Down Under The Falau Files Book 6
by Mike Gomes
Some people just need to die.
The banks of Australia are not safe with the "Rock n' Roll Bandits" on the loose. Hitting bank after bank they have amassed a small fortune. Now working with the fearless underground leader with terrorist ties, the Dragon, the sky is the limit. Everything seems to be perfect. Little do they know that "The System" has called on Michael Falau to put an end to their criminal ways. What follows is a fly by the seat of your pants adventure that runs across the south of Australia and throws Falau at the highest risk he has ever had. To infiltrate the group he will have to do things he never thought imaginable. With only his guts and cunning he will have to find a way to bring in the outlaws before they learn who he is and kill him.
From the bestselling author Mike Gomes comes the 6th book in the Falau Files. If you love action packed adventure and some grit in your thrillers then this is the book for you. Pick up your copy of Down Under today!
The white windowless van sat at the corner of Union Street and King Street with the summer heat beating down on it. The casing of metal made the temperature rise inside the van and Newcastle, Australia was showing no signs of clouds to lighten their misery.
A bead of sweat ran down the cheek of the man sitting in the driver's seat of the van as he looked diligently out the front window. The man took a long and slow drag off the cigarette sitting in his fingers and the smoke swirled around his face. The blue eyes were unwavering in their task and the blond hair on his head was a tousled mess, much like the surfer boys out on the beaches all summer.
“Come on Marty, just crack the window.” said a voice from the back seat, not getting the blond man to look back at him.
“Shut up, Terry. You will have your chance to be on the street soon.” said Marty, taking another drag from the cigarette. “You boys know the deal on this one just like the rest.”
“No problem. Just give us the word.” said the man sitting in the passenger seat with gritted teeth and a toothpick between them.
“Tommy, you ready for this?” asked Marty
“No problem, boss. Just give me the word.” he said, pulling the slide on his .45 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun before placing it in his belt.
“He's a killer if you ask me, Marty.“ said Charlie with a wide grin covering his face.
“Ok, boys. Let’s gear up.” said Marty, pulling himself out of the front seat and moving to the back of the van changing into his outfit like the rest.
The men wore a coordinated outfit of black shoes, black pants, white shirt, black tie, and black jacket. Pulling the rifles off the wall of the van, the AK-47 was the weapon of choice. The older models were the ones that they could get their hands on due to the strict gun laws in Australia, but the Soviet era assault rifles were more than enough for the job they had at hand.
Sliding on the plastic masks that covered the whole head, the members of the team took on the resemblances of the musical group the Beatles.
Marty placed his hand on the door and started his countdown with the face of John looking back at the others. “In three, two, one, GO!”
The strong hand gripped down hard on the lever and pulled the door to the side exposing the four men as they took to the street. Marty followed the others to the corner leaving the side of the van open and waiting.
Getting to the corner Terry pulled the door to the Midtown National Bank open and let the others funnel in as fast as possible before closing the door behind them and standing guard.
“Get the fuck down!” screamed Marty as he fired the AK47 into the air dropping down all the people into the room as well as a shower of plaster from the ceiling.
The butt end of Tommy’s AK47 found its mark striking down on the back of the head of the guard that was standing beside the door just as he had each time they had come into the bank previously to learn the positioning of all the players that worked here each day.
“Ninety seconds, boys!” yelled out Terry, looking at an oversized watch on his wrist.
Mike Gomes loves writing fast paced, action packed novels for Adults. The desire to create fun, page turning books that lets readers slip away into another world is what drives him to write. Mike lives with his wife and four children in Massachusetts.
Q: What inspired you to write this book?
A: This is a book I have been kicking around for a while. The idea came out of watching one of the nature shows on National Geographic. They looked at Australia and the vast differences around the country. So many people on the other side of the world know about Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef but don’t know about the other major cities in the country.
Q: What can we expect from you in the future?
A: I love writing the Falau series. I had an email from a fan and he called the style of writing “Grit Lit” because my antihero struggled with the basic questions of right and wrong. He is not rich or powerful in any way. In fact he lives in the hard section of the city of Boston. He is a guy just holding on.
Q: Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
A: I have had one spin off series that just started called The System. The story tells the origins of the secret organization that Michal Falau becomes part of.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Down Under?
A: There is the usual cast of characters like Michal Falau, Tyler, Grady and the judges. The real fun came in with the bad guys. I created a group of bank robbers that dress up as the Beatles and are called “The Rock N’ Roll Bandits” There is a lot of room for some humor in that!
Q: How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
A: I am a Beatles fan so I liked taking them from the mop tops we knew to the being the guys that are robbing a bank at gun point.
Q: Where did you come up with the names in the story?
A: The names of my main characters are pulled from the genealogy of my family and thinking those people get memorialized in some strange way. The bad guys I like to have every day names. Apart from young adult and teen books I think the work put in making the bad guys sound so scary is wasted. It’s the ordinary guy who is evil that is so scary.
Q: What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
A: I love the research. I am a huge fan of Google Earth. I can put myself down on any street in any place in the world and look around. I can use the real name of parks and streets. When my stories have a chase in a car or on foot you can go to Google earth and follow it as you read.
Q: Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
A: Michael Falau is the main character and who the series is named for. He is a likable guy that make you scratch your head wondering why he does some of the things he does. All too often he can get caught up with the thinking that the ends justify the means. When he meets up with his old friend Tyler he joins The System that Tyler is a recruiter for. The System is a group of Judges that are hidden and they find cases where people who are obviously guilty of major crimes go free for numerous reasons. Men like Falau bring these people back in for a second secret trial.
Q: How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
A: the tile of the first novel is The Fixer. The name came from my two oldest boys riding in the car. I was telling them the plot line and letting them add in their ideas and spit ball different things. One of us and I am not sure who shot that out and it just stuck in my head.
Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
A: Down Under is a very solid book. I have had over 100 people read it before launching it to the public. I think they caught everything that was a question mark. Now if you had asked me that question two months ago I would have had a long list.
Q: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
A: Oh yes. At least one time per book I will write something and realize that I was writing about myself or something in my life. It is normally the emotion that is coming though not the exact text. At one point in Down Under one of the characters is talking about his mentally disabled sister and what happened to her. I have worked with mentally disabled people for over twenty years so that emotion I have felt so many times by hearing the stories of people who got their disability from accident rather than birth.
Q: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
A: Michael Falau is a very hard core guy and he is a Boston guy. I think Mark Walberg would be great because he is a tuff Boston guy for real. Another guy would be Edward Norton. He is such a powerful actor he could push the character to new limits. The last guy that come to mind is Miles Teller. His ability to totally take on his character is amazing to me. In Whiplash he is a completely different person than he is in Bleed for This when he is playing boxer Vinny Pazienza. The other great thing about Miles is that he is just the right age.
Q: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
A: Give the Falau Files books a chance. The hardest thing for me is not writing an entreating and highly rated book. The hard part is getting the book into people’s hands. When people read one of the books they tend to read them all. I communicate by email and on Facebook all the time. I don’t think the discussion has to end with reading The End.
Q: What is your favorite part of this book and why?
A: My favorite thing about this book and all the books in the Falau series is the humor mixed in with the tension. Anyone who comes from Boston or knows someone from Boston knows the dark humor that the people have. I quick look at the comics that come out of Boston show the rugged background Falau comes from. Comics like Bill Burr, Dennis Leary, Steven Write, Lenny Clark, Steve Sweeny and Patrice O’Neill is a who’s who of “Grit Stand Up Comedy”
Q: If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would youdo during that day?
A: I would love to spend time with Michael Falau. His humor is sharp and quick. The problem would be once I would see him with his self-destructive behavior I would be trying to help him rather than having fun.
Q: Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story? Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
A: My outlines normally get washed away by about chapter ten giving way to new ideas that come out the characters that develop in ways I never would have thought. I love when I am waiting to see what happens next like the reader will. That’s when I know it is good.
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