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Wow Uhm kinda short. Glad they let Trev off with a stern warning. I want more more more more. :2thumbs:

 

I can't wait for lisa and joel to figure out Bridgett is bad news. I just hope they don't get hurt in the process.:blink:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yeah nice to hear that they will do their own investigating but it be scary to be captured by Bridget and George?

and then wait for gonzalas and harrry to rescue you.

 

while Trevor and Shane are having their problems with the press and unknowingly sanchez assasin.

 

I knew the gun would be found ,,, I bet trevor didn't expect a search.

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Chapter 66, Double Buff, is up. :)

 

Opps, I mean "Double Bluff". I would edit that to fix it above, but this way i can just blame Wildone. 0:)

 

 

Wow, good chapter! But you know, I just wish someone would go through that bungalow and discover the bugs in there. Lisa and Joel might not intend to tell Bridget anything but since they don't know about the bugs they might do it inadvertently...you know like talking dirty while they're...doing stuff... The bugged bungalow is really bugging me! :angry:

 

I liked how Trevor stood up for himself with the gun...he probably should have reported it to the customs, but after two attempted hits on him I don't blame him for wanting to keep it. Besides, he didn't really import it into Australia, he more or less sorta slammed into it like, kinda...well damn, he almost missed the whole island! I guess it's a good thing he didn't booby trap his hiding place or the police would really have been pissed!

 

I don't think Aries is sunk at all! I think it's in Australia too! (Now let's see just how far off I am!) :wacko: :wacko:

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Another great chapter CJ. There sure are lots of twists and turns. I don't think the custom agents had any right to search Atlantis. Were they thinking Trevor was hiding something? They just board Atlantis and decide to search for an hour or so to look for something? Maybe Trevor shouldn't think they are friends. I wish the chapters were a little longer but I could read for hours.

 

 

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Wow Uhm kinda short. Glad they let Trev off with a stern warning. I want more more more more. :2thumbs:

 

I can't wait for lisa and joel to figure out Bridgett is bad news. I just hope they don't get hurt in the process.:blink:

 

:ph34r:

 

B)..............Gonzales fed Lisa just enough information for her to get back to Bridget with, he wants Bridget to think the police see the pirate attack as a random act and not another attempt on Trevor's life. I have a bad feeling about Henry though, Gonzales probably should have not handed Henry's business card to Lisa, because if that gets into Bridget's or George's hand, I fear his life maybe in great danger. Maybe it's time for Henry to sweep the guesthouse for bugs or plant one himself. I noticed the 3rd pirate is still unconscious in the hospital, will he let it slip that the pirates were paid to kill Trevor? Gonzales is going to know there is no way Dirk or Jim knew of Trevor's position and therefore could not of planned a hit on him. He does know that Lisa & Joel knew of Trevor's position, that makes the chance of Bridget knowing also.

 

Trevor needs to get out of the town he is in real soon, the papers pinpointing his position makes Sanchez's work too easy. Of course, with Trevor's name hitting the newspapers, the relatives will be alerted. The only safe haven for Trevor is right back at sea with a companion of course. 0:)

 

Great chapter CJ!!!

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Wow Uhm kinda short. Glad they let Trev off with a stern warning. I want more more more more. :2thumbs:

 

I can't wait for lisa and joel to figure out Bridgett is bad news. I just hope they don't get hurt in the process.

 

Lisa and Joel are in a dangerous position there... their love nest is next to a viper's nest. :)

 

Yeah nice to hear that they will do their own investigating but it be scary to be captured by Bridget and George?

and then wait for gonzalas and harrry to rescue you.

 

while Trevor and Shane are having their problems with the press and unknowingly sanchez assasin.

 

I knew the gun would be found ,,, I bet trevor didn't expect a search.

 

The question is, just who are Lisa and Joel going to investigate? They seem rather focused on Dirk, and now don't trust Gonzalez at all.

 

Good point.. all we know about Sanchez's call was it was to Australia... who knows what it sent in motion?

Maybe he was just ordering some Vegemite? 0:)

 

Wow, good chapter! But you know, I just wish someone would go through that bungalow and discover the bugs in there. Lisa and Joel might not intend to tell Bridget anything but since they don't know about the bugs they might do it inadvertently...you know like talking dirty while they're...doing stuff... The bugged bungalow is really bugging me! :angry:

 

I liked how Trevor stood up for himself with the gun...he probably should have reported it to the customs, but after two attempted hits on him I don't blame him for wanting to keep it. Besides, he didn't really import it into Australia, he more or less sorta slammed into it like, kinda...well damn, he almost missed the whole island! I guess it's a good thing he didn't booby trap his hiding place or the police would really have been pissed!

 

I don't think Aries is sunk at all! I think it's in Australia too! (Now let's see just how far off I am!) :wacko: :wacko:

 

The bugged bungalow is bugging Lisa and Joel too, they just don't know it. :) With all their talk of their upcoming trip, one might expect a mention of Carnarvon... and that's not the only thing they could find out and inadvertantly let Bridget hear.

 

And Lol, yep, Trevor did stick up for himself. It made me smile when I wrote that part, especially when he asks the officers how many times someone has tried to kill them, lately... The officers were in a awkward position; they have to enforce the law. They also had a legal duty to search Atlantis once suspicious.

 

Another great chapter CJ. There sure are lots of twists and turns. I don't think the custom agents had any right to search Atlantis. Were they thinking Trevor was hiding something? They just board Atlantis and decide to search for an hour or so to look for something? Maybe Trevor shouldn't think they are friends. I wish the chapters were a little longer but I could read for hours.

 

They did have both a legal right and a legal duty to investigate, including a search if they suspected anything illegal. The Australian law is rather strict on firearms, and all firearms aboard are not only supposed to be declared, but turned over. They are then transported to your port of departure, and returned to you there. (Gun laws for visiting ships vary from country to country, and Australia's are far from the strictest)...

 

Their decision to search... you raise a good point. They didn't just do a fast check (what would be required) they really worked at it. Technically, once suspicious, they would be supposed to... sort of. They had evidence that Trevor had a hiding place, NOT that there was anything illegal in it. (There's no law against having a hiding place). I can't say more, but, you do raise a good point here. :music:

 

B)..............Gonzales fed Lisa just enough information for her to get back to Bridget with, he wants Bridget to think the police see the pirate attack as a random act and not another attempt on Trevor's life. I have a bad feeling about Henry though, Gonzales probably should have not handed Henry's business card to Lisa, because if that gets into Bridget's or George's hand, I fear his life maybe in great danger. Maybe it's time for Henry to sweep the guesthouse for bugs or plant one himself. I noticed the 3rd pirate is still unconscious in the hospital, will he let it slip that the pirates were paid to kill Trevor? Gonzales is going to know there is no way Dirk or Jim knew of Trevor's position and therefore could not of planned a hit on him. He does know that Lisa & Joel knew of Trevor's position, that makes the chance of Bridget knowing also.

 

Trevor needs to get out of the town he is in real soon, the papers pinpointing his position makes Sanchez's work too easy. Of course, with Trevor's name hitting the newspapers, the relatives will be alerted. The only safe haven for Trevor is right back at sea with a companion of course. 0:)

 

Great chapter CJ!!!

 

Good catch: yep, Gonzalez was choosing his words with care, to a degree, and with Bridget in mind. Unfortunately, one result is he made Lisa and Joel very suspicious of him. The best laid plans, and all that. :)

 

Trevor now has a massive problem; the press. He's quite right to believe that getting revealed in the press would be hazardous to his health. The two attempts on his life have made him a touch paranoid in that direction, but sometimes, paranoids are right. (and after two attempts, paranoid probably isn't a valid word... it's reasonable for him to assume somebody probably wants him dead).

 

Trevor would be well advised to skedaddle from Carnarvon, but Atlantis can't. And we know how Trevor feels about Atlantis. He'd have to leave and stay gone. We know how he feels about Atlantis... would he do it?

 

The press horde is on the way... what will Trevor do? What can he do? Even if he hides Atlantis somehow, news of him is already all over town.

 

CJ :ph34r:

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The question is, just who are Lisa and Joel going to investigate? They seem rather focused on Dirk, and now don't trust Gonzalez at all.

 

Sanchez's call was it was to Australia... who knows what it sent in motion?

 

The bugged bungalow is bugging Lisa and Joel too, they just don't know it. :) With all their talk of their upcoming trip, one might expect a mention of Carnarvon... and that's not the only thing they could find out and inadvertently let Bridget hear.

 

And Lol, yep, Trevor did stick up for himself. It made me smile when I wrote that part, especially when he asks the officers how many times someone has tried to kill them, lately... The officers were in a awkward position; they have to enforce the law. They also had a legal duty to search Atlantis once suspicious.

 

Their decision to search... you raise a good point. They didn't just do a fast check (what would be required) they really worked at it. Technically, once suspicious, they would be supposed to... sort of. They had evidence that Trevor had a hiding place, NOT that there was anything illegal in it. (There's no law against having a hiding place). I can't say more, but, you do raise a good point here. :music:

 

 

 

 

 

Trevor now has a massive problem; the press.

 

Trevor would be well advised to skedaddle from Carnarvon, but Atlantis can't. And we know how Trevor feels about Atlantis. He'd have to leave and stay gone. We know how he feels about Atlantis... would he do it?

 

The press horde is on the way... what will Trevor do? What can he do? Even if he hides Atlantis somehow, news of him is already all over town.

 

CJ :ph34r:

 

B).........Not sure what Joel and Lisa will start to investigate, but could it be that they discover that Bridget was the main suspect in Arnold Bellevue's murder? Will that finally send off signals to Lisa?

 

Sanchez may not have the head start, hopefully not and Trevor can get out of there before an assassin comes after him, perhaps 'bad boy' Shane has a weapon aboard the Kookaburra himself, as I do see them both sailing out very soon in it.

 

Henry's last act maybe to find the bug and or plant one, Gonzales will be included by some of the information afterwords. I'm thinking Henry now trust Gonzales enough to reach out from beyond.

 

I'm of the mind set that the customs officers had too much time on their hands and decided to investigate Trevor's boat for curiosity, their find although a criminal act in Australia, left them at a dilemma, I think they were embarrassed to be caught in searching the boat in the first place knowing what Trevor went through. Trevor's defiance was brave and just enough to crack their nuts over the entire thing.

 

That leaves the press, obviously that means Trevor is in renewed danger, the customs officers know that now. They also must know that Trevor must flee for awhile, will they give him back the gun once he sails away? Or will the Kookaburra have weapons aboard her also?

 

The guessing game has now become one of timing here, Trevor needs to leave immediately, Sanchez's man has to get there quickly, the press is already on the way, and Trevor's phone still hasn't arrived yet.

 

Good one Goat!!

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I think that the gun isn't necessary... The story will be more interesting if it's won by strategy rather than bullets. If Trevor has to make an emergency exit, I too hope it's with a compagnion. However one can't exactly « borrow » a boat the size of Kookaburra without getting into a lot of trouble - unless of course it belongs to family who agrees to let you use it.

 

If Lisa and Joel start spinning lies about Tasmania only to have the Carnavon story break in the media a day later, they'll look like fools.

 

I'm quite content... I don't ever want this story to end...

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Chapter 66, Double Buff, is up. :)

 

Opps, I mean "Double Bluff". I would edit that to fix it above, but this way i can just blame Wildone. 0:)

 

Hmmm, so that is how we are going to play, eh? :devil:

 

I usually do this in private, but I thing on this occasion, I thing I will bring this think up :P

 

Joel stared out to sea for a few moments, and replied, “I don’t know, but when Gonzalez was quizzing me about the propane tank, it sure sounded like Jim couldn’t have done it. I guess that doesn’t prove they’re innocent though: they could have paid somebody to do it. I’ve gone over this in my head a million times... what I keep coming back to is those divorce papers, Trev’s mom’s death, and the mess over Trev being gay. I’ve been around Trev’s dad for years, and so have you; did you ever thing he could be a killer?”

 

Honestly I thing I have nothing but respect for CJ and his team, but this think just can't go unmentioned. I don't blame the team, like me, they don't speak goat. Heck, I don't thing anyone speaks goat. So that think he misspelled could easily be missed by anyone but another goat :P

 

I will comment more about the chapter as there is lots of thinks to discuss. I thing I will wait to see CJ's response first :lol:

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Chapter 66, Double Buff, is up. :)

 

Opps, I mean "Double Bluff". I would edit that to fix it above, but this way i can just blame Wildone. 0:)

 

I am glad that Gonzo at least knows that George is scum and so that might help keep Trev and the love birds in the long run. I am so afraid that the love birds will say something in the guesthouse to help Bridget and George. I keep hoping that Sanchatz (sp... I know I should look it up) ends up sending Bridget George's head just before he kills her.

 

In case you haven't figured it out. I hate that woman.

 

Jim

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This story has so many twists and posibilities, it makes my head ache - in a good way! Reading all the comments and what-if's is fun and almost as good as the chapter. Here we all can see all the parts of the story and we're still stumped as to what's next. Can't wait ( as usual) for the next chapter. Thanks.

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Of course it would be good if someone found the bug in the guest house but, at this stage, there's no earthly reason why anyone would go looking for one. Joel and Lisa are totally convinced that Bridget's on their side and whiter than white. They have no idea that they've been bugged and no reason to be suspicious. Neither does anyone else, as far as I can see.

 

I really don't see how CJ's going to get round the bug. Even when/if suspicion falls on Bridget (from Lisa and Joel), it just doesn't seem likely that they'd think of it - I mean, surely that's not a possibility that normal people consider. BUT, as long the bug's there, it's going to be impossible for Trevor to keep anything secret from Sanchez.

 

I doubt there'll be a gun on the Kookaburra - outwith the US most people don't really think about buying guns for private use, even assuming that that would be legal.

 

Trevor's best bet, now that he knows that the press are on to him, would be to give the boatbuilder enough to get him started and then vanish into one of the big cities - Melbourne or Sydney, for example.

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The mid western Coast of Australia is a known drug drop off point so it's not surprising that Atlantis was searched pretty thoroughly. I wouldn't be surprised if there is some sort of weapons aboard Kookaburra (Spear guns, smokies, and gaffs for fishing etc) This story just gets better and better :2thumbs: Now we just need to see Bridget and Co come to an extremely sticky end LOL but can't see that happening for a while yet.

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Of course it would be good if someone found the bug in the guest house but, at this stage, there's no earthly reason why anyone would go looking for one. Joel and Lisa are totally convinced that Bridget's on their side and whiter than white. They have no idea that they've been bugged and no reason to be suspicious. Neither does anyone else, as far as I can see.

 

I really don't see how CJ's going to get round the bug. Even when/if suspicion falls on Bridget (from Lisa and Joel), it just doesn't seem likely that they'd think of it - I mean, surely that's not a possibility that normal people consider. BUT, as long the bug's there, it's going to be impossible for Trevor to keep anything secret from Sanchez.

 

I doubt there'll be a gun on the Kookaburra - outwith the US most people don't really think about buying guns for private use, even assuming that that would be legal.

 

Trevor's best bet, now that he knows that the press are on to him, would be to give the boatbuilder enough to get him started and then vanish into one of the big cities - Melbourne or Sydney, for example.

 

B)............The piece of the puzzle here is Julie, she knew that Trevor was gay and did in fact out him to the one of the 3 female clients that She and Trevor took out on their paid excursion, It brought in tip money for them both. But I think Julie would have not outted Trevor to Bridget, he and Bridget were strangers, you don't do that to with strangers. So, it is all down to Henry and the interview with Lisa and Joel which should be most revealing. Add into the fold of a possible meeting with Dirk, well lets just say.... the pieces of the puzzle will come into play. Henry may not need to 'sweep' the guest house, instead have Joel and Lisa false feed info to see where it leads. You are right about the possibility of a gun being aboard the Kookaburra being next to nil, but you never know. Yes, Trevor needs to leave and quickly, I going to assume he will after getting the phone sent to him, further more he will take to sea, the insurance company will not give him lodgings other then another boat replacement.

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I think that the gun isn't necessary... The story will be more interesting if it's won by strategy rather than bullets. If Trevor has to make an emergency exit, I too hope it's with a compagnion. However one can't exactly « borrow » a boat the size of Kookaburra without getting into a lot of trouble - unless of course it belongs to family who agrees to let you use it.

 

If Lisa and Joel start spinning lies about Tasmania only to have the Carnavon story break in the media a day later, they'll look like fools.

 

I'm quite content... I don't ever want this story to end...

 

Thanks!!! :)

 

I... hrmmm, I can't really comment on anything above without giving spoilers. All I can say is, thanks, and I like it. :)

 

Hmmm, so that is how we are going to play, eh? :devil:

 

I usually do this in private, but I thing on this occasion, I thing I will bring this think up :P

 

Honestly I thing I have nothing but respect for CJ and his team, but this think just can't go unmentioned. I don't blame the team, like me, they don't speak goat. Heck, I don't thing anyone speaks goat. So that think he misspelled could easily be missed by anyone but another goat :P

 

I will comment more about the chapter as there is lots of thinks to discuss. I thing I will wait to see CJ's response first :lol:

 

Wildone! LoL! Yep, I made a typo. (I fixed it, but I had "thing" instead of "think" in the chapter)

 

This is a great time for me to point out that I welcome (and very much appreciate it!) whenever anyone points out a goof of mine; I can't fix it if I don't know it's there!

 

I do indeed make a lot of typos. But, hey, it's hard typing with hooves, what do ya expect? :P

 

However speaking of Wildone... he sometimes makes truly outrageous and preposterous attacks on me in the forum (he's very mean!) by accusing me of using cliffhangers, which, as we all know, I utterly and totally avoid. :read:

 

I am glad that Gonzo at least knows that George is scum and so that might help keep Trev and the love birds in the long run. I am so afraid that the love birds will say something in the guesthouse to help Bridget and George. I keep hoping that Sanchatz (sp... I know I should look it up) ends up sending Bridget George's head just before he kills her.

 

In case you haven't figured it out. I hate that woman.

 

Jim

 

I'll share a secret about Bridget.... sometimes, she's not very nice. 0:)

 

Yep, it would be all too easy for Lisa and Joel to mention a placename or something else that could land Trevor a starring role in a future production of "the headless horseman". They have no way to know they are being overheard.

 

This story has so many twists and posibilities, it makes my head ache - in a good way! Reading all the comments and what-if's is fun and almost as good as the chapter. Here we all can see all the parts of the story and we're still stumped as to what's next. Can't wait ( as usual) for the next chapter. Thanks.

 

Thank you!

I highlighted part of your post that I really want to call attention to, about the comments and discussions in the forum. That's very much true for me, too. I love it; it lets me know how things are coming across, and also, it's just fun for me. In fact, this forum, and all of you here, are my primary motive for posting stories. :king:

 

So, a big thank you from me to all the posters here. :2thumbs: :2thumbs: :2thumbs:

 

Of course it would be good if someone found the bug in the guest house but, at this stage, there's no earthly reason why anyone would go looking for one. Joel and Lisa are totally convinced that Bridget's on their side and whiter than white. They have no idea that they've been bugged and no reason to be suspicious. Neither does anyone else, as far as I can see.

 

I really don't see how CJ's going to get round the bug. Even when/if suspicion falls on Bridget (from Lisa and Joel), it just doesn't seem likely that they'd think of it - I mean, surely that's not a possibility that normal people consider. BUT, as long the bug's there, it's going to be impossible for Trevor to keep anything secret from Sanchez.

 

I doubt there'll be a gun on the Kookaburra - outwith the US most people don't really think about buying guns for private use, even assuming that that would be legal.

 

Trevor's best bet, now that he knows that the press are on to him, would be to give the boatbuilder enough to get him started and then vanish into one of the big cities - Melbourne or Sydney, for example.

 

That bug is indeed an issue... and it's the whole reason Bridget gave Lisa and Joel use of the guesthouse; a place to hang out, and a place to have sex. And, of course, a place to talk. Plus, for a while they were using her phone (also tapped by Bridget.)

 

You're right about Trevor's best bet: get away. He can always keep in touch with the boatyard by phone. But... would he be willing to be parted with Atlantis for so long?

 

The mid western Coast of Australia is a known drug drop off point so it's not surprising that Atlantis was searched pretty thoroughly. I wouldn't be surprised if there is some sort of weapons aboard Kookaburra (Spear guns, smokies, and gaffs for fishing etc) This story just gets better and better :2thumbs: Now we just need to see Bridget and Co come to an extremely sticky end LOL but can't see that happening for a while yet.

 

Thanks for the confirmation. :)

Yep, as Fowler mentioned to Trevor, they watch the coast due to smuggling. Also, the tactic of customs officers returning to a yacht later, when it's unoccupied, for a second search is not uncommon.

 

Here's a link to a bust in Gibraltar that went down that way.

 

B)............The piece of the puzzle here is Julie, she knew that Trevor was gay and did in fact out him to the one of the 3 female clients that She and Trevor took out on their paid excursion, It brought in tip money for them both. But I think Julie would have not outted Trevor to Bridget, he and Bridget were strangers, you don't do that to with strangers. So, it is all down to Henry and the interview with Lisa and Joel which should be most revealing. Add into the fold of a possible meeting with Dirk, well lets just say.... the pieces of the puzzle will come into play. Henry may not need to 'sweep' the guest house, instead have Joel and Lisa false feed info to see where it leads. You are right about the possibility of a gun being aboard the Kookaburra being next to nil, but you never know. Yes, Trevor needs to leave and quickly, I going to assume he will after getting the phone sent to him, further more he will take to sea, the insurance company will not give him lodgings other then another boat replacement.

 

Maybe, instead of a gun, there's a garlic crusher, just in case Trevor is missing the one he left lashed to the log in the Southern Ocean? 0:)

 

And, I was about to forget to release the name of the coming chapter: Shell Game. :)

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You're right about Trevor's best bet: get away. He can always keep in touch with the boatyard by phone. But... would he be willing to be parted with Atlantis for so long?

Didn't the boatbuilder say that he'd have to order in a lot of the fittings? Surely the first few weeks are going to be pretty basic stuff - making her watertight again and beginning the process of reinstalling plumbing and electric lines. I don't see why Trevor has to be there for that. Even if he could vanish for a fortnight or so, the press would probably go elsewhere. It would have the fringe benefit of upsetting Sanchez's hired gun as well, but I don't suppose Trevor has any reason to realise that.

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I'm mean ??????:o :o

I'm just a shy, quiet lurker :ph34r:. Everyone knows that :D

 

So, if there is anyone that has technical experience or would have done the research on something technical, it would be our goat friend. Heck, he even strapped a GPS to his 4X4 in the bumper to test his theory on the usefulness of it like he described in a story :wacko:

 

My question is with bugs. First off does anyone remember if Bridget put any restriction on Joel and Lisa to use the guest house? Did she have to be there for them to use it? She is still off smuggling drugs, going for dinner, taking vacation in the Bahamas and such, so she isn't a homebody all the time.

 

This would lead me to believe that she has some kind of recording system set up like a security DVD system that burns on a hard drive when a camera or bug is triggered. I believe George 'borrowed' them from the police department to use, so there must be some kind of recording device.

 

I'm going on the assumption from movies and TV shows, but are bugs not usually wireless devices? Like it is strictly a transmitter, sending out the recorded sounds on a radio frequency. When rooms are swept for bugs, are they not checking for radio frequencies in the room?

 

So could Henry stay outside the place and use a police scanner/radio frequency scanner and detect if there is wireless signals coming from the guest house? I imagine the phone bugs would be probably the same.

 

Will CJ share with us his knowledge of clandestine spy gadgetry or will it be considered spoilers? I wouldn't be surprised if he tested out his theory by putting some bugs in my house, phone, and computer. He is very sneaky that way. Like who would suspect a goat walking down the street to actually be using CIA grade spyware? ;)

 

The next thing I am interested about is that Shane and Trevor decided to rent mopeds once Trevor got some ID and go check out the surfing and such. Could they be planning on leaving town just before a certain assassin (I still smell Bondwriter having something to do with this, if not himself personally, then one of his many agents) finds them? There couldn't be any way for the rental company to track them as I'm sure they will be taking off the main roads to find secluded areas only known to Shane for the surf. It might be a delay, but a long enough one for the assassin to screw up and make himself noticed by either the customs or the RAMP :P

 

Last question, if the RCMP ride horses and the RAMP ride Kangaroos, and the RCMP are also known as the GRC in French, do the RAMP have another language name for them? 0:)

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Didn't the boatbuilder say that he'd have to order in a lot of the fittings? Surely the first few weeks are going to be pretty basic stuff - making her watertight again and beginning the process of reinstalling plumbing and electric lines. I don't see why Trevor has to be there for that. Even if he could vanish for a fortnight or so, the press would probably go elsewhere. It would have the fringe benefit of upsetting Sanchez's hired gun as well, but I don't suppose Trevor has any reason to realise that.

 

Yes, you're right, the boatbuilder (Ned) will have to order a lot of stuff. Literal tons of it. And, some of it isn't normal inventory material anywhere, so will have to be ordered and made before shipping. Trevor would want (and indeed, need) to be in frequent touch with Ned during this process, to pick out what to order (for example, what make and model of electronic nav gear, what style of cabinets for the galley, etc). but a phone would suffice for much of that. (and those items could wait... the mechanicals would need to come first anyway). But... will Trevor do it, or be emotional and stubborn and stay put? We find out in the coming chapter. :)

 

I'm mean ??????:o :o

I'm just a shy, quiet lurker :ph34r:. Everyone knows that :D

 

Hey! I'm the shy and quiet lurker around here! :P

 

And yes you're mean... you've even accused me of cliffhangers! :o

 

So, if there is anyone that has technical experience or would have done the research on something technical, it would be our goat friend. Heck, he even strapped a GPS to his 4X4 in the bumper to test his theory on the usefulness of it like he described in a story :wacko:

 

My question is with bugs. First off does anyone remember if Bridget put any restriction on Joel and Lisa to use the guest house? Did she have to be there for them to use it? She is still off smuggling drugs, going for dinner, taking vacation in the Bahamas and such, so she isn't a homebody all the time.

That I can answer, as it's been in the text... She placed no restrictions on them. they have it anytime, and have keys. The guesthouse, though, is on the street side of Bridget's waterfront property, and is shielded from the house by the landscaping. Bridget's house, plus a wall, blocks the street side of her property from the waterfront side (where she has the dock, tennis court, and gardens), She has a very large, ornate house. But, as she pointed out, this makes the guesthouse very private from the main house, and allows Lisa and Joel to come and go as they please. She's a very hospitable host. :)

 

This would lead me to believe that she has some kind of recording system set up like a security DVD system that burns on a hard drive when a camera or bug is triggered. I believe George 'borrowed' them from the police department to use, so there must be some kind of recording device.

 

Yep, she's shown playing the tapes... absolutely a recording device in use. However, sometimes they listen in live.

 

I'm going on the assumption from movies and TV shows, but are bugs not usually wireless devices? Like it is strictly a transmitter, sending out the recorded sounds on a radio frequency. When rooms are swept for bugs, are they not checking for radio frequencies in the room?

 

Yes, and no. :)

 

A bug detector... a good one is a multifaceted device, and even so it won't detect all kinds of bugs. Generally, some bugs are wireless BUT these have a drawback of needing their batteries changing. Police departments often use wireless ones due to ease of planting. Hardwired bugs would be more like you'd see in a more permanent situation, such as a bugged embassy. (hardwired are also a bit harder to detect). one thing a good detector should have is a.. (excuse me if I manke the name, I'm going from memory here) a nonlinear junction detector. Those use radio waves and an effect I can't remember to detect electronics, even ones that are shut off.

 

Also, not all bugs have microphones. One type is the "spike", a mental spike with a peizoelectric pickup, placed into the opposite side of a wall from the target room. It essentially turns the wall into the diaphragm of a microphone. You also have bounceback laser bugs, which do the same with a laser bean and a window (from up to a mile away with really top gear and good angles.. the laser emitter is not at the same location as the receiver). One of the most creative is the microwave cavity bug. It has no wires, no electronics. It's simply a hollow metal chamber with a diaphram that, by virtue of it's size and composition, is tuned to a specific microwave frequency. Sound waves make the diaphram vibrate, attentuating the tuning, and thus the reflected tuned waves are modulated (carrying sound just like normal radio.. which they are). The Soviets were kind enough to make an ornate Great Seal of the United States and give it to an arriving American ambassador as a gift. It was swept for bugs and then put in his office in the in Moscow. Only... it had one of these turned cavities built in. It worked for a long time, until the US noticed that the Soviets were bombarding them with microwaves, and wondered why. The never did figure it out, until a Canadian radio operator at the Canadian embassy heard American voices on an open channel.

 

Oh, then there's induction taps for phones. Unlike a regular tap, these operate by just winding the phone wire around a metal core (such as a nail) so the current flow acts like induction coils in a motor, and generates a tiny magnetic field. The field is then detected by a bug. That kind of tap can be anywhere on a phone line, and is nearly impossible to detect. The US made one especially noteworthy use of that... operation Ivy Bells. It involved using submarines and scuba divers to tap Soviet internal communications cables (such as near Murmansk and between Vladivostok and Kamchatka) where they were run under the sea to cross massive bays, etc. It was highly sucessfull for years, though a few sub skippers have some hair-raising tails about near misses (they were deep in Soviet waters and got detected in a couple of cases... and the Soviets would tend to start shooting)

 

Also, the US was insane enough to let the Soviets build the US (The US paid for it) a new American embassy in Moscow. To the suprise of absolutely no one with the mental capacity to tie their own shoes, the soviets built in so many bugs that it could not be cleaned, and eventually ended up being torn down.

 

There are other bug types as well, but the above should give you a good framework for this case. The ones in Bridget's guesthouse are police issue, and may be wireless or hardwired. (we'll see soon).

 

So could Henry stay outside the place and use a police scanner/radio frequency scanner and detect if there is wireless signals coming from the guest house? I imagine the phone bugs would be probably the same.

 

Depends on quality... cheap wireless bugs? YEah, he might be able to do that. Decent ones? Probably not. Many use burst; they record the info, then at preset times compress it and transmit it in a burst of under a second. Also, real good ones are freqency agile as well; each burst, which may be hours or days apart, will be on a different frequency, with the next freq to be used known only to the sender and the receiver. Also, carrier signals are utilized... some bugs piggyback on cellular frequencies or other expected freqs.

 

a foolproof bug sweep is impossible... you can only find the obvious ones.

 

if the RCMP ride horses and the RAMP ride Kangaroos, and the RCMP are also known as the GRC in French, do the RAMP have another language name for them? 0:)

 

The RAMP (Royal Australian Mounted Police)... I'm not sure what they are called in other languages. One has to be careful though, to keep it polite and respectful, because otherwise the RAMP are know to get hopping mad...

 

Will CJ share with us his knowledge of clandestine spy gadgetry or will it be considered spoilers? I wouldn't be surprised if he tested out his theory by putting some bugs in my house, phone, and computer. He is very sneaky that way. Like who would suspect a goat walking down the street to actually be using CIA grade spyware? ;)

 

I did share some basics, above, but much of that is based on my imperfect memory. :) And what? Me, sneaky? 0:)

Oh, BTW... you really ought to clean your computer desk... it's no place for empty soda cans, empty coffee mugs, plates with crumbs, and all those bits of notepaper.... and you might want to learn to dust. 0:)

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