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The Indigo BirdVolume 1 of the Richard Fincj SeriesKindle Direct Publishing1975: Belize, Central America, is threatened by the expansionist ambitions of Guatemala, so it is home to a garrison of British troops. The climate is hot and sticky, tempersMoreThe Indigo BirdVolume 1 of the Richard Fincj SeriesKindle Direct Publishing1975: Belize, Central America, is threatened by the expansionist ambitions of Guatemala, so it is home to a garrison of British troops. The climate is hot and sticky, tempers get frayed, and passions are easily aroused. The officers’ attempts to keep themselves and their men occupied by relentless training, rugby and football matches are not completely successful in keeping their animal instincts under control.James Graveney, a young Major in a respectable Fusilier regiment, is outwardly conventional. The only son of an English country gentleman- well educated, good-looking and sporty, James cheerfully sleeps around but does not ‘do love’. He expects, and is expected, to get married “one day” and settle down to run the family farm, but that day never seems to dawn. Yet James’s thirtieth birthday – the age of reason – is fast approaching. If he does not marry by then, the Army will start to wonder about handsome Major Graveney, rugby player though he may be. Love-affairs between James and women last about six months: after that, in Goethe’s words, “paid is the soldier, then he is gone”.In private James is bisexual, with a strong urge for his own sex. Gay sex, however, is illegal in the Army, so he is discreet about this. Cool and laid-back, James is emotionally uncommitted and fancy-free. All this is about to change.James’ world is turned upside-down when 4 Company of the Fifth Battalion of the Parachute Regiment arrives in Belize for jungle training. The Advance Liaison Officer, Lieutenant Richard Finch, is intelligent, charismatic and enjoys “film-star” looks. Half-French, dashing and darkly handsome, he could be a dead-ringer for D’Artagnan. Richard doesn’t mess around. He gets what he wants, and is completely unscrupulous about how he gets it. Now he wants a full, passionate and committed relationship with James: damn what anyone else thinks and damn the consequences.Richard will stop at nothing to achieve this, including Machiavellian deception and a cunning and brutal murder. James starts responding to Richard- cautiously at first- then gets swept along on the great love affair of his life. At times it is like a Wagner opera, in which the principals are determined to win through in order to be with one another- regardless of the cost to themselves and anyone else.The consequences could easily be serious for both James and Richard: the eye of prejudice has them firmly in its sights. One result of this is that James finds out who his real friends are- unexpectedly, some of them are to be found outside his own class, in the Sergeants’ Mess. James starts to learn the true meaning of comradeship as they confront the various threats to their happiness and future.The Indigo Bird a rollercoaster of surprises set against backdrops varying from the jungles of Belize to London, the English countryside and Ireland, and the scene is set for more shocks and adventures.