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ROBERT LUDLUM EXPANDED UNIVERSE

Mascot 1Here at Balladeer’s Blog I’m about responding to you readers. Some of you responded very strongly to the way I sprinkled my reviews of Robert Ludlum’s Top Seven Novels with observations of what I would have liked to see in terms of offshoots or spin-off stories. So, since Expanded Universes are becoming all the rage in recent decades here’s an outline of my fan fiction-style view of an Expanded Robert Ludlum Universe.

Robert LudlumI. BEOWULF AGATE – Series of short stories or a made for cable series. The tales would be set from the 1950s to late 1970s, ending just before the events in The Matarese Circle. Ludlum’s fictional intelligence organization Consular Operations would take center stage.

Brandon Scofield, codename Beowulf Agate, one of the main characters of The Matarese Circle, would be shown pulling off his highest level defections from the Soviet Union in his best “Cold War version of the Scarlet Pimpernel” style. Every so often he would clash with his archenemy – KGB Agent Vasili Taleniekov. To up the suspense level sometimes Taleniekov would win their clashes. 

Bourne IdentityII. OPERATION: MEDUSA – Another series of short stories or a made for cable series. Ludlum’s Operation: Medusa was his fictional version of the Vietnam War’s real-life Phoenix Project. Operation: Medusa was the top-secret, paramilitary Black Operations outfit in which David Webb aka Jason Bourne got his first covert experience.

Officially disavowed by the U.S. government, Medusans spent the final few years of the Vietnam War pulling off assassinations, abducting and torturing information out of North Vietnamese movers and shakers, committing acts of sabotage AND facilitating escapes from POW camps. David Webb, his brother Gordon, D’Anjou (Codename: Echo), Alexander Conklin and “The Monk” himself, David Abbot would be the main characters but we would meet new Medusans, too. Continue reading

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ELEVEN NEW FICTION CONTESTS WITH CASH PRIZES

BE AWARE THAT SOME OF THEM HAVE ENTRY FEES OF $20.00. Enter your submission(s) in the eleven contests below: Continue reading

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$3,000.00 PRIZE – SUBMIT BY SEPT 30th

It’s that time again!

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MOCK HEADLINES: JULY 22nd

Russia hypocrisy from DemocratsAFTER CALLING FOR THE ELIMINATION OF IMMIGRATIONS AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT, DEMOCRATS GO ON TO DEMAND THE DISMANTLING OF FIRE DEPARTMENTS  Nancy Pelosi says “Ever notice those guys always show up every time a fire breaks out? It can’t be just a coincidence!”

MUELLER DEMANDS TO INTERROGATE EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD WHO EVER WATCHED PRESIDENT TRUMP’S REALITY SHOW

DEMOCRATS DEMAND PRESIDENT TRUMP START WORLD WAR III WITH RUSSIA OR THEY WILL IMPEACH HIM

Helsinki StrainPRESIDENT TRUMP STARTS WORLD WAR III – DEMOCRATS MOVE TO IMPEACH HIM

DEMOCRATS INSIST PRESIDENT TRUMP START PUTTING AMERICA FIRST IN OUR DEALINGS WITH RUSSIA

DEMOCRATS BLAST PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR PUTTING AMERICA FIRST

MUELLER SAYS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S HOROSCOPE PROVES HE COLLUDED WITH RUSSIA

CNN REPORTS PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SOLD ALASKA BACK TO RUSSIA FOR $100.00

DEMOCRATS INSIST PRESIDENT TRUMP SAVED THE ECONOMY JUST TO KISS UP TO THE LOWLY WORKING CLASS AND THE POOR Continue reading

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ONE MONTH LEFT TO SUBMIT YOUR STORY: $3,000 PRIZE

 

Our Summer Short Story Award for New Writers is open. The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by:

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TRUMP-HATERS: ARE THEY INSANE OR ONLY PRETENDING TO BE?

Mascot with demo and repub headsFirst off, I’ll point out again that I think the Democrats (DemCorp) and Republicans (RepubCorp) are both gangs of white collar criminals. However, there is no shortage of outlets pointing out the faults of just the Republicans, even though Democrats are just as disgusting.

Democrats and other Trump-haters are in SERIOUS need of introspection and soul-searching, yet refuse to venture out of the pompous haze of self-infatuation that they wrap themselves in 24 hours a day. THEY are the 21st Century’s “Ugly Americans” who prance along oblivious to all of their faults while fancying themselves to be THE moral models for the rest of us. 

Over the past year I’ve been making a point of emphasizing the way that so many of the negative aspects of our history were caused by Democrats and how they need knocked down a few pegs when they dare try to elevate themselves above the rest of the country and lecture us.

Most recently they’ve conveniently ignored Obama’s “cages” for illegal immigrant children while shrieking about President Trump non-stop.

Democrats claim all of us bear guilt just for being Americans yet seem to think THEY can dismiss their political party’s role in slavery, Jim Crow, the Ku Klux Klan, the Japanese Internment, the Trail of Tears, etc. One way they do that is by saying “Hey, that was long ago. We’re better people now.” Well if that applies to Democrats it applies to the country as a whole, too.

We are long past the time when America’s pompous, pretentious asses called Democrats need to be called out on their ridiculous airs. Join me as I dare to blaspheme against the Democrats’ most sacred deities – Themselves: 

*** GROW UP, ALREADY! YOUR PERCEPTIONS HAVE BECOME NOTHING MORE THAN WISH FULFILLMENT OR DELUSIONS TO STROKE YOUR OWN EGOS AND TELL YOURSELVES HOW WONDERFUL YOU CONSIDER YOURSELVES TO BE. (Over and over again, too, until you become unbearable. Then when you drive people away you despairingly moan how you think  everyone you know is becoming right-wing.) 

*** YOU HAVE A SIMPLE-MINDED, COMIC BOOK-LEVEL WORLDVIEW IN WHICH LIFE IS A CHILDISH FANTASY ABOUT GOOD GUYS AND BAD GUYS WITH YOURSELVES CONSTANTLY PAINTED AS THE GOOD GUYS AND EVERYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH YOU AS THE BAD GUYS.

*** YOU INSIST ON CASTING ALL OTHER ADULTS AS SUPPORTING PLAYERS IN YOUR INCREASINGLY JUVENILE DRAMAS, WITH YOU AS THE CORRECT-THINKER SETTING STRAIGHT THE VILLAINS OF THE PIECE.

*** AND IT ISN’T JUST THAT YOU PERPETUAL CHILDREN CAST EVERYONE ELSE AS SUPPORTING PLAYERS IN THOSE DRAMAS, IT’S THAT YOUR LIMITED IMAGINATIONS CAN ONLY CONJURE UP SUCH FOURTH-RATE DRAMAS.

*** I AM TELLING YOU UNEQUIVOCALLY THAT MANY REPUBLICANS, OR RIGHT-WINGERS, OR INDEPENDENT VOTERS OR TRUMP SUPPORTERS REALLY ARE AS TOLERANT, INTELLIGENT AND COMPASSIONATE AS YOU EGOMANIACS ONLY THINK YOU ARE.

*** THE DOGMATIC ASSERTIONS THAT YOU TRY TO PUMMEL THE REST OF US WITH ARE NOT FACTS AND JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN SUMMON EQUALLY SMALL-MINDED PEOPLE (or maybe just sock puppets) WHO AGREE WITH YOU DOES NOT MAKE THEM FACTS. THEY ARE STILL NOTHING MORE THAN ASSERTIONS SHARED BY A CERTAIN NUMBER OF PEOPLE. Continue reading

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ROBERT DE NIRO’S FAVORITE TRUMP LINKS

Robert de niroRobert De Niro, fresh from his gripping portrayal of a moronic anti-Trump fascist who hates the working class and the poor, stopped by to chat with Balladeer’s Blog. Bobby Milk told me he can’t believe people took him seriously. It was sheer Method Acting. He spent time with callous one-percenters and hate-filled celebrities to get the feel of the anti-Trump scumbags and turned in a very convincing performance.

De Niro told me he LOVES President Trump and agrees with me that Trump is the new FDR, the new Harry Truman and the new JFK. Here’s some interesting pro-Trump stories that Bobby recommends:

SHARYL ATTKISSON, the 21st Century Ida Tarbell and one of the few actual journalists left in America, took a break from the hard facts she usually serves up and presented this hilarious look at the recent misdeeds of the FBI (Fuggeda Bout Integrity). She calls it The FBI’s Fractured Fairy Tale and the piece deals with the FBI’s lies, mammoth abuses and violations in their pro-Hillary attack on Trump. Click HERE 

DAVID PRENTICE presents a look at President Trump’s successes in foreign affairs and has a good laugh at the expense of “Never Trump” Republican trash and at the expense of the drooling, senile Democrat leadership as well as their fallen, disgraced Hollow Man Barack Obama. Click HERE

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUESTS have finally pried loose even more internal items from the FBI, items linking Bill Clinton’s airport meeting with Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch to plans to whitewash Hillary’s crimes. I despise Nixon as much as anybody but Hillary and Obama’s antics make Watergate look like a parking ticket. Click HERE Continue reading

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