Having both British and Brazilian nationalities I try to show Brazil in a different light, with all the opportunites, problems, violence, wealth and beauty that it offers as an ever growing part of the modern Western world.
Annie Maguire is a fortyish ex-newscaster that never made anchor, trying to scrape a living producing documentaries. While making a show on the Great Pyramid she meets John Elliot, expert on Gravity Waves and the wrong side of 50. Sales of the show flops and she faces ruin as well as being troubled by bad visions. Elliot is the key to this new technology, Israel and the price of Big Oil.
A European ruler destroys democracy, replaces a debased currency with new coin and forces all Jews to wear a yellow badge. History does repeat itself: this was King Edward I of England. Mary Wodehouse, a young Scottish dentist, finds her life entangled with a bum who thinks he is the Templar Knight Sir Roger.And who believes he must confront a Yardie gangster 'King of the Ring' Edwards.
James Frazer is the guy who has everything and Antonio Carvalho is the crooked Brazilian lawyer who intends to take it all. Caught in a nightmarish scam in Rio in which he is drugged, sexually abused and forced to watch his life in New York go – legally - from bad to worse, James is offered a way out, only to find that he has been used again. As they say; Brazil is not a country for beginners.
Robert Burke, is kidnapped in the trunk of a rental car in the middle of a shanty-town gunfight. Brazilian Scrub is the story of how he got there as well as the story of the tragic mayhem of urban violence, sex, drugs and police corruption that plagues Brazilian cities. The background notes include the huge and largely forgotten contribution of the Irish and Confederate Americans to Latin America