Welcome to my site.
My debut novel is available on Amazon and from good independent bookshops. On 20 October ‘Hostage to Freedom: The Search for the Siren‘ reached No. 2 spot in the Amazon Top Free Listing for English and Irish literature mainly thanks to big demand from the United States. However, I have decided not to run any more free promotions for the time being preferring slow organic growth and generating good reviews and feedback for the future.
The book is enrolled with KDP with extended distribution so it is possible for bookshops to order you the paperback. Just ask and they will request it from their wholesaler. If you have any problems email me directly and I can send you a copy of the paperback. For my local area in SW England, I can personally deliver copies to independent bookshops in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. There is no minimum order.
It has taken over 10 years to complete as I have been busy working and unable to devote full time to it until the recent lockdown. ‘Hostage to Freedom: The Search for the Siren‘ was published on Amazon in June 2021. It has attracted excellent Amazon and Goodreads reviews. If you are reviewer and would like a free MOBI or PDF copy to review please fill in your contact details on this site and I will be happy to send it to you for an honest review. I am also happy to review books from other authors and will post my reviews on this website and to Amazon and Goodreads should you wish.
Top reviews from United Kingdom
Having lived in Southeast Asia for many years, I was intrigued to see how the author would handle such complex and differing backgrounds in terms of culture and religion. The physical environments of land and sea are brought together sympathetically, and I felt a strong connection and sense of nostalgia for his descriptions of both Singapore and the Philippines.
The dangers of travelling to the remote corners of the Philippines are in marked contrast to the safety and luxury of Singapore, meticulously described so as to make both regions come alive. This author really knows his stuff and has doubtless lived the life as well as done his amazing research – a good read!
This is a beautifully written novel about a fairly recent survey in Singapore, of a sunken ship lost in 1764. The characters taking part are colourful, interesting and perfectly believable. It portrays a gripping series of events with a satisfactory conclusion. I found it particularly interesting because I don’t know much about this part of the world, but now I have a much clearer image. Very well worth a read !martin buckley 5.0 out of 5 stars
75% of the way through but enjoying getting back to it every evening
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 December 2021
This book opens up a whole area of ex-patriot life and the much under reported activity and danger of modern day piracy in remote areas. It includes lists of recent cases of hostage murders, and really is something that needs investigating. The second half of the novel is a great page turner, the first half takes a while to get there, but includes a lot of good description of wildlife and settlements in remote Philippine islands and Malaysia. This would make a very good film or TV drama
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