The Timor Man is an absorbing thriller, provides a controversial perspective on events in Indonesia, and takes the reader through the brutal invasion of East Timor. The book gives an insider's view of the execution of foreign journalists and builds to a chilling finale, set in the present day.
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Tension between Australia and Indonesia, the world's largest Moslem nation, brings the two countries to the brink of war. East Timor's sovereignty and rich oil fields shared by the two neighbouring countries become key elements in one man's ambitions.
General Nathan Seda, a powerful Indonesian Officer, has a dangerous plan in which he enmeshes Stephen Coleman, a career Intelligence Officer with the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.
The Timor Man, an absorbing thriller provides a controversial perspective on events in Indonesia from the abortive coup d'état of 1965 to the present day.
In the year following General Soeharto’s ascension to power between half and one million Indonesians were slaughtered in the worst blood letting since the Jewish Holocaust. Satisfied that this ‘cleansing’ was in their interests, Western powers turned a blind eye to the waves of systematic, ethnic killings across the archipelago as the Javanese became the new colonizers of the oil and resource rich nation. As Soeharto’s tenure and pro-West alliance grew, so too did the wealth of the country’s leadership. The Timor Man is the story of Stephen Coleman and General Nathan Seda, and how their corrupt dealings in military hardware brought Australia and Indonesia to the brink of war over East Timor.
The story opens in the present with a horrific bomb blast at the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra where more than a thousand guests stand in splendid dress, awaiting the finale to the national anthem. The carnage is near total. An emergency meeting is called by the Prime Minister to address the situation, all present conscious of what this would mean to Australian-Indonesian relationships which were at an all time low. Elements of the East Timorese Resistance movement, Fretelin, claim responsibility. This scene fades and the principal character, Stephen Coleman is introduced, the year being 1966.
Stephen Coleman, having completed his language training, arrives in the bustling, tropical capital, still occupied by the counter-revolutionary forces, tanks and heavily armed soldiers. A parallel story commences here introducing Bambang and his sister, Wanti. This young Javanese pair escape the horrors of the village ‘cleansing’, the trauma so great, the beautiful Wanti often blacks-out when exposed to stressful situations. Orphaned by the brutal militia attack, they make their way to Jakarta to find work.