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Most security services around the world have come to accept that Covid 19 is a Bio-terrorist attack from Wuhan. To believe that a virus accidently escaped from a bio-secure facility, or that a Pangolin infected an entire city is pure fiction. This could not happen in China without the knowledge and direction of the state organisations, fact, nothing happens in China unless the state authorises it.

Wuhan is a classic example of how to direct a Bio-attack if you are totally ruthless and we all know how ruthless the Chinese state organisations are.

Firstly: you need to build up a reservoir of infections in an out of the way place, Wuhan! then isolate it from the rest of China while at the same time allowing it to continue interacting with the rest of the world. Tourists travelling to international transit points, northern Italy, London, New York and in that way guaranteeing it’s spread, remember it was only after a doctor went public in Wuhan that the world was made aware of the danger, it had existed there for months.

Secondly: The Chinese needed to have some means of controlling this virus, nowhere else in the world has this virus acted in the same manner, no matter if it is an open democracy or a dictatorial authoritarian state. Only in China has the virus been controlled locally, so before pressing the accelerator they already had a brake, deaths in China have been restricted almost totally to Wuhan.

Thirdly: The Chinese economy has suffered minimal damage, while deaths have multiplied around the world affecting travel, leisure, the service sector, finance and manufacturing, destroying the economies of many small countries and even cause severe damage to large economies. China has remained largely unaffected growing by leaps and bounds and buying into economies worldwide forcing debt onto many small struggling countries so that they are tied into the Chines philosophies and world view. Now they have no option, they have to obey their financial master, remember these are not companies lending money this is the Chinese state, with a giant military apparatus, they dare not offend just

KOWTOW.

Michael Douglas Bosc

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Although I wrote about Stanley, but he was not my inspiration for writing Jason was.

I have always been interested in history especially Naval history, (and once again my sister has come up trumps, christmas pressie of three more naval books)  anything to do with ships and the sea I’m there.

Jason has a huge sexual appetite, but is an adventurer, sound businessman and good Captain.  He lets us into the social acceptances of the late 1700’s in Jamaica, then shows his compassion for the slaves on his plantation.   However, it is when he returns to England that things really hot up.

Sorting out his life, taking a mistress, then setting out on a most dangerous adventure. This he does not mind as he is back on the seas in the world he is most at home in.  He has his sexual adventures which become a little mixed up but he also shows how ruthless he can be when someone he cares for is harmed.

During the writing of this story I have written and re-written things.  Such as the attitudes to the Prince Of Wales and his spending something that was suffered by people too afraid to do anything about it.  There is an insight into the Prime minister’s life and attitude to his borrowing and spending, nothing really changes.  The city as it was then, was a strange creature but just as likely to fold as it is today.  So perhaps we should not be too surprised when things go pear-shaped.

But it is the way merchants got China to let go of their silver that is the main topic. Opium!  China would not trade in silver unless it was for this commodity. They would swap goods for goods but silver only for opium.  So of course, the merchants and governments plotted and schemed to get at it. The East India Company did very well in that department especially with Jason’s help and connections.

But the cost to Jason was a strange one, torture, near death and a princess for a wife. The how and when of this well, read the book and find out oh and look for the little bit of magic…..

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