|About the Book|
Weve all been the victim of the strange coincidence, havent we?. You know the type of thing i mean, say one day youre walking down the street and for no particular reason you think about an old friend that you havent seen for years, when out ofMoreWeve all been the victim of the strange coincidence, havent we?. You know the type of thing i mean, say one day youre walking down the street and for no particular reason you think about an old friend that you havent seen for years, when out of the blue you hear a familiar voice, and when you look up their they are as large as life aye up matey havent seen you fo years, hows the wife and kids? these strange instances have happened to me and i guarantee something similar has happened to you! Charlie Hollins is just like the rest of us in this respect, and just like the rest of us he just puts it all down to plain coincidence, but what if some things are beyond just plain old coincidence? Charlie is an ordinary man living a less than outstanding life, he has a good job, two grown up children who through no fault of his own have been given odd names! and both seem to have little respect for him, a wife Gina with whom he fell out of love with years ago (thats if they ever really loved each other in the first place?) they have a small house on the Meadows estate and a holiday in Cyprus every year and apart from the ongoing bouts of depression life for Charlie and the Hollins family is pretty good? until one day after a chance meeting with an old vagrant Charlies life takes an unexpected and amazing turn for the better, to such an extent that he ends up living the dream by owning a house in the best neighourhood in town and mixing with the local elite. The bizzare nature of these coincidences gather pace to such an extent that even Charlie comes to realise that something or someone is orchestrating events in some way.Even when a complete stranger seeks him out to warn him Charlie thinks what the hell and intends to enjoy it all while it lasts. Theres a price to pay of course and even Charlie knows it deep down, but he tries to avoid the inevitable and hopes that maybe just maybe for once he deserves all his good fortune!. Charlies half life takes him from a nobody to a somebody from the Meadows to high rolling in Las Vegas from despair at home to a chance meeting with his first love Maria and from being the victim of a violent robbery to finding out at his daughters wedding that there was a distinct possibility that hes not the father of his children after all! As things go from bad to worse for Charlie he attempts suicide with almost comical consequences! before finding himself incarcerated in the local mental hospital, fortunately his best friend Barney has been with him for support depite some painfull differences. Our story follows Charlie through nights at the casino, drink driving charges,a wedding fracas,an over enthusiastic doctor with a Sherlock Holmes fixation, a not so gay photographer and aven a Rastafarian detective! before everything comes to a head in the final chapters when some of those closest to him are arrested for involvment in a fraud and drugs racket of mind boggling proportions involving international oil companies and even certain tall African tribesmen!. Charlie finally with a great deal of difficuty puts all the pieces together and realises that all the people who have influenced his life in recent times and even some from the past are wierdly all characters in a childrens game! Just whos been behind it all becomes apparent, and it certainly isnt who Charlie thought it was! Is there to be a happy ending, after all Charlie has lost almost everything?