Books with a Thai flavour

Keep on Running by Ben Coulter

A masterclass in Crime Fiction, taking you to places other authors fear to tread. Addressing raw social issues such as addiction and violence, whilst giving you action, humour and on the edge of your seat suspense.
Keep on Running will draw you into its Far Eastern whirlwind, gnaw at your soul, then spit it out to leave you craving for more. Ben Coulter truly is in a league of his own.

Billy Stone is an ex-Marine and boxing champ living a lavish criminal lifestyle whilst on the run in Thailand. But, when a botched hijacking on the Burmese border leaves three men dead, Billy must make new alliances with a feared mafia boss, whilst trying to keep hold of new-found love and himself out of one of the world’s toughest prisons.

“If you thought Poisoned Saints by Ben Coulter was fast-paced, put your Nikes on for Keep On Running. With great research and intelligent writing, Coulter has given us another roller-coaster. A book that should go on your bucket list.”

In this follow up to the Amazon number 1 best-seller Poisoned Saints, Billy runs head first into trouble whilst on a marijuana run inside the treacherous Burmese border. Back in Thailand, Billy is forced to make a new deal with a murderous crime lord whilst keeping Islamic terrorists and ruthless Russian gangsters at bay.

As love unsuspectingly enters his life in the form of all American girl next door, Mel, Billy struggles to keep his gang of criminal misfits in line; Che, his old Stambro friend and struggling drug addict, Nate, a former US Marine and Compton psycho and Orly, the laid-back, weed-smoking Frenchman.

Can Billy keep up his affluent lifestyle whilst cultivating his new-found romance? Can Che resist the hedonistic delights of South East Asia? In the contrasting land of Buddhism and the death penalty lessons will be learnt. Billy must stay one step ahead of his past whilst outsmarting the present, or be forced to Keep on Running.

Ben Coulter was born in 1980 and raised in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, England.
He has been writing ‘as long as he can remember’ in one form or another. The aim with his debut novel Poisoned Saints, was to portray to the reader an authentic criminal lifestyle through the art of fiction, whilst using the regretful foundation of experience.
Poisoned Saints was released at the end of 2012 to a pleasing on-line response and soon became a number 1 best seller.
The follow up ‘Keep on Running’ was released in May 2013 and is fast catching Poisoned Saints on the Amazon Kindle charts.
The third and final instalment of the Saints series was released in December 2013 – ‘When The Saint Comes Marching Home’.
Ben’s fourth novel set in L.A. ‘A SoCal Story’ is a dangerous thrill ride through Hollywood, dealing with addiction, fame and love!

Killing Time in Bangkok by Robert Jamieson

Rob Jamieson has spent almost 20 years living in South East Asia. During that time, he taught at several universities, worked at the Stock Exchange of Thailand, and while in Cambodia, wrote research papers on development issues.

Two books for the price of one.

“Killing Time in Bangkok” is a fast-paced thriller that ticks most of the usual boxes – and adds a couple of new ones. Bolton is a protagonist with depths of character not always found in the genre. A seemingly innocuous assignment quickly hurls him into a maelstrom of murder and violence involving a cast of characters who are seldom what they seem: American Vietnam vets with mysterious connections to human trafficking, drug-dealing, property-development and possibly CIA; local Thai officials who seem a little too educated and Westernised; Muslim nationalist separatist groups in the region with links to known and unknown terrorist forces in Iran, Lebanon and Somalia. Throw in a Chinese government flexing its global muscles, and a conspiracy to rival the Twin Towers bombing and shake Americans out of their complacency and you have a plot that will keep you guessing until the last page.

And book two – It is easy to lose your moral compass in Cambodia

Bolton meets the enigmatic Norman with his two beautiful Thai assistants and decides to try his luck in Cambodia, a country still recovering from the trauma of a tragic past. Life in the small ex-pat community in Phnom Penh seems like a welcome change from Bangkok, but after the murder of a close friend, it proves to be much more complicated than he would ever have expected.

Same Same But Different by Gerald Hogg

There is a saying in Thailand: “Same same but different.” I asked a Thai lady once what the meaning was and she answered “You and me the same, but different”, which I think sums it up. It has become quite a catchphrase here in Thailand, and it is seen on tee shirts, coffee mugs and heard all of the time, wherever you go. You might ask a local what’s the best beer in Thailand, Chang, Leo or Singha? And the answer would generally be “Same same but different”, or what’s the difference between Thai red curry and Thai green curry? “Same same but different”. So when I am asked what’s it like retiring to and living in Thailand compared to Australia, England or the USA? My usual answer is, “Same same but different”, very different, very cheap and very enjoyable. Thailand is a magical place and I feel blessed that I can live here. Thailand is within easy reach of many other Southeast Asian countries by aeroplane, car or bus, and I travel to these areas and try to have new experiences whenever I can. Being a retiree I have to look after my money to make sure that it doesn’t run out before I do, so I always travel within my means, on a budget, and with a plan.
It has been eighteen eventful months since I first arrived in Thailand to start my retirement. The time I have spent here has been full of highs and lows (mainly highs), and I know now that I made the right decision to make Thailand my new home. It hasn’t been easy, in fact, if you have already read my first book, The Retire in Thailand Handbook (The first six months) you would have seen that it was quite difficult to establish myself here and sometimes very frustrating and time-consuming. That was then and this is now. After the first six months, everything seemed to fall in to place. I moved from Phuket to Koh Samui and rented a nice villa on the beach. I met and fell in love with a beautiful Thai lady, who is now my partner. This book starts where the last one left off, in Phuket and will take you on an exciting journey through Thailand, stopping off at many of the cities and towns ex-pat retirees now call home. I decided to take the road trip to find the ideal town in Thailand to eventually settle down and call home. Thailand has so many beautiful places to choose from, tropical Islands, beach resorts, rural towns, farming towns, large bustling cities, and fishing villages. The choice of where you may want to live depends on your outlook on life and how you want to enjoy spending your new life once you have retired. As Thailand is 95% Buddhist a lot of the attractions around Thailand’s rural and inland areas revolve around Buddhist temples, markets and national parks are also a big feature in rural Thailand. Bangkok, the coastal areas and the beautiful islands offer more entertainment, amusements, and nightlife, but if you want to see the real Thailand, not just the Thailand that the tourist see you should head to the heartland, to places like Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani, and Khon Kaen.
Being on a pension, it was important for me to live within my means and within my budget, but I still wanted to be able to travel when I want to, and live my life to the fullest. To be able to do this and get the best deals you have to shop around. I am amazed at the people I have spoken to on my travels who have just booked their trip with a local travel agent, and not checked prices elsewhere. Though we may have travelled on the same aeroplane, gone on the same tour or be staying in the same hotel, the price I paid was sometimes half of what they had paid. This book will give you some great ideas on how you can save money when you travel, as well as an insight into great retirement areas within Thailand.
The way I look at it, the more you save the more you can travel and enjoy your life and your retirement.

Gerald Hogg, 
Lamai Beach, 
Koh Samui. 

More about the author.

Originally from the UK, Gerald moved to Australia in 1974. Since then he has travelled the world working in hotels and restaurants, gold mines, cruise ships, Antarctic supply ships, custom patrol vessels, rig tenders, and oil tankers. Gerald has also lived in Jamaica, Bermuda, Singapore, the Falkland Islands, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and the USA. He has now retired to Thailand where he lives on the island of Koh Samui and travels extensively throughout SE Asia. To keep active and to pursue his love of travel Gerald has also written three travel books in his Retirees Travel Guide Series.

Book one in the retiree series “The Retire in Thailand Handbook (the first six months)”, is a step by step guide for ex-pat retirees and baby boomers, who may be considering retiring to Thailand, where their pensions will stretch much further than it does in their home countries and where the climate is wonderful for most months of the year. One of the main reasons Gerald wrote this book was to help future retirees avoid the pitfalls and frustrations that always arise when moving to live in another country.

Book two in the retiree series of travel books is “The Retirees Guide to Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Laos”. This book takes the reader on a two-month journey that Gerald embarked on as a retiree to four exciting South-East Asian countries.

Book three in the retiree series of travel books is “Same Same But Different” is a journal of a four-week road trip that he took driving throughout Thailand, looking for the best cities and towns for ex-pats to retire to within the country.

Book four in the retiree travel series: Gerald is currently travelling and doing research for The Retirees Guide to Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore and Bali.

Gerald has also written a biography: You will never amount to anything. This book revolves around the hateful words one of his teachers said to him on the day that he left school for the last time at fifteen years of age. It takes the reader on a lifelong journey around the world, to prove that his teacher was wrong and that anyone can have a successful and exciting life with the right motivation and the will to succeed. 

All of Gerald’s books are available through Amazon. Two of Gerald’s books, You Will Never Amount To Anything and The Retire In Thailand Handbook have been accepted for worldwide publication by Austin Macauley publishers and are due to be released in bookstores in late in 2019. Gerald’s other two books have also been accepted for publication by Austin Macauley.

Freedom, Sex, Meat Cleavers by Sherman Miles

FREEDOM SEX AND A MEAT CLEAVER is a young man’s quest for personal freedom and self-discovery. It’s the riveting stories of Pierce Colter, a naïve American, seeking adventures in Southeast Asia during the tumultuous period from 1973 to 1978. Inspired by actual events, Pierce’s adventures extend beyond Thailand to the neighbouring country of Laos during the CIA’s secret war with the communist Pathet Lao. From border towns of Cambodia during Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge takeover of Phnom Penh to hidden Chinese waterfront opium dens on the island of Penang off the coast of Malaysia. And on and on, and on to one too many slings in Singapore. In his quest, Pierce discovers, as with all freedom, there’s a price to pay with each step.

Sherman Miles was born in Virginia, USA, June 26, 1948. After studying at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1970-1974. In 1973, he was assigned to the headquarters of the Armed Forces Thailand Network located on the Royal Thai Airbase in Korat, Thailand.

Following his discharge from the military, he returned to Thailand during the tumultuous years 1974-1978 at which time he travelled extensively throughout the Kingdom and neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia.

In 2008, after a 25-year career in the securities industry, Sherman retired to the northern city of Chiang Mai, Thailand to play golf and study writing.

Freedom, Sex, and a Meat Cleaver is Sherman’s first book. He’s currently working on a new novel set in Bangkok in 1978 that follows Pierce Colter as he’s unwittingly lured into working for the Italian Mafia’s heroin smuggling ring. This novel, like Freedom, is inspired by actual events.

The Girl Who Wasn’t There by Vincent Zandri

Trust no one. Not your best friend, not your wife, not the police—and certainly not yourself.
Sidney O’Keefe just wants to spend a peaceful weekend alone with his wife and daughter in the vacation paradise of Lake Placid, New York—now that he’s been paroled after a ten year stretch in a maximum-security prison.
But any illusion of a peaceful future is destroyed when his eleven-year-old daughter, Chloe, suddenly disappears from the iconic beach scene, leaving Sidney and his wife, Penny, stricken with fear and panic. When it’s determined that his old crime boss, Mickey Rabuffo, might be behind the abduction, it becomes apparent that the past has not only come back to haunt Sidney, but it’s come back to kill the entire family. With the village police assuming that Sidney, an ex-con with a history of prison violence, is responsible for his daughter’s disappearance, Sidney is left with no choice—he needs to take the law into his own hands—not only to expose the truth about what’s developing into a conspiracy of Biblical proportions, but also to render his own particular brand of rough justice.

Vincent Zandri is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of more than forty novels and novellas. His books have been translated into several languages; he has been featured in the New York Times; and has appeared on Bloomberg TV and Fox News. Zandri’s awards include the ITW Thriller Award, the Shamus Award, and was nominated for the Derringer Award. An MFA graduate of Vermont College, he is a freelance photojournalist and has written for many magazines including New York Newsday. Zandri is an active supporter of libraries and a lecturer at several New York colleges and universities. He lives in Albany, New York.

He has written books set in Thailand – Tunnel Rats.

One Thousand Years of Rain by Michael Lipinski

This is Thailand. Legal, illegal … those terms are defined by who you are, who you know, how much money you have. Alex Marek’s once idyllic life in southern Thailand is being shattered. He is about to lose his job. The woman he loves is facing financial devastation that could separate them forever. He desperately needs to save her and ensure their life together. It is then that the reclusive and sometimes violent offshore oil worker John Hunter tells him of his wild scheme to make money, lots of money, by looting an ancient temple hidden deep in the Thai jungle. And he needs a partner.

Michael Lipinski’s first overseas job was as an English instructor at the University of Tehran, at a time which coincided with the Iranian revolution and the fall of the Shah of Iran. After evacuation from Tehran, he taught at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and was later hired as a teacher and editor for an oil and gas company in Songkhla, Thailand. Lipinski has had stories published in the Chicago Sun-TimesBangkok PostThe Nation and the Phuket Gazette. He lives in Bangkok.

A twisted young man has dreams, one is to be straight. People suffer. His grandfather would not accept anything which goes against his Far Right beliefs. His second wish means baby girls must be killed. It is raining in Thailand, a monsoon hits land and upsets his plans. Deep in a cave, kidnapped baby girls wait. Parts of these children will be used to further evil. Kev and Skylab are expecting their first child, a girl. They are drawn into a chase to stop the horror and to save the child inside. 
A god-fearing backpacker, Debbie, is swayed by the handsome monster to assist him in deadly acts. Her parents fly from the UK to find out what has happened to her. They need Kev and Skylab to help. Little did they know all the crimes were linked. Is the strange Burmese girl holding the key to unravelling the mystery?

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Born in England before The Beatles became famous. I worked in the printing and allied trades, starting as a compositor, anyone remembers those? Eventually grafting as an editor. Twenty years on a lifestyle magazine. With my wife and children, we have lived in Thailand for over thirty years, and love it. Now? I write thrillers, with a touch of humour. 'No Worries' series, book number one, 'Not Far Enough From Worries' book two, 'Worry No More' published at the end of 2018. 'Children With No Worries' was released in August 2019. All published with Book number 4, as yet unnamed is being written, it's about Thai black magic. Dark thrills!

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