The adventures of JOHN STORM and the ELIZABETH SWAN
The Golden Skull by Jameson Hunter
PLOT SUMMARY HISTORY
In 1716 the veteran mercenary, English Teach (Blackbeard) was declared a pirate again, having once been pardoned. He was famous for his thick black beard and fearsome features which terrified sailors when they were being boarded. He lay in wait for ships plying passage to the east coast of the American colonies, then caught in a trap he mercilessly sacked those ships for their cargoes rich in gold, jewels and other artifacts.
Teach soon amassed a fortune in treasure aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, a 40 cannon French built merchant ship, stashing his booty secretly in the Caribbean Islands. Then on the 22nd of November 1718 a British naval taskforce led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard captured and beheaded the troublesome pirate after a bloody battle, but his treasure trove was never found save for a paltry £2,200 worth of sugar, cocoa and cotton. It was though known that he had plundered royal transports and acquired many chests full of the rarest gemstones: diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. The US and UK governors were baffled - but they'd killed the only man who could tell them where his fortune was hidden.
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PLOT SUMMARY TODAY
Lord Huntington (Hunt), a prominent member of the British Geographical Society, acquires an ancient parchment on the deathbed of a famous explorer. The parchment was handed down through generations, it contains clues to the location of Teach's secret treasure trove on an Island in the Caribbean, said to be guarded by a macabre human spirit manifesting itself as a golden crystal human skull.
One huge obstacle to recovery of this treasure trove is that these islands are newly patrolled by the US and South American navies who are in a tense cold war situation arising from territorial water disputes and fishing rights.
Lord Hunt hires John Storm for his expertise in marine archaeology, as a consultant to the expedition and his amazing solar powered ship, the Elizabeth Swan, for its stealth cloaking ability making the boat invisible to radar - hence able to slip through the military blockade.
They find the Island avoiding contact with any of the Bolivarian Republic's (of Venezuela) warships which might arouse curiosities but despite all efforts to keep the reason for the expedition a secret from the crew, the word is leaked out by a one of Huntington's arch rivals to a corrupt naval officer, who engages a cutthroat gang of mercenaries to steal the treasure and glory for himself.
TREASURE ISLAND - CAST
Billy (Bones) One Eye - Pirate sailor, marksman ex marine SBS
Charley Temple - Researcher & camerawoman
Dan Hawk - Electronics & computer wizard
Elizabeth Swann - Fastest solar ship & floating laboratory
George Franks - Legal and intelligence trust manager
Jack Boon (Black Jack) Pirate computer expert hacker
Jill Bird - BBC news anchor
John Storm - Ocean adventurer
Lord James Huntington - Opportunist, British Geographical Society
Robin (John) Longstride Pirate leader, bare knuckle fighter
Scott Tremaine Treasure hunting professional & ships captain
Shui Razor - Japanese privateer
Sir Rodney Baskerville - Professor of Maritime History
Steve Green - Freelance reporter
Suki Hall - Marine biologist
Tom Hudson - Sky News Editor
William Gray - Cashiered US Navy Captain, snitch & mastermind
The Golden Skull
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510,30N, 00 His mobile chimed the French national anthem, loud and somewhat irritatingly, which reminded Steve Green to take the time to choose another ringtone.
Hi Tom, whats new?
Ya, thats why Im calling you isnt it. Listen Steve, get me what you can on the Hispaniola project usual rates plus a bonus if you dig up anything about this curse.
Now theres an offer you cant refuse, he thought. Charley and Steve had been working to expose a local scandal in Florida, but that could wait.
It was revealed today that the expedition headed by Lord Hunt to the Caribbean includes the search for a mythical treasure said to be made of pure gold. The expedition destination is Crooked Island also know as Skull Island by many local elders. Many of the island rituals include witchcraft and voodoo." ..
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