Troubador Coming Down

Released: 28/02/2021

ISBN: 9781800461369

eISBN: 9781800469440

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Coming Down is a novel about falling - falling in love, falling from grace, falling foul, falling apart, falling free. A story of addiction, drug dealing and sky-diving. At its vertiginous centre one man’s commitment to making money and living life to excess. An unprincipled hero with huge appetites for women, designer clothes and drugs, guided by a criminal code that allows him free rein to exploit the real and virtual networks of the global era.

The exhilarating drama of a high altitude free fall over the desert coastline of southern California provides the narrative structure for Coming Down. Each chapter brings the hero, X, closer to the earth. As he hurtles downwards his thoughts and feelings about falling provide the cement that binds the key events in his life into a revelatory whole that opens the way to understanding why he is, where he is, plunging towards the Pacific Ocean at terminal velocity. 

Falling is central to Coming Down and each chapter is “book-ended” with startling biblical, literary, scientific, and journalistic extracts, both serious and humorous, about falling. Some are of only tangential relevance to the plot, others of vital importance. 

My third novel Coming Down can now be bought online and ordered from all good bookshops. My first two novels The Man in the Street and White Linen are also available.

A fantastic book, it’s exciting, funny but also clever. Story telling at its best. At the centre is the high rolling lifestyle of a drug dealer but his rapidly unfolding story is linked to beautiful and lyrical passages about skydiving and all the ramifications of falling. Wonderful writing. I couldn’t put the book down and highly recommend it.

by Becky S

The novel combines a fast paced story about an amoral drug dealer with a passion for skydiving and living life to excess with contemplation about the meaning of falling. It is beautifully written, in parts funny, nerve-wracking even shocking but at its heart, it is a deeply intelligent book. I loved it.

by C Thomas

Coming Down is a gripping and nail biting read to until the very (unpredictable and unexpected) end. The descriptive writing made every extreme situation relatable forming an unlikely affinity and support for the protagonist despite him being a very questionable character. This book is exciting, anxiety inducing and a unique read. I highly recommend.

by DH

A highly orginal and absorbing story. Coming Down is a unique and gripping tale of sex and drugs, with a bit of rock and roll for good measure. This is a highly entertaining book as you follow the rise and fall (or possibly fall and fall) of a young man sucked into the violent and destructive world of international drug-dealing. A highly enjoyable, roller-coaster of a read.

by Michael Hamilton

Martin Howe


Martin Howe previously worked in senior editorial, production, presentation and reporting roles in television,radio and online for the BBC and Channel 4. He has written 4 novels and lives in St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

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