Monday, March 3, 2014
I Saw This Coming
In Change of Heart (Tales of the Scarlet Knight #4), Dr. Emma Earl is lured to Russia with a lucrative job offer. She goes out to survey some possible oil/natural gas fields near the border of a made-up republic called Grakistan. Later the camp comes under attack by some Grakistani rebels and Emma learns of a conspiracy to destabilize the country. Basically a businessman named Sergei Bykov wants to create enough unrest in Grakistan so the Russians will invade to "restore order" and he can negotiate some favorable terms for snapping up the country's natural resources. In a roundabout way Emma does stop him, though it comes at a great personal cost a couple years later.
Anyway, it's not the exact same situation but it's close enough. Putin is taking advantage of the unstable government there so he can take some territory (if not all of it) that he's been hankering for. Unfortunately there's no Scarlet Knight to stop him.
It's one of those situations where life imitates art. Maybe you've had this happen to you with your writing.