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Monday, 25 March 2019

NOVEL - CRUISE HEIST - millions of dollars and a few too many lives are at risk

There are millions of dollars, why you? How do you get it on board, and then off again? Then you realise there is far more to it and you weren't chosen by accident. Now, can you stay alive?

For two years Doris Visits contributor Stuart St Paulhas been looking at a possible film or drama to set on cruise ships. There are very few books that are set totally around cruising and cruise ships, and to re-work them for TV or a film was proving as much work as it was to develop a new work from the beginning. This new work could be current, pacey, a thriller that has the page turning style of modern box set TV. This first book is a movie in itself, or as they say a pilot episode if not a whole series because the twists and turns and blind alleyways and dead ends are endless. The bookis a real page-turner and is an accurate portrayal of both a cruise ship and the ports around the Panama Canal where it all kicks off in no uncertain terms, and that is to be expected as Stuart is now a regular guest on many different cruise ships talking about the films and television shows he has been in.
Commander Kieron Phillips survived Ireland, survived Iraq and many more missions behind enemy lines. Now retired, he finds himself looking down the wrong end of an automatic weapon in South America, and potentially in the most dangerous situation of his life. Being killed in service might have been envisaged, but on the first holiday of his retirement- if release with no pension or honours can be classed as retirement- danger was the last thing he expected. Click the picture for a pre-release version on Kindle. The book will be out soon.
Kieron is going on a cruise to meet with his adopted daughter, a dancer on the ship. But even in his short journey from luggage reclaim to customs he is chatted up by a Latina beauty who won’t seem to leave him alone, and watched covertly by another stunning woman who has a more familiar somewhat military air. Sadly, for him, it seems it’s not his rugged good looks they are after, and before he knows it one woman is arrested, another sharing his taxi to the ship and a third arrives carrying a case that obviously doesn’t belong to her, filled with who knows what. Kieron involuntarily becomes involved in the movement of drugs and money in South America. All he wanted was a quiet break.
His two new accomplices smuggle the case with its unknown contents onto the ship. Now embroiled in the saga, his cabin is searched by a stowaway gunman looking for the Latina woman who he thinks is on board and was not arrested. Standing on the deck looking down at dock in Panama, he realises it could be unsafe for him to get off, but on instinct, when he sees the female officer he met at the airport being followed. He takes off after the team of locals, into an area of downtown that cruise guests would never venture and a world of trouble which has to resolve before the ship sails.
Kieron continually battles with himself, trying to leave his life in conflict behind him, to adjust to civilian life and spend time with his daughter, to play Dad, but continually gets pulled back like a magnet, into the criminal drama escalating below decks. Is he seeking it out, or is it seeking him out? He starts to wonder if his being on this cruise was an accident, or whether someone saw his ex-military status and put him in the right place at the right time. It becomes clear to him that he cannot trust anyone on the ship, and no crazy amount of money is worth either his life or the life of his daughter. They are both in serious trouble which escalates as they cross the Atlantic out of reach of any helicopter, policing or rescue – his time of jumping from boats and planes is far from over if he wants to live.SHIPS & CHAT - Read a cruise novel, share with the community for your cruise operator or ship. You will find them here + share  - clickCruise Ship Heist - Ocean Atlantic is out on Kindle, the paperback will be out spring 2019. The second novel in the series, Cruise Murders – Ocean Pacificwill be out next year. Cruise novels are published by Cruise Doris Books. The parent company has previously released films themselves and with distributors Universal and ICON. Cruise Doris Visits cruise books must take place against the backdrop of a cruise, so they make ideal cruise reading.
Click the book pictures for a description. See on Amazon below.

Francis Rossi - Talking Too Much

Just weeks before Francis Rossi's book, 'I Talk Too Much' was to hit the shelves, we were askedto go to Fiji to recount the making of Bula Quo with the rock legends Status Quo for P&O and re-tell the story. We all knew there was a chance that making the film might be the last big venture for the duo Francis and Rick, even though a sequel in India was planned. None of us could tell at the time how Rick would take to the heat, he was losing his hair daily because of the steroids he had to take. Francis had originally said he would only wear his signature black jeans and white shirt. This new venture for both of them meant working longer hours than ever and we knew would be a test on many levels.
The new book is out now.

During filming, Francis sat on the beach and just talked, talked about things he has never mentioned before, like the band member way back when called Barry. He also told of the relationship with Rick, his feelings of fear before new projects and how the film had surprised them both and put new life in the relationship.
For the first time, we release the interview unedited. The book I Talk Too Muchis available from Amazon in various forms and on Kindle. I TALK TOO MUCHwent into the Sunday Times charts at number 3 this week. #FrancisRossi #Italktoomuch #StatusQuo
 Below is the film we shot back in Lautoka, Fiji and talking about where we shot the movie.

Tickets for his new tour are available, see his own web site.