It is early 1942 and South-East Asia is in flames. The Japanese forces storm south through Malaya, Singapore is lost and the battle for the Dutch East Indies begins in earnest. With the Japanese already at the gates of Java, the Dutch government discovers a load of gold left behind in a bank. In a desperate effort to save it from falling into Japanese hands, a damaged airliner is hurriedly repaired and a scratch crew is assembled to fly the gold to safety in Australia.
But a malignant fate interferes.
Their airplane malfunctions in a remote spot, several crew members are killed by a band of local insurgents, the survivors hastily hide the treasure and barely escape with their lives. Reaching friendly territory, they find they are posted AWOL and wanted for theft of a cargo of gold.
The survivors struggle through the rest of the war in a series of harrowing adventures.
Then the war ends and they try to settle in civilian life but the hidden treasure puts its spell on them and they try to retrieve their “lost” gold. But they soon find out that the jinx is still there.
Misfortune, violence and death follow in their wake as their bloody treasure hunt takes them back to the Dutch East Indies, a restive place despite the war’s end. As the story continues, their quest takes them across continents, spanning India, Australia, Europe and North Africa.
Their exciting exploits and sizzling romances are juxtaposed with historical developments of places scarred by war and colonialism, the racism of corrupt societies and the emerging threat of terrorism. The tale is replete with danger and treachery as the pursuit of “The Java Gold” shows the treasure hunters that the price of greed is human life.
“The Odyssey” marks the beginning of a series of books following the treasure-hunters. Kingsley blends kinetic action with meticulously researched factual details, infusing the work with his own passion for aviation and the Second World War, giving readers an exhilarating literary experience that’s part historical fact, part pulp fiction and all adventure.
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Robert A. Kingsley is a Dutch-Canadian author who specializes in writing novels that blend historical facts with action and human drama.
After several years of intensive research, Robert has started publishing “The Java Gold Series”. This meticulously researched, multi-part historical fiction story will take the reader all over South-East Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe.and through half a century of recent history.
The first two volumes of “The Java Gold” are largely set in the former Dutch East Indies. Not many books have been written about the turbulent post war years in that area and especially Indonesia. The Japanese invasion, the post-war struggle for independence and the general unrest in South East Asia serve as a fascinating background to the story.
In this series Robert has combines his life-long interest in aviation and military history (especially World War 2) with local, on-site knowledge he has gathered during his travels all over the world as an international ICT consultant.
The idea for the book was born during a “steak and beer” dinner in a California micro-brewery. Robert had just come across a number of highly intriguing facts and events that had happened in Indonesia during and after the 2nd world war. ‘I could write a thriller around them’ he said to one of his closest friends dared him to do so. And he did…