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from new novel completed by James G Skinner about the Falklands War
leaves a calling card: Argentina
Alfredo Di Martino, an intelligence officer in the Argentine Navy
investigates the murder of a US oil company executive in Buenos
Aires supposedly committed by communist terrorists. As Di Martino
pursues the clues, a more sinister plot begins to unravel that
implicates the Presidency of the Argentine Republic and in particular
its Director of Communications, Colonel David Jones who is of
Welsh origin. The storyline traces the early background and military
careers of both characters and ends in an unexpected climax at
the height of the planning of the Falkland Islands invasion
by the Argentine military in 1982.
The time period
stretches from the Peron dictatorship era of 1945 through to the Dirty
War of the 70s and early 80s. The salient national
and international historical events and real characters involved, such
as US President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher,
are brought to life as the characters adapt to the tumultuous era of
Latin Americas struggle against communism that turned into brutal
military persecution and murder of thousands of innocent human lives,
indirectly backed by the CIA and the Pentagon.
The Falklands War in 1982, triggered off by a scrap merchant called
Joseph Friedberg, ironically brought an end to the horrible bloodshed.
This historical novel is dedicated to all those Europeans, especially
British, Italians and Spaniards who since the XIX century immigrated
to Argentina and helped to build the emerging South American country.
They are the real characters of the story.
Extract from Chapter 39: The
Goa File by James G Skinner
The bomb went off at the crack of dawn
on a Monday morning. Despite the lack of warning, there were no casualties
and hardly any damage. A huge garbage container at the unguarded rear
exit of the Argentine Naval Mechanical School had been blown to bits.
As the ricochet effect destroyed another three, rubbish had been scattered
in all directions. The timing had coincided with the weekends
garbage accumulation hence the containers were full. The perpetrator
had slipped a small envelope under the door of the schools kitchens
minutes before the explosion. The cards inscription read in amateur
To: General Galtieri,
The Falklands are near,
But out of your reach,
If you send in the troops,
Theyll never make the beach.
Compliments of the CIA.
Only nine persons knew about the details of the plan to reclaim the
Falkland Islands. Captain Nestor had been ordered to report back on
his first visit to South Georgia with details of Friedbergs survey
but on no account to arouse any possible suspicion. Originally planned
to take advantage of Friedbergs second trip to set up camp, a
detachment of Marines led by Captain Artich would land alongside the
scrap merchants. The next stage was, in similar fashion to the original
repossession of Goa by the Indian government in the nineteen sixties,
to prepare a proper document to be presented to the United Nations as
legal proof of the claim. If there was no positive response, plan B
with a full assault on Port Stanley would take place between July and
The Argentine militarys reaction to the bomb and its calling card
went exactly as predicted. The US Ambassador was immediately summoned
to the Presidency to explain the meaning of a supposed covert action
against the Argentine nation by the CIA. Without waiting for the usual
formalities an outraged General Galtieri waved the card at the ambassador
as he walked into the presidents office.
Whats the meaning of this? Coolly, Ambassador Stephenson
took the card and read it. He looked up at Galtieri and shrugged his
It was found alongside a bomb blast at then Navys Mechanical
School this morning!
Mr. President, Ill check this out immediately. Within
minutes the ambassador was being driven back to the embassy.
At the other end of the city, another irate military office was dealing
with the same incident but with a separate envelope that had been delivered
by express post the same day.
Where was the security when this bloody bomb went off, Captain?
And, what about this note? He repeated the wording to Captain
Artich. HOPE YOU LIKE BRITISH SOUTH ATLANTIC ROAST LAMB. REMEMBER
TO SPICE IT WITH MINT SAUCE! WITH THE COMPLIMENTS OF THE CIA. HAVE A
NICE DAY! The note bore the recognisable stamp of the Intelligence
Agency. Admiral Anaya went on, is this a joke? Do you realise
that this means the yanks are aware of plan GOA! Captain Artich
was speechless although he suspected who had been the culprit. He was
not going to admit to his boss as he had already covered up the Cordoba
massacre and was not going to reopen yet another chapter in the Forrester
or Strickland botched affairs. But the bomb had gone off nevertheless.
The President and the Mechanical School were not the only entities to
receive the CIA compliments slip. Others were sent by ordinary post
to two key persons. The time delay was crucial. It gave the press time
to fudge the story.
Reporters swarmed around the bombsite trying to photograph the debris
whilst constantly being driven off by both military and federal police
units. As per the official statement from the government
the Buenos Aires Times and the national papers coincided with the story
of the garbage destruction at the military establishment. Erroneous
information appeared in the headlines the following day as most newspapers
blamed the assault on yet another terrorist attempt by a splinter group
bent on razing alarms and disrupting Argentine society.
Two days later, Albert Petrie of the Times was handed a handwritten
envelope marked confidential with the added title of Old Anthonian
after his name. It had come in the first delivery of the day. Suspecting
yet another information slip from his old boys association he
nonchalantly dropped it into the in-basket on his desk. The confidential
bit intrigued him. He picked it up again and opened it. The note simply
WHO DO THE MALVINAS BELONG TO, MR PETRIE? ARGENTINA SIR! REMEMBER?
MAKE SURE DAVID GETS THE ENVELOPE. HE IS THE ONLY ONE LEFT TO SORT OUT
You crazy son of a bitch! he thought with a wry smile across
© James Skinner Jan 2007
Now read the whole book!
Goa File Author: James G. Skinner
(pp: 395) ISBN: 978-81-8253-079-9
Availability: In Stock (Ships within 1 to 2 days)
Publisher: Cyberwit.net, Allahabad, India
Pub. Date: Jan 2007
James G. Skinner, as he is know to his friends in Vigo, Spain was
born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a retired telecommunications
expert who has travelled the world over having worked for some of
the greatest of todayıs conglomerates such as Cable & Wireless,
US Sprint and British Telecom. Having lived in many different and
disparate countries spread across several continents, his knowledge
of and experience with people from different ethnic groups and social
backgrounds is second to none. He is a regular writer in Spanish
in the local papers of Galicia and is currently the Honorary British
Consul in the region. (read more)
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