In an audacious attempt to launder 40 years of illicit gains, the Cuban government is planning to launch an I.P.O. of a company thru the NYSE
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THEY’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS…IF THEY CAN BOTH STAY ALIVE
CIA Agent Alejandro Cardenas fell for her the moment he took a pratfall in front of the Arc de Triomphe, a ploy to distract the guys tailing her. The action-packed but romantic protection assignment led to a steamy six-year affair, after which they parted, knowing they were soul mates, perfect for each other—except that each was married to someone else.
Ten years after Paris Alex, now a widower, is retired from the CIA. Julia, the beautiful lady from Paris, is a founding partner of a Chicago investment firm, currently handling the IPO for a Miami-based conglomerate. But the conglomerate is secretly owned by the Cuban government, which has used it for decades to launder the ill-gotten gains of a vast criminal empire that includes drug-smuggling, revolution for hire, and numerous other nefarious activities.
Julia’s rising financial stardom—along with Alex’s influence—bring her a high profile position in the Cuban-American community, but when a pair of Cuban generals undertake a massive assassination plot, Alex realizes he has placed her in danger. To protect the love of his life, he comes out of retirement and assembles the Alpha Team, a deadly tactical force of former associates.
As suave as he is deadly, Alex is a charming companion, whether author Parr is treating us to a tour of Parisian nightlife or a sampling of delectable Miami specialties. If you like political action thrillers like those by Brad Thor, James Rosone and Miranda Watson, Vince Flynn, and Robert Ludlum, you’ll love Owen Parr!
Tom asked: “How did you come up with the title Due Diligence?”
Being in the financial industry for over 30 years now, the term ‘due diligence’ is very common. It refers to doing your research, your homework on a particular investment before you commit to the investment. Before any private company becomes a public company with shares of stock being offered to the public, rigorous due diligence is done to ascertain the validity of the company and offering.
Since my plot deals with a private, albeit illicit, company going public on Wall Street, I thought it be intriguing to use the term as a title.
In the book, you’ll see that the Cuban government and it’s leaders, through their arrogance are plotting to launder their illicit billions through a faux private company in Miami. They thought it would be a joke on the U.S. to have it’s citizens literally launder their illicit gains by buying stock in their fraudulent offering.
Janet wanted to know, “Did you ever think of making Due Diligence into a movie?”
Every author’s dream is having his novel be picked up as a potential “Big Screen” release. Due Diligence started out as a screenplay that I wrote. I actually sat in front of Oliver Stone and ‘pitched’ the screenplay years ago. He commented that he loved the title. But two things were against me; first, it was my first attempt at a screenplay and while the story is great and very intriguing, the screenplay itself was not my best effort. Second, Mr. Stone’s politics and views of Cuba and Castro are polar opposites of mine. He asked me; “Is it a pro or anti Castro plot?” I think even if my screenplay was Oscar material, the plot is definitely not pro-Castro. My response was; “It’s about Cuba and the government.” I avoided a direct reply, but at that moment I knew I was not going to get a “green light” as they say in the industry. Nonetheless, it was an exciting experience to sit across a movie mogul and pitch your screenplay. His studio kept the screenplay and I got a letter acknowledging receipt of it. Had he bought the screenplay and changed it to a pro-Castro movie, I may have had to move out of Miami. If you know what I mean.
Janet asked another question: “Suppose it was a movie, who would your characters be?”
My main male protagonist is Alex Cardenas. I envisioned as I wrote the screenplay, Andy Garcia in that role. Even when I wrote the book years later, I still wrote it with Garcia in that role. My main female protagonist, Julia Muller Estrada-Palma’s role was written with Michelle Pfizer in mind. The main male antagonist, Rick Ramirez was written for Armand Assante. The sequel, Operation Black Swan expands the love story of Julia and Alex.
Here is what some Amazon verified readers, have said about Owen Parr’s Due Diligence: ––
“Due Diligence is a suspense-filled movie in your mind. Parr rolls the film, controls the color and sound exquisitely; he teases you, he jolts you with action and takes you up and down the roller coaster.”
“Owen Parr’s Political Thriller, Due Diligence, is so closely written to reality that he must have inside evidence of the crimes committed by both sides.”
“Owen Parr creates a compelling and riveting novel with deep roots in South Florida culture; something few authors and feature film directors have failed to accomplish. Parr navigates beyond his medium to paint a vivid motion picture for his reader. Weaving in and out of tales of espionage, romantic trysts, and exotic locations.”
“This is a timely tale right out of current headlines. From Paris to Havana and Miami. Romance, intrigue, political espionage and betrayal everything you need to keep you reading till the last page.”
A tangled web of international intrigue, interesting well-developed characters.”
“Since I quit smoking, I had not enjoyed a book so much. It kept my interest from start to finish. Can’t wait for Owen Parr’s next book.”