the last thirty-seven years, Danton Steele has been asked often why he enjoys
living in the developing world. His
response is always same. “Hell I grew up
in the 50s and 60s in a developing country – the State of Louisiana.” Then Louisiana was known as much for its
corrupt politicians as it was for its food and its music.
a pen name, began his international career in the Peace Corps in Botswana in
1973. He was thirty-five and on a
five-year assignment in the Philippines for a major American bank when he wrote
The Marcos Money in the early-80s.
He experienced most of the scenes and situations portrayed in the book, including
devaluation, debt rescheduling, and mayhem following the murder of Ninoy
Aquino. He knew most of the characters in
the book though many of the names have been changed and many of the roles
interchanged. His central plot, though
tempting and laudable, is pure fiction.
the Philippines, Danton lived in Sri Lanka, South Africa, Hawaii, The Gambia,
Jamaica, and Jordan implementing international development projects of various
kinds. He traveled more than forty times to Kashmir, were he always stayed with
Gulam’s family on the New Golden Fleece. In Jordan he converted this book into a
screenplay entitled “The Marcos Money”, and he penned a screenplay entitled
“The Red-Dead”, another fast-paced thriller of love, honor killing, and
geologic upheaval of epic proportions.
He currently lives in Pakistan where he is working on a third screenplay
entitled “Osama’s Head”.
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