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The Last Jeep to Baclaran

John J Pullinger.


When Vietnam vet Steve Conway, takes a position as a hotel manager in Manila to seek peace and overcome a personal tragedy instead of tranquility, he finds a country in the throes of revolution. The Marcos regime is tottering and “People Power” is about to show the world that love of country transcends all.

In this highly charged atmosphere he finds the operation he is working for is not what it seems. Behind the scenes are secret deals involving drugs, corruption and murder.

It is a world of greed, deception and depravity in which he encounters degenerate expats, crooked cops, murderous locals and exotic women.
Despite their hardship, poverty and oppression, the flame of democracy still burns brightly in the heart of the Filipino people and they are determined to throw off the yoke of the dictator and regain their freedom.

What they say

"The Last Jeep to Baclaran by John J Pullinger about an Aussie Vietnam veteran in Manila during the 80’s is a cracking action read, and although classed as fiction, I can’t help but think the author is drawing on some of his own experiences as a hotel manager in Manila’s red-light district."
Robert Holt - The Book House, Quality Library Specialists

“Damn! Damn! Damn! I didn’t get to sleep till 2am. I just had to find out how it ended... I thoroughly enjoyed it and admire the Author’s skill in being able to paint such a vivid description of a life that would be alien to most readers. The Author’s admiration of the Philippine people was very evident throughout the book. Over the years they have always been resilient against all oppressive odds.”
Reviewed by Gerard Loth


Also by John J. Pullinger
The Last Cyclo to Thanh Da" - Steve Conway is Back


David Thorne

John Pullinger, a former Travel writer, English teacher and hotelier was born and educated in Brisbane, Australia.  He has lived and worked in and out of South East Asia for over twenty years. He built a bar/restaurant in the red-light district of Manila where The Last Jeep To Baclaran is set.  He now lives in the idyllic artists, writers and craft colony of Maleny in southern Queensland and continues to travel widely throughout South East Asia researching material for more books on the region.

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The Last Jeep to Baclaran by John J Pullinger
Published : August 2010
Format : PB C-format 240pp
ISBN : 9781921787041
Publisher : VIVID Publishing
Category : Fiction / Phillipines / Travel Writing