Get enthralled in a world, both glamorous and grotesque, of love and rage, of trust and betrayal. A tale of decisions and consequences, of wanting everything and nothing at once. A pleasant dream of escapism from the modern world.
This is a tale of Nicanor, a fisherman on a tropical island, content with living the Hemingway lifestyle of writing, drinking, and catching marlins. A former combat Marine, now modern-day expatriate, who can’t see his world changing as Mabel, a creature of stunning, yet simplistic beauty, emerges from the ocean. She is the essence of carpe diem with a strict policy of laissez-faire, who captivates him, but brings with her the world he fought to leave behind.
She is there to write about Henry Starr, a current UFC champion. Henry has purchased the largest house on the island. A mansion that has sat empty for decades but now is alive with parties that would match that of the Great Gatsby. Parties full of sex and booze, of wealth and status, and debauchery of the moral character. A place where the music is jumping, the alcohol is flowing, and nothing seems to end.
Amidst threats from a local gangster and a blood-thirsty shark, Nicanor is torn between the wild parties, the decadence of his wealthy new friends and the fleeting independence of his isolation from the world.
The Man at the End of the World came from my love for classical literature, PTSD from Iraq, and my appreciation of Art Deco. Inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, I longed for a book not populated by sci-fi, fantasy, or horror. A book of the modern world with a touch of the Roaring Twenties and Tamara de Lempicka’s paintings. Although blood and violence splatter about the pages, they are not the central theme.
This is a book you can read on a beach or in your chair at home, dreaming of the waves or dancing at the mansion on the hill. Sink beneath the waves with Mabel and Nicanor, or party at Henry’s mansion like a movie star from a bygone era. Fight off murderous gangsters and sharks while trying to reel in a record size marlin. This is a return to books of old; to go on a tropical excursion, to swim with sea creatures, and find paradise while never leaving your home. It is an escape from the trappings of one’s arduous lifestyle, even if only for a few pages.
My future goal for this book is to one day have it in classrooms, read alongside Fitzgerald or Hemingway. I dream of tourists on vacation reading the book in a beach chair while sipping a cocktail. I long to be able to give this book to veterans to help them with their post-traumatic stress disorder.
I am a Purple Heart Combat Marine of the Iraq War and fought in the Battle of Fallujah in 2004. My first book is inspired by my time in the Corps, titled Kill! Kill! Battle of Fallujah. I am currently working on the second Kill! Kill! story which will be based on my second tour in Iraq as a vehicle driver.
The Man at the End of the World is not a solo creation, as I am one half of a husband-and-wife team. My wife designed the modern-day Art Deco cover, as well as three works of art within the pages and edited the book.
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