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A Book Review
Children of The Night Feature Length Pilot Table read.
I WARNING: STRONG language and Themes.
I wouldn’t watch this in earshot of the children. Andrew
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A dark and confronting tale of two Senior Detectives as they uncover a child prostitution racket with ties to Newcastle’s elite. They work on solving two murders as they try to find two missing boys. Ultimately, they find themselves .
Children of The Night is essentially four intertwined stories and their crossover points.
Story Arc 1: Senior Detective Sergeant Phillip “Phil” Dobson and Senior Detective Sergeant Li Ma “Turbo” Zhang are detectives with the Newcastle Homicide Squad. They are inseparable childhood friends, and an LGBTIQ+ love story for the ages.
Phil’s mother commits suicide due to her inability to cope with her own childhood sexual abuse. Phil is left feeling helpless and decides one suicide is one too many. He buries his feelings and is prone to emotional outbursts and Turbo is always there to help him explode in a controlled manner. His true love for Phil is unspoken as he is terrified of losing Phil’s friendship. Ironically, Phil’s outbursts come partly from burying his love for Turbo. Toxic masculinity rears its ugly head.
Story Arc 2: Levi (11) and Toby (6) Holbert live in Dunedin New Zealand with their physically abusive mother. When Toby suggests moving to Australia, she inexplicably agrees and they arrive in Newcastle to start a new life. Two days later their mother is killed in a car accident and the boys find themselves in the hands of a sexually abusive priest. They disappear into Newcastle’s underbelly, caught by a child prostitution racket, for Newcastle’s elite. Levi endures blow after blow after blow trying to protect his little brother. Iceman (See Story Arc 3) blocks them at every turn, even killing to keep the upper hand. The crescendo builds in this exhausting fight and ultimately costs Levi his own life. Toby finds himself alone in a foreign country, and part of a world he struggles to understand. The only thing left to hang onto and trust is Davina. (See Story Arc 4)
Story Arc 3: Ian “Iceman” Chase is the man that runs the racket along with his mentor and protector Judge William Jude. He suffered violence and sexual abuse at the hands of his father for ten years, and it has destroyed his humanity. He doesn’t care and the world is frightened of him. When his home life becomes intolerable his solution is to destroy the family home with his parents in it. He is ultimately responsible for more than ten deaths.
Story Arc 4: Davina Jacoby is a gender fluid Social Worker, also a sexual abuse survivor but uses her pain to drive her to help others. As a child she believed the abuse was actually normal behaviour and her favourite teacher used it to his advantage. The realisation that came in her teens almost destroyed her. With the support of the man that was to become her husband, she made it through. As Davina’s own life burns around her, she finds herself the foster parent of a very frightened, 8-year-old boy. She is a beautiful soul with a demeanour that belies her painful past.
This uniquely Australian work pulls few punches. Strong Language. Adult themes. Sex Scenes. Drug Use. Graphic physical and Sexual Abuse. Graphic murder scenes.
Child sexual abuse is inferred, rather than displayed, but the aftermath is not pretty.
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Australian Association of Authors member.
Australian Writer's Guild Member.
Andrew spent ten years as a serving member of the Royal Australian Air Force and is a grandfather to 10 children: nine girls and one boy.
He has a keen interest in marine life and the environment and is a qualified veterinary nurse and a champion for animal rights.
He encourages people to adopt from shelters and rescue groups. Dax, the Maine Coon Cat in his novel, was was based on an actual rescue adoption.
In writing The Visitors, Andrew was heavily influenced by seeing a young child in the Ku Klux Klan.
"He has been taught that, it doesn't come naturally and I want to teach kids that there is a better way to live, and I'm trying to do that through my writing," Andrew said.
The original story was written back in 2014-15 and after a familiar literary journey of knockbacks, UK-based publisher Austin Macauley agreed to publish it
In the spirit of #reconciliation,
I acknowledge the traditional custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. I pay respect to their Elders past and present. I extend that respect to all First Nations peoples today.