The Sons Of Cleito

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Langley Garret's Sunday morning starts very badly after waking with a hangover and a depressed feeling of worthlessness, along with a foreboding sensation in his gut. More

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About Derek Haines

Derek Haines is an author of fiction, essays and poetry. His works range from historically based fiction with Louis and Eyes That Could Kill, to The Glothic Tales, a trilogy of alternative history farce, to dark contemporary romance, including One Last Love, Dead Men and For The Love Of Sam. His satirical essays and novellas such as My Take Away Vampire and And Uneducated View of Sex, Food and Politics then clearly fall into the tongue in cheek genre.

His passion for writing started with poetry before moving into essays and then later, fiction. Although his works cover a wide range of settings and genres, his writing style and voice communicate with, and engage readers through his characters, who are always less than perfect, yet have an endearing appeal.

Most of all, the stories told by Derek Haines are about people and their feelings, regrets, hopes and struggles with life, love and sometimes calamity. His characters never take the classic hero and heroine form. Just ordinary people, but with extraordinary qualities that makes their story worth telling. With splashes of black humour and satire, his stories can develop from the simplistic to the complex and back again, leaving the reader to decide if it is time to laugh or cry. Or both.

Born in Australia, but now living in Switzerland with his wife and a black cocker spaniel, his stories cross a wide geographical range but often draw from elements of his life and experiences in the two countries he calls home. From the rugged, dry and hot desert country of Australia and its crowded cities, to the cafés of Europe and the peaks of the Swiss Alps. The hustle and bustle of Sydney to the quiet life in the Swiss countryside.

When not writing, he is usually doing what he equally enjoys. Teaching English.

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Review by: Priyam Mayirp on Dec. 05, 2012 : (no rating)
The thing about this book is that one seemly cannot predict where does Derek Haines take his reader. He can make the reader think about the strange unknown things we are told as 'mythology' while subtly changing gears and making it a narrative about the daily mystery of politics and power-play. The astonishing feat, one assumes, is the deft change of style which is so smooth that it is only at the very end that both come together for a stunning finale. You will never see it coming.

One can criticize the author here for a certain amount of excess in the ambiguity of the issues and especially the ending that seems to jump at you. However, that would be robbing off the author of one of the highlights of his writing: surprises.

This narrative seems to be very similar to another one of his novels - Milo Moon. Anyone who likes this novel must read that novel as well.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jack Eason on Nov. 18, 2012 : (no rating)
The Sons of Cleito
By
Derek Haines
This book grabs your attention right from the start, you feel for Haines’ main character Langley Garret from the time he is first kidnapped, until the very end, where Haines inserts a twist I never saw coming. During Garret’s journey, you are left wondering about what will happen next?
This is a story of intrigue and clandestine operations by governments and their various not so secret departments. Why they want Langley, or Lang as he is called by some characters so desperately, only becomes clear near the end. Haines’ The Sons of Cleito is an absorbing read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jack Eason on Nov. 18, 2012 : (no rating)
The Sons of Cleito
By
Derek Haines
This book grabs your attention right from the start, you feel for Haines’ main character Langley Garret from the time he is first kidnapped, until the very end, where Haines inserts a twist I never saw coming. During Garret’s journey, you are left wondering about what will happen next?
This is a story of intrigue and clandestine operations by governments and their various not so secret departments. Why they want Langley, or Lang as he is called by some characters so desperately, only becomes clear near the end. Haines’ The Sons of Cleito is an absorbing read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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