The following originated as a LinkedIn post by Lee A Meiser.
Bali Wave Ghost by Stephen Black
"This novel is a psychodramatic love story set on the Island of the Gods (Bali) in the year 2022. It is intended to be entertaining, informative, musical, and thought-provoking. I hope you find the characters interesting . . . The writing of this book began in Sanur, Bali in the summer of 2012 and was completed in Ubud, Bali in December 2015 . . . Concepts like Fate, language, technology, and crime crash against each other, recede and then crash again. BaliWave Ghost surfs between East and West, North and South and spirituality and materialism."
This novel is not for the faint of heart. There was a bombing in Bali in a place named "The Sari Club" in 2012, in which 202 victims died. Mr. Black takes on the persona of a first-person widow, named "Odie," who lost his wife, "Kathleen" in this blast. "The demons of his past and a dangerous love affair soon combine with a medication that make's Odie's world as upredictable as Bali itself."
"The beaches of Sanur, the ricefields of Ubud, the nightlife of Kuta, and the local warungs (eateries) are the settings for Odie's encounters with expats, locals, and tourists. Written in Mr. Black's dynamic, darkly humorous style, Bali Wave Ghostis a lyrical blend of romance, drama, and history."
The novel describes Odie's love of the Balinese people, his descent into despair, and his eventual friendships with unique people on the island: a lover named, "Francesca," a surfer named, "Will Sun," a backpacker named, Sarah, and multiple locals. It feels as lush as the frangipani flowers Black describes and at the same time out of bounds with the descriptions of desperate thoughts and retorts.
If you are easily offended, Bali Wave Ghost is not for you; if, however, you care for an insider's look at Bali, the novel would interest you. I have known Stephen Black for more than 10 years via LinkedIn. He gave me the best advice when I began writing for myself: Start with Draft #50 and keep going until you have reached Draft #1. Great advice Stephen: I believe you followed it when you wrote Bali Wave Ghost.
Editor and writer“Henry Miller is alive and well and living in Bali!” -Diego Lopez, Publisher of Nusa magazine/founder of Nusa surfwear