'Roommates' And 'Sex and the City' Actor Celebrates Love, Sacrifices, Cultural Richness in Debut Novel

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Fans of actor-writer and movie critic Raymond K. Wong will be thrilled with the release of his debut novel, "The Pacific Between."

Betrayal makes us do strange things.

Imagine returning home to attend your parents’ funeral and discovering that your late father might have had an illicit affair with your ex-lover. The only person who knows the truth is half a world away. Suspicion, anger and jealousy take entrepreneur Greg Lockland on a transpacific journey to expose the secrets. One by one, people from the past return to his life. Uncovering the deep-rooted deceptions creates more twists and turns than an old Chinese alleyway.

In Raymond K. Wong's moving novel, The Pacific Between (Behler Publications, $14.95, 1-933016-32-9), the author explores the cultural differences between East and West, told from the point of view of an American who is caught between two worlds. He also examines the mysticism and philosophy of choice: How do we choose between dreams and realities, between resentment and forgiveness? Wong’s tale is rich in Jungian themes such as individuation, duality and self-discovery.

In this world of wars and natural disasters, we need uplifting stories about what is truly important. The Pacific Between evinces the power of unconditional love and deals with personal subjects such as death, estrangement, and betrayal. While not biographical, the novel draws upon Wong's experience as a teenage immigrant in the US years ago, struggling on his own without his parents. Wong represents an emerging Asian-American voice that is sorely missing in the mainstream. Neither exotically foreign nor dispassionately local, Wong's worldly tale takes us to the Far East and the past, but keeps us engaged in the present. The plot is suspenseful, but at the core, The Pacific Between is a mystery about complex relationships, choices and consequences. It explores the pain of separation and other universal themes to which readers of all ages and genders could relate. Written with a rich Asian voice that speaks from the heart, Wong's story reaches in and touches the readers’ soul like hot tea on a bleak wintry night.

The Pacific Between will be released in February 2006, and is currently available for pre-order through the publisher as well as Internet and brick-and-mortar booksellers.

About Raymond K. Wong:

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Raymond K. Wong is a professional actor and has worked with Julianne Moore, Peter Falk, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Rob Marshall in feature films and in TV and stage productions such as "Roommates" and "Sex and the City." He studied creative writing at UCLA and edited at Scholastic in New York. He is a movie critic at Actors Ink and has been published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Asian-American Writers Anthology, and Writers Post Journal. His essay, "The Truths about Rains and Floods," was included in the anthology Stories of Strength (Lulu Press, $15.95, 1-4116-5503-6) that benefits disaster relief charities and features over 100 other authors such as Orson Scott Card, Wil Wheaton and Robin Lee Hatcher.

Raymond K. Wong is available for interviews, speaking engagements, readings, and book signings.

For additional information, please contact the author at me(at)raymondwong(dot)com or (877)793-0627. Visit his website at http://www.raymondwong.com.

Early Reviews:

The ups, downs, twists and turns of a two-minute roller-coaster ride are nothing compared to the gamut of emotions Wong's characters experience in his compelling novel...The story melds two cultures so eloquently that he has you walking beside his characters and places you in the center of Hong Kong’s beautiful culture and picturesque landscape... The Pacific Between is a superb tale of deception and sacrifices. The plot leaves the reader waiting to turn the pages. It’s unpredictable to the end. He will leave you laughing one minute and crying the next, and in between, awestruck by dead-ends that lead to a satisfying finish.

—Joanne D. Kiggins, Cleveland.com (Plain Dealer)

The reader is rewarded with an incredible rush ... With its dynamic plot, complex characters and slow revelatiohn of the true nature of the web of intimacies among the main characters, the book is a satisfying and memorable read.

—Amy Brozio-Andrews, January Magazine

The novel is extraordinary, and the entire effort is of excellent quality...Mr. Wong has crafted a well-illuminated array of characters in his novel...The author has superior descriptive capabilities, coupled with the ever-present and almost Zen-like thread of philosophy, resulting in a literary experience that, at times, seems three-dimensional.

—Pete Chamlis, literary critic, Tallahassee, FL

Book Details

Title: The Pacific Between (General Fiction)

Publisher: Behler Publications (http://www.behlerpublications.com)

ISBN: 1-933016-32-9; LOC: 2005903200

$14.95, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Trade Paperback, 234 pages

Review copies are available at Behler Publications. Contact Lynn Price at lynn(at) behlerpublications(dot)com or 22365 El Toro Road, #135, Lake Forest, CA 92630

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