ROCKET LAUNCHERS, a PRETTY CAPTAIN and a SLICE of PIZZA
Hard Crime Gone Wrong
Title: Fall of the Suns
Status: Published 21st October 2014
ISBN 10: 150330678X
ISBN 13: 978-1503306783
Word Count: about 88,000
Genre: Maritime Fiction/Crime/Humuor
Brief Blurb: Mad crime gone wrong with a cast of buffoons and an extremely tall preacher, a pretty captain and Ray, the MI6 agent.
The Short Blurb
Sun Junior, the wayward son of a corrupt Thai policeman is a complete buffoon. An unfortunate weapon's deal with the self-obsessed Lithuanian, Ludwig Stanislovas, is a new low, even for him.
The pitiful criminal activity rapidly bursts at the seams, nudged along by Ray who has been tasked to stop the weapons arriving at all costs but with due economy in mind. Meanwhile, the lovely ship’s captain and an extremely tall preacher are dragged into the fray. With more than one rash kidnap, an on board explosion and a Thai agent disguised as a pizza delivery boy, Sun Junior's mad displays of negativity are affecting everyone and complete mayhem results.
Within these pages are scenes of racing action with a cataclysmic showdown. The book scrapes the bottom of the barrel of ‘human failure’; portraying the useless life of the ugly Suns, father and son, the dregs of the criminal underworld in Bangkok and how dealing in weapons can go disastrously wrong. With a sprinkling of humour thrown into the mix a gripping novel is the end result.
The Long Blurb
‘Fall of the Suns’ is a galloping crime-thriller with continual humorous interlude. Set with modern maritime backdrop and invigorated with a handful of colourful characters, an ill-conceived weapons deal is entered into, one that will simply not go according to plan: for anybody.
Enter the totally inept Thai criminal, Sun Junior, the bumbling black sheep, whose corrupt Police Chief father has disinherited him. Desperate to win back his father’s affection, and after years of failed illegal enterprises, the buffoon gambles his last assets on an ill-conceived weapons deal, one that is built on the back of an overheard but very mistaken conversation.
Over in Lithuania, Ludwig Stanislovas, the extremely suave and self-obsessed arms dealer, is giving himself a routine full-body inspection when his gold-speckled phone disturbs his concentration. The caller is the unknown Sun Junior, demanding a container load of weapons. During this annoying call, Ludwig, who is itching to pull out an elusive strand of grey hair from his otherwise shiny black moustache, reluctantly agrees to a deal, for due recompense of course. However, MI6 come to learn of this and decide to prevent the deal concluding ‘at all costs’ but cheaply. They dispatch Agent Ray who tries his best, but falling in love, a youthful Thai agent and gut-reaction place large obstacles in his path.
As the sun works its way across the sky events heat-up in cataclysmic fashion: enter the extremely tall Preacher, whose initial intention appeared to have been to get back his own container of ‘Golfing Equipment and Bibles’, until he unexpectedly pulls the trigger.
The author’s experiences at sea are obvious throughout the book along with a tongue in cheek approach to his writing. Unexpected and humorously creative situations echo throughout, combining well with the intolerable heat of the day as it drives the players to desperation in a gripping finale.
The obvious tone of the book presents modern portrayal of maritime mayhem: the theme abruptly dragging nautical fiction from the era of sails and wood, to today’s steel and rumbling engines. This book is a first: it fills a large gap in fictional writing that only a seafarer can achieve. And Ieuan manages this with ease in his debut novel - added and well-dispersed laughter and suspense keeping the reader asking for more.
The sequel (part 2), tentatively titled 'Ray of Hope' is currently in the pipeline.