Until now, we believed that everything had been said about the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, the most infamous drug kingpin of all time, but these versions have always been told from the outside, never from the intimacy of his own home.
More than two decades after the full-fledged manhunt finally caught up with the king of cocaine, Juan Pablo Escobar travels to the past to reveal an unabridged version of his father—a man capable of committing the most extreme acts of cruelty while simultaneously professing infinite love for his family.
This is not the story of a child seeking redemption for his father, but a shocking look at the consequences of violence and the overwhelming need for peace and forgiveness.
What is true, what was just an illusion? I saw a documentary on BBC, had to read further.
The story of the greatest illusionist of modern times and the man who conjured victory in the desert – to be made into a film starring Tom Cruise
Jasper Maskelyne was a world famous magician and illusionist in the 1930s. When war broke out, he volunteered his services to the British Army and was sent to Egypt where the desert war had just begun. He used his skills to save the vital port of Alexandria from German bombers and to ‘hide’ the Suez Canal from them. He invented all sorts of camouflage methods to make trucks look like tanks and vice versa. On Malta he developed ‘the world’s first portable holes’: fake bomb craters used to fool the Germans into thinking they had hit their targets. His war culminated in the brilliant deception plan that won the Battle of El Alamein: the creation of an entire dummy army in the middle of the desert.
This Spider Shepherd thriller is not set in Thailand, but author Stephen Leather enjoys living in Bangkok, COVID 19 allowing.
I have yet to read this novel, but will soon, the review is from Amazon.
Should we bring them back?
There are thousands of jihadi brides in refugee camps in the Middle East. Some of them were once British before they were stripped of their citizenship. Were they brainwashed or simply naive when they set out for Syria as teenagers? And, if they were allowed to return, would they pose a threat to our country?
Spider Shepherd is about to be sent on an extraordinary mission to the Syrian border by his MI5 boss. There he will have to decide which of the women he meets is still a threat, and if not, which of them has information useful to the Secret Service and can be allowed back. His are life or death decisions.
But there is one bride he must take back to the UK whatever her circumstances. She is the wife of a notorious ISIS bombmaker, Salam Jaraf. Jaraf is an asylum seeker who has information on terrorist cells in Britain. But the bombmaker will only tell MI5 what he knows if his wife and son are brought to him. However, it soon becomes obvious that hostile forces are following Spider and Mrs Jaraf across Turkey. Bringing this woman back from the warzone will become one of the most dangerous missions Spider has ever undertaken.
Police investigator Dan Porter returns in ORIENTAL ILLUSIONS, a suspenseful crime-fiction thriller set in Southeast Asia, the riveting sequel to James Keegan’s bestselling debut, THE CUMAL FILES.
IN THE MYSTERIOUS ORIENT, NOTHING AND NO-ONE ARE AS THEY SEEM…
Disillusioned with his State Police career after dismantling a global sex-slave network with the Dragon Slayer taskforce, Dan Porter joins the newly-formed Interpol unit in Sydney. When multiple young backpackers vanish from Southeast Asia he’s sent to Bangkok and entrusted with the difficult task of finding them.
He joins the ‘Lost Angels’ investigation team and it’s obvious from the start both Thailand’s government and its suspicious elite don’t want him there. Frustrated by police bosses and politicians who refuse to acknowledge something sinister is afoot, Porter fears an untouchable crime syndicate is responsible for the disappearances.
He searches Bangkok’s seedy underbelly for clues, in constant danger and hampered by endemic corruption. Apathy and archaic investigative methods are dismissed as misunderstandings and cultural differences. The city both intrigues and disgusts him at the same time. He’s mesmerized by his partner, a true oriental beauty, but has no idea if he can trust her or anyone else.
Porter delves deeper to uncover evidence linking several Thailand-based entities to human-trafficking. Religious charities, NGO’s, Russian internal security agents, Cambodian gangsters, Arab drug dealers and Korean loan-sharks become targets. All have secrets to hide and plenty of reasons to want him dead.
When he pursues powerful men suspected of leading a criminal network operating between Southeast Asia and Los Angeles, his loved-ones both near and far are threatened. Angry and more determined than ever he ignores the warnings and pushes on, desperate to locate the missing backpackers and expose the predators who profit from trading innocent lives.
But if Porter’s to succeed he must first learn to separate fact from illusion. Because in the mysterious orient, nothing and no-one are as they seem…
Eight years ago, Poke Rafferty, an American travel writer, and his Thai wife, Rose, adopted a Bangkok street child named Miaow, forming an unconventional intercultural family. That family has weathered extreme challenges—each of its three members carried the scars of a painful and dangerous history—but has stuck together with tenacity and love (and a little help from some friends).
Now that family is in jeopardy: the birth of Poke and Rose’s newborn son has littered their small apartment with emotional land mines, forcing Poke to question his identity as a dad and Miaow to question her identity as a daughter. At the same time, the most cantankerous member of the small gang of Old Bangkok Hands who hang out at the Expat Bar suddenly goes missing under suspicious circumstances. Engaged in the search for the missing American, Poke is caught completely off-guard when someone he thought was gone forever resurfaces—and she has the power to tear the Raffertys apart.
Not set in Thailand, but I’m sure you’ll like this new author.
How far will you go to protect your family? Will you keep their secrets? Ignore their lies?
In a small town in Virginia, a group of people know each other because they’re part of a special treatment center, a hyperbaric chamber that may cure a range of conditions from infertility to autism. But then the chamber explodes, two people die, and it’s clear the explosion wasn’t an accident.
A powerful showdown unfolds as the story moves across characters who are all maybe keeping secrets, hiding betrayals. Chapter by chapter, we shift alliances and gather evidence: Was it the careless mother of a patient? Was it the owners, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? Could it have been a protester, trying to prove the treatment isn’t safe?
A literary tour of Bangkok from the Siam Society to the Atlanta Hotel as American, Mike Treece, makes his way through the cultural and moral landscape of Thailand. Treece is running from a tragic and bleak past to search for freedom and redemption in a shockingly new landscape. Siamese history blends with academic greed, guilt, desire and love to change the course of his life.
Cherry blossom lipstick: check
Smokey eyes: check
Skinny jeans: check
Dead kid in the mirror: check
For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too.
Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally.
Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance.
Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim…
Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her?
Discover Ancient Secrets that Can Change Your Life!
Join a skeptical university researcher from the USA as he travels to the Himalayas and uncovers secrets from an ancient healing lineage that began with Lord Buddha’s physician.
For thousands of years, the greatest healers in the Himalayas have been refining a potent healing science for the treatment of physical ailments, psychological disorders and spiritual challenges. The most effective natural healing methods were recorded on ancient scrolls. Now, in this breakthrough, real-life account, many of these healing secrets are revealed by the author’s encounters with legendary master healer Dr. Naram.
The secrets in this book can change your life forever.
And now for some FREE reads – not sure how long they will be!
Combat fighter pilot Mark Berent writes of a dragon-shaped karst mountain in Laos along the Ho Chi Minh Trail that bristles with physical and psychological danger. He writes of it as he first saw it on an F-4 FAC mission from Ubon RTAFB in 1969. Then he adds an excerpt from “Phantom Leader,” one of his historical fiction novels about war and politics in the Vietnam era.
This is a short, short read!
This is not new, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
John Grisham says THE TUMOR is the most important book he has ever written. In this short book, he provides readers with a fictional account of how a real, new medical technology could revolutionize the future of medicine by curing with sound.
THE TUMOR follows the present day experience of the fictional patient Paul, an otherwise healthy 35-year-old father who is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Grisham takes readers through a detailed account of Paul’s treatment and his family’s experience that doesn’t end as we would hope. Grisham then explores an alternate future, where Paul is diagnosed with the same brain tumor at the same age, but in the year 2025, when a treatment called focused ultrasound is able to extend his life expectancy.
Focused ultrasound has the potential to treat not just brain tumors, but many other disorders, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, hypertension, and prostate, breast and pancreatic cancer.
For more information, you can visit The Focused Ultrasound Foundation’s website. Here you will find a video of Grisham on the TEDx stage with the Foundation’s chairman and a Parkinson’s patient who brings the audience to its feet sharing her incredible story of a focused ultrasound “miracle.”
Readers will get a taste of the narrative they expect from Grisham, but this short book will also educate and inspire people to be hopeful about the future of medical innovation.
Fun for adults and children of all ages!
Two adventures for all ages! In Stranger Things, the Scoops Troop discovers that young Erica Sinclair smuggled out a dangerous object from the Russian facility below Starcourt Mall and they must once more come together to find a safe solution before government authorities discover the threat they pose! Then in the world of Minecraft, a young middle-schooler discovers puberty is stranger than she imagined. With the help of her friend, she learns just how fun being different can be as she explores her new Minecraft powers in the real world!
Monsters don’t hide in the dark.
When I met Damian Di Santo in a dark corridor of my family home I knew he was a monster.
I was a scared girl.
He was already a man.
That was when his twisted countdown began.
Marked by dead roses with sharp thorns, eight years passed each bringing me closer to becoming his. Until the eve of my eighteenth birthday.
That was the night he returned to claim me.
Unholy Union is the FREE prologue novella preceding Unholy Union.