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bookIt’s 1916, and war is raging on France’s Western Front. Bill Parker and Jack Reynolds, best mates and Aussie larrikins, as well as veterans and heroes of Gallipoli and the Western Front, are chosen by the British Intelligence to carry out a secret mission behind German lines.

A rogue German scientist has developed a deadly gas that can kill almost instantaneously. Together with a homicidal American mercenary, they have forced captured Allied POWs to construct a POW camp with a built-in battlefield, trenches and all, in the Bulgarian hinterland.

Their plan is to test the effects of the gas on the live Allied prisoners for the German general staff. If successful, the gas will be mass produced and deployed on the Front, resulting in certain victory for Germany and hundreds of thousands of Allied lives lost.

Parker and Reynolds track them across Europe and Africa on a desperate race against time, fighting running battles with conventional German forces all the while, to a final confrontation in deepest Africa.

Bill Parker’s dreams of his life and his love back home in Australia play an integral part in his survival and the outcome of his mission.

Hi everyone,

Come and join me for a fun afternoon at my book launch and signing for Dreams Of Home at Swansea RSL Club, Charmers St Swansea on Sunday the 23rd of April between 3.00 and 6.00 pm.

For info and sails email me at or phone 0403517460 or 49720097.

Please come along and support a local author and have some fun as well.

Snacks provided.

Bring your friends, see you there.

Dreams of Home

This rousing World War I adventure stars a pair of dashing Aussie mates who survive the carnage at

Gallipoli and are then deployed by British Intelligence to foil a German plot involving poison gas and a secret POW camp housing thousands of Allied prisoners.

In Bill Parker (the book’s narrator) and Jack Reynolds, Australian author Kevin Turnbull provides a brace of movie-ready heroes. At once rebellious young “larrikins” and intrepid patriots, they are adept with deadly weapons but have appealing vulnerabilities. Wounded and lonely, Jack muses: “What I wouldn’t give for a hot bath and a cold beer.” Bill sustains himself through all perils with reveries of his great love Kate, who seems to be communicating with him through the vapors.

From Bulgaria (site of the prison camp) to Africa, our heroes fight the dastardly Germans, random crocodiles and a psychopathic American mercenary called Linden. They are aided by a vivid collection of comrades: the plucky Scotsman McTavish, the brave partisan Christina (code name: “Butterfly”) and a colonel called Charlie Forsythe, among others. We know who will prevail in the end.

Turnbull’s prose is muscular and energetic (“The stunned German could not answer, so Linden kicked him again. He slumped back again and lay groaning in his own mucus and blood”), with some lapses into sentimentality (“the light of love emanating from her eyes”).

The novel’s dramatic momentum might hold up better at, say, 350 pages, rather than these 530, but Turnbull is an adept writer with an admirable gift for both propulsive action and contemplative emotion—a terrific combination in any war story. And if film producers have their antennae up, they may sense some potential box office gold in this compelling, if somewhat formulaic, battlefield buddy tale.

Also available in hardcover and ebook.