SMOKE is a new form of podcast, a fast paced action comedy, with characterizations, music and sound effects designed to create the effect of an “audio motion picture”.
The website is designed to be responsive and compatible with the following devices:
The podcast is made available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio as well as other Podcast syndicating services such as Overcast App. As the author, Hank Shaeffer, releases an episode on the website, it is posted as a new episode on these platforms.
The illustrations/Paintings on the website are created by Ocean Peace Design, as per the suggestion from the author to give listeners “a feel for the locations, the rides, and some of the other stuff the characters talk about” in this story that takes place in fictitious Redwood County, which is based on a real(?) location – Humboldt County.
The below is the synopsis of the story. Whether you live in Humboldt County or not (If you do, you will get a kick out of it for sure!), the addictive storyline will captivate you and make you want to binge listen episode after episode.
Vice cop, Eddie Fuentes, got bounced from the Oakland PD, not an easy thing to do. For an encore, he’s headed home to Redwood County to settle some affairs for his dope grower dad, who just went off a bridge.
The “affairs” start with a very sexy redhead by the name of Shanna Black. Shanna’s a drug lawyer in the cross-hairs of a DEA investigation. She thinks Eddie could be part of her exit strategy, if only she can motivate him to sell a piece of land to a Wall Street tycoon looking to clearcut a stand of old growth redwood … without tipping off a dope grower client who doesn’t like building roads.
Meanwhile, Eddie’s got problems of his own, like a professional killer with a dead brother and an unforgiving mom. And oh, yeah, Eddie’s old pool hustler pal, a Mynot Indian working on a little tribal development project called the Redwood Casino.
Mix all this together with a U.S. Attorney, dying to embellish her Wikipedia page, and what do you get? It could be the biggest asset seizure in U.S. drug enforcement history— if we can figure out who’s seizing what from whom.
Lethal loggers, crooked cops, corporate connivers, adaptable environmentalists, the original Dr. Feelgood, and a Native American master of “media optics”— they all face off in Redwood County, where the biggest industry is definitely — SMOKE!