[ fiction / novel / satire / humour / thriller ]
A strange cast of misfits is on the hunt for a missing pilot – either for what he has or what he knows.
The story is set in 1995, as the War on Drugs exerts its increasingly bizarre effects on the farcical underworld of narcotics contraband.
In Colombia, tenth-rate drug lords make desperate bids for glory – mostly by betraying each other. For them, the pilot holds the key to power.
In Florida, a disillusioned crew of ex-smugglers is intent on rescuing a friend, while dealing with a society that is afraid of getting old and handling it badly.
And a decaying mercenary is tracking the pilot too, for reasons more personal than even he realizes.
Each member of this weird posse poses a threat to the others. But their greatest danger comes from their own egos, paranoia, incompetence and inability to cope.
The result is a strange and hilarious adventure on the wilder fringes of international drug crime.
Comments from readers:
“… it is funny, original and highly cinematic – I enjoyed the way the action really grabs the reader from the opening pages.”
“I love it! Your work reminds me of Christopher Buckley with shades of the late great Hunter S Thompson…”
“The narrative is very well structured and polished, and your dialogue is great. I also loved some of the descriptive prose … delicious. Well done!”
“Great story … Very funny … entertaining, witty read.”
“Love it! Love it! Love it! … Great characters! Fab story!”
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