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Believe or Not Believe: Seymour Hersh and the Truth of the Osama bin Laden Raid at Abbottabad, Pakistan

By Liam H. Dooley Fiction author of The Holy Diamond   Conspiracy Skeptic I am not a conspiracy theorist.  I believe that terrorists  and al Qaeda attacked the USA on 11 September 2001.  I am certain that while the US … Continue reading

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Greetings from Washington, DC!

Hello Friends and Fans! So the Liam Blog and The Holy Diamond have been on a bit of a vacation for some months, mostly working on new creative writing efforts and traveling.  News on new writing projects will come soon, … Continue reading

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Wine, Writing, and Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy, is a seaside mountainous area of Italy on the boot’s upper west side, south of Genoa and north of Rome. I recently went there to discover the villages (officially five), the landscape, the sea, and wine. I … Continue reading

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Hostels (Part 1)

The Holy Diamond was inspired by a lot of themes, including music, Eurovision, Nuremburg, and the Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire. But one of themes I wanted to include was the hostel life. For those who have been … Continue reading

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Hamburg: Writing of the Reeperbahn

When you write a novel, ideally you will write about a place that you know, or at least have been to. Indeed, most authors seem to write their first book or novelette, published or not, about their hometown or home … Continue reading

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The Crown of Charlemagne

The Holy Diamond had many inspirations, and one of them is the Crown of the Holy Roman Empire.  In my travels across Europe I have seen many crowns great and small.  There are the crowns in the Tower of London … Continue reading

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Salzburg: The City of Mozart

If Salzburg was ever to be renamed – after all I think the salt (Salz in Germanic) mines are not so relevant these days – it could be called Mozartburg.  Or, if you are nuts about Richard Rogers and Oscar … Continue reading

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Luxury Bus Ride

Just a short note to tell you about the most awesome bus I have ever ridden on! The Lux bus which drives amongst the Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, and Germany is the most awesome bus I have ever been on.  … Continue reading

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Locked and Loaded

Travel Locks: Or How to Not Get Robbed during a Trip Ever had something stolen from you on a trip? Ever been walking around, reached for your camera when you saw a beautiful statue or medieval tower only to grasp … Continue reading

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Visiting the Kaiserburg, and How to Spell Nuremberg

One of the first clues to the history and whereabouts of the Holy Diamond, in the novel The Holy Diamond  is the Kaiserburg in Nuremburg.  Before I tell you about this fascinating palace-fortress, I want to note that both the … Continue reading

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