Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Two novels involving Cambodia have come to my notice, one with the ink still damp from the publishing house and another over a year old. If surreal sci-fi is your bag then Seth M Baker's first part of a trilogy, Reaction (The End of the Iron Age, Book 1) might be just up your street. 296 pages and published in paperback by Dark Hollow Press, it tells the story of a man on the run, accused of killing his father, who must clear his name and save the world from inter-dimensional creatures, obviously. His journey takes him from the mountains of Colorado to the jungles of Cambodia. Doesn't it always? The author has also written a short fiction story, Goodbye, Old Angkor. I asked the author why he chose to include Cambodia in his novel. "I spent some time in Cambodia in '10 and '11, and the place pulled me in. At the risk of sounding trite, it's one of the most beautiful and tragic places I've ever visited. One of my characters was a development worker based in Siem Reap who helps the protagonist achieve his goals. I prefer to write about places I've visited, and since I know both the town and the surrounding temples pretty well, I decided that their inclusion would be appropriate for this particular work." More on the author's work here.

The second novel is a more down to earth detective story from author Bob Sanchez, called Little Mountain. The plot follows a Lowell-based homicide detective Sam Long, who is looking into the death of someone from his past, reigniting memories of his Khmer Rouge work camp named Little Mountain. The more he investigates, the more dangerous it becomes for Sam and his family. The murder mystery is self-published and is set in Lowell, Massachusetts, where thousands of Cambodian refugees settled beginning in the early 1980s. The author's family sponsored one of the first families to arrive in Lowell. Find out more about the author here.

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