Mirador Publishing have just released a disturbing new thriller by first time novelist Damian Magnay.
Although fictional, the novel highlights the plight of many young people still being sold or forced into slavery.
At first read, King of the Mekong could be a straightforward action adventure novel concerning a sightseeing adventure trip into the Vietnamese jungles which goes horribly wrong when the group is captured by bandits; however Damian has another story to tell.
He decided to use the medium of his novel to shine a light on the atrocities still being committed worldwide. Having a sound knowledge of this this uncomfortable subject through his participation with Destiny Rescue’s 26 seconds program, a charity which helps to rescue children captured and sold into slavery, he hopes his novel will raise awareness of this strangely ignored tragedy.
“Destiny Rescue helps children who have been sold into the worst kind of slavery,” Damian said. “It was very disturbing when I first got involved with them but the rescue numbers are climbing week by week and the children receive help to get their lives back on track, which is great.”
Damian is also no stranger to the jungles of Vietnam. “He is a huge supporter of Vietnam Veterans,” said Sarah Luddington, Mirador’s Commissioning Editor. “He’s been researching the Vietnam war for the last twenty years.”
As part of his research Damian has crawled through the Cu Chi tunnels, visited the site of the
Australian Army base at Nui Dat and paid his respects at the Long Tan battlefield where 108 brave Aussies held off an estimated 2500 enemy troops.
Damian also sponsors a child through World Vision and a Bengal Tiger through World Wildlife Fund, he hopes they never meet!
‘King of the Mekong’ is published by Mirador Publishing and is available from all good bookshops and online stores both as a paperback and eBook in all popular formats,
Damian Magnay can be contacted through his publishers.
Mirador Publishing can be contacted via their website at www.miradorpublishing.com