Rex is English, but was born in Java, Indonesia and has spent many years in the Far East. He speaks Indonesian and Malay, sadly he has forgotten his Javanese, Dutch, Thai, Hokkien and Teow Chu.
He has had an interesting life - as a youngster worked his passage on a container ship to Australia where he worked as a cowboy, goldminer, salesman and fruitpicker, before switching from Zoology to the Army to study at Sandhurst.
He saw active service in Northern Ireland and later worked for MI6 as a Soviet double agent. A country manager for an International tobacco trader at 25, he worked as a business consultant in Indonesia before returning to the UK where he raised his two boys while working in marketing and publishing, with forays into NLP and personal development. Now they are adult, he has moved back to the Far East where he travels, writes and researches.
He has always had a passion for writing and this was rekindled by telling stories to his sons.
His hobbies are angling, reptiles, orchids, reading and hockey, though he fears that in his late 50's he is now a little old to keep playing the latter.
His wide experience and knowledge are interwoven into the tapestry of his writing.
If you have any questions for Rex, please feel free to use his Facebook page.
Where to find Rex Sumner online
In Search of Spice Preview
The opening chapters of In Search of Spice, introducing the two main characters as they are recruited onto the first carrack built in Harrhein, ready to embark on the first deep sea voyage from Harrhein heading to Hind in search of trading opportunities. Pirates, slavers, love and romance await on tropical islands with strange cultures for which the Harrheinians have no experience.
A Tender Embrace
Pat is fishing in the South Seas with his new girlfriend, and is unhappy when she wants to use him as bait. A story from the voyage of the Queen Rose, the first carrack to be built in Harrhein.
Chad is a wagon master and he thinks he is a coward. He still manages to deliver supplies to the frontline, rescue wounded, befriend the young Princess Asmara and inspire respect in his enemies. A story from Harrhein, set five hundred years ago in a fictional world, of a different sort of soldier.
Feeding the Dragon
In the Ancient Kingdom of Sung, a little girl is selected to Feed the Dragon. While mothers hide their children from the monks, Wu Gui chose to find out if there really was a dragon in the monastery that ate little girls. A story from Harrhein, though a long way away.
Thief in the Night
Andy is an elite Harrhein soldier, a Lancepesade (medieval precursor to Lance Corporal) in the Royal Pathfinders. He's injured and recovering in a frontier fort, working in the armoury, when he realises he isn't alone. Something else is there, too small and quiet to be human.
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