Jim Tully is a misfit who belongs to an earlier era. The causes he believes in, like the world he wants to live in, are already doomed.
The narrator first meets him during a student riot in Paris and finds him again more than twenty years later in Thailand. In between, Tully has drifted around the world, tossed from one noble cause to another, even being imprisoned by the Khmer Rouge. In Bangkok, writing a book his friends fear reveals too many secrets, he is persuaded to work for an American movie mogul. To Tully's disgust his screenplay about a new Genesis is cut and manipulated into a nature romp in the jungle. When a sequel called Genocide is planned, Tully quits. Soon after, the tycoon is found murdered. Tully vanishes, only to become involved in the search in Cambodia for MIAs-American prisoners of war who have been missing since the end of the Vietnam war. When this venture is exposed as a scam, Tully retreats into the jungle, subsequently finding a new cause helping the Karen in their fight for independence from the tyrannical Burmese government. He finally reappears in Bangkok during the bloody democracy riots in 1992, only to be among the many listed as missing. In fact he has returned to Cambodia, where the United Nations peacekeeping mission assign him to an outpost far up the Mekong River and to an uncertain welcome from his old adversaries-the Khmer Rouge.
(Bangkok 1995) ISBN 974-8496-46-5
261 pp., 130 x 200 mm, pbk.
Folktales of Bhutan is a collection of thirty-eight folktales and legends and is a first attempt by a Bhutanese to record in English the oral tradition of this kingdom in the eastern Himalayas. All of the stories recounted here were heard by the author when she was a child living in Bumthang in the central part of Bhutan, and are the ones that she passes on to her children today in the spirit of the oral tradition.
In Bhuthan's centuries of self-imposed isolation, brought about by both its geographically remote position, and political considerations, the Bhutanese oral tradition evolved and thrived. The rugged and awesome terrain and the people's closeness to nature, together with their philosophy of karmic life cycles, an unquestioning belief in unseen co-inhabitants of the earth like spirits, ghosts and demons, and the creative genius of the storytellers culminated in a remarkable repository of tales and legends which were passed on from one generation to the next.
Each story has been illustrated by a Bhutanese artist.
(Bangkok 1994) ISBN 974-8495-96-5
197 pp., illus., 148 x 210 mm, pbk.
This book is a panoramic novel of greed and compassion, violence and family love, desperation and hope. It is September 1981, the high tide of boat people flight from Vietnam. From the Mekong Delta port of Rach Gia, one boat-crammed with fishermen, farmers, political refugees and urban hustlers runs a 300-mile gauntlet of pirates and storms for the safe haven of the Songkhla Refugee Camp. Here the survivors meet the West in the form of religious idealists and burnt-out aid workers. Some boat people are drawn to black market gangs, others to public service of official corruption. Factions plot against each other and grapple for advantage.
Covering the refugee beat for the American Consulate, Dan Swartz is torn between being a cynical observer and a reluctant participant in the drama of the camp. Nguyen Xuan Tong is torn too, between loyalty to his gang and his love for Le Thuy Linh. Her protector, the beautiful Huynh Thuc Quan, plays her would-be lover Fred Butterworth against gang leader Huyan Anh.
As tensions in the camp flash into violence, both Dan Swartz and Nguyen Xuan Tong are forced to make a painful moral choice: in a snake's nest of deception and counterplot, where do they stand?
(Bangkok 1995) ISBN 974-8496-32-5
347 pp., 130 x 200 mm, pbk.
A fast moving adventure story set in South Thailand, in the Andaman Sea and Phuket.
Tony DeLupo, alias Loopy da Loop, is a man with a past. On an around-the-world orgy of spearfishing- I enjoy killing things, and then eating them. -he retreats to the coral world of Koh Adang in the Andaman Sea, but, instead of finding the solitude he seeks, he meets up with a group of marine biologists from Hat Yai's Prince of Songkhla University. Thai, British and American, the group includes Anna Briggs who is attracted to both Tony and Terry Weeks (who is jealous).
Montri Xuto, alias Hassan bin Khalid, is also a man with a past. A heroin smuggler who is trying to disappear from Phuket and retire gracefully to Australia. He washes up on Koh Adang with two ex-pirates, two Burmese crewmen, a .38, an M-16 and two rucksacks of Double Uoglobe #4 heroin.
The clash between the two groups leads to swift violence, devious power plays, painful moral choices, shifting allegiances-and the Adang Island Massacre.
(Bangkok 1993) ISBN 974-8495-80-9
210 pp., 130 x 195 mm, pbk.
McMakin, Patrick D.,
A novel set in Vietnam during the war years. It portrays a period which remains a unique enigma, a brutal, sloppy war laced with corruption, compassion, bravery, ignorance and intrigue-a most unholy mix for Americans to deal with.
In the first part, one man dares to try and sort out what is happening around him. In the heart of the Mekong Delta, Six, a Seminole Native American, fights to survive a harrowing chain of events. He is the leader of a long-range reconnaissance patrol team, adversary of a sadistic army intelligence officer and lover of a beautiful Viet Cong agent, named Xinh. He encounters the notorious Long Binh Jail, CIA-paid mercenaries, Viet Cong and US Special Forces-often finding it difficult to determine who is enemy and who is friend.
In subsequent chapters, a captivating Viet Cong commander emerges as chief protagonist as she winds her way through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, like a skein of silk through rough burlap, giving the reader an unprecedented view of the war from the other side.
From the slums and bars of Bangkok and Saigon to remote hilltribe villages and guerrilla camps, the culture of war in Southeast Asia unfolds in a panorama of beauty and violence.
(Bangkok 1994) ISBN 974-8496-16-3
400 pp., 130 x 200 mm, pbk.
A collection of ten stories set in Thailand, India, China, Nepal, Taiwan, and Afghanistan. Some highlights:
Although the protagonists come from different backgrounds, most of them are engaged in a common venture: the quest for spiritual certitude.
(Bangkok 1995) ISBN 974-8496-40-6
192 pp., 130 x 200 mm, pbk.
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