Black's Beach Parallax: A vibrant tale of government secrets and layered realities

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When Jack graduates from college he has no inkling of the strange events that will soon dominate his life. Fired from his job at Astro Dynamics, Jack turns to San Diego's poker parlors to pay his bills. Jack's adventures span a curious spectrum of politics, life, love, and sex in the 1960s counterculture. Jack's close friend Gene takes a job with the mysterious organization Integrated Parallax Systems. When Gene and his boss, a shadowy figure known only as the Colonel, uncover top secret government programs, Jack's carefree life turns deadly.

Jack's personal life evolves in parallel with his undercover activities. His perspectives change as he matures and becomes entangled in the counterculture. Jack acquires a deeper understanding of the American political system and the pivotal events of the time, challenging long held beliefs. Experimental social arrangements like group living and open relationships become common. Jack shuns soul-killing jobs; soundly rejecting the "lives of quiet desperation" so vividly expressed by Thoreau, and seeks inventive income sources to support an unconventional lifestyle.

Jack's adventures connect him to an odd cast of characters --gambling engineers, seductive secretaries, slick poker players, innovative social workers, nude dancers, Swiss bankers, secret government operatives, shrewd investors, karate experts, sexual freedom advocates, sleazy bar patrons, and veiled CIA agents.

Greater San Diego provides the main venue for this work of historical fiction. The story line accurately depicts global events of the period 1962-1975, including inflation of the military-industrial complex, Cuban missile crisis, assassination of President Kennedy, and Vietnam War. Reckless actions by US military and political leaders are revealed, actions that come within a hair's breadth of causing America's destruction.

Jack's adventures unfold in a curious collection of settings--Astro Dynamics, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Bicycle Bill's card room, Sandstone Ranch, Credit Suisse, Atascadero Mental Hospital, Black's Beach, Lester's karate gym, and the Body Shop. These are (or were at the time) real places, accurately depicted by an author-witness who was there.

The narrative also feeds on known CIA programs that have since been disclosed either in official congressional investigations or as a consequence of the US Freedom of Information Act. Further disclosures continue to this day, but they are forcibly resisted by entrenched interests.

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This is a work of historical fiction. While the characters are fictional, I have attempted to stick closely to the pivotal global events that took place mostly during 1962-1975. Astro (General) Dynamics, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Bicycle Bill's Card Room, Crystal Pier Card Room, Sandstone Ranch, Atascadero Hospital, Black's Beach, Lester's karate gym, the Body Shop featuring nude dancers, and more are (or were) real places.

I hope you enjoy reading this novel as much as I enjoyed writing it. By the time I finished the first half, my characters, especially Jack, Gene, and Marie, seemed to acquire minds of their own, as if I no longer had full control over their actions. The last part of the novel was perhaps as much a surprise to me as to you.

The CIA programs MKUltra, Midnight Climax, Mongoose, and Phoenix were all disclosed in official congressional investigations. In Operation Mockingbird, leading American journalists were (and perhaps still are) recruited to present the CIA's views in the mainstream media. The illegal FBI actions of COINTELPRO against peaceful war protestors under Hoover are also well documented. We don't know if Hoover's avoidance of actions against organized crime was due to homosexual blackmail or if he was just excessively friendly with wealthy mob-connected figures.

In a ruling on a lawsuit filed against the CIA in 1984, the US Supreme Court provided the following description of MKUltra: "...the research and development of chemical, biological, and radiological materials capable of employment in clandestine operations to control human behavior. The program consisted of some 149subprojects that the CIA contracted out to various universities, research foundations, and similar institutions. At least 80 institutions and 185 private researchers participated. Because the CIA funded MKUltra indirectly, many of the participating individuals were unaware that they were dealing with the CIA."

My insistence on historical accuracy severely limited any genuine probe into the assassination of President Kennedy, a topic for which I lack any special insight. But, to my mind, the most important single event of this period was the Cuban missile crisis, in which hawkish political pressures in the United States and Soviet Union caused events to spiral out of control. Unlike with the Kennedy assassination, the central facts are now well-known; the world as we know it came very close to ending. The behavior of many of our political and military leaders at that time can be summarized succinctly; in my view, it was mob psychopathology.

The world currently has about 18,000 nuclear weapons stockpiled, most held by the United States and Russia. The destruction of any country probably requires fewer than 100 warheads. So why do we have so many? Think money and power. In any country, the influence of the most hawkish groups can be expected to rise is proportion to external threats. Peace is their enemy.

I submit that the prevention of accidental nuclear war should be enshrined at the top of any discussion of national defense. Closer scrutiny of the politics leading to the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam War  is, to my mind, far more important than the narrower question of just who killed President Kennedy. Of course, these events are related, but we may never know the full details.

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This work of historical fiction accurately represents pivotal global events of the period 1962-1975. The CIA programs, MKUltra, Midnight Climax, Mongoose and Phoenix have been disclosed in official congressional investigations. In Operation Mockingbird leading American journalists were (and perhaps still are) paid secretly to promote the CIA's views in the mainstream media. The illegal FBI actions of CONTELPRO under J. Edgar Hoover against peaceful war protestors are also well documented. We don't know if Hoover's avoidance of action against organized crime was due to homosexual blackmail, or if he was just overly friendly with the mob-connected plutocrats.

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