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The untold spy story of WWI

In 1910 a proposed Alliance between Germany and France (See New York Times Article ) worried Britain so they sent someone to 'sniff around'.

The story is a personal journey of discovery set in the vibrant energy that is Zanzibar. Susan finds herself in the palace of the great Sultan of Zanzibar as private tutor to his children. She immerses herself in the heady experiences of that rich island. From making friends with her personal servant, Subira, to falling in love with Asim, a senior member of the Sultan's court. Susan delights in the discovery of Zanzibar and the discovery of herself. The only shadow being that she was recruited by British Military Intelligence as a spy. That compromises her love for Asim and will eventually cut the silken thread that is her journey into the exotic.

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Silk Unfurled 


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Silk Unfurled


Silk unfurled it waits

serenely for touch

of hair of goat and wolf.


Pool of ink and water

mirror sky above

in a dark reflection.


He sits in patience

while the plum blossoms

whisper of their beauty.


Within the artist

he forms each brushstroke,

painting petals in air.


Careful rehearsal

captures in the lines

the spirit of the tree.


Painting in his mind

elegant, complete -

and now he will begin.



 Written by Dianne Dean






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