Dave Jones was born in London during the `Blitz´. Upon leaving school at fifteen he tried various jobs, at eighteen he joined the Middlesex Fire Brigade serving three years until eventually leaving for Australia on the ten pound assisted passage scheme. Returning some years later he joined the Household Cavalry and served in Malaya with the armored reconnaissance squadron. Back home to the UK after his tour of duty overseas he became part of the mounted ceremonial squadron, based in Knightsbridge serving on several prestigious events, including the investiture of Prince Charles at Caernarvon Castle. Upon leaving the army he worked at various jobs mostly as a carpenter but also driving trucks. Eventually he found unlikely employment as a personal bodyguard to an American millionaire, entrepreneur travelling throughout Europe. Upon reaching Portugal he left this employment met and married his Portuguese wife. David has four children from that marriage, three living in Portugal and one in the UK. He later returned to London and re-joined the fire service. Serving for a further eleven years. It was during this time that he had the idea to develop a children’s character Fireman Sam, now an international success as a children’s TV series. Upon his departure from the fire service he returned to his beloved Portugal, eventually building and running a bar/restaurant complex on the Algarve. It was at this point that he became divorced. After bringing up his children using part of the proceeds from the sale of the rights to Fireman Sam he bought an ocean going sailing boat and sailed from the U.K to Portugal/Africa. He has continued to develop as a writer over the past years, and several of his ideas have been considered for TV and film both in the UK and America. His latest venture `The Hypnotist´ is the result of a chance re-union with an old guards colleague who visited him at his Algarve home. His style of writing and ability to develop a good story line makes his work hard to put down. `The Hypnotist´ is a story which is a compelling read with many twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the last chapter. As a sailor myself I met Dave Jones some years back in Lagos marina. The chance meeting has developed into long term friendship often sailing together we have spent many hours discussing possible ideas for story lines. I wish David success with this his latest venture and look forward to more stories from him in the future.
Clive Pearson Evans.
Welshman & poet.