Former intelligence operative and ex-Vietnam War soldier, social worker and teacher Tim Adams has spent five years in exile from both his time in Asia as well as an espionage mess that ended badly in San Francisco.
When he was approached to assist a WWII veteran with ‘problems,’ he had no idea how deeply it would involve him in the wars he left behind.
Set in the bucolic streets of Santa Monica, the humid back areas of Bangkok Chinatown, and in the skies over northern Burma, Adams dodges triad activists, CIA operatives and his own ghosts as he attempts to help retrieve a cargo of gold (and incriminating documents) from the ‘Hump,’ a pejorative term for the Himalayas.
It is an action/adventure thriller that includes social commentaries on Southeast Asia, as well as a running battle that covers three countries and includes aerial combat.
Ken Winkler has spent five years teaching in Thailand (Bangkok & Chiang Mai) and served a year as a resort manager in the far north (Chiang Rai). Another two years were devoted to being a Peace Corps volunteer in India, and a single year in the Czech Republic.He is the author of: Pilgrim of the Clear Light: The Biography of Dr. Walter Evans-Wentz, A Thousand Journeys: A Biography of Lama Anagarika Govinda, and The Furies Arise: A Novel of the Indian Mutiny.A student of several Thai and Tibetan Buddhist masters, Ken has also served as a refugee social worker for the Tolstoy Foundation and the International Rescue Committee. In addition to working with the American Language Center at UCLA, he has also taught community college English in the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, Oregon and with Santa Monica College in Los Angeles, California.His most recent book, The Winter Line, A Memoir and Observations of Asia covers his 40 years of traveling to, working in and writing about South and Southeast Asia.