WATER FALL  – November 2017

Sometimes, following Peruvian terrorists down a piranha-filled river can be the best way to stay alive.

A thunderstorm deep in the Peruvian rainforest triggers a chain of events that will change British trekker and ex-soldier Jack McCrae’s life forever.

Narco-terrorists, the CIA, and the armed forces of three countries will stop at nothing to bury him and the secret he holds. To escape, Jack will have to overcome his own prejudice and face again the fears of his childhood. He will have to traverse a thousand miles of jungle with a terrorist by his side and a resourceful CIA operative at his heels.

But why does everyone want him dead? What has he seen that makes him such a threat? As Jack begins to understand the true significance of the information he carries in his head, he realises it is vital to reach safety and expose an international conspiracy that will stun the world.

Water Fall was published as an ebook on 22nd November and will be available as a paperback by 26th November. it is a full-length thriller, based – very, very loosely – on my own experiences in Brazil, Peru and Guyana, and written between 2013 and 2017.

On the Amazon series books published or being published

x-defaultTwo Irishmen, one canoe, the Amazon rainforest. What can possibly go wrong?

Find out in this true short-story prequel to the On the Amazon – Diary of an Irish Emigrant books.

When I was persuaded to take newly-arrived Frank on a simple sightseeing canoe journey into the Brazilian Amazon, I believed I had everything under control. All we had to do was buzz around for a few days on the river, admire the wonders of the rainforest, and head home for a cold beer. When we lost our water and sank the boat, it got a little more complicated…

It’s not my canoe, amigo recounts a trip I made not long after first moving to the Amazon. I was young and inexperienced, and I had Frank. Frank came to Manaus looking for an easy escape from a not entirely successful career as a salesman in Belfast. His plans covered drinking and womanising in great detail, but largely ignored the challenges of finding a job and learning the language. He was good company on a visit to a bar. On a trip into the interior, maybe not so much.

Now available from Smashwords (use the link in the box below) and Amazon.co.uk. Please note: at the moment it’s only free from Smashwords.

Cover_P1_640x480‘It’s civilisation, but not as we know it.’ 

Believing we had the perfect plan to escape crisis-hit Europe, in 2007 my wife and I emigrated from the UK to the middle of the Brazilian Amazon. Within months the perfect plan was in shreds, the money was running out and the best that could be said about it all was that at least it wasn’t snowing. What happened next is the subject of the On the Amazon books.

The story is told over the course of a series of river expeditions through more than 10,000 miles of the Amazon, and part one – The Lean Years – covers the first four years. Dealing with a different culture and language is hard enough at the best of times, but when you throw in a healthy dose of crime, corruption, incompetence and an angry sloth, it gets more  interesting (at least in the Chinese sense).

Will we survive the onslaught, or be defeated by it all? Will I return from Lake Piranha with all my fingers, or learn how to pick up a sloth? Pick up a copy and find out!

This book is now available in paperback from the Createspace website and on Amazon.co.uk. It will shortly be available as an e-book.

On the Amazon Part 2 – The Mean Years

We thought the first four years were bad. We were in for a shock… The second part of the On the Amazon series will be published in the autumn of 2016, and details how we dealt with everything from the joys of parenthood to armed robbery, illness and death between 2011 and 2016. It would either make or break us and you can find out how we coped by registering to receive advance notification of the publication date. Don’t miss it!

A Run For Your Money

amazon from spaceWhen you’ve nothing to live for, it’s time to have some fun.

Gerald Comfit, teacher of history to thousands of unwilling students, has lost everything. His wife and only child died years ago and now he spends a mind-numbingly comfortable retirement staring at the TV and waiting to see how much the rates go up each year.

One day he decides that if history tells us one thing, it is that morality is, at best, a movable feast. Today’s atrocity is tomorrow’s act of enlightened self-interest. So at the age of 65, he sells his modest flat and disappears into the night, determined to become rich by any means possible, and have a good time before he goes. After all, he has nothing to lose. Or does he..?

A Run for Your Money is a work in progress and a labour of love, wrested from the struggle we all have to understand why we must ‘do the right thing’, and what would happen if we didn’t.

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