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Black Hearts, Gold Warriors, A Novel by N.K. Richards

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Black Hearts, Gold Warriors, a novel by N.K.Richards.
A riveting action thriller set in Mindanao and Vietnam. It covers a period from the end of World War Two up to the early 21st Century.  It reeks of historical setting, and the atmosphere, sounds and sights of life in SE Asia. It is a story of struggle, survival and redemption, in the midst of the hunt for ancient artefacts and treasures.‘It’s a nail biting action thriller that breaks new ground within a timeless genre. Guaranteed to keep reader hooked from the explosive opening pages to its exciting conclusion. His writing is vivid and distinctive.’ – Candice Lemon Scott (book reviewer)


About the Author

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(Photo provided by N.K. Richards – with his team in Davao City, Samal Island)


Until November 2013, Nic lived and worked in Mindanao and had done so since 2009. He shifted to the Philippines in 2006 from Vietnam with his family, and he worked in international agricultural development assistance projects in both countries for the past 10 years. Nic now works for an aid project based out of Fiji.

He grew up as a young boy into a teenager on Thursday Island in the Torres Straits of North Queensland. The sea and the islands have always been a part of his life, filled with days of swimming, spear fishing, ship-wreck fossicking , digging up old settlements and an over-active imagination and curiosity. He joined the Royal Australian Navy for junior officer training, and left  after six years of interesting training and wonderful experiences.

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(Photo provided by N.K. Richards – my Filipino deputy Team leader in Cairo)

Nic embarked on his professional agricultural training and graduated in 1982 from Sydney University. Since then he has gained several degrees and certificates and worked in more than six countries. It was in Papua New Guinea in 1986 that Nic met and married his wife Emy, who hails from Samar Province in Philippines. They have a wonderful house and family in Calbayog City.

Black Hearts, Gold Warriors is his second novel and it tells the tale of the hunter and the hunted  across the exotic and dangerous landscapes of Mindanao and Vietnam, from the close of WW2 to the start of the new millennium. It is action adventure spiced with historical fiction and romance, with wonderful and heady  scents and sounds of life in the colourful and vibrant world of SE Asia. Nic’s first book called Gold of the Generals, will be re-released in March 2014 and it also is a wonderful story of the hunt for treasures in Fort Santiago and Papua New Guinea.

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