Both of my published novels, A LUST FOR LIFE, and MADJU-RAJ, MESSENGER OF DEATH are available for download onto your Kindle or similar eBook reading device at the bargain price of $2.99 each (or local currency equivalent).
To obtain your copy, all you have to do is click on the appropriate link under ‘Buy From Amazon’ at the top of the right hand side bar of this page.
Considering that A LUST FOR LIFE is estimated by Amazon to contain over 800 ‘normal’ pages and ‘MADJU-RAJ’, over 500 pages , these books have to be worth their prices for their sheer length alone……
(Never mind the quality, feel the mega-bytes….. 🙂 )
Why don’t you give one, or both of them a try? I promise that you will not be disappointed
Here are some more details, extracted from Amazon, that may help to convince you…
A Lust For Life [Kindle Edition]
Mobi D’Ark (Author)
£1.93 ($2.99) includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
Length: 817 pages (estimated)
Publication Date: October 9, 2013
‘A Lust for Life’ is the story of Toby Stark, a saga of 210,000 words, spanning five decades, and five continents, with most of the action taking place in South East Asia, primarily in Thailand.
It is the tale of a troubled, hard drinking Englishman who was born to an abusive father in post war, economically depressed London, and whose considerable escapades take him to America, Canada, Africa, The Middle East and Indonesia, before arriving in Thailand where he decides to spend the remainder of his life.
Along the way Toby lurches from poverty, to wealth, and back to poverty again; is subjected to spells in many of the world’s jails; wins and loses countless women – including five wives, four of whom are Thai – and develops an unhealthy addiction to alcohol.
In later life he becomes inextricably involved with two beautiful women from rural Thailand.
The first is ‘Ying’, born in impoverished circumstances in Eastern Thailand, and at the age of eight witnessed her gangland father being shot down in front of her. Ying’s eventful life takes her to Bangkok at the age of twelve to work as an indentured servant, and later to the south of Thailand where she suffers constant abuse by the father of her child. She eventually escapes and moves back to Bangkok where she becomes a popular hostess at one of Bangkok’s nightspots.
The second is ‘Na’ was also born into incredibly poverty in the North East of Thailand, and moves to the resort City of Pattaya at a very young age. Despite her appalling suffering at the hands of paedophiles and other criminal elements, she survives to become a highly sought after ‘working girl’ in one of Pattaya’s premier red light districts.
The two women meet by chance and reluctantly join forces to try and save Toby from almost certain death in a Pattaya jail, after he is arrested for causing a fatal road accident.
Their efforts to rescue him and their subsequent adventures are an exciting, roller-coaster of a ride, which exposes the sordid underbelly of Pattaya’s criminally controlled, lawless, sex industry where death, human trafficking and unspeakable depravity are the order of the day. The thrilling and shocking climax of the saga is both uplifting and distressing.
A Lust for Life’ leads the reader deep into the dark side of Thailand’s corrupt and morally bankrupt society. It explores the fatal culture clashes that are experienced by thousands of eager westerners who flock to Thailand, only to learn that their dreams of happiness in a tropical paradise are largely an illusion.
It also delves into the causes and the punishing effects of alcoholism in both eastern and western civilizations.
At its heart, ‘A Lust for Life’ is a novel of abuse and its long lasting effects, of desire, of love, of greed, of adventure, of heartbreak and shocking violence – the bread and butter of daily life in the exotic ‘Land Of Smiles.’
Madju-Raj,The Messenger of Death [Kindle Edition]
Mobi D’Ark (Author)
Kindle Price: £1.94 ($2.99) includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
Length: 560 pages (estimated)
The background of the novel is split between England and Thailand, and the story commences in a tiny, poverty-stricken village, deep in the heart of rural Thailand where two innocent youths are mercilessly shot, before switching to a sleepy village in the English countryside, where an elderly Englishman is brutally murdered in his own home.
Are the two crimes connected?
Perry is a shy, young, struggling author who lives in the picturesque English village of Fawnhope and becomes captivated by Suneenart – Sunny – a young, rich Thai woman who comes to live in his village. She is the most beautiful woman he has ever set eyes on, but her capricious and enigmatic nature mean that his clumsy attempts to woo her are continually frustrated.
A second murder and a motiveless house trashing prompts the pair to team up and try to solve these apparently unexplainable crimes.
Their inquiries take them from England’s ‘green and pleasant land’ to the lawless brothels of Hat Yai in the south of Thailand. From there, the action moves to the opulent Oriental Hotel in the heart of Bangkok and thence to the wild-west of ‘Issan–country’ in the north east, where the ruthless authorities still exact summary justice.
Their adventures lead to many life-threatening escapades, both in Thailand and back home in England, and with Perry’s help, Sunny slowly pieces together the intriguing jigsaw of events that led to the murders.
Along the way, Perry learns some uncomfortable and disturbing truths that lie beneath the surface of Thailand’s thin veneer of civilised society and the democratic ideals that they love to espouse.
Not without humour, the tale swings from light-hearted banter to dreadful tragedy and ultimately to poignant sadness, as we learn about the past tragic events that have helped to shape the lives of the main protagonists.
“Madju-Raj, The Messenger of Death” is a tale of romance, murder, and oriental intrigue that will keep readers glued to the narrative until the final page.
USER REVIEWS (Taken from Amazon – all 100% genuine)
A Lust For Life
STAR RATING: Average 4.8 out of 5 stars
- Having subscribed to the authors blog for sometime, he had always seemed a bit self-deprecating about his style of writing, so although I`d had downloaded for a while, it was a night of insomnia that propelled me to read it, a surprise is an understatement, I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish it gives a great insight from the east end in the 50`s through Africa, the middle east and Thailand through the years and the people who have lived there.
- I would say this is a novel/autobiography that would appeal to most, although my reviews have been mostly on books based around Thailand, my majority of reading is modern contemporary works of Welsh,Banks,Amis etc so don’t judge, my review a as one from a Thai obsessive!
- Congratulations to Mobi for finishing this long and riveting book whilst coping with all the events chronicled on his blog. ” My Name is Mobi, I Am An Alcoholic”
- Its the story of Toby who drinks his way through an extraordinary life and series of marriages and ends up in Pattaya Thailand where the story starts and ends.
- Many people suggest to new arrivals in Thailand that they read Stephen Leather’s book “Private Dancer” to absorb some of the local culture and help them avoid the pitfalls of the Land of Smiles. This book could also fulfil the same role as it describes in some detail the kind of scams expats can be victim of. Its a real page turner with a brilliant brave mixture of thinly disguised fact and fiction. At £1.93 for a download its a bargain investment in several hours stimulating and exciting reading.(817 very enjoyable pages).
- A great read. Thoroughly recommended. The story hooks you in and keeps you interested until the end of the book.
- Toby takes us from his unhappy childhood in London’s East End, his cruel, dominating father and his early school days to his globe-trotting adventures in north America, west Africa, Indonesia and the Middle East and finally to Thailand, The Land of Smiles. He makes his fortune in the oil business but his search for love and romance leads him to the sex pots and alcohol fueled ex-pat communities in which he lives, finally settling in Pattaya, Thailand, a notorious Sin City. Here he encounters corruption of the most evil kind. His alcohol dependence and lust for bar girls leads him into ever more dangerous situations. Finally, all alone, he wonders where it will all end.
- A gripping tale told in a highly descriptive manner which keeps the readers interest to the end. A good read.
- This is an incredibly engaging tale, that follows the life of Toby from post-war depression in Ilford under the domineering influence of a physically and emotionally abusive father, to a life in South-East Asia via five failed marriages.
- Although the vast majority of the book covers Toby’s endeavours as an accountant in Abu Dhabi, Nigeria, Indonesia and London, and latterly his retirement in Thailand, it was the section that focussed on Toby’s upbringing in war-torn East London that I found most engaging and is where the writer is able to elicit the greatest emotional connection with the protagonist.
- Having endured some truly cringe-worthy books on the subject of bar-girls in Thailand, and other books that specifically focus on the seedier elements of the country, this novel presents a true depiction of the nature of Thai familial structures and the culture of bar-work within that structure.
- It’s clear that this novel would have benefited from the studious eye of an editor, or sub-editor, but I would urge anyone who is interested in the social history of England, or Thailand, or in the psychology of victims of domestic violence or alcoholics to give this book a read. I’m sure that you won’t be disappointed.
- Easy to read with a believable story. Written in everyday language and conjures up memories of my youth – well done!
- I read the original transcript before it was published. Completely absorbing, and now consequently, I find I am reading it again. A must read.
- This books takes you on an incredible journey though the life of a man searching for love in all the wrong places. 5 stars!
- wow .. what a great read for anybody who has ever lived a “roller coaster” professional life which included a spell in Thailand. Toby’s odyssey from the corporate powerhouse to the back street bars in Pattaya I’m sure is a story that many “old Asian hands” will undoubtedly identify with.
- Although it is a bit long for a normal novel the story is so enthralling that I found it almost impossible to put down. I especially loved the flash backs and side stories which added depth to the characters, bring them to life in a way which normal length novels are regularly lacking.
- superb Mobi .. I’m waiting is great anticipation for your next work .. as for Toby .. “Well Mate .. some of its magic and some of its tragic .. but what a life” ..
- Mobi’s book, a lust for life, is well written and easy to read.
- Toby, the books hero, in the loosest sense of the word. Has travelled the world, made illegal alcohol in Libya, worked in the City of London, worked in a Thai radio station and has had a myriad of wives. The story takes you from the beginning of his life through to the present day.
- The story is gripping and its sometimes hard to put the tablet down. One of the best features is Mobi’s understanding of how things work in Thailand.
- A great read. 100% recommend it. Hope you enjoy it as much as i have done.
- Toby goes from rags to riches and back again. All the time getting involved with one woman after another. It made me wonder why he couldn’t see his mistakes and learn from them. The voyeur in me couldn’t stop reading.
Madju-Raj,The Messenger of Death
STAR RATING: Average 4 out of 5 stars
- Well written and storyline flowed well. Enjoyable read with apparently good Thai knowledge. Helped paint the picture of the area
(Some more reviews would be gratefully appreciated… thank you.)