As many of you know, I have been in a writing hiatus for a few years (except for my weekly blogs, that is), since the full set of “Journey to the West” trilogy was published on Amazon. A few of my Facebook friends and elsewhere have been asking me about the new book of fiction I started a few months ago, and today I’m giving you a sneak preview.
Sorry to disappoint, but this new venture is not going to be The Same Moon, which I know that many of my readers loved. But the good news is: if you enjoyed Trials of Life and Land of Hope, you will enjoy this new book. Currently I do not have a fixed title yet, but as the title of this blog suggests, it will be an exciting mix of corruption, sex, scandal and a touch of murder mystery. There will be a host of characters, as in Land of Hope, many based on real life friends and foe I have come across in every day life, the stories will be every bit as engaging as my previous offerings.
To entice you, take a look at a very brief excerpt from one of my early chapters in the book.
“Loyalty is the most important,” he said, casting a glance at me, something implied in his look and his tone.
I returned his look. He knew I understood. But, he did not know what I was thinking.
I was thinking: oh yes, you demand complete loyalty from people around you, those pitiful minions you’ve acquired over time, handing out sweeties here and there, so they do exactly what you tell them to do, without question, without ideas of their own, without a moral compass, only compliance, obedience and a blind faith in you.
I was thinking: you think you are God Almighty, Emperor of the 21 century, King of your own beliefs. The only person you answer to, is your control-freak second wife, a woman of ice cold demeanour, coupled with an utter arrogance of her own intellectual superiority, a face covered in thick layers of Chanel make-up to cover her lack of substance underneath the fake superficiality.
I was thinking: Your wife, basically an Er Nai (Two Tits in colloquial Chinese, how appropriate) who gripped you by your balls ever since she lured you away from your wrinkly first wife pregnant with your twins. She squeezed your balls tighter still when she caught you with your trousers down in front of a younger woman whom she employed to be her assistant, another Er Nai whom you decided to ‘keep’ on the side with your ill-gained money and power. Oh yes, your wife got what she deserved, no doubt about that. Pregnant wives and young Chinese girls had the same effect on you: you stray. Grass always seems greener and younger flesh from the fairer sex are born to serve you, as they have done with the Chinese Emperors in the Imperial Palaces, one corrupt dynasty after another. You extend the Royal dreams into a new century and to a new continent.
You must think that you are a fucking genius!
Yes, I understood you perfectly. But no, not a shred of loyalty from me, that much was certain.
To me, you are simply an egomaniac and a bully, an obsessive pervert and a sex-cum-power addict! As for your Er Nai (Two Tits, second concubine) and San Nai (Three Tits, third concubine), they got what they truly deserved, they got you.
Little did I know then, as I know now, that was the beginning to an end, when life would become very complicated, first for me, then for him and his clan, and especially for him.
Destiny has its own way to reveal its secrets to us, in its own time. The signs may be there all along, but only the truly blessed few, can see it coming.
The rest, sad but true, had no fucking clue what was to come, until it was too late.