'Great two-fisted writing from the far side of hell.' - John Birmingham, bestselling author of He Died with a Felafel in his Hand 'A unique look at a gritty game. Relentlessly funny and obsessively readable.' - Phillip Noyce, director of The Quiet American and Clear and Present Danger Paul Carter has been shot at, hijacked and held hostage.
He's almost died of dysentery in Asia and toothache in Russia, watched a Texan lose his mind in the jungles of Asia, lost a lot of money backing a mouse against a scorpion in a fight to the death, and been served cocktails by an orang-utan on an ocean freighter. And that's just his day job.
Taking postings in some of the world's wildest and most remote regions, not to mention some of the roughest oil rigs on the planet, Paul has worked, gotten into trouble and been given serious talkings to in locations as far-flung as the North Sea, Middle East, Borneo and Tunisia, as exotic as Sumatera, Vietnam and Thailand, and as flat out dangerous as Columbia, Nigeria and Russia, with some of the maddest, baddest and strangest people you could ever hope not to meet.
Strap yourself in for an exhilarating, crazed, sometimes terrifying, usually bloody funny ride through one man's adventures in the oil trade.
When not getting into trouble on the rigs Paul lives a quiet life in Sydney.
Allen & Unwin
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01 August 2005
PrologueChapter 1: Achtung spitfire, 1969-1987Chapter 2: Poolballs, 1987-1994Chapter 3: Pack-a-day monkey, 1994-1995Chapter 4: Saturation, 1995-1996Chapter 5: Killer mouse, 1996-1997Chapter 6: Deamon barber, 1997-1998Chapter 7: The Hobbit House, 1998-1999Chapter 8: Where you from? 1999-2000Chapter 9: Barrel fever, 2000-2001Chapter 10: The darkest continentChapter 11: Gobbing, 2002Chapter 12: Turbo San, 2002Chapter 13: Legless in Russia, 2003Chapter 14: The ghost of a flea, 2004Chapter 15: Ah Meng, 2004Epilogue