The novel is complete. Nine-Dash Line is a suspense, thriller with 81,000 words. I’m in the process of querying literary agencies.
Helicopter pilot, Michael Becker, and Chinese agent, Capt Wong Daiyu, are on a mission to gather proof of an underwater missile base in the Spratly Island Group. The missiles will threaten every nation along the South China Sea rim and beyond.
In Subic Bay, Philippines, the pair take ownership of a hi-tech submersible yacht and head for their target.
Along the way, pirates, police, and the constructors of the missile base are on their tail. However, nothing is exactly as it seems. Deceiving and spying is what this story is all about.
Rightly or wrongly, China took ownership of groups of islands, reefs, and shoals in the South China Sea, and is actively challenging the territorial claims of the other nations at the rim: Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei. Satellite images revealed the construction of airfields and ports on the occupied islands. Furthermore, massive dredging operations transformed intermittently submerged maritime features, such as sand banks and reefs, into permanent islands. Controlling one of the busiest shipping route in the world and having access to the rich fishing grounds and significant reserves of oil and natural gas, will give China a substantial economic and strategic advantage.
According to the international maritime law, the owner of an island with natural features, which remain visible at high tide, can claim 12 nautical miles of territorial waters around it. The US and other nations argued, that a built-up island is not entitled to a protective zone, and sea or air traffic should be allowed without impediment. They tested the argument on several occasions, resulting in minor navy clashes. Ships on both sides suffered damage, but none were lost – so far.
The world has another cold war.