Gold of the Generals is a classic adventure story, great for a lazy afternoon, or for that long international flight. It starts in the exotic and history filled ruins of the Spanish Empire in Manila, and spreads to the jungles and beauty of Papua New Guinea. It has drama, romance, history, tragedy and treachery all tied up in fast paced, moving smorgasbord of exotic locations. We meet a range of characters, each with their own problems to solve, as they take up the challenge of looking for the gold and treasures, secreted by the Japanese forces as they escaped from Rabaul late in 1945.
PACIFIC LOOT is a surprisingly good adventure novel in the unusual setting of Rabaul, New Guinea -- one of the world’s most beautiful but little-known places. As Volume One of Nic Richards’ series GOLD OF THE GENERALS, it gets off to a good start by taking us from the familiar surroundings of Manila to the volcanic cone of Rabaul, where the Japanese Imperial Army hid weapons and war looted gold in a swiss-cheese of caves.
Richards builds an entertaining and suspenseful plot around a group of odd-ball characters involved in the hunt for “black gold”, in the literary tradition of Alistair McLean’s GUNS OF NAVARONE and WHERE EAGLES DARE.
Happily, this is not just another secret agent rip-off. The characters are highly original loose cannons, their dialogue rich with regional accents that Richards captures nicely. And the climax is suitably suspenseful and explosive.
author of GOLD WARRIORS and THE YAMATO DYNASTY
About the Author
Nicholas (Nic) grew up as a young boy into a teenager on Thursday Island in the Torres Straits of North Queensland, Australia in the sixties and seventies. The sea and the islands have always been a part of his life, filled with days of swimming, spear fishing, cycling, exploring old war-time forts, ship-wreck fossicking, digging up old settlements, all fuelled by an over-active imagination and curiosity. He joined the Royal Australian Navy for junior officer training, and left as a Sub-Lieutenant after five years of interesting training and wonderful experiences. He has gained several degrees and worked in ten countries in the Asia Pacific Region in international agricultural development. He now lives in the southern Philippines with his wife and two children. He uses his experiences of living in many countries and his exposure to the many different peoples, cultures, languages, foods, religions and lifestyles, to provide settings and realism for his writing. Nic has written and published two novels to date. Black Hearts, Gold Warriors is his second novel and it tells the tale of the hunter and the hunted across the exotic and dangerous landscapes of Mindanao and Vietnam, from the close of WW2 to the start of the new millennium. It is an action adventure spiced with historical fiction and romance, with wonderful and heady scents and sounds of life in the colourful and vibrant world of SE Asia. Nic’s first book called Gold of the Generals, is being revised and will be released in January 2018 and it is a wonderful story of the hunt for war loot and treasures in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea.