A very unique novel: part philosophy, part history part travel adventure but deeply personal and seeringly honest
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He loves exotic travel and alluring women, preferably together. Embarking on a lifelong journey across the world, a razor-sharp academic delights in highly sensual encounters with the opposite sex. As each experience deepens his philosophy, he experiments on a quest for something more, suffering several hard landings along the way.

But drink, ambition, and tragedy eventually send him down a bumpy path of self-destruction. If he doesn’t moderate his excesses, his original journey will only go in one direction… into a death spiral. Will a determined man learn from his travels or will his hedonistic vision send him crashing down to earth?

Turbulence - Love can be a bumpy ride is a rich and poignant literary novel. If you like sizzling indulgences, intriguing encounters, and anti-heroes with attitude, then you’ll love Bruce McLaren’s extravagant adventure.

A young man’s flight of fancy. A series of sensual encounters. An epic journey that will either lead to destruction, enlightenment, or both.


Bruce McLaren is an Australian from rural New South Wales, who left home and just kept on going. He has an academic background in the archaeology and ancient history of the Middle East and Central Asia, regions in which he has both travelled and worked extensively.

McLaren received his doctorate in Middle Eastern Archaeology at the University of Sydney and published the first examination of the military architecture of Bronze Age Jordan in 2003. He has excavated at numerous sites across the Middle East, dating from the Neolithic to the Islamic Periods.

Since he was a boy McLaren always wanted to write. A keen observer of the wide world around him and the experiences to be had therein, he felt an insatiable urge to convey the passions he felt through writing. Turbulence represents his first foray into the mysterious and magical world of contemporary fiction. Compared to the strictures of writing a doctoral dissertation, writing contemporary fiction, unfettered and free to let the imagination run wild, has been a true joy to him.


1. OA 343. Sydney-Athens 1
2. OA 570. Singapore-Sydney 19
3. RJ 08. Amman-Bangkok 27
4. QF 02. Los Angeles-Sydney 41
5. UA 79. Urgench-Tashkent 53
6. SAS 22. Frankfurt-Copenhagen 71
7. EA 25. Athens-Alexandria 89
8. AA 112. Dallas-San Antonio 111
9. AF 54. Paris-Damascus 129
10. AI 33. Delhi-Toronto 145
11. KLM 77. Atlanta-Amsterdam 159
12. BA 111. New York-London 179
Thank you 187


Turbulence got excellent reviews. On 6 August 2018: 21 reviews on Amaozn. Rating: 4.8 out of 5.