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- $5.99 – $14.99 Jones, Mark
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Recent reports in a number of western newspapers – Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada – suggest that Thailand is one of the most dangerous countries in the world, for the aforementioned countries’ nationals, to either be living in or visiting. Based on recent statistics the newspapers reported that, in terms of serious injury or death, their citizens are more at risk in Thailand than almost anywhere else in the world apart from declared war zones.
To add balance to the argument the reports also clearly stated that the majority of the injuries, and fatalities were the result of misadventure or road accidents. In instances where murder or serious assault was involved the Thai authorities were praised for their professionalism in apprehending the perpetrators.
All too often though, it is found that the perpetrators were either a jealous business competitor trying to eliminate the competition, or a greedy wife or girlfriend hoping to cash in on the death of her husband or boyfriend. These deeper level facts are something that is often not made clear in the report of the death or serious assault. It may be touched upon but we are often left to draw our own conclusions regarding the machinations behind the event.
For many expats living in Thailand, these types of occurrences are an all too familiar theme with greed, more often than not, being the primary motivator. Sadly it is also quietly acknowledged that many of the victims – foreign husbands, boyfriends, or business competitors – put themselves in a position to be a victim in the first instance. That they weren’t street smart or savvy enough and often, through their own actions or naivety, help create the circumstances leading to their injury or demise.
Even though the local English language newspapers do a reasonable job reporting the eventual apprehension of the greedy wife, girlfriend, or jealous business competitor, nothing much is ever mentioned of the behind the scenes story. The rivalries, jealousies, motivations and emotions that are the fabric of a human tragedy go unreported.
This book seeks to rectify that and it also seeks to show balance; that as much as the blame can be pointed at the motivations of a jealous business competitor, greedy wife, or girlfriend, it can also be apportioned to the poor life decisions made by the victim.
For many of us who continue to live in Thailand, or those who are considering moving here, there is a lesson in that. That one must take responsibility for one’s own actions at all times and never put yourself in a position to be a victim.
As a foreigner in Thailand you are, in most instances, on your own. You are, whether you like it or not, very much the director of your own destiny.
- $4.99 – $14.99 Lilburne, Guy
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Danny O’Brien is now retired from the police and constantly being arrested for being drunk and disorderly around London. He has been warned that the next time he is arrested he will go to prison. In his sober moments he thinks about returning to Thailand.
When a real opportunity presents itself only a few days later, Danny is convinced that he can feel the breath of the mythical ‘Thai Dragon’ breathing on him and the urge to return is overwhelming.
A job offer is made by a beautiful Thai lady to find her missing English boyfriend. The missing person is Jack MORGAN, a retired police officer from the West Midlands police, but if he is missing then who is running his bar ‘Captain Morgan’s on the holiday island of Phuket?
After a meeting with Jack Morgan’s mysterious Thai girlfriend Danny agrees to investigate the case.
A case that will take him deep into the jungle on the border with neighbouring Myanmar (Burma) and into the hot arid north of Thailand to the shores of the mighty Mekong river.
It soon becomes obvious to Danny that this is a murder case but now he needs to find the body to prove it. There is a lot more to Jack Morgan then Jack would have wanted anyone to know, especially an ex detective from Scotland Yard and there are other people who do not want Jack Morgan’s body to be found.
Ex Detective Sergeant Danny O’Brien is back on another case in Thailand, but this time it is personal and he needs help from an old friend.
- $6.99 Allen, Neville
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Nittaya Siriwadana’s life takes a whole new course when a friend introduces her to the intriguing, seductive world of the 21st Century Cyber Girl.
Suddenly, this naive, out-of-work university graduate smells a small fortune. And all she needs do to reap the rewards is invest an hour or two each day snaring lonely, unsuspecting western men by e-mail.
It isn’t long before Nid, as she is known, outshines her mentor — but her new-found wealth doesn’t come without a price.
Excitement and suspense enter Nid’s life as she is forced to balance time between western lovers and Kwan, her new Thai boyfriend. Kwan’s criminal activities shatter Nid’s dreams, exposing her to Bangkok’s vicious underbelly of drugs, murder and revenge. Nid ultimately finds true love only to have its promise snatched away as her life hangs by a thread in a violent, action-filled ending to an emotion-packed story.