Crossing a Finish Line, of Sorts

Originally published 8/16/10

Finished the first draft of my new novel today, and am currently celebrating with a tropical cocktail.

The cocktail, which I learned how to make in a cocktail mixology class on our recent vacation, is called a sunken treasure. It's coconut rum, midori melon liquor, cointreau, orange juice, pineapple juice, a splash of sprite and some blue curaco to make it look nice. Mix with ice in a shaker. Shake and strain, then add the sprite and blue curaco. I highly recommend it!

The name of the novel is Incentivize. Yes it is that "word", which isn't really a word, but is used daily in companies all over the nation. In this case "Incentivize" refers to Incentivize LLC, a company set up by four managers in Matrix Corporation to allow the diversion of profits.

In the story a young geologist attached to the corporate audit department discovers something is amiss at a remote mining site in east Africa. When she pushes too hard, the managers involved in Incentivize decide to make her go away. The novel is about her struggle to escape back to civilization and bring down the corrupt managers involved in Incentivize LLC.

In the novel are: a terrorist bombing, a Navy SEALs raid, a Somali warlord, modern-day nomads, and government officials who collude with the bad guys. All of this is primarily set in Ethiopia and Somalia.

The novel is a bit rough right now (Hey, its a first draft), but I'm pretty excited about it. If I can find a way to do it, I'll post a chapter or two and provide a link.