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4.60  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  15 reviews
One Degree North is an Action Thriller set in the Far East in the 1960s:

Welcome to the exotic island of Singapore, one degree north of the equator. It's February 1965, the second year of a small war: the Indonesian Confrontation. Communist insurgents are mounting ever increasing attacks on civilian targets and challenging the security forces.

The criminal underworld is
Kindle Edition, 125 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by BALLOON VIEW
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Carla Terrell
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
July, 1960. Lee Jaya and Jannah are young lovers on the tropical Pulau Tioman Island (off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia), basking on the sun-drenched sands after a lazy day of snorkeling above the coral. Lee decides to take a stroll while his lovely Chinese-Malay lover soaks up the sun. Ah, what a life! Palm trees are swaying on the breeze of the South China Seas…the serene scene is a picture-perfect postcard.

But even paradise will have a few poisonous snake species hidden among the
Elizabeth Lloyd
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Advertised as an action thriller, One Degree North lives up to its promise. Set on the island of Singapore in 1965 during Confrontation with Indonesia, it describes intrigue, explosions and fatal skirmishes involving Malay, Chinese, British and American nationals who are criminals, pirates, Secret Service and military men and women.

I have to confess personal interest in the location and timing of the book, since I arrived in Singapore as a teenager with my family in 1966 just as Confrontation
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One Degree North is a book you ought to read slowly to enjoy the full effect of it. I will admit that I started out in a hurry and had to back-track because I'd missed a few details. Once I restarted, reading carefully so as not to miss anything, I found myself immersed in a vivid shock of culture, spy-world-suspense and layered characters. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep my interest and I really enjoyed seeing how the various characters grew and changed over time. The synopsis ...more
Kelly Pinella
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hang on tight with this historical fiction - or it'll blow you away! This is an excellent thriller. It centers on a covert operation located in Singapore, the city one degree north. Dangerous underground gangs mingle with military black ops expertise agents, Freddie the human chameleon, Cody the CIA operation leader, and Billy the Special Ops guy from Canada. Freddie Burton speaks many languages and finds himself in an unexpected, hot and steamy, sexy relationship with Jannah the female Malayan ...more
Leigh Hunt
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, action, thriller
Lies, deception, war, assassinations, political movements, and a multi-faceted plot that kept me guessing with every twist and turn.
There is a massive cast of characters in this book. Each with their own agenda. Sex, drugs, rock n roll - even the musical movements of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, (which I should add is one of my favourite bands!) but these added details really helped this book come alive for me. I have spent a lot of time in Singapore, and around the South China Sea area,
Randy Dutton
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One Degree North has a poetry of description and fast pace I’ve seldom encountered in novels. And I do mean FAST. I admit to forcing my pace to slow down and backtrack on a few characters. As a writer, I appreciate Steve Bridger’s ability to impart credible details and turn a clever phrase. This storyline also resonates with me; I know how Singapore sits precariously between two large nations coveting the island nation. And I’ve been to Singapore several times, including on 9/11/2001, when hours ...more
Gail Harkins
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Singularly Seductive
Singapore, circa 1965, was sensuous, exciting and under attack in an unofficial war called the Indonesian Confrontation. One Degree North begins, beguilingly, with lovers on a soft, sandy beach, and rapidly progresses to bombings, duplicity and espionage involving five nations and the Singapore triads as Bridger uncovers Singapore layer by seductive layer. From sunny days at the yacht club to sultry nights in a triad brothel, Bridger lays the groundwork expertly for the
Julie McSorley
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Bridger has constructed a well-paced action thriller set in vibrant, bustling Singapore, and it packs quite a punch. What stands out after the first couple of chapters is the meticulous research, evidenced by attention to the social and political conditions of a story that is so time/place specific. The author's knowledge of his subject is totally convincing, reassuring the reader that they are in safe hands. But you can't be caught sleeping on the job; you'll miss one too many of the twists, ...more
Sylvia Stein
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was one great read by author Steve Bridger. I have to say I appreciated the way this action thriller kept me going. Author Steve Bridger is able to take you into the world of the island of Singapore,one degree north of the equator. The way he is able to capture the time of 1965 indonesia and the war. It is full of some many dark twists and turns with the conflicts of murder, prostitution. While also introducing us to lively characters and such vivid settings and images. Bridger is able to ...more
Arlene Lagos
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
An extremely well researched, well developed story with action and adventure! But this story also had so much more. There was so much emotion, sex, drama and chaos. It was fast-paced and full of intrigue. There were many things I didn't see coming which I loved! I love the strength of the female characters in this book as well, it was a welcome surprise to me. I love learning about history via fiction and this story made me see Singapore in the 1960's in a whole new light. Bravo!
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn to this book as I lived in Singapore in the 60s so the location appealed. I am not usually a huge fan of military undercover type novels but was totally hooked with this book. It is action packed, fast paced, brutal and well written with believable characters who I want to know more about. The events were also convincing as I was there during the 60s riots and recall the menace and brutality of those days. There just has to be a sequel or even a series from this author!
S. Willett
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
History and a lot of intrigue blended with politics, fighting and espionage. It's easy to tell the author has tasted Singapore.
J.R. O'Neill
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One Degree North is an intriguing tale of mid 1960’s Indonesian political mayhem. This story, part history and part fiction, will grab your attention right from the start. From underworld gangs and all their sordid affairs to the CIA, MI6, and KGB operatives each with their own agenda, down to the misplaced English schoolboys who get drafted into the story. Each character has their redeeming, as well as their darker sides laid bare; with only you left to decide which side of the coin outweighs ...more
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Indonesian Confrontation is a little known piece of history coinciding with the Vietnam War. My late husband happened to be in Vietnam and Singapore at the same time as the story takes place and I kept thinking as I read how much he would have loved it. One Degree North does an excellent job of intertwining its fictional characters into a historic setting. The story is interesting and exciting, covering a chapter of history that has received very little notice.
A.A. Abbott
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it

Prepare to be plunged into a steamy world: 1960s Singapore, populated by doublecrossing secret agents and shifting alliances. The febrile political atmosphere is well described. There's action galore, and nothing is quite what it seems, even the beautiful women of Bugis Street. Steve Bridger observes human nature accurately and with wry humour. Great entertainment.
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