Robert Bell was born in the UK and after years of visits finally relocated to Thailand 7 years ago. Initially he lived in Pattaya, but has now relocated to Udon Thani in the North East [Isaan] of Thailand.
His first novel, Rough Diamonds, which he has made available for free download, draws heavily on his experiences in his early years living in Thailand, and frequent trips before then. Many of the more surprising events actually happened to him, although they are set in a fictional bar. The characters take traits from various guys he has met in Thailand, as do the locations.
The story of the characters, and venues, Robert created continues in Diamond Fellowship and Facets of Thai Diamonds. History is revealed, and they set up a business empire.
In his fourth book, Final Closure, a past that Paul Swift thought he'd left behind in Germany, comes to control the present. The fictional sois that Robert created are the backdrop to this thriller, but the characters are new. They realise however, that it isn't Final as his latest book, The Fifth Man, follows Paul as he tracks down the puppet master. Robert is working on a further instalment of the Thai Diamonds story, provisionally entitled 'Polished Diamonds'
A short story marks a departure for Robert. The first, 'Clash of Wills' is the story of set in North Yorkshire where Ray returns to take care of his father's funeral and finds things aren't as expected, as he slowly discovers the truth about his father.
His time living in Isaan has exposed him to 'Isaan Black Magic' which was the inspiration for two books. 'Run Away From the Tiger, Face The Crocodile' relates the journey of Martin and Rene to overcome their demons at a 'temple' in North East Thailand. They have a feeling that they are dealing with forces they don't understand. In 'The Sesame Seed Burns Before The Cashew Nut Cooks' Sean visits Thailand and meets Tam. Tam believes in Black magic but the events which take place in Udon shake that belief
'Filipino Cruz' sees the backdrop change from Thailand to Manila as four young guys decide on their future. The follow up, 'Thai Cruz' sees them visit Thailand. The story will conclude in 'Cruz Control'.
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It was going to be an Easter that they would never forget. Who was the mysterious guest that June had invited? Why the secrecy over his or her identity? Why were Marc and Juan sent to stay at the local hotel when they arrived from Inverness? What was June not telling them? When they met the mysterious stranger, Thomas, it turned out he had secrets of his own.
The story of Cruz and the guys concludes in the third volume of the Cruz Trilogy. The guys are preparing for the wedding, but Luke reappears on cue to put a spanner in the works. Or at least he tries. With the help of an old friend Simon manages to put plans in place to keep Luke busy, and away from Laguna. But things don’t go as planned and maybe it’s time for the final sanction.
Life For Rent And Other Short Stories
The omnibus edition includes the following short stories previously published separately. Life For Rent; Holiday Weekend; Liam; Brad; Run Away From The Tiger, face The Crocodile; The Sesame Seed Burns Before The Cashew Nut Cooks and Clash of Wills
Cruz and his friends face surprises when Simon takes them to Thailand. They meet Nut in Pattaya, but Luke is still lurking in the background and causing problems. The guys form a new friendship and observe the differences and similarities in their lives in the bars and their beliefs. They return to Manila knowing they have to solve the Luke problem, permanently. Simon has a potential solution.
The Sesame Seed Burns Before The Cashew Nut Cooks
Sean chose Thailand for his summer travels based on availability of sex, but not expecting to meet anyone like Tam. He definitely wasn’t expecting to get involved in Black Magic rituals. Tam and Sean realise, before it’s too late, that a sesame seed burns before a cashew nut cooks. But only after Tam learns that a long time friend has been a conman all along. But what is important is the future.
Brad is being a pain and Tyler has been given two weeks to sort him out and get him acting like part of the family. Tyler liked the idea of training his stepbrother, and had been given carte blanche by his father. His step mother didn't care how Tyler got Brad sorted.
Holiday Weekend - Life For Rent 2
Graham and Guillaume from Life for Rent are back, and it’s a holiday weekend in Amsterdam. The bar is busy and they have customers to service. It’s two months since they got together and life is treating them well.It’s busy and they are worked continuously. They consider making a porn film and start to think about their future. Events on the last night will make them reevaluate their priorities.
The Fifth Man
Paul and Frank thought with the death of Matthias, they had closure. But they realized they were missing someone, the mastermind. The puppet master. As Diamond Detectives work on new cases, which they soon find are linked back to Matthias, Paul and Frank close in on the Fifth Man. But once they identify him, how do they prove it in a court of law. Karen suggests the Bratislava solution.
Simon wants to put things right with Ace. Except Ace is Cruz. He travels to Manila in the hope that he can meet, talk, and put aside the ill feelings. Part as friends. Or learn he had been right a year earlier and leave for ever. He wasn’t sure why, it seemed the right thing to do. He wasn’t prepared for what happened, as he created a chain reaction where people found love and redemption.
Liam is in to humiliation. He has found a group who promise to give him what he wants. He agrees terms and travels half way around the world to meet them. He finds promises broken as rules are broken but lasts the three days, determined not to be broken and to be free again. Then he is given the chance for revenge. For the first time this slave turns and draconian revenge is gained.
Life for Rent
Graham heads to Amsterdam for a well earned holiday. On his way to dinner he spots a bar. Within an hour he has taken a boy to a room. Before the night is over he has had sex on stage. Within a week he has a new career and a boyfriend. His days at McDonalds are over
Clash of Wills
When informed his father had died, Ray knew he had to do the right thing, even though they'd not spoken in years. Determined to face his demons, he returned to his father's adopted home in England, only to discover the realities weren't as he'd imagined and that a world of new problems had to be faced.
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