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Blue Eye

A corporate conspiracy, a technology that could change the world and a man struggling for his life and the truth.

London-based derivatives trader, Scott Carty, doesn’t give any weight to the inexplicable dreams he’s been having. That is, until, his mercurial boss, Arthur D’albo, summarily dispatches him to an energy conference in Kazakhstan along with a curious instruction to deliver a locked briefcase.

Soon enough, the dreams’ premonitions begin to resonate with an alarming clarity as he becomes entangled with the beautiful Lena Isotova and uncovers D’albo’s sinister business, lubricating the wheels of a covert, Cold War energy technology.

It’s a secret, though, that carries a deadly price and targeted by ruthless killers, he’s forced to flee with Lena’s mysterious friends into the Siberian forest, around the shores of Lake Baikal. There, he is awakened to the mystical nature of reality and the staggering truth about the technology’s potential threat to the global economic order.

Meanwhile, back in London, Carty is a wanted man but everyone believes he’s been killed in Russia; everyone but the intelligence agencies. What do they really know about this enigma and why is Carty’s survival so important to them?

Set against the backdrop of the world’s oldest lake, Blue Eye is a fast moving conspiracy thriller addressing some of the burning issues of our time. Echoing the styles of Michael Crichton, Dan Brown, Clive Cussler and Carlos Castaneda, it’s a gripping journey of transformation for its hero, Scott Carty and the first of a trilogy.

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“Excellent plot, well told” 

“For those like me, who have an appetite for things Tesla-ish, this is a must read.

The story’s factual backdrop derives from Austrian, Viktor Schauberger’s, “Trout engine” – a free energy vortex geometry invention that overcomes gravity and which many today believe, was the impetus for Nazi era flying saucer technology, not to mention the famous Kammler Bell.

Set largely in Russia, this is an intelligent, well written and pacy novel with a highly original corporate twist, plus several charming sub-plots and other excursions that I’ll refrain from mentioning, so as not to ruin other readers coming enjoyment.”

By David Guyatt on 5 Dec. 2013Click here to see review on Amazon!
A New Type of Thriller
“Blue Eye is the debut novel from author Tracy Elner and provides a fresh spin on the thriller genre.

It tells the story of Scott Carty, a derivatives trader plagued by vivid dreams. Carty is asked to deliver a locked briefcase to an energy conference in Eastern Europe and becomes embroiled in the sinister dealings of his boss. Soon after, Carty is a wanted man hiding out in the Siberian forest, where he discovers he is not the only one seeking solace there.

All of the trademark thriller motifs are correct and present: conspiracy, globe-trotting, murder, beautiful women and long-kept secrets. However, Blue Eye is a new type of thriller, abandoning the usual detective and crime sub-genres to instead focus on alternative energy and harnessing the power of the subconscious.

It is unique to find a thriller where the action is rarely conveyed through fistfights, instead opting for debate, corporate fraud investigations and psychoanalysis. This may sound dry but it is testament to Elner’s direct writing style that you will be turning the pages as quickly as if this were a Lee Child novel.

Elner’s protagonist, Scott Carty, is an equally unconventional leading man. Carty is not a detective or an ex-military man. He cannot fend off attacks from multiple adversaries like Harry Hole or Jack Reacher. Instead, Carty is an everyman who works in finance. His special abilities are a knowledge of renewable energy and an increasing respect of Jungian theory. He would rather rely on the I Ching than his fists. Carty’s ordinary nature is what makes his adventures so extraordinary and Elner proves that any character, if written well, can make for an engaging leading man.

Much of these extraordinary adventures are set in the Siberian forest, the taiga, around Lake Baikal, the Blue Eye of the title. It is a fascinating backdrop for a thriller, providing an intriguing second act where Carty can learn more about energy. Boris the Buryat teaches him about qi life energy, whilst scientist Lubimov makes Carty aware of impossible advancements in renewable energy. Both Boris and Lubimov are brilliant additions to the novel.

Ultimately, this is a fascinating read, packed with well-researched information about its subject matter and unafraid to tread new ground. This may well be the first energy thriller ever written.

Elner’s next novel, the follow-up Green Eye, is currently being written. Based on the strengths of Blue Eye, expect this to be a very successful series. Keep an eye on Elner.”

A New Type of ThrillerBy Amazon Customer on 6 July 2014Click Here to see Review on Amazon!
"Excellent can’t put down read"
“Once I started this book I could not put it down. An exciting intriguing tale weaving Russian, western and eastern paradigms into a plot that is utterly plausible. Whilst reading you can feel the author’s strong knowledge of the subjects that he writes about. A rare book, combining action with deep thought from Taoism to Carl Jung, this is destined to rival the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.
I can’t wait for the next part of the trilogy and the inevitable film.”
"Excellent can’t put down read"By D J WILLIAMS on 25 Mar. 2014Click here to see Review on Amazon
"The best, and most exciting read for a long time!"
“When I read an average book, I think “yes, that could have happened”. When I read a good book, I think, “Well, that probably did happen”. When I read Blue Eye, I thought “there’s no way this didn’t actually happen”.

Tracy has created an exciting, multi-dimensional story. It’s gripping, almost impossible to put down. I read the last half of the book at one go on a plane journey, with no distractions. I was totally absorbed.

I have a scientific background, with an interest in many of the topics that Tracy introduces in the book. What makes his treatment unique – in contrast to usual sci fi “science”, is that all the scientific content is completely plausible, and all the threads connect perfectly.

The best read I’ve had for a long time. If ever a book deserved a full length feature film treatment – this is it!”

"The best, and most exciting read for a long time!"By Dr Geoffrey Clements on 8 Mar. 2014Click Here to read more Reviews on Amazon

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Blue Eye

Tracy Elner

Copyright Tracy Elner 2008

US Library of Congress 2011

eISBN 978-0-9926169-0-8

First Edition 2013

Prologue

Winter 1991.

Irkutsk, Siberia. Five time zones east of Moscow.

Dawn had already broken the vast skyline over the Angara River as the ageing academic emerged into the raw chill. Shivering, he checked his watch with the station’s clock. It was 8:35.

Good, I’m on schedule, he confirmed as he wrestled his greatcoat collar against a flurry of snow, the bizarre phone conversation of earlier that morning still firm in his mind.

‘9 o’clock. And be punctual.’

‘But that’s in two hours. Is it urgent?’

‘We have important visitors. They’ve asked for you.’

‘Really? Who are they?’

‘Officials from Moscow. I’ve been told nothing.’

‘Are you sure it’s me they want to speak with?’

‘Please, Ivan Yegorovich, just be there on time.’

His Director’s instruction had been direct but cryptic.

Why the secrecy, though? He quickened his pace across the glassy pathway. Could it be related to the deaths? Two of his team had drowned during a fishing excursion, only days before. Just a tragic accident, he reminded himself as his focus quickly switched to the icy steps that led up to a building he rarely visited.

Zdravstvuitie, Ivan Yegorovich!’ The young receptionist greeted him.

Zdravstvuitie,’ he replied, passing her his coat, thankful for the room’s warmth.

‘And your ushanka?’ She smiled shyly.

‘Ah, yes!’ Embarrassed by his absentmindedness, he removed the traditional rabbit-fur hat as his wife’s distant reprimand rang back. Sable is far too extravagant! She preferred spending the little remaining from his monthly salary on luxury food or some popular English language novels for their teenage granddaughter.

Chai?’ The girl offered tea.

‘Yes, please. Are the guests here?’

She nodded, coyly and turned away to fill a cup from the ornate samovar.

He reached into his jacket for a comb. ‘Do you know who they are?’ he probed, running its metal teeth through his tousled hair and slicking down the stray strands with his other hand.

‘No,’ she uttered blankly.

Has she been instructed to keep quiet?

He held her gaze for a second longer than comfortable then took the steaming drink and stepped away across the stained terrazzo floor, wrestling with the scant information.

These officials probably just want to discuss the funding, he speculated, stopping outside the Director’s office to sit and sip the sweet tea while straining at the muffled voices coming from inside. Cuts were inevitable, a result of the command economy’s recent collapse but he felt bolstered in the knowledge that he still had a full programme of research to complete, authorised from the very top. And if there had been any serious changes to that, I would have been summoned to Moscow.

Shortly, the Director’s drawn face appeared and the academic politely stood.

‘Ivan Yegorovich! Sorry for the wait. We will not be long now,’ he announced with a cursory smile before swinging his gaze to the girl.

‘Irina, please bring in more tea!’

The solid oak door slammed shut.

He seems tense. A pang of doubt surfaced again. Ivan Yegorovich had been ordered to omit certain crucial details from his reports. But he can’t possibly be aware of that. His worry, though, evaporated with the girl’s loud expletive. Tray-laden, she was struggling against the inertia of the huge door causing him to smile uneasily at the metaphor – the need to diminish the individual for the sake of the State.

For Ivan Yegorovich Isotov, the State had been his life. Growing up in poverty in another country or regime, he might have become a desperate individual, but not in the Soviet Union. It had fed and educated him and excelling in his studies at the polytechnic had earned him a place at Akademgorodok – its centre of excellence – among its finest minds.

His eyes shone, glancing up at a faded portrait of the once glorious leader, still hanging against the flaking walls, and reliving the collective sacrifices made to ensure that Russia’s fledging nuclear programme would change the course of history forever. But then the liver spot on his brow creased, prompted by discordant memories – the incredible phenomena he had stumbled across had caused instant alienation from his peers and interrogation by his masters in Moscow. Then, there followed humiliation at having to publicly refute his claims, stating that he had made fundamental errors in his observations. It ultimately led to his relocation – exile by another term – to an unknown institute. There was little consideration for his wife’s senior position in local government or his children’s elite schooling. All those privileges had been lost along with his hope of developing a technology that could have given his Soviet Union, peaceful superiority in the world.

Was it all worth it? His pride rose momentarily: Russia could become great, once again. But then his head dipped and he stared vacantly at the floor. Unlikely; too much has changed.

‘We’re ready for you now!’ A sharp call snapped him back to the moment.

He rose and automatically dusted off his shoulders before striding the few steps to grasp the Director’s outstretched hand.

‘How are you, Alexander Vladislavovich?’ he asked politely but the cold, moist palm provided the answer.

‘Come in, please. These gentlemen from the Ministry wish to discuss some things with you.’

What Ministry? I don’t report to any Ministry!

The receptionist quietly slipped out past them, masking her unease as he was invited to sit. There were no handshakes.

‘Ivan Yegorovich, do you know why we are here?’ the sour-faced stranger asked.

‘Not at all,’ he replied, smoothing out a striped polyester tie while clocking the obnoxious casualness of the man’s gum-chewing colleague.

Kretin! These new apparatchiki lack any respect for my generation.

‘We want to discuss your research work with you,’ the visitor continued, fingering his collar away from a roll of fat.

‘I see. What aspects, if I may ask?’

‘All of it.’

‘All of it?’

‘Yes, you are instructed to halt it.’

‘On whose authority?’

‘The funding is to be stopped.’

‘But the programme is scheduled to run for another two years,’ he said, registering a cruel harshness in the man’s bulging eyes. ‘I’ll need to have clearance from my superiors before there can be a cessation of my research.’

‘That is not necessary. This is the only instruction you will need!’ He tossed a letter across the desk.

Isotov smouldered, eying him for a fraction before picking it up and noting the ministerial stamps that confirmed its legitimacy. Reading it slowly, it became clear that his former chain of command had been usurped.

Stunned, he lingered a stare at his Director in a desperate bid for support – to buy more time – but it was met with impotence.

‘So you see, Ivan Yegorovich, your programme is to be closed with immediate effect.’

‘That’s impossible! The technology is still undergoing important tests.’

‘It will be decommissioned and removed.’

‘On whose authority?’

‘Mine! From today you will report to me.’

‘And Sphinx...the Institute?’

‘It will continue with its other lines of research.’

‘So there’s still funding for that?’

‘That’s the responsibility of another ministry. Just make sure that you comply then you can retire quietly with your pension.’

‘What!’ He flung down the letter and stood up. ‘That’s it? My entire life’s work finished because of some bogus instructions.’

Flushed, the stranger glared back, unfamiliar with defiance.

‘Then I have nothing further to discuss with you!’ He turned and stormed out of the room.

‘Ivan Yegorovich!’ the crumpled Director called out, fearful that his fate had been sealed by the scientist’s rash behaviour. But Isotov was already across the lobby and snatching his things from the startled young woman.

How could they have found out about the machine? He shook with suppressed rage. It’s classified to the highest echelons within the Kremlin. These Neanderthals couldn’t possibly have had access to that!

Outside, brilliant sunlight had pierced the veil of low cloud, transforming tiny snowflakes into a shimmering mist that hung in the air around him, stinging his cheeks. Oblivious, he looked about to see if he had been followed into the station. It was impossible to tell from the ubiquitous crowd milling about the platform, stamping its feet in a discordant cacophony to keep warm. Within minutes, though, he was sucked into the wake of huddled bodies, surging to meet the train’s arrival and escape from the frigid conditions.

The regular sway of the carriage and its oppressive heat only seemed to intensify a looming sense of desperation. A pensioner, sitting opposite, attempted a smile as she juggled several small jars of pickled cabbage on her lap but her young grandson was scrutinising Isotov with an expression that seemed to comprehend his plight.

The academic looked away, out into the dense pine canopy, squinting against the sun’s strobing rays. Then a crushing revelation descended upon him. That’s inconceivable! Yet he understood it was the only possible explanation. A caricature of his own terror stared back at him from the window’s reflection. There hadn’t been any accident. His hapless colleagues had been murdered.

Strategic assets of the State’s military-industrial complex were being blithely expropriated by a new breed of biznismen, greedy for untold wealth.

Those bastards will exploit my technology and then discover its real function. He shuddered convulsively. I pray that they haven’t got to Lubimov yet.

The boy’s eyes met his again as he considered the possible options. A small window of time now remained in which to reach Sphinx and his close friend. Together they could destroy their crucial files before disappearing, perhaps to the West.

The journey dragged but as the train slowed, Isotov was already leaping from the opened carriage door onto the platform.

A dirt-splashed Lada screeched into the station’s car park and jumped to the head of the taxi rank. Honked horns of disapproval soon stopped as a shaven head emerged into the biting wind and its bulky owner held out a palm to the approaching academic.

What the..? Isotov’s heart raced, instantly recognising the intent behind the jaundiced face. His earlier refusal to step down gracefully had meant that he too faced a fate similar to his friends. Their deaths must not be for nothing. He resolved, sinking his posture in feigned submission and fingering the Nagant M1895 pistol in his pocket.

A single gunshot sounded and fleetingly, Isotov believed he was simply a witness to the act. But as the crowd’s screams rushed violently into his ears and the wounded man staggered towards him, he let out a suspended gasp and ran.

His legs tired in the snow, slowing his escape and then a piercing pain shattered his shoulder. He slumped down, panting and watching the red polka dots of his blood diffuse into the thick snow.

It can’t end like this. A kaleidoscope of images ran before his eyes then, in a show of defiance he turned his trembling pistol back towards the injured man. But another shot had already rung out.

His friend, Lubimov, would now have to face the thugs alone.

~ Author ~

Tracy Elner

Tracy Elner

Tracy is the author of the award-winning corporate conspiracy thriller - Blue Eye