There’s an old saying about truth being stranger than fiction and it often applies when there’s a really REALLY good story to be told. This one is true.

This is a story of endurance: a man stripped of all his considerable worldly possessions and driven to live on a remote mountain where he builds a home from logs and scrap metal. Sort of like Moses, only he’s not Jewish.

It’s a story of joy: he creates a simple, serene life, devoid of gadgets like a toilet, running water, electricity, human companionship or any form of communication with the outside world. He does however have two dogs. One is blue, and the other is very black. Both are his constant companions.

It’s a story of heartache: a man who epitomises the mantra of the 70’s, ‘make love not war’, yet whose life on the mountain becomes enmeshed in bitter battles for supremacy. Dominated by greed-driven conflicts with uninvited neighbours. And eventually culminating in a psychotic drug-fuelled attack on his life until his ultimate final reckoning.

It’s a story of pain: a man wracked with deep physical, emotional and mental pain. Not the transient sort – the lifelong, grinding, burrowing, relentless sort that has teeth sharper than Stephen King’s evil clown, Pennywise.

But more than anything, it’s a story of survival: a man clawing his way back into civilization, inch by inch, constantly shedding old burdens and taking on new ones, negotiating forks, bends and ditches in the road until finding trust again, and coming to rest in his own personal utopia.

About the Book
When Nikita Tarasov is buried alive and critically wounded during the war in Kosovo she is visited by a voice who says his name is Andy. “Are you real?” Nikita asks. “Will they come?” “I promise Nikita. Forever and forever.”

For 30 hours Andy tells amazing stories about a little boy, and a lighthouse. “Be calm Nikita. Fear kills.”

When Nikita is rescued by a psychopathic Serbian Nationalist, Max Lomax, her life is illuminated. Soon she is the darling of the world’s press.

Trapped in a world of drugs, human trafficking and prostitution, Nikita promises to escape her “Guardian” and find the mysterious Andy who, she has been told, did not exist.

But the stories Andy told, the image of a lighthouse, and a lonely little boy, haunt Nikita. Determined to prove the reality of Andy, Nikita discovers a town where it seems “Andy” may have lived.

One boy believes her and as the quest for the real Andy touches lives, everything changes. The rough edged Yorkshire boy Robbie, falls in love with the damaged little girl.

Are there angels sent to protect? When one life touches another, does the world change?

This is a novel of love and intrigue. A story of damaged souls touching and healing each other. The ordinary becoming extraordinary.

Throughout, the lighthouse that once shed its gentle beam across the town, and a frightened little boy’s bedroom, guides Nikita to her destiny.



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