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THE BOOK: Americans Bombing Paris
PUBLISHED IN: 2015
THE AUTHOR: Thomas Bartlett
THE EDITOR: B’ O Connor
THE PUBLISHER: Amazon/Createspace
SUMMARY: Americans Bombing Paris is a romantic thriller set around 2002. Back when the French and the Americans were sparring in the media over whether or not to invade Iraq. The story revolves and encircles a group of friends who undertake some low-hum protests at what they perceive to be corruption and injustice. When Johnny, the main character, meets Naya everything else falls away, but then life is not like that. Life overtakes them, dwarfs them, makes heroes and villains of them. Paris is the setting for this love story riven through with satire, comedy and politics.
THE BACK STORY: I lived in Paris just after the initial invasion around about 2002. I used to have a small little balcony that overlooked a plethora of houses and schools, the National Library (BNF), I’d wile away many an evening there with a book, a bottle and a smoke, day and night dreaming of planes scorching the sky above. The story germinated there and grew inside me until I got it out last year.
WHY THIS TITLE?: I liked the simple narrative aspect of it. I have also enjoyed the questions that seem to arise whenever I tell anyone the name, “When was this?”, “Did this actually happen?” and “I never knew they did.”
WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: It’s different. I wrote it for myself in so far as I am a mix of different opinions and emotions. The story is a satirical romance, or maybe a romantic thriller, I also tried to make it funny and a little sexy. There is also lots and lots about Paris in it.
“This story was thought provoking and compelling as it wended its way to a rather surprising finish. I thought it was beautifully written. Many of the thoughts and phrases used by the author were quirky, unexpected and worthy of remembering. The story is set as the U.S. rushes toward war with Iraq and I found the authors point of view fascinating and disturbingly accurate. This was an interesting amalgam of stories and a plot that is different than any I have read before.”
“I read this book because a friend recommended it and now I know why she did! Its captivating and addictive from the first chapter. Bartlett has used simple language that is easy to fathom and added just the right dose of humor and sarcasm. He has created such graphic images that just pull you in. Fast paced with no dull moments. Warning- Read the book only when you have time as it’s difficult to put down once you’ve started!”
“This is a little gem of a book that will appeal to anyone who appreciates a good story well written. Americans Bombing Paris follows the life of the main character, Johnny, and his life in Paris during a time of tension between the US and France over the war in Iraq. The author combines a funny, laddish yarn with a passionate, sexy love story to such effect that you sometimes overlook the sharp satire on modern world politics, and that is meant as a compliment. Bartlett manages to combine an engaging plot, which becomes more and more of a page-turner as it builds towards a thrilling climax, with memorable, crunchy, quotable turns of phrase that open the eyes of the reader.”
“I finished Americans Bombing Paris in 2 sittings and I loved it.” “I’m not sure of the exact genre to describe it but it is a contemporary action novel telling the story of an Irishman in Paris who suddenly finds his own actions colliding with geopolitics. Bartlett has a lovely turn of phrase, there were a number of passages I re-read and nodded approval as I did so.” “Read this if you like Paris. Read this if you like reading. A book about the Paris that Woody Allen wouldn’t recognise, and all the better for it. I can’t wait for the film.”
AUTHOR PROFILE: Thomas Bartlett is a writer and a ghost writer. He used to be a restaurant manager or a waiter or a cook (chef is far too grandiose he thinks). In the middle of all that he spent time teaching English as a foreign language to all manner of folk. He’s lived in five countries and speaks some English, Irish, Spanish and French. He lives in Dublin now and likes to write overlooking and overhearing the millions of building sites, construction jobs and small renovations that abound and surround. He gives out and waxes on and off about things on his website here .
AUTHOR COMMENTS: I like to think the book would make people laugh and think and if I am really lucky cry a little, that’s the dream. But if they read it and enjoy it, I’d still be delighted.
SAMPLE CHAPTER: (Provide link). Read Chapter 1 Click Here
LOCAL OUTLETS: Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Galway, Ireland WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon
PRICE: Kindle $2.99 Paperback $12.99
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