Novels

Alphabet of Vietnam

Reviews and testimonials

“An extraordinary page-turner. Intricately plotted, with astute observations that capture the fingernails-on-a-blackboard atmosphere of Vietnam, then and now. Reminiscent of Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene. It’s up there with the best.” - Colin Leinster, former Vietnam correspondent, LIFE magazine

Alphabet of Vietnam

When men come back from war they bring the war back with them.

When Joe dies. His brother Jack thinks it’s an accident - until the parcel arrives with Joe’s diaries and notebooks and the map of the cabin high up in the Appalachians where Joe’s war buddy, Wash, is hiding out with a girl he’s kidnapped. Joe has one last favour to ask of his brother. He wants Jack to rescue the girl - and if he has to - kill Wash too.

A complex and intense tale that links Vietnam the war with Vietnam the country - and the darkness of man’s individual evil.

“This book really got to me. I am a veteran, I fought in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971 with the Australian Army and in Cambodia in 1972 with FANK against the NVA and the KR. Chamberlian has touched on something here that very few people have the slightest idea about. The darkness in us all that the combat experience can somehow turn into something that can consume us. It can turn us into something less than human, it's a kind of rage and its call is siren to say the least. The mix of fear, power, adrenaline, hatred and despair is a volatile one and once a person is in its clutches it can be very difficult indeed to get out. I know, because although I did ultimately manage to claw my way out, it really did nearly have me, it nearly took me for good or worse and I did much under its influence that I relive sometimes, those incidents seem surreal as though I read about them once or saw them on tv, but no it was me or at least the person I once was.

I could truly identify with Joe and Wash, I was often repulsed by them but there was much in them that is in me and it has seen the light of day-and that is truly frightening. I guess more of Joe than Wash but believe me I have known plenty who just like Wash went down that road, seeking the combat context which allowed them to dance with that particular devil. I was truly on the way to being one of them.

This is not an easy book to read but it is an extraordinary piece of work.” - review on Amazon USA

Whitebait & Tofu

Reviews and testimonials

“A whirlpool of paradoxes, poetics and treacheries,”. a phrase from Whitebait and Tofu, is not a bad tagline for the book itself. Certainly it’s a whirlpool. Take a thirty-something, 21st century Anglo American photographer and philosopher, who is truly lost in the heartland of the global future, which is somewhere on the west coast of the United States.

Whitebait & Tofu

Sam Leinster, photographer and  lecturer in an evening college finds himself enmeshed in a Japanese conspiracy.

He is set up unknowingly to be an assassin, but things don’t go according to plan.

An erotic Noir novel.

Whitebait & Tofu

Reviews and testimonials

“A highly entertaining little book.,,,It is one thing to write a page or two of witty and entertaining dialogue, but quite another to keep the ideas flowing for the duration of a book. This story is entertaining and amusing throughout, and at times extremely funny. I got through it in a day which reflects both the fact that I enjoyed it so much as well as it being quite short.” - Amazon review

Dreams of Gold

How the London Olympic Games were saved from the bizarre schemes of a mad dictator by a motley crew of athletes, a Welsh poet, a transexual, and a Jeeves-like butler.

Rowan Jones, the up and coming Welsh postmodernist (or should that be neo-traditionalist?) poet is chosen very briefly to be the Poet Laureate for the London Olympics to write poems about pain, poems about glory. However, he fluffs his lines and is promptly sacked but not before setting in motion an international movement of disaffected athletes. They descend on his farmhouse. Meanwhile Osman Osmakhian (the Fantastic) of Transcaucasia has plans to interfere with the smooth running of the Games. The plot is revealed by a transgender athlete. The disaffected athletes manage to foil the dastardly scheme and are rewarded by Lord Coe.

“I'm not a fan of sports (at all!) so approached this novel with a bit of caution at first, hoping that it wouldn't go into too much athletic detail but thankfully I needn't have worried about that -  this is definitely more of a character driven book that I found myself getting involved in pretty quickly. Despite all the characters (and there are a lot of them) it is never confusing and it is obvious who is who." - Nicola F. Amazon UK

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