The Guest From Johannesburg
"The Guest From Johannesburg" is a riveting sequel to "The Millionaires Cruise", continuing the love story between enigmatic South African Duff Malone, and effervescent American Christy Miller.
Now married, they live in Hawaii as guests of old friend Werner Bergen. Their children, Malia and Teo, are strong-willed and immersed in the complex cultures that make up Honolulu.
With the guidance of South African writer Marcus de Villiers, readers share Malone’s struggles following a serious heart attack, as he comes to terms with his mortality. As he recovers at home old friends visit and share their war stories. Christy and Malia share their own surprising experiences, as Malone listens and learns. Through old stories and new experiences, the mosaic slowly forms a clearer image of their lives. There are surprising pieces missing, and Malone must make decisions that complete the picture.
The story is told against a backdrop of Malone’s crucial position with Pan American World Airways and Christy’s as a heroic nurse at Tripler hospital; and against the explosive backdrop of Pacific wars, from the second World War, through Korea and Vietnam.
This is historic fiction and an unusual anti-war novel, told by a unique narrator and unforgettable characters.
The Millionaires Cruise: Sailing Toward Black Tuesday
Unlike the famed Titanic, the 1929 crash that hit the SS Malolo wasn’t fatal, but it changed the lives of its millionaire passengers forever. Like the tip of an iceberg, the one-day market fluctuation on Black Tuesday set off the greatest depression in world history.
McPhail’s unique take on an actual cruise presents scoundrels and seducers, entertainers, idealists and other memorable characters, visiting picturesque ports of call where drugs, sex and violence come as no surprise.
Set in the Roaring Twenties, when stocks were soaring and jazz was hot. 325 millionaires set sail on September 22nd aboard the world's newest luxury liner, the SS Malolo, on a sixty-day cruise that they would never forget. In matter of weeks, on October 29, the stock market crashed and their world was changed forever.
Contact Donald McPhail at: dmacinfo@comcast.