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A Novel by S. A. Tawks

Misadventure awaits the daring and the uncaring. 

A misadventure has no apparent purpose. Only a misadventurer can understand why they choose a certain misadventure. To be misadventurous is to be selfish. Being misadventurous requires a sacrifice of reputation. The size of the sacrifice depends on the extent of the misadventure. For a misadventurer, reputation is of no concern. A misadventurer's only concern is doing something memorable. Something worth talking about. 

Percy has been mistreated and misinformed for most of his childhood. His mother has moulded him into someone she wants him to be. Only through experiences out of the sight of his mother's eye does he discover there's more to life than what he's been taught. He discovers that the future his mother has been building is not for him. By being misadventurous, Percy sets out to create his own future. 

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S. A. Tawks talks 'Misadventurous' 

Misadventurous is told from the perspective of teenager Percy Samuels. The crime/adventure novel is set in Queensland, Australia. It is the story of how Percy transforms from an obedient, studious son into a boy more interested in being disobedient and partaking in delinquency. This is not your ordinary tale of adolescent blues. The novel covers some very serious and hard topics and also some taboo topics.

I like to think of my previous crime novel, Mule, and Misadventurous as a pair of contrasting novels. Mule focuses on a not-so-smart guy trying to better his life by attempting to do the ‘right’ and smart thing. Misadventurous, however, focuses on a smart guy trying to change his life by doing the unconventional and not-so-smart thing. 

This is a novel for mature readers but that does not mean it is solely for adults. I hope that readers can experience Misadventurous with an open mind and feel enlightened in some way and motivated to have conversations about hard topics rather than offended by some of the themes and how they’re discussed within the story. Though, I do realise this is an ideal. 

Some of the themes discussed in Misadventurous are desire, education, rebellion, delinquency, tolerance, intolerance, and, of course, adventure. 

I don’t want to say too much more so I’ll just say that I hope you enjoy the story and, most of all, I hope you derive enjoyment, small or large, from the words I’ve written. 



A Novel by S. A. Tawks 

Bali. The Indonesian island for bargain bartering, friendly locals and good times. A holiday hotspot for tourists wanting to let go and indulge in the pleasures on offer. But when there are hundreds of thousands of tourists, there's money to be made. And when there's money to be made, there's the potential to make a fortune. Even if that fortune is built on crime. 

For one Australian traveller, becoming a mule while staying in Bali is worth the cash on offer. A few jobs transporting packages is easy enough. But when the packages and pay become increasingly larger, so do the risks. 

It's already too late for the mule. He decided his future when he agreed to the job. Now the only decision he has left to make is how bad his future will be.

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S. A. Tawks talks 'Mule'

Mule is my second published work and my first novel (my first published work being classified as a novella). The novel is a stand alone story and tells the tale of a young man from Perth, Australia on holiday in Bali, Indonesia. It is told from the main character's perspective as he tries to get out of Indonesia with a stomach full of condoms loaded with heroin and hopefully get back into Australia without being caught by border officials. As drug trafficking is an offence punishable by death in Indonesia, it is not an ideal situation for the mule. 

The story jumps between past and present tense as the young Australian recounts how he ended up with a stomach full of heroin and reflects on his poor choices. It deals with his internal struggle to do what is 'right' and what is 'right' for his own good. 'Mule' also deals with the themes of relapse, the concept that every choice has a consequence and the struggle of what and what not to do. 

I was inspired to write this story after having travelled to Bali a handful of times and also by the Australians that gave their lives to be mules on the island that's a tourist hotspot. For that reason, I dedicated this story to those infamous Australians harshly punished by having been sent/having served time in the island's Kerobokan prison.