The Java Gold Book One: The Odyssey by Robert Kingsley
“The Odyssey”, Book One of the multipart adventure story “The Java Gold”, has so far been awarded TEN five stars reviews, both on Amazon and Goodreads!
“The Odyssey” takes the reader from the heart of Java to the Sumatra jungle. From perilous wartime flying over the Himalayas to a murderous confrontation with Chinese pirates and the alleys and byways of Bombay. And from the smuggling port of Tangier and the stormy Atlantic via a dramatic reunion in Australia and onward to post-war Sicily.
The story starts in February 1942. Pearl Harbor has been bombed, Singapore has fallen, and South-East Asia is in flames. The Japanese invaders are already at Java's doorstep when the authorities discover a load of gold left behind in a bank. A damaged airliner is hurriedly repaired, and a scratch crew assembled to fly the gold to safety in Australia.
But a malignant fate haunts the flight. Technical problems with the airplane force the crew to abandon the flight and hide the cargo of gold. A pitched battle erupts with the hostile local population and several crew members are killed. The survivors escape to friendly territory, only to discover that they are wanted as deserters, guilty of the theft of an airplane and its cargo of gold
Escaping once more and survive years of perilous wartime flying under assumed names. They fly ‘The Hump’, the airbridge over the Himalayas, the most dangerous air route on earth.
When Peace finally breaks out, they try to retrieve "their" gold. But the jinx is still there. Whenever the gold seems to be within their grasp, fate intervenes, and their efforts are wasted. Gradually, the quest becomes more desperate as others are sniffing at the trail of the hidden treasure. And during a murderous confrontation with pirates, they learn the hard way that the price of greed is human life!
About The Author...
Robert A. Kingsley is a Dutch- Canadian author who currently works and lives in Europe.
He works out of the magical city of Amsterdam as an independent ICT consultant. Robert has a son and a daughter, both talented professionals in their own right, and has recently become grandfather to a wonderful grandson.
After several years of intensive research, Robert has published "The Odyssey", the first volume of "The Java Gold". This multi-part historical fiction story will take the reader all over the world and through half a century of recent history.
The first two volumes of "The Java Gold" are largely set in the former Dutch East Indies. Not many books have been written about the turbulent post war years in that area and especially Indonesia. The Japanese invasion, the post-war struggle for independence and the general unrest in South East Asia serve as a fascinating background to the story.
In this series Robert has combined his life-long interest in aviation and military history (especially World War 2)with local, on-site knowledge he has gathered during his travels all over the world as an international ICT consultant.
The idea for the book was born during a "steak and beer" dinner in a California micro-brewery. Robert had just come across a number of highly intriguing facts and events that had happened in Indonesia during and after the 2nd world war. 'I could write a thriller around them' he said to one of his closest friends dared him to do so. And he did...
Robert recently joined a truly intercontinental team of authors cooperating in a project called "Pearl Harbor and more..." It offers a collection of eight different short stories to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor and the start of the Pacific War.
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