Today I’m proud to announce that the first book in the White Shadows series, The Prisoner of Raiatea, is live on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and Kobo, just to name a few venues.
I have a fascination with the South Pacific that began when I was just nine years old and saw the first episode of Adventures in Paradise starring Gardner McKay and Guy Stockwell. This definitely dates me, but I first started watching it with my grandparents in their house just an uninhabited block from the Atlantic Ocean on a small barrier island off the mouth of the Cape Fear River.
That show opened with a stunning—for the time—aerial shot of a large three-masted schooner cleaving through the imaginary blue waters of the Pacific. I say imaginary because the show was in black and white, so you definitely had to bring your imagination to it.
Another show, The Beachcomber with Cameron Mitchell and Sebastian Cabot, came just a bit later. By then I was as enthralled with the notion of living on a tropical island.
As I’ve grown older, however, it is the tales of what life was like there before the coming of the second world war that truly caught my imagination. The works of Frederick O’Brien, such as White Shadows in the South Seas, still fire me up.
Life in the region was changed by the concentration and build up of world powers just before the official start of the war. The invasion of Shanghai had ripple effects throughout the region. Ultimately, as the Japanese spread their outposts through the area, a new kind of threat enveloped the lives of the people there.
With that in mind, I’ve set about to write a fictional series that will be full of adventure yet have a firm foot in historical truth. The premise of a disgraced naval officer who may eventually be revealed as an agent of the United States Navy is not so far-fetched. Before WWII, the region was filled with informants, allied with a variety of countries, and all caught in the same sweep of events.
So take a look at The Prisoner of Raiatea. I plan to keep most of the “episodes” within the novelette/novella length. My goal, frankly, is to provide a couple of hours entertainment, not a tome that must be plowed through over several days.
I hope you enjoy it. If you do, please leave a review on Amazon or at your favorite venue. In fact, please leave a review even if you hate it. I value all the input from readers, both good and bad, because it is the best guideline for how to improve your experience in the future.