BLACK HEARTS, GOLD WARRIORS is a tale of the hunter and the hunted. It is an adventure thriller, with an elaborate plot, that begins at the close of WW2 in Vietnam, climaxing in the Southern Philippines in the early 21st century. This an epic story of one man’s journey to rebuild his shattered life, always just one step ahead of his tormentor. And of his adversary, an evil man who will do anything to have the temple treasures looted from across the ancient Nan Hai trading route.
Into this cauldron of loss, desperation and conflict are woven layers of romantic tension and archaeological mysteries, in the midst of exotic sensory, cultural and travel locales of South East Asia.
Says Candice Lemon Scott reviewer of the book, ‘It’s a nail biting action thriller that breaks new ground within a timeless genre. Guaranteed to keep reader hooked from the explosive opening pages to its exciting conclusion. His writing is vivid and distinctive.’
Given 4.5 stars out of 5 by Bayanihan News, Australia. They say "A riveting action thriller set in Mindanao and Vietnam. It covers a period from the end of World War Two up to the early 21st Century. It reeks of historical setting, and the atmosphere, sounds and sights of life in SE Asia. It is a story of struggle, survival and redemption, in the midst of the hunt for ancient artefacts and treasures. Richards has provided a thrilling ride through the chapters, and has managed to bring its plot to a satisfying conclusion (there’s a “Breaking Bad”-like moment in there, (which I enjoyed). Altogether, “Black Hearts, Gold Warriors” was an easy, enjoyable read. It is the second in the series, and I would be looking forward to the third and final part of this trilogy."