Tracking down Thomas Caine:
Work has been progressing well on the next Thomas Caine thriller. I felt like it was time to share some new and interesting locations readers can expect to visit in the next book. So without further ado, let’s jet off to the The People’s Republic of China!
Although most of the story is set in mainland China, I couldn’t resist a quick action scene at the Kwun Tong Promenade, on the outskirts of Hong Kong.
The glowing cube sculpture represents stacks of paper and heavy machinery, reflecting the area’s history as an industrial site. I thought it would also makes a great location for a spy’s live drop, until things go wrong…
A good chunk of action is set around Beijing, the nation’s capitol. Beijing is an amazing city, and is a showcase of the rapid economic, technological, and cultural growth the country is undergoing.
On his way into the city, Caine drives past one the city’s most notable landmarks, the stunning National Stadium. The stadium was designed for the 2008 Olympic Games. The bands of metal that surround the structure are meant to resemble a bird’s nest. Hence, the building’s nickname of “The Nest.”
Later, Caine and a friend make stop in the beautiful Yindingqiao Hutong. China’s Hutongs (which means “old lanes”) are a fascinating glimpse into the dynasties of China’s past.
Walking through one now is like stepping into a time machine. Many of these beautiful old neighborhoods were destroyed after the founding of the People’s Republic. Today, some of the remaining Hutong’s have been designated as protected areas.
Finally, while Caine fights to accomplish his mission in China, Rebecca, his superior at the CIA, must battle against internal politics and corruption. Her investigation takes her to the secretive NSA headquarters in Maryland, home of TAO, the Tailored Access Operations group. This team of cyber-warriors is tasked with hacking enemy computer networks and hardware.
That’s all for now… next time, we’ll take a look at the final leg of Caine’s journey across China.
Stay tuned for more exciting news from the world of Thomas Caine…