HatLine Productions Moves Into Film Development With 'Ben Blackshaw' Book Series
Diving the Chesapeake Bay for oysters after a late season hurricane, former S.E.A.L. Ben Blackshaw discovers the recent wreck of a speedboat mired on the bottom. It’s jammed with millions in gold bullion, and one other box that turns out to be a suitcase dirty bomb, its timer counting down to zero just twenty-four hours away. But the real shock is the corpse of a drowned man at the helm of the wreck; a man Ben has not seen in fifteen years. His father
Ben learns his father stole the gold and the device from an Iran-Contra style government black-ops deal. Maynard Chalk, the agent who let the deal go south, wants the goods back to save his own skin. Chalk and his jackal henchmen descend on the quiet, god-fearing people of Ben Blackshaw’s Chesapeake home, Smith Island, determined to recover what’s theirs no matter the cost in innocent blood.
Ben Blackshaw and his wily Smith Island neighbors must set aside a growing mistrust that naturally attends such an influx of wealth and power. They decide that recent desperate times can be set right if they manage to keep this orphaned gold for themselves and somehow stop that bomb. To do this, they must tap into the Island’s darker pirate heritage. Not seventy miles from Washington, D.C., they make a desperate last stand against Chalk. If they fail, Ben’s gamble will be the opening skirmish of World War Three.
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