But what if lurking in the shadows now was an even more sinister force – one intent on world domination at any cost. Following a script almost as old as time itself, it would put religion and politics on an inevitable collision course blurring forever the lines of good and evil.
From Washington, to Jerusalem’s sacred Temple Mount to the hallowed halls of the Vatican, the final struggle for global conquest has been set in motion – the advent to Judgement Day is upon us.
This thriller continues the story first framed in Year of the Tiger. It is now several years later and it begins in Asia where a terrorist organisation carries out a major strike on civilian targets using truck bombs. The descriptions are both accurate and chilling. A lot of research and details adds to the authenticity of the writing and the suspense. But this coordinated hit was simply a prelude to an even bigger hit - taking out part of Singapore with a nuclear weapon. I was caught up with the quick pace of the book and how the storyline evolved. As an ex-serviceman, for me attention to details and accuracy of the action sequences are important and this book has both. Overall a solid narration which behind-the-scenes politics makes this an unstoppable read. I gave it four stars cos I'm holding out for the next installment. - L. Davenport
This is certainly one of the more interesting thrillers I've come across recently. It had a good and engaging plot which left me guessing how it would evolve. - Jason on Good Reads
Advent is a gem of a novel - it has an intriguing plot which develops quickly without the distracting fluff so common in many modern day thrillers - Khalid Yusoff on Good Reads
This is a thrilling book. A must read. Very cleverly written and the use of Biblical references relevant to the unfolding plot which keeps you in suspense right up to the end. - Karen on Amazon.co.uk
During World War II, the Imperial Japanese Army under General Tomoyuki Yamashita looted untold amounts of gold and other valuables from across its occupied colonies in Southeast Asia to finance the empire’s ongoing military expansion. But when the tide of war turned against Japan in 1943, much of this treasure had to be buried in secret. Over the decades, the search for the legendary Yamashita’s Gold had been in vain until now ...
A group of foreign workers digging a tunnel under the Padang in present-day Singapore stumbled across one treasure vault and inadvertently triggered a biological booby trap. An unknown strain of anthrax was released threatening a global holocaust. It is now up to a special team of investigators in Singapore to decipher a cryptic clue left behind with the loot to halt this deadly plague.
YEAR OF THE TIGER released in August 2012, has remained on the
Top 10 International Bestsellers List at Kinokuniya Singapore
between December 31, 2012 and December 29, 2013.
This novel is also on the recommended reading list for upper
secondary students by Singapore's National Library Board.
As someone who has history flowing through his veins so to speak, I found that this unusual take on what happened to Yamashita's Treasure to be both plausible and somewhat frightening. - John Thomas, London, UK
One the best action thriller novels that I have come across in recent years. Even though it is a work a fiction, the book shows an enormous amount of research weaved into the story and clearly presented for the reader to digest. - Scott Thomson, USA
I have never read anything pertaining to this subject matter about Singapore or its history. The story also delves into the frightening world of biological warfare and this is a very current issue we all are concerned about. - Linda E, USA
A fantastic journey through time and history. A fictional tale of cryptic messages, political intrigue and bioterrorism make for a phenomenal read. - Lynn Luckey, Illinois, USA
Overall, I really enjoyed the book and I hope there are more books written that are based in Singapore. Year of the Tiger was thoroughly entertaining.- Violet Crush, Singapore
One thing for certain, this is a fast-paced page-turner. I’d say this comes pretty close to what I think can be THE Singapore relic thriller. - Lovelyloey, Singapore
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The Japanese Occupation of Singapore during the Second World War saw the lack of food on the island reach critical levels. This prompted the Japanese military administration to encourage civilians - mainly Chinese and Catholic Eurasians to start farming communes deep in the unforgiving Malayan jungle.
Largely inept at working the land, many Eurasians fell to disease and malnutrition. Others, unable to cope with the primitive living conditions, simply gave up the fight to survive.
Bahau, the Elephant & the Ham charts with stark vividness and a touch of humour the day-to-day struggles of one family to endure against the odds.
I was touched by the simple yet reverting story. All too often personal memoirs tend to overdramatize events and contributions. Here was an ordinary family surviving in a jungle hamlet during World War II and the story is told well, full of little details that paint a vivid picture of that difficult period. This is a personal account that deserves a place among this history books. A worthwhile read. - Jamie Chan C. S. on Tower.com
Just recently found this author and he has the unique ability to keep you on the hook page after page and you don't want to put it down. Highly recommend, enjoyed it very much - A reader on Amazon.com
I enjoyed reading the book. It was a most insightful story of life in Bahau, seen through a young person's eyes. With child-like honesty, it captures the hardship, struggle, fears and tears of the family and community but also the faith, love and humour which helped them get through and the determination to make the best of what was seemingly a doomed existence - Eleanor Nunis, Australia. Review submitted via email
This is a true story of a young police inspector who finds himself out of a job during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore during World War II. He begins to fight back in his own way and is soon lured into joining an Allied spy ring.
Working in disguise, 22-year-old Halford Boudewyn is tasked to smuggle classified documents out from a POW camp which could prevent another major invasion planned by the Imperial Japanese Army.
This book was written based to a large extent on a collection of notes Boudewyn left behind shortly before his death.
Now for the first time, his complete story can be told.
... It was therefore with a sense of intrigue, pride and shame when I read about the exploits of Halford Boudewyn and the immense risks he undertook to liberate Singapore from the Japanese. Shame that I have never even heard of him prior to the book, pride at the heroism displayed by a local and intrigue as the war and the toll it had finally come to life for me – an effect that our emotionless textbooks which lacked any human element never aroused. The book also recounted the war from a Eurasian perspective – something that is clearly under-represented in our historical accounts. – by Ghui, The Online Citizen