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Bella and Broganâ€™s journey takes not the few weeks planned, but incarceration and intimidation, the fears, suffering and trepidation that only a hijack visits on one.
At the end of World War 2, US forces hold Indo-China until the French return, ensuring Ho Chi Minh cannot take it down the communist path. Yet the French fail miserably in preventing the swell of resistance; it smoulders until bursting into bloody conflagration with Bella and Brogan innocent pawns in this cauldron of political intrigue.
The â€˜catch-twenty-twoâ€™ of their situation demands they become embroiled in guerrilla warfare or face the cutting of their own throats for even knowing the truths behind the hijack.
Isabella Maldonado had been there before.
And it was no dÃ©jÃ vu for the ache in her wrists and back, having been now bound some four or five hours, the pressures that riddled her body for having lain in the dark on bare concrete, thirst and hunger pains wrenching at her throat and guts, all contributed to shock and fear.
Brogan was no less uncomfortable, conscious of her doubtlessly reliving the drama of her abduction in Lima, what was it, four years ago?
It seemed a lifetime had passed since.
Following a career in business management at international level, Kev attained a degree in journalism to then sweat as far up the River Nile as one can get, canoe down the Amazon, flash countless rolls of film from atop the Eiffel Tower, the heights above Yosemite, the Victoria Falls et al, scream "Oleâ€ at a Chihuahua bullfight, ride elephant trails in Thai jungles, wallow in the incredible history of Rapa Nuiâ€™s Maoi, and as convention almost demands, was mugged in Bogota. His articles on travel to exotic lands have featured in travel and airline magazines around the world.
Meanwhile, being a sixth generation descendant of Australiaâ€™s First Fleeters with an obsessive interest in Australiaâ€™s founding history, he was concerned over the generations of suppression in the education of Australians, on clouding the truth in what really happened. Years of fact-finding with the help of other dedicated researchers revealed all and Kev vowed to set the history books aright by bringing the brutal truths of convictism to light. He is well qualified to do so for as a student of First Fleet history he has presented his subject on many occasions in press, radio and television interviews. He is a Past President of â€˜The First Fleet Fellowshipâ€™ and a Past Secretary of â€˜The Descendants of Convicts Inc.â€™. During Australiaâ€™s 1988 Bicentenary he officiated in Founding celebrations in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Norfolk Island and for his work during that Bicentenary, was created Honorary Life Member of â€˜The Regiment of Redcoat Descendantsâ€™.
Kev now devotes his life to writing on not only his countryâ€™s convict history, but general fiction with an Australian flavour. He recognises the growing trend towards digital reading so follows the worldâ€™s top authors in publishing his works both as traditional paperbacks and eBooks.
His Gurrewa and Brogan series released by Wings ePress are to be followed by Letitia Munro in December 2008, To Plough Van Diemenâ€™s Land in June 2009 and The Terrible Truths in December 2009, the last three being more works on his countryâ€™s convict beginnings. Short synopses of all can be read on www.kev-richardson.com. And more works are in the pipeline.
These days Kev travels less, having retired from his Gold Coast home, left his grown family and friends to write from experiences and adventures during his exciting travels, happily ensconced in the foothills of the Golden Triangle in amazing Thailandâ€™s exotic north.
I very much enjoyed Brogan--it makes me want to go explore the channel country and corner-country. What a fascinating part of Australian history! -- Karen Babcock, editor
FIVE-STAR AWARD! Although our hero, Adam Ashby is Kev Richardsonâ€™s fictionalized convict-birthed character born to an unwed couple, a â€˜boltedâ€™ convict and his â€˜colony wifeâ€™, this story nonetheless represents the real life history of New South Walesâ€™ struggles to become more than just an overflow prison for Englandâ€™s criminals. For those of you who miss the history in your Historical reads, youâ€™ll not be disappointed in this factional account of Australian history 1790â€“1820s. "I just love the way you throw a story together.â€ -- JoEllen, Conger Book Reviews, USA
Letitia Munro: Richardson shows very poignantly where the Australian â€˜free spiritâ€™ and attitudes to authority stem from. As a glimpse into the times of just over 200 years ago, it is a fine historical record. I enjoyed this work immensely; it should be compulsory reading for all, especially Australians. -- Lang Reid "Chiang Mai Mailâ€ and "Pattaya Mailâ€
Five Star Award! Letitia Munro, by Kev Richardson, himself a 6th generation descendant First Fleeter, continues his authentic historical account about the 162,000 convicts imprisoned on New South Wales. It was a land that not even the king himself knew had too little fresh water for drinking, or sufficient tillable soil to support the hoards of convicts he sent to populate the colony. -- JoEllen Congerâ€”Conger Books Reviews, USA
Letitia Munro: I just love the way you throw a story togetherâ€¦ -- JoEllen Congerâ€”Conger Books Reviews, USA
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 318
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