The Country with the Golden Gun (James Where Are You?)
Oh man, wouldn’t this make a great Bond flick? Let’s lay out the screenplay.
Western nations are awash in debt as the consequences of the welfare state play themselves out. The European Union establishes a common currency with no political union and the fruits of financial mismanagement threaten to break the economic alliance apart. Historical hatreds simmering from WW2 and before raise their ugly heads. The reserve currency the world has used since WW2 is threatened with devaluation as United States spending is uncontrolled and unsustainable. Previous communist countries buy gold at record rates as their cash reserves from their export capitalism build. Gold looks to be the lone store of value that world governments can trust. Countries no longer need to keep gold reserves in Washington as the USD may not be how they balance trade payments in the future.
Germany is the lone financially prudent player in Europe and their gold reserves are significant. But wait, their gold is in Washington, France, and elsewhere since WW2!
We have to return the gold they say. But SPECTRE gets wind of the shipments of tons of gold.
How does it end?
Stay tuned. And buy gold.
Born in Georgia and raised in Savannah, Todd spent his early summers in Carp Lake, Michigan listening to the vivid stories of his grandparents recalling their youth in the northern wilderness. Ever since his earliest days, he loved story telling.
Todd left Savannah in 1982 to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO where he studied aeronautical engineering. Upon graduation in 1986, he immediately left the Academy for flight school. His initial assignment was flying Combat Search and Rescue helicopters at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. In the UHAE (Unique Harsh Arctic Environment-pronounced “Yoo Hay” by Alaskans) he flew local rescue missions and was also deployed throughout Asia. During this time he was credited with saving many lives and even more assists. In addition to flying exciting missions, Todd also managed to graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage with an M.S. in Engineering Management. In 1990 he volunteered for Special Operations and went back to flight school. In 1991 he was assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, FL, flying MH-53J Pave Low helicopters. Immediately he was deployed to Kuwait. Over the next three years he was active in classified missions in support of counterterrorism under the control of the National Command Authority and deployed throughout the world. His customers included SEAL Team Six and Delta Force. He left the Air Force as a Captain in 1994. During this hectic period in his life he found time to write his first novel, The Ultimate Solution which was never published. He did publish an article in the Armed Force’s Journal in 1994 on Special Operations Aviation.
1994 found Todd joining an investment bank and earning a chance to expand his knowledge of his other passion, Finance. During this second career he became highly knowledgeable in Emerging Markets Fixed Income and traveled a great deal internationally with a focus on the Caribbean. He has conducted business in over forty different countries. He became acutely aware of the consequences of economic decisions and their effect on national and economic security.
However, Todd.’s love of storytelling was uncontrollable. He left the financial business in 2011 to write. Currency was published in December of that year. Once he began typing, he never stopped.
Todd lives on a three-hundred year old farm in Connecticut deeded by King George of England with his children.