Thursday, February 10, 2022

Book Tour + #Giveaway: EXPEDITION BORNEO by Daniel Side @daniel_side @danside2 @RABTBookTours

Adult Romantic Adventure

Date Published: February 2022


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One part, exotic, jungle setting, one part romance, two parts gripping, heart-pounding suspense

Jake Bennett knew a couple of things for sure: he needed a job, he didn’t want to die in the jungle… but he’d never met anyone like nurse Brockman.

The two clash when Jake discovers that Katherine Brockman’s mission has nothing to do with checking the condition of malaria in native villages.

The possibility of saving tens of thousands of lives unites them as they venture into the steaming jungle to discover if the “Legend of the Riverman” is true.

Soon, the dangers of the jungle wrapped in the unforgiving heat, threatens to end, not only their mission, but their lives.

But nothing can prepare them for what they discover, hidden deep in an unexplored jungle basin.


A new, action-packed, adult adventure

 Interview with Daniel Side

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?

I wanted to write an adventure story as I mention below, and the subject of the story arose from a conversation with my brother who came up with the germ idea for the story. Thank you Frank!

What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

My latest goal with Expedition Borneo was to write a classic adventure story, along the lines of The African Queen, King Solomon’s Mines Treasure Island, or Raiders of the Lost Ark: a story with regular characters, facing incredible odds on a mission not of their choosing. I feel I achieved my goal of writing a classic adventure story. It has the characteristics of those earlier, bigger than life stories, yet reads like a modern tale.

It’s 1941 on the island of Borneo in the South Pacific, two weeks after the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor. She’s on a mission and needs him. He doesn’t realize it, but he needs her. They are characters in trouble that you will care about and root for. He’s not perfect and neither is she, but the attraction is inevitable as they learn about each other and find an unbelievable discovery deep in one of the world’s last unexplored jungles .

One part, exotic, jungle setting, one part romance, and two parts gripping, heart-pounding suspense.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Like all of my books, that first time that I sit down to begin chapter one, page one is the toughest. I’ve already roughed out the story and the characters over the past year, so it’s not that I don’t know who or what it’s about, but rather it’s this overwhelming act of commitment at that moment, to this huge project that is going to take over a good chunk of my life for the next many months or years.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I guess I enjoyed building the relationship between the two main characters. I wanted this book to have a stronger romantic build with a little more heat, yet keep it realistic. It was challenging as the two are in the middle of a jungle, which added a lot of unique settings and situations for our couple, but I’m told it worked.

Where there alternate endings you considered?

The climatic ending is different than I had first planned as some of the events along the journey changed. The present denouement just became a natural extension of the building relationship and the character growth.

Can you share some stories about people you met while researching this book?

The internet sure has changed research for the writer. For my first book published, A Lesson in Revenge, I had to go to the library to research the psychology of pyromaniacs. For Expedition Borneo, which took an incredible amount of research on climate, terrain, jungles, transportation, foods, fauna, headhunters – you name it- I just had to flip open my laptop. Having said that, using email, I sat in my living room and acquired critical information from the director of the Maliau Basin in Borneo: information on the gorge that drains the only river exiting the Maliau Basin – where the real action takes place. Incredible.

What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

I used to be a huge science fantasy reader but now I tend more to thriller or adventure.

 About the Author

An avid reader as a youngster, Daniel began a teaching career at twenty, peppering his life with trail rides on his horse Kelly, scuba diving in the murky Great Lakes of Ontario and taking fencing lessons.

He married Lynda, five months after they met in a bar on a Thursday night. With her, he raised a family, wrote and produced school plays, built their log home, restored a classic Mustang, a '69 Mach 1 for enthusiasts, and took their three boys on many canoe trips in northern Canada.

Twenty years later, unable to find a science fantasy adventure he liked, with encouragement from Lynda, he wrote The Reedsmith of Zendar. Expedition Borneo is his sixth novel.

His books are varied, but whether suspense, a thriller, or an adventure story, all contain characters in trouble that you will care about and root for. He's never perfect and neither is she, but the attraction is inevitable as they learn about each other on an adventure seldom of their choosing.


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