Blowout: A Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller (Katerina Carter Fraud Legal Thriller Series) (Volume 3)

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A Sinister Crime Lies Deep Beneath The Water... A Katerina Carter Legal Thriller On fraud investigator Katerina Carter's trip to a remote island aboard a luxurious yacht, she suspects the boat's slick and charming owner is hiding a dark secret. With her cunning instinct for sniffing out malevolent cons, Kat tries to warn her friends that something is very wrong with their host and that his moneymaking scheme smells fishy.And why is she only one who thinks he's not being completely honest?While exploring the island, Kat and her friends research the rumors of a sinister cult, the Aquarian Foundation, and search for buried treasure. The cult swindled people out of their money and now the same situation is starting to eerily echo their present circumstances. That is if Kat can prove to the others that if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. . .When Kat's warnings fall on deaf ears, she uncovers a horrifying truth that will place those closest to her in mortal danger. Now it's a race against the clock for Kat to expose a killer before he strikes again.Blowout is the third book in the Katerina Carter Legal Thriller series and a riveting psychological and legal thriller you'll want to read with the lights on!

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My mystery and thriller books are crime fiction but they are drawn from my real life experiences as a CPA and forensic accountant. My gut always tells me to follow the money because it almost always leads to crime, corruption, and even murder.  Police procedurals and private investigators don't always find a body, but what they do uncover almost always leads to financial crimes and courtroom drama. 
Power and corruption are everywhere, from Wall Street to Main Street, and the best sleuths can crack open any whodunnit or dispense their own street legal brand of vigilante justice.My crime novels will transport you into a thrilling adventure without ever leaving the safety of your home. Come join me on a psychological thriller ride!Thriller Books in the Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller Series:1. Exit Strategy2. Game Theory3. Blowout (Fall 2015) Short Stories in the Color of Money Series:1. Red Handed2. Blue Moon3. GreenwashFinance Non-Fiction:1. Anatomy of a Ponzi: Scams Past and PresentMystery Novels in the Westwick Witches Cozy Mysteries Series:

  1. Witch You Well
  2. Rags to Witches
  3. Witch and Famous
  4. Christmas Witch List

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Blowout is pure fiction, but with some fascinating historical facts woven in. My novel is a contemporary psychological thriller set against a backdrop of a century-old cult that existed on Canada's west coast, but I thought you might enjoy some of the backstory and why it intrigued me.
 
The historical figures in my story are all but forgotten today, but they were real people. History always repeats, and this story is no different. British Columbia in the early 20th century was a last frontier of sorts, the kind of place that people escape to. People who don't want to be found, people escaping their troubles. And those looking for a fresh start in life.  They would have been better off staying home.
New frontiers also attract fortune seekers like Brother XII, a real life scammer with tales steeped in mysticism so convincing that even the smartest people had trouble distinguishing truth from fiction. It makes for an interesting historical backdrop, but at the time, he destroyed lives and fortunes.   

Brother XII was a real person. His real name was Arthur Edward Wilson. West coast sailors traveling along Canada's Pacific Coast will recognize the Brother XII name and be familiar with Pirates Cove, De Courcy Island, and Valdes Island.

Brother XII (his preferred spelling, not mine) established the Aquarian Foundation at Cedar-by-the-Sea on Vancouver Island near Nanaimo, British Columbia in the 1920s. Brother XII and his notorious cult were famous worldwide for their Armageddon predictions in the 1920s and 1930s, yet today they are largely forgotten.

When his cult attracted too much scrutiny, he and his followers moved offshore to the much smaller Valdez and De Courcy Islands. I've focused the story mostly on De Courcy Island, rather than the multiple locations for simplicity. I've also changed the geography, topography, and cave locations to fit the modern day story.

Charismatic people like Brother XII appear with surprising regularity throughout history. Every few years they trick gullible people with belief systems, combining cult of personality, mysticism, and religion. They capitalize on our desire to be part of something larger than ourselves. Too often it has tragic results.

The buried gold in the Mason jars is fact according to corroborated accounts from the 1920s. Whether it still lays buried is another story. Although the estimated half-ton of gold coins was too heavy for Brother XII to take with him on his trawler, it's very unlikely the gold stores remained untouched and hidden over the decade or so that his cult was active. I also doubt it remains on the island, though the myth persists. More likely he depleted the gold stores gradually over the years and took whatever remained when he left De Courcy Island for good in 1933.

Or maybe I'm wrong and some lucky person will discover the gold treasure. At a thousand dollars an ounce, it would be worth more than fifteen million dollars today.
The undersea passage between two islands is fact. In my story it connects De Courcy and Valdes Islands. In reality, the undersea tunnel connects the Valdes Island cave to Thetis Island, not De Courcy. The subterranean passage is two hundred feet below the cave entrances. The undersea passage was well-known and used by local Coast Salish First Nations people for ceremonial initiation rites for at least hundreds, and probably thousands, of years, until a late nineteenth-century earthquake rendered it impassible. It would have been blocked in Brother XII's day, too. But if it wasn't, I suspect he would have hidden his gold coins there.  At any rate, there is a treasure out there somewhere. Another mystery to unlock...

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