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Thailand’s Sickest – Hell To Pay

The 2nd in the Thailand's Sickest series. Read it and let me know what you think...
The second in the Thailand’s Sickest series. Read it and let me know what you think…

The second book in the Thailand’s Sickest series has been released and is doing pretty well at Amazon, Apple, and other online marketplaces. There are links to buy it at the bottom of this page.

Hell To Pay came out of nowhere, as a guy emailed me about the first book, and I didn’t know what to make of his email. He seemed a bit too interested in me, and I was wondering whether he might be psychotic. I cranked out the entire book in just a couple of months because the story basically wrote itself. It’s fiction, and yet there are some elements of truth woven within the pages. See if you guess what is fiction and what is true.

If you’re enjoying this series, let me know through email what you liked or didn’t. I’m considering a third book in the series, and I’ve had some great responses from readers of the first two books. I could always use more feedback.

Note – this second book – Hell To Pay – is only available at Amazon for the moment.

Read reviews and buy one or both books at Amazon (click).

Buy a PDF file direct (email thaipulse@gmail.com).

Thailand Fiction – Same-Same?

I’ve been considering for over a year doing reviews of Thailand fiction here at this site, and possibly at one of my other sites. What I’ve found is that fiction set in Thailand tends to be one main style. Detective stories. These are the old writers that have been doing it for decades. There is a market for it. There was nothing else to read for years.  God I hate traditional detective stories. I don’t know why I can ‘t read them, I must have read too many when I was younger.

So, long story short, I can’t possibly start reading the detective stories some of the old-timers are putting out. I just can’t force myself to do it. I won’t name names, but you could guess.

Are there other fiction stories I could review?

I looked at about twenty different writers, hoping to find some that I enjoyed reading so I could read a bunch of books and get some reviews up here. I can’t find many I like at all. I think writers are like that, but I’m some sort of special breed. I don’t like much of anything except what I and my friends write. Maybe that was the catalyst behind starting to write my own fiction set in Thailand. I love the hell out of my books.

Isn’t that the way most authors are? I’d rather sit down and re-read one of my books I put a couple hundred hours into because I will be doing two things. One, I’ll be enjoying my story. Two, I’ll be editing it for the upteenth time and making it better as I update it afterward.

If it isn’t detective stories, it’s an “I banged this many girls in Thailand and fell in love with a bargirl in Pattaya!” story. Yeah, exciting, that’s mind-blowing. Can’t wait to read all 120 pages.

That’s another thing, half the writers are cranking out 100 pages and calling that a fiction novel. What happened to 250+ page books? Maybe that’s too long now with eBooks. Maybe the attention span of readers has dwindled a bit and 30,000 words is the new 80-90,000. Maybe it is.

Here’s another thing – there are Thailand writers that keep cranking out the SAME detective stories time after time after time. Same boring characters, settings, and piss-poor plots. If they changed it up a bit, I’d be able to get through a book. I just see the same characters and I can’t even get past the free sample at Amazon. Thank god for the free sample idea for ebooks or I’d be wasting truckloads of money on books I’ll never read.

There is a reader demographic that the old-time writers are writing for. They are still writing for them. They are writing for the old-time expats that are in their 60’s and 70’s and that have little to do all day but read fiction books. I won’t be targeting this group, and I really hope Thailand gets a fresh bunch of expats in over the next few years so I have more readers.

Instead of talk about who I think absolutely sucks and who doesn’t – I’ll not say anything bad about anyone directly. Let it suffice to say that there is a new crop of writers in Thailand coming up, and I like about a handful of them. The plots are different. The main characters are different. Nobody is a detective. Nobody works on the police force. Nobody is a dumbass expat that comes to Thailand to dip himself into all the wet spots.

Do you want to volunteer any new up and coming writers that you really enjoy reading?

Death Spiral Book 3 – Debt of Honor

James Boedeker fiction set in Thailand - Death Spiral.
Jim’s third book in the Death Spiral Series!

By James Boedeker
Published by Penumbra Publishing
Published: Aug. 15, 2013
Words: 61,010
Language: American English
ISBN: 9781938758188

Short description
Ex-Navy SEAL Robert O’Leary is happily living in Thailand with his wife Mina and kids and extended family until friend and ex-CIA operative Bruce draws him into a plan to declare war on Muslim extremists. After the last bloodbath, Robert promised Mina the killing beast would not come out again. But then Bruce gets in serious trouble, and Robert must pay a debt of honor and damn the consequences.

This is the third book in the series, and I am in the middle of reading this book at the moment. Will comment more after I finish. Cheers Jim, great series!

Buy this book here.

Death Spiral Book 2 – Jai Dee by James Boedeker

This is the 2nd book in the Death Spiral series, I liked this one even better than the first book. Will be reading book three here in a few days.
This is the 2nd book in the Death Spiral series, I liked this one even better than the first book. Will be reading book three here in a few days.

By James Boedeker
Published by Penumbra Publishing
Published: Nov. 28, 2012
Words: 59,740
Language: American English
ISBN: 9781938758065

Short description
An expatriate sniper assassin retired from the business, ends up in Bangkok, where he tries to redeem himself by protecting ‘working girls.’ Known as Jai Dee – Good Heart – he finds happiness with a former working girl until a killer invades the city. Now he must seek help from other expatriates to help him rid Bangkok of this terrible menace – but what will that task truly cost him?

This is the 2nd book in the Death Spiral series, James Boedeker. The first, Book 1, was mentioned here.

I enjoyed this book a lot, the dynamics between the main character and others is interesting, and damn funny if you ask me. I am looking forward to reading Jim’s third book here on my next visa run to Cambodia.

Buy BOOK 2 – here

Death Spiral by James Boedeker

James Boedekers first fiction book set in Thailand is an excellent read. Now there are three books in the series - get them all.
James Boedekers first fiction book set in Thailand is an excellent read. Now there are three books in the series – get them all.

By James Boedeker
Published by Penumbra Publishing
Published: July 27, 2012
Words: 69,240
Language: English
ISBN: 9781935563969

Short description
A guy in Thailand, haunted by the ghosts of his past, lives on a diet of booze and prostitutes – and milkshakes. To redeem himself, he needs to help the scarred young woman at Dairy Queen, and maybe the ghosts will leave him in peace. But there’s no peace for a trained killer whose inner beast demands vengeance against those who victimize others. He’s in a death spiral to get it done.

This is Book 1. Read this first.

Jim Boedeker and I were first introduced online through email a few years back. His background was intriguing as hell, and we met in Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand one weekend. Jim’s life story is flat-out amazing. Though this, his first book, is all fiction, I am hoping to read his biography at some point. He undoubtedly has had the most interesting life of anyone I’ve ever known.

Pick up a couple of these books from JB and keep your eye out for more coming up in the near future. Jim is a writing machine, and is cranking out books a couple times a year.