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Owen Jones was born in Barry, South Wales, where he lived until going to Portsmouth to study Russian at 18. After finishing his degree, he moved to s'Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands where he lived for ten years.
At 32, Owen moved back to Barry to work with in his family's construction company, first as a painter and then as a director, or, as the bank once corrected him, a painter and decorator. He was also office manager for ten years.
At the age of 50 Owen moved to Thailand to live with a Thai girl that he met while there on holiday. He married the woman and now lives in her village of birth in remote northern Thailand.
Owen is now writing books.
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)