When Ken James accepts a challenge from his long-term Washington, D.C. friend, Jane, to figure out a way to finance a presidential campaign without the influence of special interests, he has no idea what is in store for him. From searching for diamonds in Canada, to a tension filled exchange of ideas that leads to peace between the U.S. and Russia, Ken is in for the adventure of his life. More
When Ken James accepts a challenge from his long-term Washington, D.C. friend, Jane, to figure out a way to finance a presidential campaign without the influence of special interests, he has no idea what is in store for him. Ken comes to the conclusion that this seemingly impossible task might be done if he could us his geological training to locate a deposit that might have a big payoff over a short timeframe. It occurs to him that two teenagers who travel to Eastern Canada for their summer vacation might have fun while providing inexpensive manpower for a search aimed at discovering a source of natural colored diamonds. Ken concludes that sand samples from the shores of streams and lakes could provide the necessary clues as to the location of valuable deposits. While getting started, Ken recalls the many seemingly impossible events that occurred that are part of our nation’s history. These highly improbably occasions inspire him to focus on a goal that others view as “beyond all human probability.” Ken has a chance meeting with a friend who is a retired investigator for research companies working on highly classified military weapons systems. The “spook,” as this man calls himself, informs Ken that he, Ken, is on a secret “watch list” that is being maintained by a number of very important Washington politicians. Their goal is to achieve power and to be aware of any potential rivals. Ken finds it hard to believe that anyone in the D. C. power structure should think of him as a potential threat. He continues his search for any type of highly valuable mineral deposit in Eastern Canada along with his teenage friends. For amusement, he writes a story about an imagined debate between two female presidential candidates. While this is taking place, Ken receives a letter from the Russian government, inviting him to visit Russia in order to “share” views with the Russian President concerning what should be done to improve relations between the U. S. and Russia. The final chapter covers the visit to the Kremlin and the vigorous exchange of opinions and a musical concert climax that brings about an agreement focused upon the peoples of both countries.
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Get ready to accompany Ken James as he stops a Russian spy from sabotaging an air base as an Air Force Second Lieutenant, lives through love and loss, becomes a man of influence in Washington, D.C., hunts for diamonds in Canada, and influences international leaders to make decisions that will bring peace and prosperity to the USA and the world. This is an exciting series of adventure, intrigue, and thought-provoking subjects, from understated and eloquent writer Edwin W. Biederman, Jr.; these stories are based on events that happened in the author's life during the Cold War Era. The books do not need to be read in the order of the series to be understood, as each stands on its own, but Ken James' adventures happen in the chronological order of the series for those who choose to read them in order.