Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Straight Chatting from the Library: Gun Kiss by Khaled Talib

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5 things I've Tried that I'll Never Do Again

1. I’ll never go inside the Pyramid of Cheops again. I was trapped for a good five minutes in the ascending passage while crawling towards the Pharaoh’s chamber. I couldn’t go forward and I couldn’t go backwards because I was sandwiched between others. I tried to ignore the feeling of claustrophobia building up inside me, but if I had stayed there any longer, I would’ve gone hysterical. I don’t know why nobody moved, but I felt like I was trapped in a coffin. It’s not a joke.

2. I experienced shark cage diving in Cape Town, South Africa. There were lots of great whites in the water. I hope I never see those eyes and jaws again. In the movie Jaws, they had to deal with one shark. I had seven circulating around my boat. Who knows what could’ve happened? I remember the scene in Jaws when Quint talked about the lifeless, black eyes, like a doll’s eyes. It’s true. There’s also something else I noticed about the great white. They like to taunt you; they’ll disappear and suddenly reappear unexpectedly. With all the incidents that have happened, like the great white entering a cage, I don’t think I’d like to risk it ever.

3. In a society like Singapore, I’ll never attempt to save the life of a stranger if I see them injured in public. On two separate occasions my friends and I saved the lives of two people. However, we were accused of hurting them. So, I’ll wait for others to come forward before I join them. If I was alone, I think it through before I do anything. Nowadays, everyone has a smart phone, so I’ll probably make a call to the police instead of instinctively coming to the person’s aid. The culture in certain quarters of society here is that you’re guilty until proven innocent. I’m not taking the risk. Obviously, the police will investigate the situation and resolve things, but how am I going to resolve it with a mob culture?

4. I’ll never climb down a cliff face again. I had a problem at the Three Sisters, a rock formation in Sydney, Australia. As I was climbing down the ladder, my legs started to shake. I clutched the ladder tightly, unable to move. Then some tourists arrived, and they wanted to go down. To avoid the embarrassment, I forced myself to descend. Going back up was easy, but I’ll never ever do it again.

5. I went mountain trekking in Switzerland. I made the mistake of ignoring instructions to follow the designated path. On my way backdown I noticed a boy taking a short cut across the cornice. He was followed by a woman. I decided to do the same. But I didn’t consider my weight as I walked on the soft snow. Every time I took a step, I sunk further down. If had slipped through, I would’ve fallen 3,500 feet to the ground. It’s a miracle I survived. I moved slowly until I reached hard ground. I’ll never follow the crowd again and I’ll always obey instructions.


The United States media is abuzz with news of the mysterious disappearance of Hollywood movie star, Goldie St. Helen.

Ex-Delta Force Blake Deco receives a tip from a Mexican friend that a drug lord, obsessed with the beautiful actress, is holding her captive in Tijuana.

With the help of a reluctant army friend, Blake mounts a daring rescue.

What he doesn’t expect is to have feelings for Goldie—or that a killer is hunting them.


They continued through an arch that separated the living room and what was once a kitchen. The general pointed at a trapdoor’s opened hatch with stairs leading down. “We go inside,” he pointed below.

“After you, comrade.” Blake gestured him with the gun. “Do you guys still call each other that?”

No response.

They descended into a glowing stalagmite cave and walked past a grotto toward a metal bridge running above a narrow canyon. The temperature felt warmer here.

They reached a storage area with doors on both sides. Blake took a moment to study the few soldiers guarding the area.

“Tell them to drop their weapons and go join the rest upstairs,” Blake said.

Popov gave the order.

When the soldiers had walked past them, the Russian military leader led Blake to a steel door with a fingerprint lock system. He frowned at Blake.

“Do the Open Sesame thing,” Blake said.

Popov pressed his right thumb against the authentication device. The door slid open into a brightly lit chamber and shut after they’d entered.

The temperature-controlled environment had perforated steel walls, a concrete floor, and embedded ceiling lights. The center of the room displayed a series of pedestal casings with various treasures: a red Fabergé egg, a diamond ring, a dagger, and a gold pocket watch. The Deringer rested on a small, purple velvet pillow inside one of the glass cases.


Khaled Talib is a former journalist with local and international exposure. He has authored three thrillers since 2014.

The author's works have been praised by NY Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, NY Times bestselling author Ruth Harris, USA Today bestselling author Jon Land, NY Times bestselling author Keith Thomson, K.J. Howe, and Jon McGoran.

His debut thriller, Smokescreen, was listed as one of the six "boundary-breaking indies" in 2016 by the IndieReader. His second novel, Incognito, won the Silver Award for the AuthorsDB Book Cover Contest 2017. Gun Kiss is his third novel.

Khaled, who is also a member of the International Thriller Writers, resides in Singapore.

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  1. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

  2. Thanks for sharing the great post, I enjoyed reading it! :)

  3. Thanks for letting us know the things you won't do again. That gives me the foresight to not even try those things.

    1. My pleasure, Deborah. At least, I survived to tell the tale :-)

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    1. If you plan to read the book, I hope you enjoy it. It's a fun story and I plan to write a sequel.

  5. How do you come up with the plots you write about?