Meet Liberal party MP Dr Dennis Jensen, who lost his job because he penned an unpublished fantasy war book with creepy descriptions of sex.
Excerpts of his book "The Skywarriors" were leaked to the media last month and were partly responsible for him losing a pre-selection fight in the W.A seat of Tagney.
The book had apparently sat in his desk drawer for more than a decade and never found a publisher... until now.
Dr Jensen self-published "The Skywarriors" in the Amazon bookstore on Tuesday morning for a bargain price of $6.51.
I bought the book and wanted to discover what all the fuss was about... because really, this debut novel was so controversial it led to a government MP losing his job.
Next we are in Canberra and following two characters: 50-year-old deputy head of ASIO Sean Anderson and the "debonair Playboy" head of the organisation, Nathan Trent.
The author then descends into several pages of reflection (and analysis? It's hard to say) about the geopolitical situation facing Indonesia. It's pretty turgid and reads like the "History" section of Indonesia's Wikipedia page.
Without really explaining what the spies are doing, next thing we know we're following a 26-year-old fighter pilot off the coast of Queensland.
What jumps out immediately about Jensen's writing style is how he describes characters. In the first 20 pages there's about six characters and the reader is given specific details about their height and weight.
Rono and Yasmine then engage in the novel's explicit sex scene and it's a doozy. This is the one that was leaked to the newspapers.
After that I read the next 50 pages in a sort of numb daze.
- The Australian prime minister needed to be briefed by ASIO ("I don't want this to escalate into World War fucking Three!")
- Indonesia captured an oil platform in the Kimberley ("The man in central dropped his copy of Penthouse to the floor")
- Aussie fighter pilots are sent to the oil platform, where they're shot at ("Uuuugggghhhhh... I'm hit in the bloody guts.").
- There's also the introduction of an American pilot nicknamed "Baldy" who also happens to be related to the 19th century Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldi.
Before long Jenny gets in her first dogfight and to celebrate goes around to an American pilot's house for dinner.
I won't ruin how the book ends but let me tell you, it involves a Queensland beach, a disturbing description of a woman in a one-piece swimsuit and a Bob Dylan quote.
What Jensen clearly lacked was a good editor and someone to tell him, um no. Which I guess is oddly apt because he was told "no" from publishers and he went ahead and did it anyway.
Come for the fantasy geo-politics and racism against Indonesians... and stay for the blood-chilling sex scenes.
I need a shower.
Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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