Free Chapter Falstaff Wild: The Call of the Thunder Dragon

The idea for the Falstaff Wild novels had been contemplated since around 2007 when I started writing short stories with the character Falstaff Wild

Falstaff Wild is a mercenary pilot out east, an alternative view of the World War 2 from the perspective of an ex-pat.

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I selected Asia as the region as the Battle of Britain and the European side of the conflict has already been done many times.  The Japanese terror on the other-hand is poorly documented.

Your reward for backing my project is simple; the first full Falstaff Wild novel, as paperback with separate Maps.

Falstaff Wild is my take on the anti-hero. Not simply another Bond or Biggles, although some inspiration came from both. Falstaff was inspired mainly by Flashman, but also the lack of realistic or fleshed out character in Biggles himself. Falstaff’s background and foibles also came from Bunter and of course the Cad, Flashman.

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Falstaff Wild Undercover!

A book cover brings the words to life, more or less, or it should at least catch the interest of the market the book is aimed at. It is true that sometimes the picture shows characters entirely out of the context intended, but often the artist knows best, and can produce some brilliant and attractive art for the book cover.

1930's era Ace/Flying magazine style
1930’s era Ace/Flying magazine style

The cover is also the No.1 sales tool for a book. A fantastic book cover design is more important than ever, and has to work just as well (if not better) as a compelling thumbnail for an ebook!

James Bond Inspired, Fleming readers are welcome!
James Bond Inspired, Fleming readers are welcome!

A book cover is the first thing your reader will see so it’s important to get it right first time. Well, I’ve possibly been impatient to get my covers designed, and been guilty of changing them to reflect a change in target audience or shifts in the market, but I’ve also enjoyed a guilty pleasure from exploring the gene!

Here are a selection of covers before I fixed on the red and blue – 1930’s era Ace or Flying magazine style and is intended to be adopted for other books in the same series!

Original Cover 2015, wide appeal? Emphasises the comic or Humours nature of the book!
Original Cover 2015, wide appeal? Emphasises the comic or Humours nature of the book!
Simpler High Contrast Cover for that important Thumbnail!
Simpler High Contrast Cover for that important Thumbnail!
Modren Photo cover a direct an inviation to see the mountains or to follow that river!
Modren Photo cover a direct an inviation to see the mountains or to follow that river!
1940's type hard cover inspired for Falstaff Wild
1940’s type hard cover inspired for Falstaff Wild “The Orange Dragon of Old Hanoi”, the first writen but probally will be 3rd published!
Pengiun Created a Classic cover design which they used for many years.  This is Falstaff's take on this!
Pengiun Created a Classic cover design which they used for many years. This is Falstaff’s take on this!
Of course having a beautiful lady on the cover doesn't help describe the plot!  But Falstaff wouldn't say no!
Of course having a beautiful lady on the cover doesn’t help describe the plot! But Falstaff wouldn’t say no!
White Circle took their own take on the classic orange Penguin Style with their own pink paperbacks.  Again a Falstaff look at this style!
White Circle took their own take on the classic orange Penguin Style with their own pink paperbacks. Again a Falstaff look at this style!
Pick a Card any card!  Playing cards an 'Ace' format for inspiration!  Jokers or Jacks for Falstaff WIld!
Pick a Card any card! Playing cards an ‘Ace’ format for inspiration! Jokers or Jacks for Falstaff WIld!

That’s it for the covers.

Just to remind you this project is for a copy of the Paperback and Maps. The Paperback is 600 pages of historical, factual and humorous fun!

Many thanks

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Get a copy of a Limited Print and Maps

A short, first, print run of the Falstaff Wild: The Call of the Thunder Dragon. A historic novel full of aviation, action & adventure.

I am an independent writer publisher on the difficult and frustrating journey towards publishing my own books. I want to do this with all my heart, and need it to succeed as I am medically retired at 42.

I am almost there. I have started this project for a limited print run aiming for a min. 20 in order to take the next the step.

Your reward for backing my project is simple; the novel, a paperback with Maps.
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Falstaff Wild Updates

My recovery and adjusting to managing my health is going well.  While the relaunch of the Call of the Thunder Dragon is a month or two off, I’m also looking forward to getting my teeth into these titles:

  • Falstaff Wild & The Peppermint Pirates
    • The Spanish Civil War 1936-7

 

  • Falstaff Wild & The Orange Dragon of Old Hanoi
    • Japanese take over of French Indo-China 1940-1

 

  • Falstaff Wild & The Shamrock of Shanghai
    • 1925 Absconds from Harrow, journeys from Ireland to Shanghai and beyond

 

  • Falstaff Wild & The St. Raphael to Shangri-La Part I, II & III
    • 1927 RAF training to Afghan kidnapping

 

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Easter Holiday Offer – Smashwords

This Easter enjoy Falstaff Wild’s adventures free, download now at Smashwords.

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Not much more I can say about the offer, except enjoy.

Fast paced action and adventure, exploring forgotten corners of World War II History. A spiritual journey set on the eve of World War 2, Japanese spies, beautiful women, and assassins are after Falstaff Wild as he blazes across the skies of Asia! Falstaff can only respond with deadly force on the trails to Bhutan.

Falstaff the Incorrigible mercenary pilot is a scoundrel with an evil temper. It is the eve of War in Europe, but Falstaff has unfinished business in Asia.

Falstaff Wild undertakes a remarkable mission to Bhutan. Hoping to set a flying record, or find gold and loot. Instead, he discovers to what extremes the Japanese will go to catch him.

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Why I write and What 2

The Continuing Adventures of Falstaff Wild

Oh, good grief! I wish someone would buy my house!  Why?  Because I want to get on with my writing!  I can’t settle down to type; well not anything substantial, not while I’ve got to market my house instead of my book!

The Estate agents will tell us that the market is healthy and house prices are going up!  Not so, down by 33% since I purchased the house 8 years ago.  I’ll have no equity to live on, being diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis – with no cause identified I’ve been living hand to mouth for too long.

Writing is not a choice for me, Its a living I choose to put my life into! So why am I promoting another ‘Free Week’ on Smashwords? The Call of the Thunder Dragon – Smashwords .

Sales mean interest and higher ranking, which generate more sales.  Please read and enjoy – then…

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Why I write and What 2

Oh, good grief! I wish someone would buy my house!  Why?  Because I want to get on with my writing!  I can’t settle down to type; well not anything substantial, not while I’ve got to market my house instead of my book!

The Estate agents will tell us that the market is healthy and house prices are going up!  Not so, down by 33% since I purchased the house 8 years ago.  I’ll have no equity to live on, being diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis – with no cause identified I’ve been living hand to mouth for too long.

Writing is not a choice for me, Its a living I choose to put my life into! So why am I promoting another ‘Free Week’ on Smashwords? The Call of the Thunder Dragon – Smashwords .

Sales mean interest and higher ranking, which generate more sales.  Please read and enjoy – then come back to support my Kickstarter project (Follow on Twitter MichaelJWMax), or buy the second book, that I hope to finish as so as my life is sorted out!

 

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Why I write and What!

I didn’t become an Author to pamper to a niche or standard.  I write about history where I find it, in context.  I do not write for any specific age group or audience.  I learnt more by picking up challenging books than I did by following the well-trodden path; I would not want to be forced to lower the bar for young readers, or to present a watered down – less insightful presentation of events.

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I didn’t become an Author to pamper to a niche or standard.  I write about history where I find it, in context.  I do not write for any specific age group or audience.  I learnt more by picking up challenging books than I did by following the well-trodden path; I would not want to be forced to lower the bar for young readers, or to present a watered down – less insightful presentation of events.

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The Call of the Thunder Dragon – Kobo

The Call of the Thunder Dragon – Barnes & Noble

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The Un-holy Trinity of Marketing!

Chocolate Cake, Coffee and Cute Cats!  The three C’s? How does anyone stand a chance these days?  Independent publisher, the stand alone author banking on success, when the world has gone cat mad…

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Friday, start of the weekend! If its snowing outside (it is here) – way not sit down with a book?

Not just exciting read a thrilling & humorous flight! Bond Biggles and Flashman all rolled into one!

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