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RESEARCH: A Mix of Fiction and Fact

  • Pics 'n' Flix: Wes Franklin stories take place in the real world and I try to make a concerted effort to describe locations for you in a way that helps you conjur up clear visions of the Wes Franklin terrain. In the Photo Gallery, you will find photos identifying where you will discover these locations in the novels. In addition, I have included a home movie of the Bellagio Fountain (Mac users click here) water show on the Las Vegas Strip, as this is the site of the nuclear climax in The Methuselah Man.
  • Background Research: While the novels are strictly the product of a fertile imagination, I try to include plenty of factual data and events so as to enhance the story's believability. Here, I have provided some of the more interesting things I have come across as my stories have evolved. Where possible, I will include some web links, as well.



I prefer to have been to the locations I write about in my stories but that has not always been possible. In those cases I find the Internet to be invaluable in learning about those areas both for geography and history. In Sacrament of Fear, for instance, I have never been to Damascus, so for those chapters I relied on GoogleEarth for terrain and street names, and the Internet for cultural information, as well as hotels, taxis, and the Souk. I also used a travel book on Syria for names, language, and customs. I also extrapolated from my months in Pakistan to establish the sensory inputs I would expect were I to travel to Damascus.

For other locations in that storyThe Netherlands, France, and Scotland—I drew from my direct experiences of those places, also using the names of friends or historical figures for my characters. In those instances, I should say that, while characters might be named for and modeled after friends, it is never my intention to make those characterizations isomorphic to the actual people! And I don't use the names of friends for the bad guys in my stories. Or, as I tell others, I will never make my friends look bad...I might kill them off; but I'll never make them look bad! Basically I figure I need to name characters something, so why not use names I already know, which also serves as a way of saying to my friends, "Hi...I was thinking of you!"

I also like to bring in factual information to enhance the credibility of the stories. A friend of mine—Una Zeck—once asked me if I did much research for my stories or did I just know that stuff. I think my first answer to her was that I didn't do much research, and instead just drew from things I had learned along the way. After thinking about it, I realized that, while I did draw from a lot of things I had learned along the way, I actually did a whole lot more research than I realized! So the purpose of this page is to share with you some of the research I've done for the various stories, or, to put it another way...


Things I learned enroute to looking up other stuff!!


Sacrament of Fear

The Methuselah Man

Terminal Rock


The Chronicles of Cain

The Privacy Pirates




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