Minstrel’s Alley Author, Gordon Basichis, to Write Non-Fiction book as a Follow Up to His Novel, The Guys Who Spied for China

The Guys Who Spied for ChinaMinstrel’s Alley author, Gordon Basichis, is writing a non-fiction follow up to his earlier novel, The Guys Who Spied for China. The novel was a Quarter Finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Fiction Awards, and is a roman a clef based on Basichis’ true experiences, detailing how Chinese Espionage Networks were first discovered in the United States during the early and middle 1980’s. Basichis intends for the new book to describe the progress and failures in thwarting Chinese espionage attempts in recent years.

“I’m not the first one to say the United States policy toward China is inconsistent and often erratic,” said Basichis. “It is understandable, considering we are in a co-dependent relationship with neither side wanting to ever stretch tensions to the breaking point. At the same time, it has cost this country dearly in stolen technology and real and potential advantages in both the global economy and military superiority.

“The most recent mess is where the New York Times and other media outlets published how cyber breaches and possible Chinese moles all but destroyed American espionage efforts against China. It is a total debacle. It is just devastating. As I can only speculate on how such a breach may have occurred, I also think there is a pressing need for both the President and Congress to reassess its current policy with China and for the Intelligence Community to restructure its operation so that can assure the American public that moving forward oversight is such that it reduces the chance of calamity. And if a breach is discovered, it is quickly remedied.”

Basichis indicated that the book he is considering will be non-fiction and will help address the need for a more coherent policy toward China. He noted how the recent Chinese military buildup is based on both homegrown technology and advanced technology stolen from the American Defense Industry.

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Minstrel’s Alley Publishes Cuban Quartet as It Sees Intensive Interest in Stories About Cuba

Minstrel’s Alley, an independent publishing and media group, is seeing a great deal of interesting with stories about Cuba. The Los Angeles based company recently published author Gordon Basichis’ latest novel, “The Cuban Quartet,” and international romantic mystery, seeded on the rumors and legends surrounding missing mob money when Castro marched into Havana.

“Cuba is the new landscape for dramatic fiction,” said M.J. Hammond, Publisher and President of Minstrel’s Alley. “It is decaying and mysterious, sultry and filled with legend, the perfect setting for romance and adventure. “It is why we decided to a romantic adventure like The Cuban Quartet was just right for the times.”

“When we first published Gordon Basichis’ novel, his fifth, the whole Cuban interest thing was just beginning to happen. The Cuban Quartet, was just right for publication as the heart of the story was wrapped around an old myth told to Gordon by older friend, a former CIA agent who had been stationed in Cuba, before Castro not long before it fell to Castro.”

Hammond pointed out that she has since become aware of other dramatic series about complex men, drifting in the shadows. She noted that an article in U.S. News and World Report indicated Antonio Banderas is slated for a dramatic series on Starz Channel, also entitled Cuban Quartet.

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Minstrel’s Alley Launches Marketing Campaign for Gordon Basichis’ New Novel, The Cuban Quartet

Minstrel’s Alley, an independent publishing and media group, has launched a comprehensive marketing campaign for its latest novel, “The Cuban Quartet,” by Gordon Basichis. The new book is romantic mystery thriller based in the mythical skullduggery of the old American Gangsters and the CIA just before Castro marched victoriously into Havana. The book is published in trade paperback and eBook formats.

The Cuban Quartet,” is a literary thrill ride,” said Minstrel’s Alley Publisher and President, M.J. Hammond. “It is romantic adventure tale that takes advantage of exotic locations around the world.    At heart, the novel contains a love story that based on speculative incidents that some say occurred when Cuba fell to Fidel Castro and the Communists, in 1959.”

“Most of the books is set some thirty years later, in the eighties when the story’s offbeat protagonist’s search after the four rogue government agents who disappeared with millions in gold shortly after the fall of Batista.”

Hammond pointed out with Cuba a newsworthy topic, “The Cuban Quartet,” enjoys a timeliness and a sophistication that should appeal both to male and female readers. She noted the story is plot driven but embellished with rich characters, both as the main protagonists and in supporting plot lines.

“We are building a comprehensive marketing package around this novel,” said Hammond. “We are working all the social media venues and will soon be advertising the book in a digital format. We are also offering its author, Gordon Basichis, for reading engagements. Previously, Gordon has been reluctant to involve himself with reading engagements due to the demands business he Co-Founded, Corra Group, which specializes in background checks and corporate research.

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Minstrel’s Alley Sees Its Book, The Guys Who Spied for China, Precursor to Recent Chinese Espionage Activities

Minstrel’s Alley recently reduced the price of its eBook of The Guys Who Spied for China, written by Gordon Basichis. The Los Angeles based media group reduced the price so that readers may obtain a better sense of Chinese espionage practices and the pervasive tensions that these activities have created between the United States and China.

Minstrel’s Alley Publisher, M.J. Hammond explained that the recent case, reported in the Washington Post, where a Chinese citizen was recently sentenced for stealing classified information regarding drone and missile technology, further reinforces the public need to read its book. In the most recent case, the convicted spy stole thousands of documents detailing how drones and missiles can be operated without any satellite guidance.

“We recently reduced the eBook pricing on The Guys Who Spied for China so readers could glean a better understanding of Chinese espionage operations in the United States,” said Hammond. “Author Gordon Basichis first wrote his novel about Chinese spy networks that were active in the close of the twentieth century. The book is still as relevant as when it was first published in 2009.

“The Guys Who Spied for China is a roman a clef,” said Hammond. “But the novel is based on Basichis’ offbeat experiences in working to uncover Chinese Espionage Networks in the United States. Gordon Basichis narrates how it all began and the attempts that were made to suppress Chinese spying efforts in the United States. “This is not your typical spy novel,” said Hammond. “It is a quirky and intimate novel that is often darkly humorous. It is character based and offers a unique perspective. Women enjoy reading it as well as men. Some of our best feedback has been from women.

 

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Minstrel’s Alley to Reduce eBook Price of The Guys Who Spied for China

MinstralsAlleySiteLos Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 20, 2013

Minstrel’s Alley announced it was reducing the price of its eBook of The Guys Who Spied for China. The Los Angeles based media group has claimed the subject matter is so important to the American public, that to encourage a wider readership, it is reducing the cost of the book. As occurrences of Chinese Espionage and Cyberattacks are on the increase, the publisher believes that readers should be informed of the genesis of this expanding threat.

The Guys Who Spied for China is written by author Gordon Basichis. It is a roman a clef, based on Basichis’ offbeat experiences in working to uncover Chinese Espionage Networks in the United States during the eighties and nineties. The book describes the origins of the Chinese Spy Rings, how they were established and how they were expanded over the years.

“Every day there are news headlines depicting yet another incident of China sponsored espionage or cyberattacks against the American government and corporate interests,” said Minstrel’s Alley publisher, M.J. Hammond. “American traitors and Chinese nationals are arrested on a regular basis for military and industrial espionage. There is the persistent occurrence of Cyber-Thievery originating from the Chinese government and specifically certain Chinese military units.”

Hammond noted that Gordon Basichis’ novel tells the story of how it all began and the attempts that were made to suppress Chinese spying efforts in the United States. “This is not your typical spy novel,” said Hammond. “It is a quirky and intimate novel that is often darkly humorous. It is character based. Women enjoy reading it as well as men.

“The Guys Who Spied for China was a quarter-finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest,” said Hammond. “I believe there was some bias when the book was first published. While the book was well reviewed, there were detractors who didn’t believe that these events were actually happening. Well, now we know better, don’t we? The spies are not only targeting the American government, but corporate interest as well. The Chinese government must realize this story has credibility because this book has been banned in China.”

 

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