My first Novel!

I finished my first novel today. I will be submitting it to a very important publisher  and would appreciate any comments and criticisms regarding the synopsis.

I don’t have a name yet but possible titles include, Slow Puncture, Lemur’s Tale, Sailfish and the Star, Gold Magnet, Sail Lore,

The synopsis is:

A disillusioned executive abandons the rat race and decides to sail away. His loving wife and young children embark on journey exploring social and legislated racism; superstition and culture; joy and sorrow; greed and generosity and love and hatred after they defy a Zulu witchdoctor’s curse and encounter a perverted enemy bent upon revenge.

Set in South Africa and Madagascar during the twilight of Apartheid, this often humorous account follows Lawrence, Dianne, five year old Bill and four year old daughter Morgan on their voyage of self-discovery. Their path takes them from the riches and sophistication of gold mining Johannesburg to rural Zululand where witchdoctors rule and onward to Madagascar where they survive an encounter with a curious Lemur and sacred sharks.

Following an trip intended to build sailing experience, Lawrence learns a harsh lesson and gains an implacable enemy. Guilt, murder and retribution join a grisly curse as passengers on the family sailboat when it sets off for Madagascar. There they discover a unique culture which is not African, experience generosity from paupers and meet the Gold Magnet. They survive embarrassment, disaster, oozing quicksand and find the source of a mysterious leaf that sparks a war between rival groups with disastrous results. After visiting God’s Upside Down Trees they are taken to Paradise where they face a chilling revelation.

This tale is will delight those who enjoy dark humor when they learn about a Slow Puncture, Necklacing and Spicy Runaways. It is a must read for anyone who revels in curious facts about different places, history and cultures and who understand that a journey does not always involve travel.

Although this is a family story, based on fact and the adult themes are treated with sensitivity, some of the content may not be suitable for children.

Here it is


About seashoes

I am Lawrence Huntingdon-Rusch, writing as Don Darkes. This choice of pseudonym is due to the fact that I am also writing a Biographical memoir provisionally titled, Darkest Africa My Life of Crime, the life story of an incredible man, Don Darkes, who was given this identity, at birth, in order to keep a secret and the fact that like him, my given name is also an accident of birth concealing my true heritage. I am fifty-something and have been ecstatically married for over three decades to my incredible wife Anne who bore me three miracle children. After repudiating my Psychology degree in the mid-seventies I served my mandatory National Military Service in a clandestine, top-secret unit stationed in (then) Rhodesia -for which I received a medal. (The subject of a novel in progress) During the eighties, at the height of apartheid, together with (then illegal) “black” partners I built a successful manufacturing company which I sold to buy the yacht upon which I was shipwrecked together with my wife Dianne, our five year old son Bill and four year old daughter Morgan. After returning destitute to South Africa I rode a ripple in the wave and cashed in my Internet start-up in order to distribute rare organic chocolate and to research a challenging historical novel, The Madagascar Plan, which explores an intriguing link between the Jewish Holocaust and Madagascar. Currently, together with my wife, son and two daughters we reside high off the ground amongst the branches of a Casuarina tree as the family works together to build another yacht whilst I also work on several books that have as a common denominator, my love of history and my belief that fact is stranger and far more interesting than fiction.
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One Response to My first Novel!

  1. marion says:

    2nd last alinea -extra word-This tale-is-will-delight->use delight close together..

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