Chapter 1

A Plane of Indecisions

Lillian thought I was going to cover the war. And I was, but Lillian didn’t know about Alexandra. And Alexandra didn’t know about Lillian. The magazine I worked for refused to send me to Ukraine. “The insurrection is going to be over in a blink of an eye,” my editor had said. “What good can come out of you being there?” Boy, was he wrong.  And also so right. 

I decided to go at my own expense. The turmoil was just starting and as a junior photographer, I could make a name for myself. I could become a war correspondent. Why not? Why the hell not? The problem was that I didn’t know anything about wars. Or Ukraine. Or Russia. Or the world. Or life. Or being honest, for that matter. So, I didn’t say anything about Alexandra to Lillian, and I didn’t say anything about Lillian to Alexandra, and instead, I ended up at an international flight gate, suddenly feeling numb and confused. Am I making a huge mistake?

the novel

Joaquin Perierat is an inexperienced photojournalist who abandons his fiancée to meet an intriguing woman and to report on a war that might not happen. Overwhelmed by his newfound life in Ukraine—and perhaps remorse—he will backtrack his decisions, and that will lead him on a journey of misadventures, wander, sex, and drugs across exotic countries, and a hide and seek game of past lives and present-day globetrotting adventures in pursuit of an lasting love and self­-guidance.

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“Cruel yet sensitive”

5/5

“A journey of self-discovery in the most unlikely of places”

5/5

“Is he selfish and reckless, or capable of unconditional love? Or both?”

5/5

“I need to know if she is his soul mate!”

5/5

“Five Stars”

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“See inside Donetsk from Joaquin’s perspective”

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About me

I’m Don Diego, a self-published writer interested in philosophy, culture, spirituality and connection. I’ve traveled and lived in so many different places searching for clarity I almost got lost on the way. These novels are inspired by the last ten years of my life. I promise you won’t regret reading them. Thanks for checking out my work.

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