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Ex stage and Television actor,director, producer and script writer, now a full time carer for his physically handicapped wife, Marie. Lives in Australia on the beautiful Gold Coast of Queensland. Has written seven novels: The Grumpy Old Withered of Oz, an autobiography, The Twilight Escort Agency, a bawdy comedy set on the Gold Coast, Code Name Millicent:The CIA Agent Who Came Out of the Cold, a whimsical comedy, The Tourist From the Light,a paranormal romance and The Burning Boy, an action crime adventure. This was followed by, The Reluctant Psychic, a paranormal murder mystery, and A Novel Approach, a compilation of The Withered of Oz and The Twilight Escort Agency. Oh well, it keeps me off the streets.
on June 02, 2012 :
"The Burning Boy" is a fast-paced adventure that deals with the situation of Steve Saunders, a Vietnam Vet suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - a condition that has affected so many who survived the War, and that has wrecked so many lives in the process. It is a convincing study of a person battling with this condition and, for those of us who know Vets so afflicted, an all too familiar situatioon. Set in both 1967 and the present day, the author creates a believable post-war atmosphere and the story relates how Steve becomes caught up in a cruel people-smuggling racket through his friendship with Tan, a Vietnamese youth, and their efforts in trying to bring the callous smugglers to justice. The writing is pacy, the situation totally believable, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The saddening thing is that nothing much has changed - we still have illegal refugees being separated from their money and enduring dreadful conditions on packed boats only to arrive in Australia to be locked up in refugee centres, with freedom still being elusive. Most of all, this book is a homage to the brave survivors of the Vietnam War who did their duty and fought for their country, only to return home scarred forever by their experiences, and shunned by many of their countryfolk who opposed the War, and a Government that didn't care. For those of us who remember the War, it stirs many memories, and for those not old enough to remember, I hope it explains why so many survivers have problems, and how bloody pointless war is. All in all, a damn good read!
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)