About the Book

It was our intent to write a travelogue of an around-the-world car race, the first of its kind in more than one hundred years. We began by interviewing JC Wilkerson, CEO of World Rallies Inc., and Kyle Vanderhorn, the official race reporter. Then Thurman Alston, one of the racers, approached us with an outrageous list of accusations, presenting a very different story from the sanitized official version. Thurman wanted to make these allegations public. The accusations were primarily aimed at Ed Talbot, the driver of car 23, a controversial alternative energy automobile which, it appears, has now been destroyed. The allegations were as follows:

First, that Ed leaked information to the CIA about the radical nature of the car’s technology, leading to the intervention of the U.S. and Russian governments, and indirectly to the murders in Siberia.

Second, that Ed’s irresponsible actions during the race were the reasons that the environmentallyfriendly technology in his entry has not been made available to the world and that he is to blame for some of the climatic change that will take place in the future.

Third, that Ed was lying about the innovation in the car. It was actually nothing new, and was, in fact, fully developed in Nazi Germany during World War II, and then held off the market by oil interests.

Finally, that his secret liaison with his navigator showed a reckless disregard for his wife and young daughter and affected his judgment.

While these accusations appeared to be absurd, we knew we had to sort out Thurman’s wild claims before we could write an objective report of the around-the-world race. We discovered that there was some truth among these charges; a story hidden within a story. We became intrigued with our findings. It turned out that the race was a minor part of the challenges Ed faced. Our research had turned up a convoluted love story that alone would have made it difficult for Ed to have followed a different course of action. You can decide for yourself whether a less disastrous outcome would have been possible if he had made different decisions.

Ed and Janet Howle


4 Responses to About the Book

  1. Cora Brown Taylor says:

    Voice from Ed’s past–Class of ’52. Congrats.; happy to say I knew you in high school.

  2. Anggie Thompson says:

    I just finished the book and must say WOW! It kept me on the edge of my seat and I certainly didn’t expect the ending. The story line and characters were very imaginative and I loved the references to places that I know. I can’t wait til your next novel and will be tuned in to the blog as you make your way around the world in the real Stewball.

  3. Martien Van Bignoot says:

    Dear mr. and mrs Howle,
    hopefully you make it back safely to home. When we ourselves returned from our trip to France (Loire Valley) we spotted your car on the highway in Belgium. As we passed, I waved at you and Mrs. Howle waved back. Afterwards at home I searched the internet for your book and came on this site. I hope that I can find your book here in Belgium, so I can read it.
    We wish you many safe and wonderful trips in that wonderful car of yours.
    Greetings from Belgium
    Martien, Daniel and Manon (Wichelen – Belgium)

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Dear new Belgium friends. Yes, I do remember waving at someone. We were on our way to Amsterdam to ship the Beetle back to the US. that all went well and we took the train back to Paris. We will fly home to North Carolina, USA on August 1. Thank you for following up on the book. You made quite an effort. We know people in Germany and England have been able to get in on Amazon.com. I don’t know if that is available in Belgium, but I would think so. It is also available as an e-book from them. We are considering shipping the car to Australia as our next driving adventure. As you know, you can read the daily blogs on our trip from NY to Paris on this blog. Hope you enjoy that as well.
      Most sincerely,
      Janet and Ed

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