Rick Daly, an ex-school teacher in his prime, is a tenth man, one of those individuals who, through no apparent fault of their own, attract trouble and the blind wrath of authority. While attempting to honestly make his mark in one of the toughest business schools on earth, he meets, possesses and struggles with the woman of his dreams at the same time as losing his freedom and almost his soul. His core values become inverted as he struggles for survival.
Rick is a man tormented by his own sexuality and failure to understand the wellsprings of existence. Marilyn, a young woman he meets on a ship and falls in love with, is also a conundrum of morals and desire. Her equally innocent understanding of the darker side of life, coupled with her staunch Catholicism and a vastly different cultural background, lead to heartbreak. Rick’s uncle, Christopher, is a God-fearing individual who doesn’t realise the blackness of the system he lives in until it is too late. Marilyn and Rick both learn that honesty is not what it seems and that love is a lot more complex than either believed. Alma, a precious teenager, Lina, a bargirl and Cecilia, a nurse who is briefly employed by Rick as a maid, all endeavour to destroy him for different reasons.
Against the surroundings of the failed coup against Cory Aquino in 1989 and its aftermath Rick attempts to set up a furniture manufacturing business in the Philippines. While he finds love and possible sexual fulfilment in the form of Marilyn society’s fingers intrude with devastating consequences. Falsely imprisoned on a rape charge Rick bribes his way out of gaol and flees back to Australia. In the U.S. his uncle and cousins clash with society and its powerful forms. Rick’s unjustified gaoling in the Philippines catches up with him in Sydney and again he languishes behind bars. He is deported to the U.S., his birthplace, only to be swamped by machinations contained in the murky backdrop to the September 11 attacks. Crime follows punishment and Rick joins the mob, marries a boss’s daughter and achieves material success.
In the maelstrom of social ill, political correctness gone mad and a world hell bent on self-destruction Rick Daly is up against powers that he cannot hope to defeat. Only by bending society’s rules can he beat it at its own game and become financially successful but does that mean he has really won? Marilyn finds a man who genuinely loves her at the same time as escaping stagnation in a provincial village that survives through prostitution and fishing. Both characters fight their surroundings and the wider world and even rage against that old enemy, Time. Yet in the end the only victory an individual can ever really achieve is one over the self.
Marilyn is left struggling in the dark while his environment mows down Christopher. However, Rick manages to escape both an unjust milieu and his own misunderstanding of life. He learns the real meaning behind the swastika and the balance between the soul and the world.
– a new ebook novel now available from , Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Gardner, Ibookstore and other retailers of ebooks. For eBook purchases the title is “Brownout – 666” (to distinguish it from electricity books)
Brownout is a story of sexuality, suspense, injustice and the grubby world of political power spread over two continents and three countries. the USA, Philippines and Australia. This book will appeal to those who are worried that the world as we know it is on a course to destruction as well as travellers of Asia.
This story includes many events that actually happened in real life and a number of characters based on real persons, although of course the names were changed to protect the innocent and the guilty.
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Brownout – 666 a current and sexy story about the Philippines and why the world doesn’t tick.
A story of political suspense, with crime and court elements, set against a background of romance and sexuality, in multicultural settings across several countries this novel attempts to find out why the world doesn’t tick so well. From steamy and graphic sex scenes to the highest political intrigue it searches the floundering of the human race.
In the land of flaunted sex, money, and flexible rules, an ambitious but lonely Rick Daly faces his demons.
Rick Daly has established a business in the exotic surroundings of the Philippines, while simultaneously discovering Marilyn Delgado, the woman of his dreams.
However, a clash of cultures and his own naiveté lead to disaster. Falsely accused of a sexual crime, Rick loses both his freedom and his business. To add insult to injury, a prison escape merely amounts to switching jails.
In a world where the rich prosper, honest individuals are forced to the wall, and a cynical disregard for all but the dollar is destroying society from within, crime soon follows punishment for Rick. Close to losing his soul, will Rick’s ultimate success in drug and arms dealing finally lead him to face up to reality?
Difficult to put down and including erotic scenes, this is a high octane adventure, which will take the reader into a sea of cultural and ethical flashpoints, while exposing huge cracks in the world’s political and social order.
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Those of us who live with elderly relatives who suffer from Alzeiheimers or other forms of dementia understand all too well that this is a living death: – it reminds of us of Jonathon Swift’s fourth book from Gulliver’s Travels – the story about the Struldbugs, who grew older and older but could never die. For those of us who are not too elderly yet there is some comfort. In this world of reverse socialism where money and power trump life there is no chance of us being put in nursing homes with dementia. In the not too distant future, it will be a case of “What is your name or your favourite colour?” “Urr, Urr, ….”. Bang!
For those of you who share a less-than-pretty but perhaps realistic view of the future I have published a novel about the decay of our species. It is titled, “Brownout,” and is available as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo etc. Alternatively, signed author copies of a paperback edition are available from my website; http://www.creativityandpower.com
The State of the World
It doesn’t take a genius to see that our species is inexorably headed for calamity. There are simply too many of us for the planet to cope with. Collectively, humanity doesn’t learn other than technologically. The same greed, selfishness and stupidity is as paramount as it has always been.
Climate change is obviously real. What with the risk of destruction by Nature, the risk of nuclear conflagration (whether started by terrorists or rogue states is immaterial) and the risk of pandemics it is more than likely that at least half of the current human population will die within the next ten to fifteen years.
Some very enthusiastic Christians talk about the “End of Days” and refer to the Book of Revelation of Saint John. Yet, it is simply a matter of logic that something will have to give, causing a massive catastrophe for our species. Since it is more than unlikely that the rich, the greedy and the powerful will change their spots we are all in for an interesting but most unpleasant ride!
My novel, Brownout – 666 and the real meaning of the swastika, explores these questions in some detail. It is available as an ebook from amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and kobo.com as well as a number of other electronic retailers.