King of the Moon

The final cover crop

Mike Forde, a former Royal Air Force Wing Commander, is an English Special Agent on secondment to ASIU, the American Special Intelligence Unit.

A military plane carrying twenty five English and American peacekeepers on their way home after their tour of duty, disappears after take-off from the tiny island of Diego Garcia in the southern Indian Ocean. A search of the area fails to find any trace of the plane.

Soon after the event Mike is asked to investigate when Dr Bill Willington, an eminent biochemical engineer, is kidnapped in broad daylight from an English university in Buckinghamshire just after he has completed his research for a joint British and American classified project.

The mystery of the lost plane deepens when one of the missing soldiers turns up dead in the aftermath of a bomb blast in San Diego and all the evidence indicates that he may have been responsible for planting the bomb.

A seemingly unrelated string of events leads Mike on an unexpected trail of murder, robbery, and terrorism. What is the connection? Was the dead soldier a terrorist, or is there some other explanation?

Mike’s mission is to find the connection and Dr Willington, and he is determined to succeed.

What made me write this book?

Funnily enough I was in the bath and thinking, as one does, about things one would never normally think of whilst relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet in the bathroom. That is, I was thinking about green issues. ‘What’s wrong with that?’ I can almost hear you ask… well, in essence nothing. But… why do we only care about protecting the planet? Why don’t we think about protecting ourselves, I asked myself.

Why do we kill each other, as if killing each other is a great thing. ‘Hey look, I’ve just killed this chappie lying here with half a million bullets in his body’, not to mention leaving a child fatherless, or a father, son-less. Well, bully for you! It’s not really that great, is it?

I lay in the warm water thinking up ways to avoid killing people:

Option 1: Take away their guns.
Reality: They get some more.

Option 2: Shoot them.
Reality: That makes me as bad as they are and defeats the object.

Option 3: Talk to them and convince them that what they are doing is wrong.
Reality: Someone else can do the same thing and tell them they are right.

Option 4: Hypnotise them and make them stop shooting at people.
Reality: Hypnosis is only as good as self persuasion. It doesn’t work.


Well… what do you do? How do you stop people from killing people?

I had a brainwave! What if you altered they way people think using some kind of chemical which, combined with deep hypnosis really did work?

What a great idea! That would work, wouldn’t it?

Until the bad guys got hold of the chemical!

One man’s great idea is another man’s secret weapon!

Whooooosshhhh… brainwave became the plot for a book! I dashed out of my bath and began writing – and finished the book over 10 years later… but what the heck… it’s here now!

King of the Moon is about how the misuse of such a combined, chemical / hypnotherapy treatment (I called it genbriotic hypnotherapy in the book) can cause absolute mayhem!

If you want to read the printed book email for details.

Available on Amazon Kindle.

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Available on KOBO

Publisher for printed version (Paperback 304 pages): Gold Stone Publishing, PO Box PO Box 6415 Leighton Buzzard, LU7 6EL, United Kingdom

© Vee W Selburn 2013 All Rights Reserved

3 thoughts on “King of the Moon

  1. ynysmonandy says:

    Dear Vee,

    I thoroughly enjoyed your book, King of the Moon. I liked the plot, because it was quite feasible, and the interaction of the characters was realistic. You have a nice mix of tension, action and humour. We find out things about the characters; what made them tick; why they were who they were, etc; gradually, as the story progresses. I liked this, as each snippet gave us some info without holding up the action. As the climax to the story approached, I just couldn’t put the book down, and read the last several or more chapters of the book in one go.
    You have written the book in a way that makes it interesting and easy to read from the very first paragraph. The book has no bad language to get in the way of the story, and conversations roll effortlessly off the page, with no jarring syntax etc. It was a joy to read, and I’m looking forward to the next one in the series.

    All the best for your future endeavours.
    Best regards.

  2. VW Selburn says:

    Hi Andy. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the book. With a review that like that, it was well worth the writing! Many thanks. I’ll try not to keep you waiting too long for the sequel.
    Best regards

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