Thursday, 2 March 2017

Writing - Stories and current affairs

I have often extolled the role of social commentator as a duty of writers, and evidence can be found from Charles Dickens, through to George Orwell. If you write 'from where you're at' (to quote an oft used phrase) then it is inevitable that the writers' views skew the nature of the writing irrespective of the genre.

Flight into Secrecy is a blatant commentary on a real event.

Steele has to travel back to Japan to justify recent behaviours that may have revealed his connection with the Gurentai. He is given a task to complete that finds him on the ill-fated Flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur. Hours later he awakens in a cell in a place and country of which he has no knowledge. 
Being the resourceful man he is, Steele manages to escape and travels north meeting up with his fiancĂ©e Naomi Kobayashi in Astana the capital of Kazakhstan. 
Steele is naturally curious about the fate of the other 238 passengers from the plane which drives him onward to investigate further. He discovers that there are links between Russian organised crime and a Muslim group which stirs fears in his mind regarding the fate of MH370. This causes him to go to the Venice of the North, St Petersburg, where he finds the leader of the Russian mafia and a link with the Muslim pilots of the plane. 
All does not go well however, and Steele and Kobayashi are captured by their mafia enemy and incarcerated in MH370 on the way to the target that Steele suspected all along - in London.
Can Steele extricate himself from this seemingly hopeless situation? 
Has Steele convinced the Gurentai that he is trustworthy enough to deserve their support?
Will Steele manage to deflect the missile in which he is incarcerated from killing thousands in London?
This story is a speculative journey based upon the data and misinformation surrounding the loss of Malaysian Flight 370 in March 2014. 

When you consider this type of story authors have an unlimited freedom at their finger tips. They have the freedom to express their personal opinion at length and with vigour, without fear of comeback. After all it is a story.

God Bless