Unforgiving Destiny

Inside the Relentless Pursuit of a Black-Marketeer

Unforgiving Destiny is published in the 9” x 6” large-format trade paperback form (the size of a hardback edition) as, at over 400 pages, that format makes for easier reading. Initially, it will be available only on Amazon in Europe, the USA and the United Kingdom.

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In four parts spanning almost forty years, the book begins when, in his twenties, McMillan was at the peak of his criminal career, operating couriers between South America and Europe, Thailand and Australia.

Part one

The reader becomes the shadow to the couriers as McMillan micro-manages their every step. Meet George the Greek, inveterate gambler in hock to the mob; Secretary Sue who wishes for a better life; Peter Dale the perfect courier: posing as a tennis pro and living a complete fantasy while he masks the reality of drugs in his luggage. And Michael Sullivan, life-long friend of McMillan. 

Double-cross, ruthless ambition and New York mafia all build traps for David, while the DEA build their own ambitions.

At 21, David McMillan drifted from the drug-reform movement to begin operating a dozen couriers using multiple passports and stations across the world. The profits would be traded for diamonds.

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part II

David McMillan & Clelia Vigano

As McMillan prepares to dismantle his mini-empire, he mounts a luxurious Silk-Road caravan across Afghanistan. Neglecting his contacts, an obsessed DEA agent Bill Shenkmann spurs a task force to arrest the group in Australia. In the massive supreme court trial that follows, most turn traitor, two are dead and David and Michael begin long prison sentences. Released and haunted, David is shattered by a Bangkok arrest.

The Age, Melbourne 1996

Michael Sullivan stood trial with David after couriers turned state witnesses.

Clelia Vigano, David's lover, was charged but fate intervened.

Clelia Vigano

Part III - The Lord of Baluchistan; A London Gentleman in Love

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Bangkok prison cell (above). Klong Prem jail, (below) big enough to be seen from space. Thai police & foreign agencies would not forget the escape. Nor would the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Klong Prem Prison, Bangkok
David McMillan at 40

After escaping from Thailand's 'Bangkok Hilton', McMillan flees to the Baluchistan tribal lands in Pakistan, and soon becomes adviser to a local warlord, Noor Jehan Magsi. Pictured on Interpol alert list as a fugitive, David changes identity again to begin a new life in London. There, he meets Eloise Morse, and mounts a campaign to win her, masquerading as retired man of means.

Having established a new life with Eloise in London, David returns to Afghanistan 'one last time' to locate a kidnapped friend, where he must strike deals with Taliban and local bandits. Successful, he returns to Karachi where he is betrayed and arrested - and thanks to his nemesis DEA agent Bill Shenkmann - tortured. 

Imprisoned at Karachi Central Jail with the high flyers, McMillan is soon 'disappeared' to Hyderabad dungeons and later meets Russian hijackers and an ambitious Air Force captain who has him freed. At liberty but wanted, David must balance the factions - tribal, official and foreign - who want to use him for their own ends.

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On the Arabian Sea

Part IV

Old counter-culture friends call David to Scandinavia where the smuggling of tonnes of hashish has left a mess.

McMillan is again a target.

Christiania

Termination

Jeanette Dufaur Nico & David 2009

After living in London - almost peacefully - the past catches up with McMillan. Another life is broken.

He is arrested at the request of Thailand and endures bitter hearings at Westminster court. 

David with Jeanette & Nico

At the book's conclusion all the threads — as much as real life permits — come together and David's enemies and friends leave their former lives, mostly by death. Yet the survivor speaks.

Unforgiving Destiny