Move Over Jason Bourne; Author Robert Whitehill Plots a Hollywood Future for Eastern Shore Action Hero


If author Robert Whitehill has anything to say about who the next Jason Bourne will be, that new action hero will be none other than his character, and Eastern Shore native, Ben Blackshaw.

For the last four years, Whitehill, who grew up in Chestertown, has carefully crafted his main character with all the skills needed fo saving the world from nuclear bombs and evil psychotics, including being a former Navy SEAL. The added twist to Blackshaw however is his Chesapeake Bay roots and his Smith Island background that brings a certain Eastern Shore intelligence to his capers. And to add to the complexity of the character, Blackshaw is, above all else, a celebrated decoy carver in the tradition of the Ward Brothers of the lower Shore.

In his Spy interview, Robert talks about his character and the four books he has already completed in a series of ten.  He also talks about the business of spy novels as he prepares to move Ben Blackshaw’s stories to Hollywood.

This video is approximately six minutes in length

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  1. Stephan Sonn says:

    Artistic genius native to Chestertown. Who would have thought.

  2. Marty Stetson says:

    Is this the same Bobie Whitehill who lived on the other corner of our block? His dad did a little writing also. I remember him as a tow headed boy who pretty much behaved himself. He did torment his sister Janet a little, if Robert is in fact Bobie.

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