A New Frontier for Terrorism
Personal Note from the Author
By Leon R. Koziol, J.D.
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Part One: Reality Check
It was less than eight months after 9-11 when I left a marina in Buffalo, New York en-route toLake George in eastern New York. With a crew of friends, we embarked upon a 500 mile water routefeaturing events not unlike the ones depicted in this novel.All along our itinerary, we maintained a lookout for customs docks and personnel on the logicalbelief that our borders would be secure. Instead, to our utter dismay, we were able to pass freely acrossinternational and state borders with hardly an inquiry. No one checked our vessel, a 41 foot cruiseryacht weighing more than 20,000 pounds that slept eight people.At Port Colborne, on the Canadian side of Lake Erie, we made the obligatory telephone contactwith Canadian customs. All they required was a customs ID, description of our vessel and an itinerary.Through the Welland Canal, Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence Seaway we sailed, border crossings sonumerous that we began to wonder if anyone even knew of our existence.Ports as large as Montreal, Canada and as small as Ticonderoga, New York (a mere boat launch)produced no inquiries whatsoever. We passed more than 2,000 islands along the way when, eventually,the dangers to our fellow Americans and Canadians became manifest.At Rousses Point, on the American side of Lake Champlain, we inadvertently sailed past thecustoms dock. Retreating to this location an hour later, we learned that the customs inspectors had leftfor the afternoon. To maintain regularity, a nearby marina employee suggested that we call an agent athis home. Thirty minutes later, a man arrived only to look over the exterior of our vessel and wish ussafe passage into the United States.Years later I would start this novel. The characters are based upon real people I came to know inChicago during my law school years, clients in my 20 year law practice and most notably, the boatingfriends at Lake George who provided me with memories I will cherish for the rest of my life. The friendsfeatured here have long married off or left our scenes of engagement at the lake.As I reflect upon this work, I recognize that it was pretty much a sole venture. The research wasfascinating, if not unsettling, and the entertaining features could not have been possible without all thevery lively personalities that came into my life. All of you exist in some large or small measure in thediverse events that comprise this book.