“BACK” Gets Two OUTSTANDING Reader Reviews on Amazon

“BACK” Gets Two OUTSTANDING Reader Reviews on Amazon

Above Photo: A too-close encounter with an elephant on a research trip through the jungle

On all the hundreds of posts on this website, which have themselves been copied many hundreds of times onto other websites, I have only been linking to the US Amazon page for my books (at the bottom of each post). I have never even looked at the UK Amazon site for BACK.

The only “review” of BACK on the US page is a mendacious, idiotic, fake review posted by some dickhead who admitted to me he hadn’t even read the books.

A jungle tree smashed to pieces by a bear after honey.

A jungle tree smashed to pieces by a bear after honey.

Yet this weekend I was told that there were two great reviews of BACK on the Amazon UK site for my novel, which I hadn’t even seen.

The first one, written back in March, said:

“I have just finished this book and its a real page turner!!! Good pace and really intense pace, you really feel like you are there and you can tell the Author is talking about parts of the world he knows really well. I like the real world facts and events woven into the story, reminds me of the way James Elroy does it in The Cold 6 Thousand, to give depth and perspective. Making readers think “did this actually happen!”

I think it would make a great film.”

I have not seen it until now, five months later.

I enjoyed my many research trips into the jungles of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand, especially when I realised how quickly a pleasant jungle trek can turn into a worrying “We’re lost, disoriented and in serious trouble” moment.

The next positive review, posted more recently,  said:

This book and its sequel combine a deep knowledge by the author of its subject matter – the war waged by the US in Laos on the Viet Cong – with a narrative pace that keeps the reader engaged to its conclusion.

I’m no fan of war thrillers but was encouraged to read this brace of novels and had no trouble becoming immersed in the plot. The author has clearly spent time both in the locations where the books are set and in researching the details that lay behind the military history, but his knowledge is worn lightly and never gets in the way of plot. Short, punchy chapters (in the first volume alternating between the past and present) maintain a pace that is sustained to the end. The characters are likeable and loathsome in equal measure and one can easily see how the books might translate onto screen (unsurprising given the author’s other interest as a screenwriter).

My only bugbear is that I am yet to take delivery of my free spoon….but this is more than outweighed by the ladlefuls of action served up on the page!

Both reviews can be seen at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B00BVGGII0/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Enormous roots of a dipterocarp tree

Enormous roots of a dipterocarp tree in the tri-border jungle of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, where I set BACK.


Our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.

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See the trailer for our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. 

For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:

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BACK Parts 1 and 2:

Reviews: Amazon.co.uk: Customer Reviews 

UK: Amazon.co.uk: BACK Parts 1 and 2 

US: Amazon: Back Parts 1 and 2

Smashwords: Back Parts 1 and 2

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Front cover of BACK Part 1.

Front cover of BACK Part 1.

Front cover of BACK Part 2.

Front cover of BACK Part 2.

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