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About AFN CLARKE
AFN Clarke is the son of a British MI6 operative, former officer in Britain's elite Parachute Regiment, pilot, yachtsman, screenwriter and father of four who's lived in Hong Kong, India, Libya, Iran, Europe, the UK, USA, and Australia. He's written seven books of fiction and a bestselling memoir, CONTACT, which was serialised in a British newspaper and made into an award-winning BBCTV film. His latest Thomas Gunn thriller series has captured the imagination of readers world-wide. As he says: "For me, good books are a great way to shut out every day life, suspend normal ways of thinking, and allow yourself to be transported to another world. It's what I continually strive to deliver to my readers."
Published Books: autobiographical memoir (CONTACT): the Thomas Gunn thriller series (THE ORANGE MOON AFFAIR and THE JONAS TRUST DECEPTION); political thrillers (AN UNQUIET AMERICAN); human drama (DRY TORTUGAS); humor/satire (DREAMS FROM THE DEATH AGE; ARMAGEDDON); psychological horror (COLLISIONS) with more coming soon. For more information visit www.afnclarke.com, leave your email for updates, and deep appreciation for taking the time to write a review of any books you have read. Happy reading :)
While tracking billions of dollars shipped through Afghanistan, Iran, Bolivia, Estonia, the UK and USA, they tangle with ruthless Mexican drug cartels, corrupt politicians, greedy Wall St brokers and even the CIA, FBI, and MI5. The stakes are high in this deadly game. The only rule? Survival at all costs. But something keeps niggling at Thomas’s mind. Who first set this evil plan in motion? Where? And why?
It appears the shocking truth lies in the painful memories of his past, during covert operations in Afghanistan at the height of the war. A past he had hoped to forget, but will not forget him. Incensed at what he discovers he does something so outrageous, that its boldness and daring will take your breath away! But how high a price will he have to pay for uncovering the truth?
As the son of an MI6 operative, former Officer in Britain's elite Parachute Regiment, pilot, race-car driver, yachtsman and bestselling author of "Contact", AFN Clarke brings a wealth of experience to his writing. This book may be read as a stand-alone story, however readers interested in following the entire series may gain a greater appreciation of the background and personality of the key characters by also reading the first book, "The Orange Moon Affair". The series has been hailed by the San Francisco Book Review as "fast-paced books that you won't want to put down and you won't want them to finish." Available in both ebook and paperback format.
"Why do you think this series has been so well received by readers worldwide?"
AFN Clarke: I think it's because from page one, Thomas's world becomes their world! They become the Special Forces officer, trained in assassination, covert operations and international espionage. The caring, compassionate man who's finally found love, wants to leave his past behind him, yet puts those closest to him in mortal danger because of who he is and what he does.
When dangerous, dramatic and deeply personal events shake Thomas's world, inevitably those two worlds collide. But the only way Thomas knows to right a wrong, avenge a murder, expose a crime or bring an enemy to its knees, is to be the sharply tuned "weapon" he was trained to become. The question that haunts him, is at what price?
I think readers also appreciate that every book features strong female protagonists. Whether motivated by good or evil, they are powerful, independent thinking women, whose strength of character, insights, skills and intelligence directly determine how the action unfolds.
THOMAS GUNN SERIES EBOOK CATEGORIES
Each book in the series has its own themes with specific genres as listed below. Throw into the mix the secret agendas of intelligence agencies like MI5, MI6, the FBI, CIA and the manipulation of power by corrupt individuals and you have a heart pumping recipe for compelling plots, explosive action and the thought provoking blurring of lines between fiction and reality.
When Nikki Kimble’s mother dies, she is left with a deep sense of loss and an aching desire to find her father Jake, who disappeared from her life when she was only three. She leaves Rhode Island in search of him, hoping for answers to a lifetime of questions. But when she finds him aboard a battered yacht in the Florida Keys, their worlds collide and sparks fly, threatening to destroy the fragile bond that hangs like a thread between them. As their lives start to unravel they find themselves in the path of a deadly hurricane, perilously adrift in a raging sea on Jake’s now damaged and leaking yacht, lost in the Gulf of Mexico. Fighting for survival they face off, and emotions run high as they are forced to discover the truth about each other that neither is ready to accept.
Dedicated by the author to his daughters, this deeply moving novel explores the fragility of human emotions and the strength of the human spirit to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles that life places in our way.
AFN Clarke is best selling author of “Contact” (memoir) and 7 novels that have captured the imagination of readers worldwide. A proud father of four daughters, pilot, sailor, racecar driver, screenwriter and former Officer in the British Parachute Regiment, he’s lived all over the world, is insatiably curious and loves to travel off the beaten track.
DRY TORTUGAS BOOK CATEGORIES:
•Contemporary Literary Fiction
•Best Selling Authors
•Family Life Novel
•Must Read Books
•Contemporary American Literature
•Women’s Psychological Fiction
As Sean, Dawn, the Reverend Joab and surviving misfits from Lillian Schatsheimer's creation - BAAH (the Baker Academy for the Advancement of Humanity) - ponder what to do as the cataclysm that was set in motion in DREAMS FROM THE DEATH AGE approaches, the nation's National Security Adviser, Leandra Loveless, decides to take over the Government from an insane President Albert Sebastian Slusch, and get it back on track by plotting nuclear war against the unarmed East African Nation of Ganjania.
On the other side of the globe the commander of the aircraft carrier USS Kilehuela, Captain Elizabeth Bueno, has a major problem on her hands. The Fleet Commander, Admiral Bean is also slowly losing his mind and intent on carrying out Leandra Loveless' orders to decimate Ganjania. She can't help thinking, has everyone completely lost the plot? Are the leaders of her country and in the Pentagon so lacking a conscience and so giddy from the desire for power that they no longer understand the consequences of their selfish acts? Or more chilling - do they really care?
Captain Bueno is faced with a choice that no human with a heart and soul should ever have to face. Does she believe that the right decisions are being made and carry out Leandra Loveless' orders as she vowed to do when she swore allegiance to flag and country and in the process destroy an unarmed country killing tens of thousands of innocent civilians? Or hold that allegiance to a different moral standard and take the overwhelming risk involved in following her conscience and spiritual imperative to defy her Government?
You'll have to read the book to find out what happens!
As with the first book in the trilogy, AFN Clarke uses humor, wit, and extreme situations to make us smile and shake our heads in astonishment while in that very moment also making us realize the dangers inherent in the very thing that we are smiling at. By painting an exaggerated picture of a world gone mad he asks each and every one of us in the middle of our laughter to think about whether we might have also gone astray just a little bit, and are like the Mutations described in The Texts of Praetus, who have lost their understanding of their true purpose and the connection to their home, their hearts and each other.
ARMAGEDDON is the second book in THE BOOK OF BAKER Trilogy.
Sean Baker is a despondent young man, a failed author who can’t even seem to go through with his own suicide. But that “cowardly” action is the first step in the fulfillment of an amazing destiny. Sean’s life changes forever when he finds a mysterious manuscript, “The Texts of Praetus”, written by a sophisticated 100,000 year-old civilization. Inspired by its stunning revelations, Sean writes a new book - “Dreams from the Death Age” - whose enlightened message resonates with such intensity that it becomes a best seller overnight. With over 75 million readers, THE BOOK is talked about in hushed whispers with a reverence usually reserved for only the most holy, metaphysical and visionary phenomenon - or for “new age” books like The Celestine Prophecy, The Secret or Conversations with God. But with blind adulation also comes the danger of misinterpretation and manipulation.
Enter Lillian Schatsheimer, the loud mouthed, outlandish and somewhat jaded campaign manager of Senator Melvyn W. Ballsfield’s bid for the 2020 US Presidential election. In an attempt to reverse his fading hopes, Lillian latches onto THE BOOK with an almost biblical fervor. She establishes the Baker Academy for the Advancement of Humanity (BAAH for short) as a “front” for her political campaign. This unwittingly sets in motion a cult movement with both hilarious and disastrous consequences.
For centuries enlightened and prophetic writings have been misinterpreted and used to further personal agendas - and BAAH is no exception. Its disciples spin out of control and both candidates for the presidency, with their self-inflated egos and outdated ideologies, resort to desperate measures to fulfill their dreams of political domination unaware that no-one is listening as they have bigger things to deal with, like the possible end of the world!
As natural and man-made disasters shake the core of humankind’s very existence, Sean and his partner Dawn, with help from unexpected sources, become the voice of reason leading those who care to listen, to safety.
But can the explosive chain of events be reversed? Or is Armageddon actually required to cleanse the world of a "mutated" humanity that has totally lost its way and its connection to its own heart and soul? Are the devastating revelations of “The Texts of Praetus” about to become prophecy fulfilled?
DREAMS FROM THE DEATH AGE is the first book in The Book of Baker Trilogy, followed by ARMAGEDDON (Part 2) now available on Amazon; and GENESIS REVISITED (Part 3) to be published late 2012.
Book length 134,979 words.
David Trowse's expertise with machinery, weapons and tactics, begins to play him false: the talents of a severely practical life start to betray him as reality takes on the aspects of fantasy. The contradictions rush together in a series of increasingly violent collisions, and accelerate to a petrifying climax that casts into doubt reality itself.
This is a both fascinating and disturbing book, a look inside the mind of a well-trained killer who is also a creative, caring, soulful individual who has undergone violent, traumatic, life-threatening and heart-wrenching experiences, and is trying to find his mental, emotional and spiritual center again. For adult readers only.
COLLISIONS draws on AFN Clarke’s near death experiences after being medevacced from Crossmaglen to a Military Hospital in Belfast at the end of his second tour as a Platoon Commander with Britain's elite Parachute Regiment during the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland, and then undergoing a series of life-saving surgeries the following year. It sheds light on similar PTSD experiences of many in our armed forces. Readers beware - the violence is graphic as is the language frank - but the authenticity of the experience requires it, requires the reader to "enter the mouth of the dragon" and feel the fire within.
"AFN Clarke's first book, CONTACT, caused a furore in its devastatingly honest portrayal of the realities of the life of a soldier in Northern Ireland. COLLISIONS, his first novel, displays a parallel talent. Mesmerically gripping and profoundly disturbing, this is a voice that commands attention." (From the dust jacket of the first edition)