Lost Innocence: The Accused. Part One

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Michael, an artist charged with a crime he claims he didn’t commit, and John, a self-confessed heroin smuggler, are brought together in the primitive and over-crowded prison infamously known as the BANGKOK HILTON. More
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About Simon Palmer

Born in Whitby, North Yorkshire, Simon moved to London at the age of seventeen. With a keen interest in drama, he auditioned for the Lee Strasberg acting studio where he was accepted.

While working day jobs, he attended the school for several years, and although not making it as an actor, he discovered he could not only re-write monologues and duologues, but also entire scenes. Then progressing further to writing screenplays, he had some interest from production companies in Los Angeles and Germany.

Simon then tried his hand at novel writing and found that creatively he had the control he was missing as a screen-play writer.

Having spent time and being fascinated by Thailand, he decided to move there and write two Thailand-based novels, “Lost Innocence” and “Working Girl.” He feels that living in Thailand helps him capture the reality of life there, experiencing the dilemmas and frustrations foreigners can encounter.

While writing his first novel, which in part is based in a Thai Prison, Simon met an Australian inmate serving time at the notorious, ‘Bangkok Hilton.’ He was therefore able to research life ‘inside’ more extensively. Although this is not a first-hand account of a Thai experience, but rather a work of fiction, Simon hopes it will provide an insight into what may face foreigners who fall foul of the law in Thailand.

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Review by: Victor Luba on Aug. 8, 2015 :
A good read set in the other part of the world. This book is not one of those books set west and that's a good thing.
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Review by: kmatury on Jan. 28, 2015 :
From the very beginning the author allows you to visualize what is happening in the story. When the story takes on a new twist, you go right with it. It's very descriptive and you find yourself feeling what the characters feel. In the end, you are left wanting more. This book is a must read! Even if it's not something you would normally read, I recommend that you do.
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Review by: Melissa Bell on Oct. 12, 2014 :
Wow! Fabulously constructed world. It shows you the other side of what a holiday in Thailand could be like, if your not careful. This is the first novel I've read from this author and felt the characters were extremely relatable. The entire story sadly believable in a chilling reality bites kind of way. I highly recommend giving this book a read, I know I will be eager to follow what happens next in this dramatic series.
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Review by: Denise Gardner on Sep. 22, 2014 :
Wow. 'Lost Innocence' is one of those stories that you know could be based on true life, but is still one that you wished wasn't. I loved the storyline. The amount of corruption within the justice system, or lack of, is no match for that of a family set on freeing one of their own. This book is full of great characters and the bad guys are described accurately enough for me to dislike. I look forward to reading book two to see how Mike fares. A great add to your reading list. Recommended read.
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Review by: Lacey Ann on Sep. 20, 2014 :
This has been on my TBR pile for a few weeks now and I am glad I finally opened it; once I did I couldn't put it down! From the opening we are treated to a very vivid picture of Michael Walker's predicament. I must say it made me cringe even more so than when I watch television or movies and have the images in front of me - Palmer does an excellent job of being descriptive, yet without being too wordy. As a result the book was fast-paced and full of action, drama - even some humor. The only drawback was that it had to end - but luckily there's more (Book 2). I highly recommend this read!
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Review by: Nikki Costello on Sep. 15, 2014 :
Reading this book took me out of my comfort zone a little as I'm not really a reader of the Thriller gene but let me tell you it didn't dissapoint. It deals with serious matters ( although there was one part that made me giggle out loud ) but with the knowledge the author puts into the book you can really feel the emotions the lead character Michael is going through it also gives you an insight into what foreigner's go through on a daily basis whist serving time in the Thai prisons. Michael is a very stubborn character and whilst I can see his point of view by not wanting to plead guilty to a crime he didn't commit so he can be released he also needs to be aware of what his family are going through. This book does end with a bit of a cliffehanger but book 2 is already available and believe me you will want to jump straight in. A great debut book by new author Simon Palmer definitely worth 5 * if not more.
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Review by: kmatury on Sep. 9, 2014 :
This book is not my typical read, but I have to say that it was not what I expected. The author takes a horrific event and turns it into an thrilling and yet heartfelt story. This author's talent at writing a scene that completely captivates and pulls you right in is exceptional. Breaking Point picks up right where The Accused left off and the story takes an unexpected turn. The main character, Michael's story doesn't seem to end with the conclusion to this book, and I look forward to reading the rest of his story. This is a must read and I would recommend it to anyone.
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Review by: Mary Barger on Sep. 5, 2014 :
I have to say for a book out of my usual genre, this one kept me hooked from the first page.
Michael is in Thailand to flex his artistic muscles and draw whomever he finds. That lands him in the middle of being accused of a crime he didn't commit. What helped this story take off, is that I have heard of some of the things that go on in Thailand and have seen shows about the "Bangkok Hilton", that is one scary place and Mr. Palmer did a fantastic job of describing how a place looked and what people looked like so I got a very clear image of each person in the book.
When Michael refuses to take a pay off deal, he meets John. John is from Australia and charged with drug smuggling. The two form a strange bond over being in prison.
When people arrive to help Michael out, they learn that he is not prepared to take the easy route.
Frustration, concern, the surprising touching moments in the book just wrapped it all up in an awesome little package for me!
I cannot wait for part 2!
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Review by: Vicki C. Smith on Aug. 11, 2014 :
This is one excellent start to an intense and quickly progressing adventure about a young man, Michael, who finds himself stuck in a Thai prison. Despite the bleak nature of his predicament, he learns his options quickly and how to survive on the inside, while the race to free him progresses on the outside.
The development of the characters, intertwined with the action-packed story line, is what makes this story very fun to read. With each step along the way, another plot twist is lurking and more intriguing events occur. While Michael is the main character, he is very young and still learning about life, and there are plenty of fascinating people and shocking situations that shape him along the way.
This is a definite must read! I look forward to more!
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Review by: Carmen Costa on Aug. 1, 2014 :
This is not my usual read but I was lucky enough to get to read this book it was awesome it made me laugh cry it was intense I fell in love with the character but especially with Nigel it has nice raunchy sex scenes loved it ticked all my boxes as a reader
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Review by: Dawn Jackson on July 30, 2014 : (no rating)
What a fast-moving and interesting story. Can't wait to start "part 2" of this gripping thriller.
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