A background in the British Army and merchant navy has helped a Snells Beach writer produce an action-packed first novel in hard copy.
When Thomas Main sent a pitch and three chapters of I’ll Be Back to Pegasus Elliot MacKenzie publishers in the United Kingdom, they wrote back immediately with a contract and requesting first option on Thomas’ next two novels.
The publisher’s one stipulation was that his novel must range over five continents.
Given Thomas’ extensive travels and ability to speak several languages, the requirement proved relatively easy to accommodate.
The book concludes with a nail-biter of a climax in New Zealand, involving the New Zealand SAS.
Thomas, who was born in Scotland and writes under a Celtic version of his name, Tam’ Has Main, describes his book as a “romantic thriller.”
It concerns the troubled relationship of a Scottish sailor who falls in love with an up-and-coming Latin American pop star, Zara.
The pair meet in Los Angeles and romance blooms when the sailor defends a young lady’s honour after she is subjected to a racist slur at a dance.
But sadly, forces conspire to quickly separate Matthew and Zara. She travels the world pursuing her music career. He winds up in New Zealand in the building trade. Both end up being hounded by gangsters for different reasons.
When they eventually meet again in New Zealand, they are sure their troubles are behind them. Or are they?
In addition to I’ll be Back, Thomas has written several books that have been published in electronic format, including No Loose Ends, which is set in Leigh and Pakiri.
Nearly all his books involve military elite forces such as the SAS and SBS.
Mahurangi Matters has a copy of I’ll Be Back to give away. Write your name and number on the back of an envelope, post to I’ll Be Back competition, Mahurangi Matters, PO Box 701, Warkworth or email email@example.com with the subject line: I’ll Be Back Competition. Competition closes September 29.