the mists. There was a haunting stillness about the land. It was a place of mystery – of magical forests and sparkling lakes and rivers.

And the sea surrounded it – like some huge tidal moat.

Its isolation ensured it wouldn’t be until well into the First Millennium AD that Man would step foot on these shores. The brown-skinned people who settled here would call their new home Aotearoa – land of the long, white cloud.

Not until its rediscovery centuries later by European explorers would the land receive the name by which it is known today…

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The storyline:

New Zealand: A Novel spans 500 years and covers the respective discoveries of New Zealand by Maori and European, starting with the journey of the first fleet of Polynesian migrants from Hawaiki and ending with the historic circumnavigation of New Zealand by Captain James Cook’s bark the Endeavour as seen through the eyes of 17-year-old surgeon’s boy Nicholas Young.

Separated in time by more than four centuries, the adventures of the many Polynesian and European characters in this epic tale are told in parallel until they collide in dramatic circumstances with the arrival of the latter in the land the indigenous Maori people called Aotearoa. The land England would claim as New Zealand.

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The author: Lance Morcan – co-author of other historical fiction titles including White Spirit (A novel based on a true story), World Odyssey, Fiji: A Novel, Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story).

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View the upcoming title New Zealand: A Novel on Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60241370-new-zealand

Updates to follow as the countdown to publication continues. Watch this space!

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Our Underground Knowledge global discussion group’s membership has topped 16,000 on Goodreads, confirming its status as one of the fastest-growing, most popular groups on the Amazon-owned site for books, authors, readers and all things literary.

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The group has been designed to encourage debates about important and underreported issues of our era. All you need is an enquiring mind and a desire to gain or share underground knowledge.

So what is underground knowledge? Our definition is: Underground knowledge covers details, concepts and little-known events not usually reported in mainstream media (MSM), or, if they are, they’re underreported for various reasons. Nor are they usually covered by mainstream academia.

Our Underground Knowledge group is open to everyone no matter your beliefs or nationality, and all viewpoints are welcome. Undergrounders (our members) come from many walks of life and include award-winning authors, everyday readers, teachers and students, historians, scientists, military and former intelligence personnel, conspiracy theorists and agitators, Christians and non-believers, Islamists and Buddhists, and a lot more. Y’all welcome!

If you are interested in our Underground Knowledge group come visit us at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/142309-underground-knowledge-a-discussion-group

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In Australia’s wilderness, Aborigines told escaped Irish convict John Graham if you want to live follow the Songlines. So he did… and he lived. John found sanctuary with the Kabi, a primitive tribe who had never seen a white man, and he marveled at their uncanny ability to navigate the landscape by following the mysterious Songlines – tracks left by their spirit ancestors from the Dreaming.

“Those who lose dreaming are lost.” -Aboriginal proverb

Here, we relate some of John’s true-life experiences from our epic historical adventure WHITE SPIRIT (A novel based on a true story)

As his companion Mamba explained, “You know we sing to the land and its sacred landmarks because it is alive… The Songlines allow us to follow the paths left by our spirit ancestors from the Dreamtime. Our ancestors have told us it is so, remember? By following the Dreaming Tracks we walk in footprints of those who went before us and so we journey safely…and never get lost.”

Mamba continued, “The language of the Songlines is in the rhythm of the song, not the words. The rhythm is an echo of the sky and of the land below. Listening to it, or singing it, guarantees you always have a path to follow.”

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

Set in Nineteenth Century Australia,  WHITE SPIRIT is based on John Graham’s remarkable true story. After escaping from the notorious Moreton Bay Penal Settlement, John finds refuge with the Kabi, a tribe of Aborigines who eventually accept him as one of their own. Attempts to recapture him are orchestrated by a variety of contrasting characters working for the all-pervasive British Empire. They include Moreton Bay’s tyrannical, opium-addicted commandant Lord Cheetham, the dashing yet warlike Lieutenant Hogan, native tracker Barega and the penal settlement’s captain, Tom Marsden.

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

4.4 out of 5 stars after 185 reviewer ratings on Amazon.

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“How can two guys write with any knowledge about challenges faced by a female icon of the Me Too movement?” That’s what one book critic asks about our co-authored crime thriller The Me Too Girl. Our answer? It wasn’t easy…

However, Amazon reviewers appear to think we did okay as they’ve given the novel a 4.2 star rating globally.

Hall of Fame Top 100 reviewer Grady Harp describes the novel as “A literary amber/red alert!” and says “This book is important – as well as being a fine read. Highly recommended.”

Vine Voice book critic Ray F. says, “It is a story praiseworthy in what it is attempting to do.”

And Amazon reviewer Sheri A. Wilkinson describes it as “A must read (for men and women).”

The storyline: Young Los Angeles public relations exec Suzie Fox is being blackmailed for sex by a bad cop, a senior officer of the LAPD no less. Suzie fights back the only way she knows how, and, in the process, unwittingly becomes a beacon, a shining light, for America’s Me Too movement and for abused women everywhere. But will justice be served?

The Me Too Girl by [Lance Morcan, James Morcan]

The Me Too Girl is available via Amazon as a paperback and Kindle ebook: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08137BDGH/

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Although eugenics flourished in Nazi Germany, the ideal of a blond-haired, blue-eyed master race wasn’t Adolf Hitler’s. In researching one of our books, we discovered that American eugenics policies inspired eugenics programs in Nazi Germany. If that’s not disturbing enough, during the early days of the Third Reich, American eugenicists publicly praised Hitler’s plans to introduce and enforce sterilization of “unsuitable people” and other such eugenics policies!


Auschwitz a symbol of Hitler’s eugenics program.

In Mein Kampf, Hitler credited America with helping formulate his ideas on eugenics, and he admitted he’d studied the laws of US states to familiarize himself with selective reproduction and other eugenics issues.

Funding also flowed from the US to Nazi Germany for eugenics programs. For example, The Rockefeller Foundation financed numerous German eugenics experiments, including one that Josef Mengele worked on before he carried out his notorious human experimentations in Auschwitz.

In America, eugenics often targeted minority ethnicities. Early last century, 31 US states legalized sterilization of those deemed genetically inferior, especially psychiatric patients. And Nobel-prize winning electronics pioneer, eugenics advocate and notorious racist, Dr. William Shockley, proposed to pay black persons with IQ’s lower than 100 a cash incentive of $1000 to have themselves sterilized.

We devote a chapter to the unsavory topic of eugenics in our book The Orphan Conspiracies. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J4MPFT6/

The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy Kindle Edition

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“These are stories that plead to be films!” That’s Amazon Hall of Fame Top 100 reviewer Grady Harp’s assessment of the four epic novels in our FOUR HISTORICAL ADVENTURES box set.

Box set includes White Spirit, Into the Americas, World Odyssey and Fiji: A Novel.

Totalling 2935 pages, the novels include:

White Spirit (A novel based on a true story)

Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story)

World Odyssey (The World Duology, Book 1)

Fiji: A Novel (The World Duology, Book 2)

The above novels are all critically acclaimed and all available via Amazon as paperbacks and Kindle ebooks.

FOUR HISTORICAL ADVENTURES (White Spirit, Into the Americas, World Odyssey, Fiji: A Novel) has a 4.5 star review rating on Amazon. You can check out the reviews at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07X49D17B/

Producer enquiries regarding any or all these potential period films are most welcome!

Meantime do check out James’ behind-the-scenes clip of his directing debut movie Anno 2020 adapted from his recent release novel of the same name… https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCndxcZbWFGcNQ76TLVSZaeg

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In this age of kick-ass literary heroines à la Katniss Everdeen, Lin Shan, Boudicca, Scout Finch, Maxine Kiss and co. we reckon Scotland Yard detective Valerie Crowther takes the cake. See how she deals with violent youths in a pandemic-quarantined university for the deaf in this excerpt from our thriller novel Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes)

Valerie threw herself forward, elbows raised out in front of her. In the heat of battle, the detective preferred elbows over fists. She’d learned the hard way a female’s small fists were more likely to suffer damage than achieve anything of note if used in anger. Especially a slim lightweight like herself. However, her elbows – bony and sharp as they were – could cause some real damage with little risk of injury to herself if used the right way. And so it proved.

The detective’s sudden change of direction placed her exactly between Harris and Warne, and her extended elbows connected simultaneously and with considerable force with the foreheads of each. Warne was out to it before he hit the floor. Harris, who was now on his hands and knees and evidently wondering where he was, was sent into Disneyland with a well-placed kick to the side of his head…

Silent Fear is available via Amazon as a paperback and Kindle ebook – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075HRYTVC/

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The average reading speed is 300 words, or about one page, per minute. Did you know President John F. Kennedy was one of a number of US Presidents who were speed-readers?

JFK (above) claimed he could read at around 2000 words per minute with a very high comprehension rate. He studied under American speed-reading expert Evelyn Wood who could read at an impressive 6000 words a minute. Other speed-reading presidents, confirmed or rumored, include Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter.

In 2007, when J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published, six times world champion speed-reader Anne Jones was the first to read it. Jones finished the 200,000-word, 759-page book in 47 minutes flat then immediately completed a book review and sent it out to media to prove her total comprehension of the story.

After researching the brain’s scientifically proven ability to pick up things subliminally and rapidly, we devoted a chapter to speed reading in our book GENIUS INTELLIGENCE : Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ. We learned (from others far brighter than ourselves) that by incorporating peripheral vision and photographic memory, it’s possible to mentally scan or photograph entire pages at a time rather than one word at a time.

GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ (The Underground Knowledge Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

To learn more about the part speed reading plays in enhancing intelligence, check out Genius Intelligence. It’s available via Amazon as a paperback and Kindle ebook…  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QXQQWXO/

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Underground knowledge (little-known events underreported or not usually reported by mainstream media) is the theme of our box set THE UNDERGROUND KNOWLEDGE SERIES I-V. It comprises the following five books:

GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ

ANTIGRAVITY PROPULSION: Human or Alien Technologies?

MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: The $ickness Industry, Big Pharma and Suppressed Cures

THE CATCHER IN THE RYE ENIGMA: J.D. Salinger’s Mind Control Triggering Device or a Coincidental Literary Obsession of Criminals?

INTERNATIONAL BANKSTER$: The Global Banking Elite Exposed and the Case for Restructuring Capitalism

Other books in the series include:

BANKRUPTING THE THIRD WORLD: How the Global Elite Drown Poor Nations in a Sea of Debt

UNDERGROUND BASES: Subterranean Military Facilities and the Cities Beneath Our Feet

VACCINE SCIENCE REVISITED: Are Childhood Immunizations As Safe As Claimed?

All books in the series are available via Amazon and paperbacks and Kindle ebooks.

THE UNDERGROUND KNOWLEDGE SERIES I-V (Genius Intelligence / Antigravity Propulsion / Medical Industrial Complex / The Catcher in the Rye Enigma / International Banksters) by [James Morcan, Lance Morcan]

THE UNDERGROUND KNOWLEDGE SERIES I-V is exclusive to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0175CSWGY/

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Imagine for a moment a reality where all the technologies futurists have predicted have already been invented and are currently being used by a privileged few. Skeptical? Look no further than Nikola Tesla, aka the Electric Magician. Many secret technologies are rumored to be based on the works of this brilliant Croatian-born Serbian-American scientist, inventor, physicist and electrical engineer.

The Electric Magician…scientist extraordinaire

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was, in the view of many, history’s most underrated scientist. His astounding official achievements in the scientific field are too many to list here. We summarize the Tesla story in our book The Orphan Conspiracieshttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J4MPFT6/ It provides insights into the conspiracy theories that feature in our international thriller series The Orphan Trilogyhttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BGGM05U/

The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy Kindle Edition

The Orphan Trilogy (The Ninth Orphan / The Orphan Factory / The Orphan Uprising) by [James Morcan, Lance Morcan]

Above books exclusive to Amazon.

As revolutionary as Tesla’s known inventions and experiments sound, it’s his long-rumored suppressed inventions that have spawned countless theories. There have been numerous reports of scientific inventions that never saw the light of day even though they were ready to go on the market.

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