A Roti at Dawn – Terence Brand

1700 words General / Adventure

Newton and Halliday’s seaside supper is spoilt by the sight of a man terrorising a small girl. Incensed by the horrifying scene —unusual, even in sixties Singapore— the airmen attempt to rescue the girl; a humanitarian act which leads them to a part of the city very few Europeans see.

This story is included in the collection On the Changi Beat – 1961-1962

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Halliday stared over my shoulder, loaded chopsticks halfway to his mouth. ‘Hallo,’ he said. ‘What’s going off here?’ Pete Murphy and I followed his gaze. A small, ragged child was running across the road, making for the tables standing under the stars. I clicked my tongue in disapproval; even in Singapore City, little girls should be fast asleep in their beds at three in the morning. Ours was the nearest table to the road. Suddenly we had a fugitive hiding amongst our legs.

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Adrenalin Rush – Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights

3000 words Adventure / Romance

When Cindy’s husband Mark talks her into a dive holiday in the hope to re-ignite their tired relationship, she never thought she would be instrumental in saving his life.

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It was meant to be the holiday of a lifetime, a trip with friends and time together to bring back the old magic we’d once shared, my husband Mark won me over with his words. It wasn’t that we were unhappy, but after twenty years of marriage, we’d lost the old spark, and life had got in the way, as it does in many marriages, with the challenge of bringing up children and balancing a career. And so I said yes to the dive trip. It was our first morning, and I woke to the chorus of birds outside our room. Mark was draped around me and sweet memories of our lovemaking lingered. The holiday looked to be full of the magic he’d promised… that was until I stepped onto the dive boat.

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Basket Trap – Deborah Sheldon

2750 word Adventure

A tourist in a South American backwater must fight for her survival.

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It took Helen about ten minutes to make a basket trap with her shirt. She knotted the sleeves and tied the shirt wide open to a couple of branches that she had rammed deep into the riverbed. In time, fish would swim into the shirt and be unable to turn around. She waded out. Standing waist-deep in the water had rinsed some of the blood and semen from her jeans and singlet, but for now, preserving forensic evidence was the least of her worries. She berated herself again for choosing such a remote area of Brazil for her holidays when she could just as easily have picked Rio de Janeiro or somewhere back home in Australia.

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By the Skin of my Teeth in Alaska – David Metz

3000 words Adventure Story

‘By the Skin of my Teeth in Alaska’ is based on Dave Metz’s two months in Alaska in 2009 trekking with his two dogs. One of his dogs attacks a porcupine and is riddled with two hundred quills. With his dog facing serious infection and the three nearing starvation and exhaustion, they set out on a log raft down the Sheenjek River in an attempt to make their way out of the deepest reaches of the wilderness, in order to save themselves.

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In the far flung reaches of the Alaska outback, weeks from civilization, my dog Will attacks a porcupine and almost dies. He comes traipsing back to camp after being gone an hour, where I have his brother Jimmy tied to an alder tree. At the edge of camp, he stops and stands in a slight stupor. I’m shocked by the number of quills in his face – probably around two hundred. They’re packed around his mouth, in his mouth, and even in his tongue. There are four or five quills that penetrate all the way though his cheek and lips like miniature spears.

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How the Bones Fell – Kerry Fender

2500 words Action / Fantasy / General Fiction

A momentary loss of control leads to devastating consequences for Leukippos, as the young man desperately tries to win his older brother’s approval.

 

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Illegal Aliens – G. Lloyd Helm

8300 words Adventure

G. Lloyd and his buddy Big Dave have a way of stumbling into things.  Sitting in a desert bar they decided to go see what all the talk about Extra Terrestrial Aliens and Area 51, the super-secret Air Force base in the Nevada Desert, was all about.

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Big Dave and I tended to change bars every so often. We’d get bored or something would happen and we’d get eighty-sixed or the bar would suddenly disappear like The Hole in the Wall or Mickey’s Mouse Hole, but mostly we would just go looking for adventure at different places, which was how we ended up at the Windy City Saloon out in Mojave. I had found the Windy City on a trip through the city of Mojave during a time I lived at Edwards Air Force Base with my wife Master Sergeant Michele Helm. That was about the same time I first met Big Dave Dodge at the Hole in the Wall Bar which was out in the desert from Edwards.

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It’s a Great World – Terence Brand

2470 words Adventure

Mary’s bar in Singapore’s out-of-bounds “Great World” is being terrorised by three airmen. She appeals to Halliday for help. On learning that the bullies work on Tech Wing, RAF Changi, Halliday talks a reticent Newton into visiting the bar. But, of course, it is Halliday who engineers a solution.

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I gaped at the fiery-headed airman coming into Technical Wing’s Disciplinary office. In the six months I had been stationed at RAF Changi I had never before seen Halliday sporting the marks of battle. ‘Gawd help us, Red – what hit you?’ ‘A fist – what d’you think?’ ‘It’s not like you to get into a brawl – what happened?’ ‘Some bully-boys from Changi were wrecking Mary’s bar. I tried to stop them.’ Halliday shrugged. ‘There were three of them…’ ‘In the Great World,’ I stated. ‘Out of bounds – like you.’ ‘Okay, okay – that doesn’t make it all right to destroy someone’s business, does it?’

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iWild – Daniel Miller

3900 words Teen Adventure

Full of reality TV and video game dreams, a young boy treks alone into the wilderness in search of adventure. If he can make it out alive, he’ll discover that real life is both more dangerous and more exciting than he ever imagined.

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Ladies Wot Backpacked – Caroline Scott Collins

5300 words Women’s Fiction / Adventure

In order to find a new ‘normal’ when coping with the loneliness of widowhood, Caroline undertakes a rather unusual personal adventure. This humorous story demonstrates how pushing against the boundaries of a comfort zone can open up new thinking and perhaps open the door to new beginnings.

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Earlier in the year my husband had died suddenly and unexpectedly leaving me reeling, feeling devastated and lonely. My friends had been brilliant in ensuring they kept me going out with them and I was invited to various events, but despite that I still went home to an empty, silent house with a bed that felt extraordinarily large and cold. There was no one to talk to, to care for, to care for me and cuddle; I missed that reciprocal sense of sharing. It was just plain lonely and I felt a constant empty space around me that my husband used to occupy. He was always just ‘there’ – my soul mate.

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Mr Pocket’s Parade Ground Blues – Terence Brand

2280 words Humour / Adventure

Technical Wing’s Adjutant, Warrant Officer Lesley Pocket, is in a stew. An important parade is imminent, involving all RAF Changi’s personnel. But Chiefy Ellison, charged with organising Tech Wing’s reluctant participants, goes sick. Only the overworked Adjutant can rescue the wing’s poor reputation. Newton, anticipating disaster, keeps his head down.

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The hatch at my shoulder slid open. Technical Wing’s Adjutant, Warrant Officer Pocket, peered into my office. ‘Morning, SAC Newton,’ he said. ‘Is the Flight Sergeant not in yet?’ ‘He phoned to say he’s going sick, sir.’ Mr Pocket’s face dropped. ‘Oh, no – not today of all days.’ My Chief, Flight Sergeant Don Ellison, had picked a very good day to go sick. Tech Wing’s CO, Wing Commander Laurence Gilpin, had called a meeting to discuss RAF Changi’s upcoming inspection by the Air Officer Commanding Far Eastern Command.

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On the Changi Beat, 1961-1962 – Terence Brand

cover small23,000 words Action / Adventure

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The Lives, Loves and Lapses of our Boys Out East!  RAF Changi airman John Newton and his streetwise colleague Red Halliday run the gamut of life in nineteen sixties Singapore, in a series of adventures involving gangland crime, out-of-bounds bars, car chases, illegal gambling and domestic chaos. All in a day’s work for Technical Wing’s intrepid clerk, with a little help from his ever resourceful cohort!

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Out of Bounds – Terence Brand

3000 words Action / Adventure

Unwittingly employed as a carrier of stolen money, RAF airman John Newton, of RAF Changi, Singapore, sets out to return the money to its rightful owner and to bring an errant fellow airman to book. His quest acquaints him with the highest and lowest strata of Singapore society.

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I stared up at the high brick wall. Only windows; no doors or gates. I’d have to return the way I’d come. Except that I couldn’t remember the way I had come – I was lost. Lost late at night in a strange city, on a tropical island that, for me, had lived only in pictures until a short month ago. I’d have asked for directions – if I’d dared. The only people I’d seen during the past half hour were Chinese, all looking ready to cut my throat – I’d clearly strayed into one of Singapore City’s less wholesome districts. A window slid up in the wall that had baulked me. A man poked his head into the alley. Flame coloured hair, pugnacious jaw. His eyes met mine. ‘Anyone about?’

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Pahkar’s Revenge – Terence Brand

1900 words Action Story

Believing he is being unfairly victimised by Pahkar, his 48-bed billet room’s bearer, Royal Air Force Aircraftsman John Newton calls on a streetwise airman, Red Halliday, to help him get his own back. Unfortunately, Halliday’s ploy brings about frightening consequences.

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‘A very good morning to you, sahib.’ I looked up. A round-faced Indian stood in front of the desk. Eyebrows raised, I returned his greeting. ‘Morning, Pahkar. What brings you to Tech Wing Disciplinary?’ My surprise at seeing my barrack room’s bearer in my office was increased a hundredfold when Pahkar placed a small bottle on the desk. He waved away my frown. ‘Just an unworthy token to show my appreciation, sahib.’ ‘Appreciation? What for?’ ‘Ah…’ Pahkar touched the side of his nose with a forefinger. ‘For perceiving what a difference a full billet has on our comfort, Senior Aircraftsman Newton.’

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Run From The Sun – Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights

3000 words Romance / Adventure

Peta loves her life in the desert and wants her fiancée Alex to experience her love and passion. As a photographer, he loves the colour and diversity of life, but an encounter with a snake leaves not only his life in the balance, but their future.

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The ochre sand dune jutted above the desert plain and from where I sat atop my mare, Twilight, the surrounding view of the barren landscape found here in far north South Australia, left me breathless. The Desert Oaks and Spinifex held together the fragile earth and offered shelter to many small creatures. The diversity of the land continued to captivate me, and I couldn’t think of anywhere else I would rather live. I looked across at my fiancée, Alex, sitting atop my stallion, Eclipse. He sat slumped comfortably in his seat, his legs thrust forward and sitting well back. Considering he’d not been born to the saddle, he rode like a pro and in comparison my upright posture exposed my years of riding the show circuit. How I wished I could change it to look as cool as he did.

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The Dead of Night – Peter Lingard

2200 words Action

A professional assassin looks at his life; the men he has killed and the women he has loved.

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I had a wretched childhood and I have become a wretched man. I survived a violent upbringing in foster homes where I was nothing more than an unpaid slave. My life on the streets started at fourteen and meant taking to crime. I learned the power of superiority gained through cold, calculated forcefulness. At seventeen, a magistrate offered me the military as a final option. “Join up and grow up, or be sentenced as an adult,” she said. During recruit training, I used violence judiciously. Not wanting to cross instructors, I did just enough to earn their praise during killing games until one of them, a sergeant, realised I was holding back.

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The Fortune Cookie – Chris Cooke

4700 words Fantasy Humour Action

Have you ever read the fortune in a fortune cookie and believed it was real?

When an American tourist visits London for the first time, he has an experience in a Chinese restaurant where a seemingly innocent fortune cookie at the end of a meal sends his life spinning out of control.  Then just as he thinks he’s got things back under control…

 

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Westminster Abbey, Churchill’s War bunker, Buckingham Palace, the Globe Theater. So far, Jack Harper was taking in all the sights and sounds of London, England. He had planned this trip for so long. He had seen all these sights on his first day and still had three weeks to go. As he rode the Tube from Saint Paul’s Cathedral, he smiled to himself as he thought about where he was going to eat dinner tonight.

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The Leopard’s Coat – Peter Youell

Leopard1400 words Adventure

The inspiration for this story came from an incident that occurred many years ago, when on a lonely moon lit road in Africa a Leopard crossed my path, fortunately I was driving a motor vehicle. I remember vividly its snarling face staring at me through the window. Further, around a bend in the road, and in the glare of headlights a Duiker bounded  across the road, I had in all probability interrupted the Leopards hunt.

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The old prospector stopped talking. In the ensuing silence, the sounds of the African night pressed in from the blackness that surrounded the hotel veranda. Derek squirmed uncomfortably as trickles of sweat ran down his back, he reached for the beer at his side, and took a sip; it was warm and flat. The prospector looked up as a large moth dazed from its continual dashing at the only light on the veranda, fluttered onto the plank floor between them. “I’ll have another,” he said, holding up his empty glass. Derek gestured to the waiter lounging by the verandah rail, with a nod he disappeared. “You don’t believe a word do you,” the prospector grumbled.

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The Sound of Pirates – Terence Brand

The Sound of Pirates - ebook small150,000 words Action / Adventure

Anna isn’t dead…yet!

It has been more than twenty years since Ex-Squadron Leader Duncan Laing saw her, since when he thought she had been executed by the Japanese…until he meets John Newton.

Newton, ex Royal Air Force, whose last posting was at RAF Changi, Singapore, has seen Anna with his own eyes. What could be more straightforward than Newton being tasked with bringing Anna back to England, to reunite her with Laing, now a manufacturer of high tech electronic components?

When Newton arrives, Anna and her daughter Lucy are nowhere to be found. Times have changed and 1960s Singapore is a hotbed of conspiracy and undercover activities. After falling foul of communist renegades, Anna and Lucy are on the run. Newton sets off on a perilous quest to find them. As he chases through the Malacca Straits, Newton needs all the help he can get, but who is his enemy’s enemy and can he trust him not to change sides?

And how are the renegades caught up in industrial espionage?

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The Starvation Curve – David Metz

6700 words Adventure

Based on the final leg of Dave Metz’s seven-month trek across Alaska, nearing Old Crow Canada. Low on food, exhausted, but with the end near, his dog Will runs off chasing a moose through the taiga and disappears. Thinking the worst, he digs in, prepared to wait for his friend a year if he has too.

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From the Coleen River I hike farther into the bowels of the wilderness. My dog Will and I are beginning to starve. Immediately we enter ten-foot tall riparian brush and spend thirty minutes trying to make a hole. Eventually I break through and stumble onto some large tussock fields. I spend several hours crossing them while continuing my southeast course toward the Old Crow Range. A swan swoops down and lands in front of me and starts walking, probably leading me away from her young. “You’re either very smart or very dumb,” I say. I walk for an hour with this swan about fifty feet in front of me. She’s big and meaty-looking, but too majestic to shoot, especially when she’s risking her life for her babies.

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The Tree – Dr Robert Clifford

Book Cover - The Tree4200 words Adventure Story

This sensitive heart-touching story is set in the 1960s. It is wound around a four-thousand mile trans-Saharan safari, which the doctor author was fortunate enough to experience, and includes a pioneering journey across the dreaded five-hundred square mile Ténéré Desert, between Algeria and Niger, in the middle of which is a single tree. Be prepared to be moved to tears.

This story is included in the collection This Land is My Land

 

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L’arbre du Ténéré is the only tree marked on the topographical maps of Africa I was doing my final year anatomy and physiology when I met Mike Bullock. He was a final clinical year student and we both played for the hospital rugby side. He, as his name implies, was a big, solid, front row forward, while I fancied myself as a dashing wing three-quarter. He was one of those gentle giants who, whatever the circumstances, could never be really provoked. A true ‘man’s man’ – smart, pipe-smoking, six foot one inch, and fifteen stone seven pounds in his socks.

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The Winds of the Great Mojave – G. Lloyd Helm

1750 words Adventure

The wind is seldom still in the Mojave Desert. Stories about how strong the wind gets are legend, and some of the greatest tellers of those tales hang out in a joint called The Windy City Saloon located at a wide place in the road called Mojave.

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The wind doesn’t always blow in southern California’s Antelope Valley but it blows often enough that most of the trees lean, having been blown sideways since they were sprouts. Very often the wind rolls in from the nearby Mojave Desert and when the hot dry Mojave wind blows it stirs speculation in romantic hearts as to where that wind comes from. Of course there are all the scientific answers—uneven heating of the ground; rotation of the planet; seasonal considerations—but romantic hearts know that those are only facts not reasons.

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Tiburcio’s Treasure – G. Lloyd Helm

3200 words Adventure

Tiburcio Vasquez, a storied bandito of old California, left a treasure behind when he suffered “the drop” at the end of his career. He also left many descendants and one of those is in possession of the treasure Grandpa Tiburcio left behind.

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The Hole in the Wall bar was misnamed because there was no “wall.” It was just a dry-brown, ghost town-looking shack so far out in southern California’s Antelope valley—a desert valley where there have been no antelopes in living memory—that I was always amazed it even had running water and electric lights. The shack sorta stuck up out of the creosote bushes in the bottom of this low place that might have been a volcanic crater a couple billion years ago. You could see the lights of the place for miles if the night was moonless. There was only one road (unpaved) leading to it, and it was made out of dust so gritty-fine it could blast the chrome off a truck bumper with just the slightest encouragement of a breeze.

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Under the Baobab Tree – Roger Woodcock

2000 word Adventure

A young boy is forced, because of drought in his country and his ailing parents, to go out in search of food, in the form of game, to have any hope of keeping his family from starving.

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He paused by the scrubby stand of bush, its thorny leaves sharp against his leathery skin. Raising his hand to shield his eyes against the searing sun, he scanned the horizon. Nothing. Jabbing the crude spear into the baked earth he took a sip from the goatskin pouch slung around his neck. The water, warm and tasting of damp soil, slid easily down his parched throat. How long had he been out there? Four days? Six? He thought of his parents back in the village, a random collection of mud huts set in a sweltering dust bowl. Their life had been one of increasing desperation since the drought and subsequent failure of their crops.

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Visit to Tivari – Peter Pitt

2400 word Action / Adventure

When Danica left university, she immediately joined the partisans in their fight for democracy. All was well, until her group made an encampment near to the village that was her home.

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A dirt road led up to a high point where a group of partisans were encamped. Had it been daylight, on one side of the encampment, the Adriatic could have been seen in the distance. On the other side there was a steep, heavily wooded, embankment which ran down to the valley below, and the village of Tivari. The scent of pine trees filled the air and the camp was bathed in moonlight. There was one small camouflaged tent, and close-by, a dozen or so figures were huddled around a camp fire. The glimmer of the firelight on their faces, revealed a couple of woman amongst them. The flap on the tent opened and a man came out.

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