Unforgiving Destiny follows the true story of the 37-year pursuit by authorities on five continents to imprison and execute David McMillan as he travelled as an independent smuggler. Dogged by an obsessed DEA agent, McMillan was jailed in Australia, and faced the death penalty in Thailand before escaping prison only to be captured again in Pakistan after crossing the Afghan border.
Recovering from every downfall, McMillan rebuilds his life and network from the ashes time and again only to find the same agency faces behind the next arrest. In this private history, readers are taken to the streets of New York City and Colombia, then through the war-zones of Afghanistan and underground cells in Karachi. At the same time, McMillan balances a double life of a London gentleman with the women in his life oblivious to his true nature.
“I’d written Escape in response to a suggestion by the thriller writer, Stephen Leather, and in a style that kept my own motivations simple: ruthless trade. The place and time are told through the prison characters I’d met. Yet, it became clear that readers wanted more. With Unforgiving Destiny, I took a different approach. It explains why I chose the dangerous path, and, as best as I can, what the trade of smugglers and the people involved were actually like over the past thirty years. As well, I’ve never read any books of the underworld that seem to have real people.”
“I’m not a big fan of biographies. Actors are funny, adventurers are brave — but neither truthful. And mostly the books are aimless rivers of stories. With Unforgiving Destiny, I’ve tried to go beyond True-Crime clichés, especially concerning the women who appear throughout the book, and the greed and treachery of most smugglers.”
“The challenge is to present the facts, real life, as having meaning when the events are often felt as unrelenting terror. I suppose the fact I was up against implacable forces helped me – not in survival, of course, but in telling the story.”
“Imagine losing everything you care about. Home, family, freedom, every object that built your life,” writes McMillan. “Then locked in some of the world’s worst prisons. Even if you survive, there are little deaths feeding on your guts — when that happens five times over thirty years, those little deaths drain your soul.” Unforgiving Destiny – the Relentless Pursuit of a Black Marketeer reveals the ultimate cost of survival in the darkest of dark worlds.
Among the 600 foreigners jailed in the 'Bangkok Hilton', one man resolves to do what no other has done: Escape. This is the true story of drug smuggler David McMillan's perilous break-out from Thailand's most notorious prison. After more than a year in prison and two weeks before a near-certain death sentence, McMillan escapes, never to be seen in Thailand again.
"Once McMillan puts his daring plan into place, the action rips along like a thriller... breathtaking stuff"
— News of the World, UK