Greetings Reading Friends! David here. Thanks for joining us for a little preview into my COIL Book 4, Dark Vessel, through some of the research I did.
I often do what I call “research in reverse” for my novels. Many fiction authors create a story, then search for facts to support their novel, or to give that story meat. But sometimes I find interesting places and facts, then fashion a story around the knowledge or research that I already have.
Writing Dark Vessel was no different, and many of you will see why I chose some of the locales for COIL Book 4. Below is Part I of from some of my research file related to Dark Vessel.
Research in Reverse I – Gustavia, St. Barts (Saint Barthelemy)
This French territory is one of the gems of the Caribbean. Gustavia, the island’s main port, is shaped almost like a “G.” With this safe harbor, amazing weather (70-80’s year-round), and the small-town atmosphere, what better place to stage a spy-hunt and standoff between two enemies? 😉
The port itself has an odd heritage. The buildings are still referred to there by their original names, reflecting Swedish, British, and French occupation, not to mention the Arawak Indian presence.
The lighthouse from which one can view the whole island is 30 feet tall. Many of Dark Vessel‘s final pages are staged with this conical tower in sight.
I’m including a link to a map of Gustavia within the book, but in your mind’s eye think of these things when you’re reading—green water, white buildings with red roofs, sailboats, and perfect weather. Well, perfect weather until the operatives of COIL come hunting for some of their worst enemies yet!
Enjoy the book!
See you on the next page!