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After spending my working life in support of the oil business, I decided that enough was enough and it was time to take it easy; but having worked on three continents and in more than a dozen countries, it was not that easy to switch off.
As my ‘life experience cache’ was pretty full and not wishing my brain to turn to trifle, I decided to write.
My first brain child ( oops – sorry, book) is out there now and I have to say, the writing of it, was great fun. My novel, PICNIC IN IRAQ, tells a tale based on my experiences in Baghdad and although the storyline is indeed fiction, most of the events actually happened. And depending on how it is received, I have a prequel and sequel still tucked away in my trifle-less brain………….
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Philip has over thirty five years’ experience, operating projects across 3 continents, within the Oil & Gas Industry, providing support in facilitates & project management, to first and second tier clients, in remote and hazardous locations.
He worked the pioneering years of the North Sea, for over fifteen years on Oil Rigs, Barges & Platforms, then moved to onshore projects, spending three years in North & West Africa.
Seven years were spent operating in the ‘Former Soviet Union’ where he managed multiple projects in Kazakhstan & Russia, again supporting the O&G industry; primarily in the massive Karachaganak Field & Caspian Basin.
The end of the Iraq War in 2003 produced a change of client that took Philip to Baghdad, where he directed the operations and project management, of multiple accommodation bases for the American Military. A challenging, hazardous & demanding location that required Philip to provide and deliver full support to the client, servicing over 30,000 troops, on nine separate locations, throughout Baghdad and Northern Iraq, a major project in the world at that time that lasted almost seven years.
Philip semi-retired in 2014 and began writing in February 2015, his first novel , PICNIC IN IRAQ (available on Amazon) tells a story of a group of close friends who travel the length of Iraq in search of a treasure of unimaginable wealth.
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A close-knit group of friends find an Iraqi map. They are joined by a glamorous war correspondent and travel the length of Iraq, following the original Knights Templar route; in search of a treasure of unimaginable wealth. Encounters with the American security forces, Iraqi bandits and Islamic State, do not deter them from their quest. From the desperate city of Baghdad, they follow the Tigris River south, through the searing heat of the Iraqi desert and into Kuwait. Their journey culminates on the fabulously opulent Orel Island in the Arabian Gulf.