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MCALISTER’S WAY FREE Weekly Serialisation Vol. 02 – Chapters 2 and 3
A Young Adult Action and Adventure story
 

Danny gets into big trouble in Chapters 2 & 3. I’m not going to give you a synopsis, you can download it for FREE and read it for yourselves. However, a couple of things inspired parts of these chapters.
 

Chapter 2
My RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) buddy, Wing Commander ‘Trackless’ Millsom, restored a 1940s Buick from a bare chassis and it was the inspiration for the get-away car in this chapter. I remember the floor in Trackless’ two spare bedrooms covered with chrome-plate parts for ages. His missus, Cherril, was very patient.
 

Chapter 3
Burning sugar-cane prior to harvest no longer occurs in Australia, but I’ve stood next to a cane-fire south of Townsville and it’s an awesome experience. The noise, heat and flames are truly daunting. I flew passenger jets up and down Eastern Australia and the cane-fires were a spectacular sight at night. The setting for this chapter came from those images.

Richard Marman, Author
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What happens when a Vietnam War pilot puts pen to paper on retirement? Imagine what a young Royal Australian Air Force C130 pilot would, and could, get up to in 1970’s Vietnam. Think of the late Robin Williams in “Good Morning Vietnam” and mix in a lot of Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jnr. in “Air America”, and you soon realise why, when Marman put pen to paper the result was “The McAlister Line”. Be prepared to be taken back to a time in our planet’s turbulent history when young men were once again thrust into a conflict created by individuals and governments with conflicting ideologies and politics.

 

Like young men everywhere, when put into extraordinary and unnatural circumstances, their adventures and escapades, will always turn out to be extraordinary and sometimes altogether unbelievable. Are these simply fragments of myth and legend passed down the generations in the pilots mess - or did they really happen? - for there is always an element of truth in any myth and legend.

 

The result is a page-turning action and adventure series of novels for those enraptured by the Action and Adventure genre but also an excellent action series for Young Adults. Based on the real life escapades of pilots during the Vietnam war, Marman has also drawn on the myths and legends of pilots which lingered and endured starting with The Great War through WWII, with more action and adventure during the Korean and Vietnam wars ending with McAlister’s Spark where an astronomical event triggers a 21st C. conflict of a different kind. Here Marman manages to combine futuristic action and adventure resulting in a heady mix of Miller and McCausland’s “Mad Max” and Schute’s “On the Beach”.

 

The 7 books in the McAlister Line are:

ISBN                            TITLE

9781910882726          McAlister and the Great War

9781909302037          McAlisters Way

 9781909302280         McAlisters Hoard

9781909302471          McAlisters Siege

9781909302846          McAlisters Allegiance

9781909302211          McAlisters Spark

9781909302945          McAlister's Trail

 

The prequel to the series is “McAlister and the Great War” which sees Danny McAlister’s ancestor, Callan McAlister go off to the Great War (WWI) as part of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) as an infantry man. He too has adventures and narrow escapes even before he gets to Gallipoli, now indelibly stamped on the ANZAC psyche. Wounded and evacuated to recuperate in Ireland, he becomes embroiled in the Easter Revolution before being declared fit and returned to duty. Assigned to the Western front, he relishes the chance to join the fledgling Royal Flying Corps (RFC), forerunner to the RAF, if only to leave the disease-ridden trenches behind. More action and adventure follows when he is shot down behind enemy lines but manages to evade capture. But what of his relationship with the aristocratic nurse, Ivy Brown. Do they stand a chance or will the war and Ivy’s parents destroy what they have before it has a chance to develop into something serious and meaningful?

 

The series skips to the 1950’s and sees Danny McAlister escaping the harsh discipline of a draconian Australian boarding school and he goes on the run through Queensland and the Northern Territories. He crosses the Gulf of Carpentaria and makes it to South East Asia. He then has terrifying adventures in the region’s tropical jungles but teams up with “Mad Monty” who teaches him to fly. With pilots in short supply, Danny and Monty are quickly sucked in to flying for CAT airlines, commonly referred to as the most shot-at airline in the world, flying missions that even Mel Gibson’s Air America wouldn’t dare tackle. The beautiful student doctor Angela Holyman joins Danny and Monty as they plunge headlong into a non-stop, breathtaking odyssey centred in South East Asia but which eventually spreads across five continents. They land in one desperate scrape after another leading to all three close friends making heart-breaking decisions which ultimately define their true allegiances.

 

The trio were in South East Asia when the 17th Parallel was established, as the provisional military demarcation line between North and South Vietnam, by the Geneva Accords of 1954, with the communists to the North. By May the unforgiving Siege of Dien Bien Phu was over and South Vietnam was overrun with spies and agents from the CIA, MI6, France’s SDECE and other secret service types from the West, but also Russia’s KGB, China’s MSS and North Vietnamese TCV infiltrators. All sides were vying to fill the power vacuum created by the French who were by then starting to pull out of Indochina.

 

We invite you to join our erstwhile trio as they have encounters with pirates, coming under fire and being wounded whilst flying casevacs, to uncovering the details of a long-lost secret and discovering a hoard of treasure, crossing paths and swords with the arch villain Frenchy Duval, also on the hunt for the stolen cache.

 

Then experience the final desperate dash across a war-torn city to secure a seat on one of the last flights out of Saigon in it’s now famous fall during 1975. But it is impossible to list all the scrapes, escapades, and achievements in just this paragraph. So, you’ll have to read the books to experience them first hand.

 

The final book in the McAlsiter Line, set back in Australia, McAlister’s Spark is a meeting and fusion of Schute’s “On the Beach” and “Mad Max” and brings the series into the 21st C.  When planet Earth wanders into the path of a meteor shower, in an instant the developed world is plunged into anarchy through the loss of all electronic and electrical communications. Can Zach McAlister, Karen Davenport and Mike Farrow survive as they’re thrust into a feral and deadly new order?

 

Not only must they come to terms with their Stone Age environment and the use of only Medieval technology, but they must also face the terror of marauding tribal gangs, whose only method of survival is violence and conquest. Will they be able to forge a future for themselves and their descendants? This question can only be answered through their courage, determination and friendship. But, is that enough?

 

Once again readers are given a diet of non-stop Action and adventure which will keep you turning the pages. The whole series is a thrilling and entertaining read for lovers of the Action and Adventure genre as well as teenagers and young adults.

 

As a bonus we have included McAlister’s Trail, which takes the reader further back in time to when the USA was being settled by the Europeans. Join Lieutenant Sam McAlister, a distant relative of the Australian McAlisters, as he is tasked with trailing and capturing two escaped convicts, charged with Murder, across the Southwest USA, Mexico and California, resulting in more Once again more action and adventure from the pen of Richard Marman.

 

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McAlister’s Line Reader Reviews from YAbookscentral.com

...with pirates and secrets set amongst the northern tropics, you're in for a delightful read. It has a really good sense of place and from the voice to the detail it's a very fast moving action story that will leave you wanting more.

The McAlister Line Series is a fast paced, page turning read, the kind of read where you lose track of time. Absolutely enveloping and Highly Recommend!!

 

2012 Australian CYA Writing Competition Judges:

‘...Masterfully handled and quite eloquent...Wonderful.’

‘I like this book [McAlister’s Way] ... it covers issues that need to be addressed.’

Amazon.com reviews:

 

 ‘Waiting for the sequel…….’ ‘McAlister’s Spark is a fast-paced, action-riddled amazing read you will struggle to put down.’ ‘A great action read for teenagers and great graphics ... a great literary effort... ’  

 

If you read only one book set against WWI during its centenary anniversary, make it McAlister and the Great War. This novel, ranging across a truly global canvas, explores many fascinating and thrilling historical incidents that occurred during the tragic conflict.  

 

A very good and well researched read. I enjoyed McAlister and the Great War very much. Sqn. Ldr. (ret) Mark ‘Cowboy’ Wilcox Chief Pilot & CEO Fubilan Air Transport, PNG

While trolling through the family’s past, Zach and Angela uncover the story of how the first McAlisters came to Australia.

It all started in the quite Dorset town of Cerne Abbas during the Napoleonic Wars.
Vicar’s daughter, Christina Proud marries smithy, and sometime smuggler, Will Jenkins, who soon falls foul of the law. Will is given a choice — take the King’s shilling or the noose. So, Will joins the army and Christina’s begins her odyssey as a camp follower.

The battalion is quickly deployed to Spain to join General Arthur Wellesley’s Peninsula Army, fighting against the French. Threatened by platoon Sergeant Jack Newell and with her husband powerless to help, Christina is befriended by Lieutenant Jonathan McAlister who offers her projection.

With the French Army massing at Talavera, the battalion marches into battle. Under the blistering Spanish sun, Christina must now fight for her life and those she loves. Beset on all sides by bandits, partisans, deserters, French cavalry and the squalor of a military campaign gone wrong. Living by her wits and managing to get by with broken Spanish. she tries to make her escape to a safe haven and hopefully a ship back to Blighty. But does she make it?

Download and read Christina's account of her ghastly experiences in a foreign land.
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What happens when a Vietnam War chopper pilot puts pen to paper on retirement? Imagine the adventures and escapes a young RAAF pilot would, and could, get up to 1970’s Vietnam. Think a mix of the late Robin Williams’ “Good Morning Vietnam” and Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jnr.’s “Air America”, and you soon realise why, when Marman put pen to paper the result was “The McAlister Line”. So, be prepared to be taken back to a time in the Earth’s history when young men were once again thrust into a conflict of the politician’s making. And like young men everywhere, when put into extraordinary and unnatural circumstances, the adventures and escapes, too, are extraordinary.

Also to be noted, Marman has flown just about every aircraft he mentions in the books of the McAlister Line.  

 

Especially aimed at young adults (YA), as he was when he was thrust into the 1970’s Vietname War, the 4th book in the McAlister Line starts with  Danny recovering from injuries suffered at Dien Bien Phu, gets straight back into action in Saigon via way of Taipei.

 

The 17th Parallel has just been created with the communists to the North. But South Vietnam is awash spies and agents from the CIA, MI6 and other secret service types from the West, but especially Russian, Chinese and with North Vietnamese infiltrators, all vying to fill the, soon to be, power vacuum currently being created by the French who are starting to pull out of Indochina.

 

Still flying for CAT airlines, commonly referred to as the “most shot-at airline in the world”, Monty and Angela join him as they plunge headlong into another non-stop, breathtaking odyssey across five continents, landing in one desperate scrape after another.

Finally all three make heart-breaking decisions which ultimately define their true allegiance.

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McAlister’s Line Reader Reviews from YAbookscentral.com

...with pirates and secrets set amongst the northern tropics, you're in for a delightful read. It has a really good sense of place and from the voice to the detail it's a very fast moving action story that will leave you wanting more.

McAlister's Way is a fast paced, page turning read, the kind of read where you lose track of time. Absolutely enveloping! Highly Recommend!!

The Wealth — From the pen of Richard Marmam, an exceptional Viking Coming of Age YA novel…….


While hunting close to his home of Hollowford, fifteen-year-old Henry discovers a pair of mysterious talismans on the bodies of two warriors who’ve been killed by a wolf pack. Accompanying his mentor Archer, the town reeve, Henry travels throughout his peninsula homeland, investigating the secret amulets.

During their adventures Henry and Archer discover the amulets belong to a band of marauders know as Starkmen who plan to attack Hollowford. The Starkmen consider the talismans their wealth which they use as currency. The Starkmen form an alliance with Hollowford’s arch enemy Olag Blackaxe and his thugs from Velma.

After a stiff battle the Hollowford militia defeat Velma’s horde, but fail to stop the Starkmen kidnapping Ayla and Macayle, wife and daughter of Hollowford chief, Gareth. Macayle escapes, but Ayla is carried off to sea in one of the Starkmen’s wolf-ships.
Without sea-going vessels, Gareth takes five warriors and gives chase overland. Meanwhile Henry and Macayle are joined by mariners Edrid and Anshelm and forge a plan for a seaborne route to track down the Starkmen and save Ayla.
A rip-roaring chase ensues with Gartheth’s veteran warriors meeting enemies aplenty, pitting their wits and strength against all odds. Henry’s party face an equally dangerous path in their quest to rescue Ayla and thwart the Starkmen. Yet even greater perils lurk at every corner, with each challenge proving more insurmountable that the last.

Ultimately our heroes face a seemingly unconquerable foe at the gates of a hostile alien city.

With no magic or special skills, Henry must prove his right-of-passage with only his wits, courage and determination. With the friendship of his companions and pet wolf, will Henry survive in a cruel realm which makes no concessions for youth or innocence? Vicious villains are everywhere and Henry seems doomed, but help may be at hand in some surprising places.
 

The Wealth is feast of high adventure, including graphics masterfully illustrated by the author.
 

MCALISTER’S HOARD - Book 2 in the Mcalister Line


Only months after escaping from Frenchy Duval’s band of cut throat pirates (in McAlister’s Way), Danny McAlister and Angela Holyman are once again thrown into a thrilling, helter-skelter adventure in their tropical, South-Sea paradise.

 

Following only the flimsiest clues they embark on a perilous treasure hunt in a desperate struggle against old enemies in order to save the lives of new friends. On their quest they make alliances which develop into life-long friendships, but also make enemies, mostly of the deadly kind. They are entrusted with secrets, encounter mysteries, are given pleasant, and not so pleasant, surprises, are the hunters only to become the prey, get thrown into the “Lion’s Den”, pass through amazingly beautiful, but equally deadly, rain forests and much, much more. And then there is the flying, ship wrecks, surfing, diving, and the discovery of the treasure and, of course, the beautiful Angela Holyman………

 

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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MCALISTER SERIES:

 

“Waiting for the sequel”

“McAlister’s Spark is a fast paced, action riddled, amazing read you will struggle to put down”

“A great action read for teenagers and great graphics……a great literary effort”.

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Following only the flimsiest clues they embark on a perilous treasure hunt in a desperate struggle against old enemies in order to save the lives of new friends.

 

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MCALISTER SERIES:

 

 “Waiting for the sequel”

 “McAlister’s Spark is a fast paced, action riddled, amazing read you will struggle to put down”

 “A great action read for teenagers and great graphics……a great literary effort”.

A GREAT READ FOR YOUNG PEOPLE INTERESTED IN MARINE LIFE AND IT'S CONSERVATION!

TWO for THE PRICE OF ONE!

See Australia's Great Barrier Reef and it's marine life illustrated in exquisite detail by Richard Marman

2 full-colour Illustrated stories about Web and Wave two Green turtles and their adventures on the GREAT BARRIER REEF. 

Every page in exquisite colour with a conservation message for children 

A TALE OF TWO TURTLES is set in the South Pacific Ocean on Australia's Great Barrier Reef; follow the thrilling story of Wave, a young female green turtle, from her birth on a warm tropical night through her perilous adventures with boyfriend, Web. 

Together they face many natural and man-made hazards including sharks, storms and pollution until Wave is ready to return to the same beach to lay her eggs and start a new cycle of life.

Then explore the South Pacific ocean life a little further when Wave and Web meet Davo, a juvenile humpback whale, who tells them of his first annual migrations and the dangers he and his kind face from whalers. Read about his migration path and also about those who try and prevent the whaling and the dangers they face.

Not only are these books educational, teaching young people about the full life cycle of turtles, whales and other aquatic life, but each page is beautifully illustrated with exquisite attention to detail and a text to delight and amuse children and adults alike.

10% of the net sale from the sale of two books will be donated to the Greenpeace.

On his seventeenth birthday, New South Wales farm boy, Callan McAlister joins the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and is swept away to fight in World War 1.

His first taste of blood comes from an unexpected enemy in the Sinai Desert, before being shipped to Gallipoli. Callan receives a shock while convalescing in peaceful, idyllic Ireland during the Easter of 1916. But the Western Front awaits — all before his nineteenth birthday.

Callan falls in love with a lovely English beauty, Ivy Brown, but their path to happiness is rocky and is neither easy nor pre-ordained. A lowly Australian private soldier is viewed with doubt, disapproval and contempt by Ivy’s aristocratic family — not to mention Callan’s chances of surviving the brutality of the Great War.

An offer to join the fledgling Royal Flying Corps (RFC) may be Callan’s chance to escape the endless mud-filled trenches, infested with rats, lice, trench fever and foot-rot, and tormented by German machine-gunners and artillery bombardments. Unwittingly he had given up a life expectancy of 42 days for one of 10 to 15 days - but at least he would not be sloshing around in ankle deep mud, blood, bodies, lice and foot-rot.

But, with minimal training, an RFC pilot’s life expectancy is tenuous at best. Ivy also experiences her baptism of fire as an ambulance driver for the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY).

 

Callan and Ivy’s struggle reaches its startling climax in an air race to the far reaches of the British Empire where law and justice are the domain of the most powerful and those ruthless enough to go to any lengths to achieve their desires.

If you read only one book set against WWI during its centenary anniversary, make it McAlister and the Great War. This novel, ranging across a truly global canvas, explores many fascinating and thrilling historical incidents that occurred during the tragic conflict.

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