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Bones of the Dark Moon [Kindle Edition]

Richard E. Lewis
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Book Description

Eat. Pray. Murder.

The Island of Bali isn't the peaceful paradise guide books and Hollywood movies make it out to be.

Just ask Reed Davis, the Ancient Expat of Ubud. Resident in Bali for most of his life, he made his first fortune selling Balinese hair to American wigmakers. Rumors swirl that he was a CIA spy involved up to his devil eyebrows in the mass massacres of 1965, in which tens of thousands of Balinese were systematically killed by other Balinese. The rumors say he bought and sold the hair of female victims.

Tina Briddle, a Stanford anthropologist on research sabbatical in the seaside village of Batu Gedé, is disturbed by these rumors, but she's writing a paper on the 1965 massacres and needs to pick Reed's brain. In particular, she wants to ask him about the Indonesian Women's Movement and the shattered skulls dug up on the beach close to where she's staying.

Go ask your questions in Batu Gedé, he says. That's where it started, the trickle that turned into a sea of blood.

So she does, first with the landlord of the villa she's rented. In 1965, Nol's schoolteacher father was abducted and killed, his body never to be found. Tina discovers that Reed had an affair with a cadre of the leftist Indonesian Women's Movement. In the aftermath of a failed coup in 1965, killing teams hunted these women with particular viciousness. Had she been killed on the Batu Gedé beach? Is one of those recently discovered skeletons her remains?

What happened on that sleepy beach isn't all dusty memory. Tina's persistent curiosity rouses old animosities that have never healed. Secrets are revealed, vengeance is unleashed, and a forbidden love flares to life once more.

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About the Author

The author of the popular young adult novel "The Killing Sea" (Simon & Schuster) about the 2004 tsunami, Richard Lewis returns to fiction for adults in "Bones of the Dark Moon," drawing on his own life experiences . Born and raised in Bali, Indonesia, as a nine-year-old boy he was an eyewitness to the events surrounding the massacres of 1965 and the effect they had on his neighbors and friends. After graduating from American university, Richard returned to Bali, where he now lives with his wife and family, dedicating his time to writing, surfing and finding the perfect chili sauce.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1360 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Saritaksu Editions (July 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E0BKI6Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,021 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars His Best Yet! October 24, 2013
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Bones of the Dark Moon is a well researched and sensitively written novel addressing an important time in Bali's troubled past. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to understand more about the dynamics of the events of 1965 and the lasting impact of those events on Bali today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A totally gripping read. September 23, 2013
By jnana
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Richard Lewis is a master story teller. Once you pick this book up you won't be able to put it down. For any of us, (that's most of us) who have no idea of the genocide that happened in Indonesia in 1965, this book will educate, inform, shock and astound you and keep you hanging til the last page. I highly recommend it. Another great publication by Balinese publisher, Saritaksu Editions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, intriguiing September 13, 2013
By Pam
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I loved this book. The characters were interesting; the story was compelling. The book was very well written and shed light on a very painful political situation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Boning up on Bali July 30, 2013
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Richard E Lewis clearly has a deep knowledge of Bali, and like many long-term residents of the island has heard many tales of the horrors of 1965. So his weaving together of a contemporary tale of that time is credible, and his storytelling skills are pretty good too. This is an exotic page turner that has numerous leads and counter-leads, and feels like it has been written for Hollywood: it's a good read. But as Mr Lewis admits in the Acknowledgements, Bones of the Dark Moon was written for a western audience, so almost all of the characters speak with a western voice. I could almost hear the Californian twang coming from some of the Balinese. And, Mr Lewis gives us all the answers to his mystery at the end...! Well, almost all the answers. Don't want to spoil the story for you.
I would be interested to hear how Balinese or Indonesian readers respond to this tale - although it's written in English it's not hard to follow. But it touches on a very sensitive topic: victims' families, and perpetrators of that horrific time, still live side by side in Bali.
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Richard Lewis, the son of missionaries, has lived in Bali most of his life, and was nine years old when an estimated 50,000 "Communists" were slaughter by Nationalists--sometimes their own neighbors--on his adopted Island. That this massacre is not known far outside Indonesia, except by history buffs who've sought out non-fiction books on the subject and audiences who have seen the recent documentary, The Act of Killing, speaks both to the complicated Indonesian culture, and the political history of the nation. It is not easy for a non-Indonesian to understand this time, the motivations behind it, or even the muted aftermath.

Lewis is a skilled, canny writer. He has framed his experience and his research in a raw and readable novel. He does not apologize for his characters, but reveals their part in the Massacre gradually and without leading either their lives or the plot to easy conclusions. Everyone in this book, from the CIA-connected expat to the old woman who roves the town asking after her lost daughters, rings true; they carry the richness of the plot with their actions and attitudes.

I definitely recommend Bones of the Dark Moon, both for its personalization of a problematic moment in history, and because it moves quickly and engages the reader completely. It is, indeed, a very hard book to put down--or to forget once you have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An ending so twisted I didn't see it coming October 15, 2014
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Talk about intrigue spiked with romance and violence! I started reading Bones of the Dark Moon one morning and finished it the following evening. Richard Lewis has proven himself to be a remarkable storyteller. He seamlessly wove a multi-layered plot that fluctuates between today’s Indonesian Bali and that of 1965 Bali when the Communists were determined to overthrow the Nationalist government, pitting neighbor against neighbor and shattering families that once were united and strong. A must-read to the final page, with an ending so twisted I didn’t see it coming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a truly great & interesting book August 18, 2014
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It's a truly great & interesting book. I started reading it and then I could only focus on keep reading it until i finish! One of those books that it's not only worth reading buy makes you tell everyone about it. One of the books I read recently. Thank you, Richard for writing it. (Sorry I am not a big pro of writing book reviews and the only reason I am writing this one is that this book is really good and the story told in the book about massacres in Bali should be known by more people)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book club material July 26, 2014
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Bali hasn’t always been the island paradise that visitors see today. One of the darkest moments of the island’s history, the anti-Communist movement of 1965, is brought to life in Mr. Lewis’ well written book. Based on actual events in that time, the novel is of interest to those interested in history, or in Indonesia, or those simply looking for a gripping, fascinating read. Excellent book club material.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down.
This book is a lot of things: a provocative view of the 1965 massacre in Bali, an insightful cultural view of Bali, and especially, a wonderful narrative with great story line and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by RogueReverend
5.0 out of 5 stars His prose is brilliant and his characters feel as though they were the...
Richard Lewis draws you into backstreets of Bali in this gripping tale based on historic events. His prose is brilliant and his characters feel as though they were the people you... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cealarenne
5.0 out of 5 stars Good books make you do things like that
Such an interesting book! I'd never heard of this massacre in history and stopped part way thru book to look it up and read about it. Good books make you do things like that. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nick F Cooney
5.0 out of 5 stars touches you at your very core
For anyone who has had anything kind of relationship with Bali over the last 50 years this is novel will really get hold of you. Read more
Published 12 months ago by stephen palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Loved this novel. It was compelling and beautifully written. I found the world it took me into quite fascinating. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Karen White
5.0 out of 5 stars A tremendous story
Bones of the Dark Moon is a beautifully written book. Richard Lewis knows how to tell a story, masterfully interweaving many plot elements that make up the horrifying events of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Zoe Ayres
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story, based on actual events
I found it difficult to put this book down. I'm in Bali at the moment and wanted to understand more about the island's culture and recent history. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sally
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