February 1942 -South East Asia is in flames. At the last possible moment, when the Japanese are already launching the final assault on Java, a planeload of pure gold is hurriedly sent of to safety in Australia. But a malignant twist of fate intervenes and the gold is lost. For years the hidden treasure casts its spell on the surviving crew members. And misfortune, violence and death follow in their wake when they try to retrieve the gold after the end of the war…
Synopsis Book 1: “The Odyssey”
The story begins at the outbreak of the Pacific War, as the Japanese invasion sets South East Asia in flames. At the last possible moment, when the Japanese are already launching the final assault on Java, a planeload of pure gold is hurriedly sent off to safety in Australia. A malignant twist of fate intervenes and the gold is lost. For years, the hidden treasure casts its spell on the surviving crew members. Misfortune, violence and death follow in their wake when they try to retrieve the gold after the end of the war. Their bloody treasure hunt plays out in the Dutch East Indies, a restive place despite the war’s end. As the story continues, their expedition takes them across continents, spanning India, Australia, Europe and North Africa. Their exciting exploits and sizzling romances are juxtaposed with historical developments of places scarred by war and colonialism, the racism of corrupt societies and the emerging threat of terrorism. The tale is replete with danger and treachery as the pursuit of “The Java Gold” shows the treasure hunters that human life is the price of greed. This volume marks the beginning of a series of books following the treasure-hunting rogues. Kingsley blends kinetic action with meticulously researched factual details, infusing the work with his own passion for aviation and the Second World War, giving readers an exhilarating literary experience that’s part historical fact, part pulp fiction and all adventure.
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 284 pages | ISBN 13 978-1522736349
E-Book | 284 pages | ISBN 1522736344
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KOBO
Softcover edition: https://www.createspace.com/5923103
Kindle edition http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019HR99JE
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Historical Fiction, Military Fiction, War, Thriller.
Miniseries – Four volumes
Book 1: “The Odyssey”, Published and available from Amazon
Book 2: “Winds of Fortune”, to be published December 2015
Book 3 and 4 : TBD
Writing has always been a part of my life, either professionally or just for fun and my work has taken me over most of the globe. Added to this, there is my lifelong interest in (military) history and the various aspects of aviation. So when I decided to write a historical fiction novel, I enjoyed the creative process of combining all those interest with impressions and experiences to add “couleur locale” to people, places and situations.
I was inspired by a series of more than curious incidents that happened in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) at the outbreak of the Pacific war in 1941 / 1942. Hush-hush operations, the hint of treasures being flown out to Australia in a hurry; it all triggered and stimulated my imagination. When I mentioned this during a steak & beer dinner in a California micro-brewery and casually remarked these incidents were nearly enough to write an action thriller around them, one of my close friends then dared me to do so.
And so I did.
I started writing what I thought would be a fairly small project – a single volume adventure story. It has now grown into a mini series of at least four volumes of which two are already completed. And my wife, kids, family and friends on both sides of the Atlantic supported me all the way!.