When former FBI agent William Harrison begins receiving mysterious postcards with the signature “Echo Tango,” he’s alerted to a cover-up beyond anything he ever thought possible. His informant turns out to be a guilt-ridden ex-operative in the Saint Mary Project, an ultra-secret program engaged in alien contact. The organization is wiping out loose ends, and Echo Tango thinks Harrison is the man he needs to stop it. Thanks to a gunshot wound suffered in an attempt to thwart an armed robbery, the crime-fighting life is something of Harrison’s past. He keeps his shooting skills sharp but walks with a limp, and he is more likely to catch marital cheaters than anything else—as a private investigator. But Harrison can’t shake the feeling that this case is meant for him. He enlists the help of colleagues and starts following the clues. However, hired guns stand between them and the truth. There are also alien-human hybrids to contend with, but that’s not all. Harrison’s investigation turns up a powerful secret about him and his family—a secret that may just be what lets him end these unimaginable crimes. Will Harrison discover and reveal the truth? Find out in Daniel P. Douglas’s thrilling UFO conspiracy novel Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project.
A key subplot in Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project involves a Las Vegas Police Officer, Nick Ridley. Nick's brother-in-law, Eric, works at Area 51 and witnessed the loss of two F-15 fighters at the hands on an unknown alien craft. In the eyes of the Saint Mary Project, this makes Eric a possible weak link in the project's secrecy. Now, before it gets too complicated, let me explain that Nick Ridley's path ultimately and fatefully crosses that of the main protagonist William Harrison. And their paths cross (or collide?) because of Saint Mary's efforts to monitor then later discredit Eric via manipulation by one Saint Mary's very special operatives. In this excerpt, Nick is attempting to help his sister Megan and her husband Eric, whose behavior has become bizarre and seemingly inexplicable.
When I first wrote Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project 20 years ago, I titled the book A Matter of National Security. Since then, I struggled to find a better name for the book. “A Matter of National Security” was the core subject, but as a title it seemed too vague and insufficiently compelling. Advice from friends and family centered on how the Saint Mary Project was stealing the truth, and not to mention killing people too. I realized then that I wanted “truth” in the title and the name of the perpetrators. All I needed was a good word to describe their theft of the truth that belongs to us all. After tweaking “insurrection,” I finally settled on Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project. I’m grateful to those who helped me find the right words to describe a matter of national security. And I want to underscore that the threat isn't coming from aliens. It comes from those who assert secrecy alongside lies and murder. By my count, there are five uses of the phrase “a matter of national security” in the book. What follows is a conversation between William Harrison and his former FBI partner, Art Holcomb. During this conversation, we bear witness to two references to the phrase and evidence of Saint Mary’s cover-up at work…
Alongside the car chases, torture, gunfights, scientific tests, and bruising climax in Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project, there is other work to be done. For Harrison and his comrades, all of the work is done at great risk and in the shadows in order to someday expose the truth, save the future, and end decades of deceit and murder. For the Saint Mary Project, the work is also done in the shadows – because the bright light of scrutiny would reveal just how far out of control they have become. Secrecy will do that, and for Saint Mary, they are at a point where secrecy must be kept at all costs, and where living under the dark, blood-stained cloak of secrecy has made them arrogant in their actions. Their fear makes them desperate, and it will consume them, and anyone or anything that stands in their way. Their true mission long forgotten, they march forward, dragging everyone else into their cold, infinite nightmare.
Many truly good things in life happen without planning or expectation. Such was the case with Beano, a stray puppy found one night near an arroyo by William Harrison, the main good guy in Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project. In this excerpt, Harrison is reunited with Beano after being out of town. Well cared for by his private investigator colleague Pete Zemdarsky, Beano happily joins Harrison for a BBQ at the Zemdarsky home, along with Harrison and Pete's new intern, Janice Evans. I always felt that Harrison was meant to have a dog in his life, and I was happy to include it in the book for him. It is clear that Beano means a lot to him, just as Harrison means a lot to others in his life, although he may not see that clearly through the fog of regret has wandered through for many years. At least he had sense to rescue lost, little Beano when he did -- or maybe it was the other way around?
As former FBI agent William Harrison begins to investigate his anonymous informant's claims of an extraterrestrial cover-up, he quickly realizes that he needs help. He decides to call his former partner at the FBI, Special Agent Arthur Holcomb. This excerpt follows their initial phone conversation, one where Harrison has to broach the subject of his investigation with the hopes that Holcomb can keep an open mind. But really, this is where we meet Art Holcomb, who is very much like a rumbling volcano -- something you experience with awe, curiosity, respect, and some fear. To Harrison, Holcomb is also a trusted colleague and friend and who no doubt enjoys and feeds off of Holcomb's energy. Maybe you have met someone like Holcomb? If you have, you may never want to see that person again or you may have become the closest of friends.
One of the characters I especially enjoyed writing about in Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project was Colonel Bennet, their Disinformation Officer. In the excerpt he and his colleagues are reacting to an incident at Area 51 -- an alien UFO incursion -- that does not go well for the project. Also, the excerpt comes from a chapter where you learn that Bennet has unique physical characteristics and behaviors that seem to fit his role in disinformation quite well. He lives and breathes this role, and that is demonstrated in his statements at this meeting with his Saint Mary Project colleagues. Is he being honest or playing games? I get the suspicion that Bennet long ago abandoned any moral compass in favor of embracing perception over reality. But he is crafty about this. In this excerpt he manages to convey concern for both Saint Mary's vulnerabilities and make a case for UFO disclosure. Such is the tangled web of disinformation that is woven when Bennet plays his part in the government's most sinister conspiracy.
This excerpt talks about several old police reports that William Harrison's secret informant ("Echo Tango") has him collect in person. It is early in Harrison's investigation into E.T.'s claims of a government conspiracy. Taken individually, the police reports sound like unfortunate accidents. Taken together, especially when the reader learns of the connection between the victims, they paint a frightening picture of hidden, heinous crimes committed in the name of national security. Yet, the reports are only one small piece of the puzzle in Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project. Plenty more to come in subsequent chapters, I promise.
People who've read Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project often ask about the "Fifth Species," a meddlesome, mysterious, and potentially threatening alien group at the fringes of Saint Mary's research. Are they a figment of imagination and fear? Just who are they anyways? Now, just to be clear, when we speculate about government contact with aliens, it is speculation, with few reliable facts to go by. Who knows how many species are in contact with Earth? Maybe 5, maybe more, maybe less. For the novel, I wanted to show that there were degrees of knowledge within the Saint Mary Project about aliens, some of which they have in freezers, in captivity, and others only in their fears. This excerpt introduces the reader to the Fifth Species, and I promise, there is more about them later in the book. Enjoy!
Early in Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project, there is an incident that occurs during a flight test at Area 51. It doesn't go well for the Saint Mary Project -- they lose two fighter jets to an unknown alien craft that had mysteriously entered Dreamland's airspace. My intent with this scene was to provide readers with a mysterious, action-oriented event that puts the wheels in motion for fateful decision-making by Saint Mary and certain characters in the book. Looking at it now, it still makes me wonder what losses have occurred in the alleged secret conspiracy to study and contact (and confront?) alien visitors. There are real-life stories told about this; of pilots and others being lost in confronting or recovering these craft, and not just in the U.S. but in other countries too. When will their sacrifices be recognized? When will their stories be told? When will truth prove mighty and prevail?
This excerpt from Chapter 2 of Truth Insurrected introduces us to the main "bad guy" in the story. He is an Air Force Colonel who is being given operational command on the secretive Saint Mary Project after an incident at Area 51 with an alien UFO that left two F-15's and their pilots missing. Now picked to lead the “bad guys," Stone’s been asked to implement a new aggressive policy to intercept and down these unknown craft. His boss is the Chairman of a working group comprised of various military leaders and scientists, and they are all subservient to the Circle, a highly-secretive archaic group that leads the overall project. Stone juggles the politics and practical realities of this enterprise with single-minded determination to succeed. We see his humanity in different ways; conversations with his wife, concern for his son who is an Army officer in Korea. But with remarkable ease, Stone slips seamlessly between this soft side and the side that exercises unquestionable obedience to his masters’ goals.
To say the subject is controversial would be an understatement. That just makes it all the more suitable as the subject for a novel. For decades, perhaps even centuries, people have seen these unknown craft in the sky or even underwater. There can be a sharp divide between believers and non-believers, and controversy about what it all means. That tension, blended with the fundamental question of are we alone?, makes for many great storytelling opportunities. But the subject is very real. Thousands of sightings are reported every year to organizations like the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) and the National UFO Reporting Center. When investigated, many sightings can be explained -- and some can't. The latter is where the real phenomenon resides, especially when the sightings are highly unusual and seen by credible witnesses (pilots, military, law enforcement, etc.) and backed up by technological detection (radar, video, photos, etc.). Those are also the sightings that make us wonder why the government, media, scientists, and others would not take the subject more seriously. But, perhaps they do, and we just don't see it? Or maybe they just simply prefer to bury their heads in the sand? So, Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project launches from a place where UFO's and aliens are real. Maybe it isn't as fictional as I thought?
So, William Harrison is a medically retired FBI agent who carries a Colt .45 as a private investigator in Tucson, AZ. I carried a .45 as a military policeman in the US Army. That's right, a .45. Not a 9mm Beretta. Some of you will realize that I just aged myself. In any case, I loved shooting the .45, and so does Harrison.
Here we are at the very first paragraph of Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project. William Harrison, the main protagonist of the story, is simply bored out of his skull and feeling increasingly inadequate. The very first section of chapter one -- to which this paragraph belongs -- was actually one of the last sections of the book to be written. Sometimes it helps to write backwards.
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