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Triad Paperback – September 13, 2009
From the Author
The book evolved from my having lived in Brussels and worked all over Europe in the late Sixties as a young musician. Ten years later I returned for a weekend break from my business in the UK dominated sadly, by Punk Rock. This was to do some research to get the thriller going and two days turned into two years. I thought at the time I could write the sequel simultaneously.
Triad is set in about 1980 and the sequel was to be in 2000, soon after the hand-over of Hong Kong to China. The first part took much longer to complete because winning a national UK magazine photography prize in 1982 with a photograph I had taken in Canton on a two-month walkabout in Hong Kong and China, side-tracked me for a decade. This is not to mention getting married and doing other things including writing an encyclopaedia to be published at the millennium (but withdrawn by me late in 1999). Now I can't justify completing Revenge of the Triad until sales from the first book look as though they will fund a second round of trips to the Far East. I have been everywhere touched upon in Triad, except Korea and this worries me. You probably wouldn't know but it still worries me.
The original idea was sparked by one particular girl following the band from Germany to Spain in '69 but refusing to meet us in the South of France. Many girls who did the same as she, following musicians but turning to things far more dangerous when desperate, disappeared, she said. When I started looking into this in the 1980s, I was shocked at the statistics of youngsters going missing without trace around Europe. Conservative estimates were 50,000 annually.
Many of the characters and conversations in Triad are real, if out of context. The CIA and triad material is sourced from other experts. I couldn't contemplate original research with triads because they terrified me. The showdown in Hong Kong is therefore, hokum. The "catalogue" and aristocratic families supposedly involved in the abduction of young girls from society backgrounds is also fiction. Far too much of this book is real, however, and it was painful writing it.
My interest in martial arts comes from a girlfriend who packed a punch; to a year of Friday night kung-fu films at the Nags Head, Holloway, Odeon; to touring Sri Lanka with a Japanese cultural delegation. Here was some astonishing prowess, particularly master Nakamura who looked like Darth Vader in Kendo armour and commanded similar respect. He could cut through bamboo representing a human arm with a Samurai sword with such speed - one hundredth of a second - you couldn't see him move. Awesome, for someone who was 82 years old. There were other interesting asides on this tour including having tea with the later assassinated president, Jayawardene.
Julian was already partly modelled on a friend, sensei Jon Alexander, whom I haven't seen since the Eighties when he was caretaker of a block of flats in Lewisham, South London. I thought he might like the elevation and final "holiday" in the Seychelle Islands. Triad has a martial arts background but is primarily a love story between Julian and Daphne. There is a whole different set of circumstances here.
David G. Rose
From the Inside Flap
I'm not the only person who reads the crits on a book whether stylised, contrived or just made up. I had a brief sojourn on the HarperCollins Authonomy site for authors and am indebted to the many ladies and gentlemen who clearly liked Triad and took the trouble to say so. I no longer go up to the site but will one day reciprocate, somehow. I certainly wish them luck in their writing ventures, many of which I glanced at with admiration.
Triad, a thriller by David Gordon Rose
"Full of action and reeking of authenticity."
"A slick page-turner with strong characterization and a wonderful sense of place."
J. M. Dalhousie
"This is exciting, very well written, is complex, has more than sufficient authenticity about it, and concerns a horrific trade. I suspect this would make an excellent film."
"This reads exceptionally well. I can see it as a movie and a very good one. I know little about triads except what I have seen in films. I do know a bit about the white slave trade and this rings very true."
"An international thriller!! Lots of action and some excellent description. Love the detail. When you can paint a scene with just a few choice strokes, like an impressionist painter, you will have the reader tossed quickly into a well-textured scene that does not belabor the point. Great work!"
"I came to this expecting a thriller, and naturally I got one. What I wasn't expecting was the truly thoughtful quality of the writing as a whole, which I intend as a sincere compliment. The details that bring the story together and the way that it lives and moves show that you spent a great deal of time on not just writing but conceptualizing. I'm so happy to have shelved it and will continue to read on."
Jeanne M. Haskin
"This is a ride! I actually can see this as a blockbuster action/thriller movie. You set scenes very well and follow up with solid writing. Might not quite be my genre, but this is a good read."
Elaina J. Davidson
"A taught, tense thriller. A great read and, as others have said, one for the big screen too."
Andrew J. Morgan
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