PORTOBELLO: One is the starting point for a three-book series describing civil, political, racial unrest in the Caribbean's Turks & Caicos Islands. The time line is 1989-1992, a period when hundreds of millions of US dollars flooded the British administered colony as real estate values skyrocketed from $50,000 for two acres on Grace Bay (1980) to numbers approaching $50,000 per-running-front-foot on the same beach (the late 90s). This 'story' is pure fiction; the characters are equally-pure 'TCI' - natives and ex-pat. This was an era when huge sums of money transferred to the colony's 'off-shore' banks quickly grew larger under the influence of a lenient 'do t ask - do t tell' banking system. The story is exceptionally rich in intrigue, state-of-the-art (1990) techlogy, and a cast of characters from the poorest least educated native black to Fidel Castro and British Ministers of Government. Move over Herman Wouk ('Don't Stop the Carival; 1965); this is your 40+ year update!
Robert B. Cooper ('Coop') became a published author age 18 with regular features in once-popular magazines such as Popular Electronics, Radio-Electronics, Radio TV News.Founding his own publishing house in 1960 (Horizons Publications)over the next four decades his name would appear as author for more than 40 books and thousands of periodical publication feature articles (including TV Guide, Mother Earth News, Wall Street Journal). Portobello's trilogy series is a marked departure from the more than thirty million words previously in print; it is fiction but largely based upon facts which only now can be revealed. Research for this three-book series involved a delightful mid-life sojourn; he simply moved to the Turks & Caicos Islands (1979) and over the next 11 years living on Providenciales (nee Portobello) Grace Bay Beach assembled voluminous notes - as writers are wont to do. With wife Gay, son Seth the Coopers now live in Coopers Beach, New Zealand.