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"Into Trouble" Hits Number One New Release On Amazon Books
Publisher Rain City Cinema announces that its book "Into Trouble" is a number one new release on Amazon and available for pre-order., 7/21/2021 - Written by Seattle Filmmaker/Writer Paul Gorman, “Into Trouble” chronicles his 1969 backpacking trip to Europe where, as a nineteen year old teenager, he was arrested in Franco’s Spain. Faced with up to six years in famed Prisión de Barranco Seco, the U.S. Department of State got involved in his case, using him as a pawn in a military arms agreement between the Nixon administration and Spain, regarded at the time as one of the most Fascist countries since Nazi Germany,

"On a cold and snowy day in January, 1969, I left home seeking adventure, dodging the draft, running from my father, and looking for the love I didn’t get at home," Gorman writes in his book.

He hitchhiked to Chicago, experiencing several harrowing events along the way, stayed with an uncle for several days to recharge, and then he was on the road again. As a harbinger of things to come, on his flight to NYC, he met future author of “Midnight Express”, Billy Hayes, and spent the night at Hayes’ folks' place.

After landing in Luxembourg, several weeks later, Gorman made his way to Spain. One of his stops was Barcelona, Spain, where he stayed approximately three weeks in a youth hostel. "Underlying all of this was Fascism," Gorman continued. "Nowhere in my travels in Spain was it more apparent than in Barcelona. Strangely, it added to the allure of the place. I was doing something frowned upon by “polite society”. But I never really analyzed it in those terms. It was just the cheap prices and sense of the place that appealed to me, as it did to the other backpackers I met in Barcelona. We were looking for adventure outside the mainstream. The Soviet Union was out of the question; they were the enemy and the girls were frigid, but Spain was also considered taboo, and the biggest sinner of all was Barcelona."

While staying in Barcelona, Gorman met a guy named Andy who was on his way to the Canary Islands aboard a freighter that took about fifteen passengers. It was early March and colder than expected, so Gorman opted to go with him. "I could use some sunshine and warmth and, from what he told me, the place was crawling with beautiful bikini-clad Swedish girls—even better. After a six-night voyage, we disembarked in Las Palmas, de Gran Canarias, Spain."

It wasn't long before Gorman ran out of money and resorted to criminal behavior to pay his bills. It worked for a while, but then it caught up with him.

Asked why he wrote the book, Gorman said, "The experiences I had there are forever locked in my memory. It feels like they happened yesterday; they are that fresh. And yet, they are experiences so unlike the person I am now, that I find it hard to believe I actually did the things I did. That’s why I had to write the book. I had to put it into a context that fit the person I’ve become. The experience changed my life for the better."

Gorman hopes his book will help teenagers wrestling with personal identity issues, turmoil at home, and cast some understanding of Fascism

Edited by Barbara Noe Kennedy, previously a senior editor with National Geographic and currently editor of the best seller, “Bad Karma: A Trip to Mexico from Hell.”

Click Here to buy “Into Trouble.”

Click Here to read an excerpt of the book.

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