The Tenth Hero PB
de Barry Klemm
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Viewing the world entirely in terms of movies and television, Lee and Scott seemed inseparable until Trevor's pernicious habit of beating Lee's mother Fable - a drunken consequence of his then failing Australian media career - finally forced a divorce and custody battle that the foolish and hapless Fable managed stupidly to lose. Since then Trevor's career has blossomed in England, while Fable has been on the downward spiral, culminating in a suicide attempt which might have succeeded had it not been for Scott's audacious intervention.
It is a letter from Scott relating this incident that propels Lee on his desperate journey, to ride halfway across the world with no money and no passport, relentlessly crossing three continents of human insanity. Yet for all the madness, there are also good people, willing to make commitments to help him along the way. Many strange and wonderful characters are met and amazing adventures shared, but always somewhere back there is the coldly manipulative Trevor, who knows how to turn something like this into a major media event and exploit himself to great effect as the distraught misunderstood father searching for his lost son. As Lee fights his way onward and steadily turns his mad dream into reality, Scott also fights battles on two fronts: trying to keep the fretting Fable intact until Lee can arrive, and striving to keep the media and au
Barry Klemm enjoyed an array of abandoned careers before resorting to literature. He was a crane jockey, insurance clerk, combat soldier, advertising officer, computer programmer, cleaner, stagehand, postman, sports ground manager, builder's labourer, taxi-driver, film and TV scriptwriter and radio dramatist. He has published two novels for teen-age readers, The Tenth Hero, in 1997, and Last Voyage of the Albatross in 1998 through Addison Wesley Longman and Running Dogs, a novel of the Vietnam War by Black Pepper in 2000.