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Author Owen Jones, from Barry, South Wales, came to writing novels relatively recently, although he has been writing all his adult life. He has lived and worked in several countries and travelled in many, many more.
He speaks, or has spoken, seven languages fluently and is currently learning Thai, since he lives in Thailand with his Thai wife of ten years.
"It has never taken me long to learn a language," he says, "but Thai bears no relationship to any other language I have ever studied before."
When asked about his style of writing, he said, "I'm a Celt, and we are Romantic. I believe in reincarnation and lots more besides in that vein. Those beliefs, like 'Do unto another...', and 'What goes round comes around', Fate and Karma are central to my life, so they are reflected in my work'.
His first novel, 'Daddy's Hobby' from the series 'Behind The Smile: The Story of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya' has been followed by four sequels, but his largest collection is 'The Megan Series', eighteen novellas on the psychic development of a young teenage girl, the subtitle of which, 'A Spirit Guide, A Ghost Tiger and One Scary Mother!' sums them up nicely.
As Owen puts it:
'Born in the Land of Song, living in the Land of Smiles'.
Eric J. Gates
on July 29, 2014 :
When I read Owen Jones’ take on the vampire myth, ‘The Disallowed’, one of the things I enjoyed most about it was how he took such a tried and tested meme and gave it new interest and a freshness that is so lacking in vamp novels today.
Well, he’s done it again in his latest offering ‘Dead Centre’.
Two ex-Special Ops soldiers decide to set up in business but follow a different tack than many others of their ilk. Instead of offering Executive Protection services, security consultancy or basic mercenary skills, these two come up with a completely unique ‘product’ that attracts equally original clients.
Jones tells the tale from the point of view of the ex-SAS men rather than the loose coalition of International Law Enforcement that sets out to curtail the success of their ‘product’ (sorry, NO SPOILERS here folks) and that in itself is also a refreshing change. Here you could say that the protagonists of the tale are the antagonists, yet a certain sympathy evolves toward them as we are allowed to see the reasoning behind the deadly service they provide.
The novel will expose the reader to a moral ambiguity that may be uncomfortable for many, but that should not put you off; Owen Jones handles the issue with impeccable taste and does not lose sight of the narrative in the process.
Definitely one to recommend to readers who enjoy the works of Andy McNab, Chris Ryan and Stephen Leather.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)