Scrapbook Fifty Two…



december 2013



Winter is upon the Rockies from the Canadian border in the north to Santa Fe in the south, and the many lofty  mountain tops that are jammed in-between. Most searchers have retired for the winter and are saving money for expeditions planned for spring when the mountain laurel will again bloom above 5,000. Others complain about the cold but continue searching favored locations. For those who are still active, please heed the rules that govern cold weather survival.

snow tree
Some fireside researchers have ganged together on the blogs hoping to find flaws in my character that will miraculously lead them to the treasure. It is interesting also, that crazies continue to surface. I have emails from both police and doctors suggesting that I stay alert. Being Forrest Fenn is getting harder all the time, but it will continue to be fun as long as I have a tree to hide behind, maybe a tree with an f carved in its trunk. ff




Scrapbook Fifty One…



december 2013


Italian Citizenship Page2 - Redacted


Syllabification: (blow·back)


  • the unintended adverse results of a covert operation that are suffered by the aggressor.


  • The blowback was significant


Blowback 2Forrest met with America’s favorite ex-CIA agent at Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe to celebrate her shiny new spy thriller, “Blowback”.

At left, Valerie Plame, Forrest and Sarah Lovett pose with  Valerie’s and Sarah’s first cowritten novel, “Blowback”.

You may remember that Valerie was a clandestine CIA agent when she was outed by then Vice President, Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff, Scooter Libby. Libby spent some time in prison for his actions and Valerie wrote a book about the travesty titled, “Fair Game: My Life As a Spy”.

Some are saying that “Blowback” may not be entirely a work of fiction. Is it just a coincidence that Plame’s protagonist, CIA agent, Vanessa Pierson has the same initials as Valerie?


Over at Amazon the book is getting high marks for excellent writing, splendid storytelling and riveting reading.

The plot centers around nuclear weapons in foreign hands and one woman’s attempt to keep things from going ballistic. A very timely scenario.

Forrest wrote this about the book:
“I have read Val and Sarah’s book Blowback and liked it a lot. The heroine is a CIA agent and they already started working on a new book with the same characters. f”

So…if you’re ready for some cerebral adventure while you’re waiting for the snow to melt in the mountains north of Santa Fe, you can get a signed edition of “Blowback” from Collected Works in Santa Fe. You can order plain old unsigned editions through Amazon or just about any bookstore that keeps spy novels on hand… the way…you can read a bit of it and see what you think on the Amazon site…



Scrapbook Fifty…





Treasure searchers are an inventive lot, and industrious, and energetic. I guess it comes with the genre. A pretty, blond-haired woman from Georgia has made the long driving trip to New Mexico, Wyoming, and Montana, more than a few times. Last summer she spent four days treasure searching in one spot on the Madison River. Sleeping in the car doesn’t bother this gal and I think the griz are afraid of her.


the actual ’67…what a beauty..

A recent email from her illustrates why we don’t need an Equal Rights Amendment in this country. She bought a ’67 Ford for $400 so she could tear it up and sell the parts. “The radiator alone is worth $450,” and I suspect she knows about which she speaks. Just think what she’s going to get for the grill, generator, air conditioner, tires, rear-view mirror and tail lights. If I were a betting man I’d bet on this woman. She has a pet rooster named John Wayne that she might sell to raise additional funds. Her neighbor brings her corn and “he wants the chicken.”