Don Darkes II


Hi! call me Don

I was born as Lawrence Huntingdon-Rusch-de Robillard, adopted and renamed again. I was reborn on June 6th 2012 as the Writer Don Darkes. My choice of pseudonym is due partly to the fact that I am penning a Biographical Memoir entitled My Life of Crime, the memoir of an intriguing man, the "real" Don Darkes who was marked with this identity at birth to protect a secret and the fact that like him, my given name also conceals my true heritage. The irony in this tickles my love of the bizarre and my sense of the ridiculous. Of course it makes marketing sense too since any of my "real" names would fill a book cover and leave no space for the Title!

Following a number of exciting and successful careers in Construction, Manufacturing, Information Technology, Franchising and Entrepreneurship I find myself combining them all into my new role as an Author.
I repudiated my Psychology degree in the mid-seventies prior to serving my mandatory National Military Service in a top-secret Electronic Warfare unit, clandestinely deployed in Rhodesia, (Now Zimbabwe) a horrendous episode, for which I later received a medal. (novel in progress)
During the eighties, at the height of apartheid, together with (then) illegal “black” partners I built a successful manufacturing company. Following a series of traumatic events I sold it and opted-out to buy the yacht upon which I was shipwrecked together with my wife, our five year old son and four year old daughter. ( Non fiction novel, Pisces the Sailfish) After returning destitute to South Africa I rode a ripple in the wave and sold my Internet start-up in order to distribute organic chocolate and to research a challenging historical novel exploring an intriguing link between the Jewish Holocaust and Madagascar. ( Novel in progress– Bread from Air)
Currently, together with my wife, son and two daughters we are building another yacht whilst I work on several books with a common denominator; my love of history and my belief that fact is stranger and far more interesting than fiction.


6692 Pisces the Sailfish
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 59,970. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 22, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
This memoir follows my young family's adventures after we bought a jinxed yacht, watched it smash to pieces, rebuilt it, sailed away, found paradise, punished betrayal, discovered treasure and survived sharks, crazed lemurs, gossiping walruses, a lynch mob, explosive gas and oozing quicksand. It reveals how, in answer to my prayer, we lost everything and how and why I tried to commit murder.

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Smashwords book reviews by Don Darkes II

  • In Search of High Ground - The Amorous Antics of Alex Perez on Sep. 28, 2012

    Victor Borge the Danish concert pianist and celebrated American comedian who devised the hilarious Phonetic Punctuation sketch (Google it), had a gift for gently lampooning the vagaries of the English language. Sadly he has now passed on. Now Panamanian born Alberto Arcia has taken his place, making me laugh at the absurdities of the English language as I followed the adventures of Alex Perez, who I suspect is Alberto's alter-ego. This book made me laugh, wince and cry with joy and outrage. It was delightful to read this rollicking tale, told by a colourful writer about his scandalous character, knowing full well that this was not entirely fiction. If this book was transformed into a movie it could only be made by Quentin Tarantino in this Monty Python meets Dusk Till Dawn adventure. Alberto's refreshing writing style, unique voice and brilliant dialogue made me finish it from ecover to ecover in one sitting. I am waiting eagerly for Alex's next adventure.
  • The Richest Man in Persia on Oct. 08, 2012

    What does a man who has the Tee shirt; a man who has been there and done that and can prove it; do for inspiration? He looks to the wisdom of the ancients and applies their hard earned and learned lessons to the present. Before you buy and read and learn and gain inspiration from this book, read the resume of the author, an accomplished business and thought leader, a professional writer and an accomplished teacher, who clearly has applied the principles he has used to drive his own successful careers and his own life. Then open the pages and be transported back to ancient Mesopotamia as he eloquently illustrates how and why some things and some values, like those in the greatest Book of them all, never vary. Perhaps you, like me, will read it for the first time in one sitting before you return to it again and again. This book shall remain, with its many bookmarks and dog eared pages upon my eBook shelf.