A Brentford author is hoping that his new action thriller will do for engineering what Jurassic Park did for paleontology.
Lorne Gifford, a subsea engineer from The Butts, is hoping that his first novel will help to encourage more young people in Britain to consider engineering as a career.
Lorne, 42 told the Chronicle: "I used to help out at school careers fairs, where I quickly discovered that teenagers have absolutely no idea what professional engineering is all about.
"Since Jurassic Park made paleontology exciting and The Matrix did the same for computer programmers, I thought I would have a go at doing something similar for engineering.
"We have a big problem in this country with a lack of professional engineers."
Described as a 'true to life action thriller',The Andaman Express is based on Lorne's experiences in Thailand and Burma.
He is one of only 68 registered subsea engineers in the world and works for BP Angola, spending three to four months of the year in Africa.
"I would love to see the book turned into a film, there is a small amount of interest at the moment. It would make a great action thriller, I can see Brad Pitt starring in it," he said.
He said the novel is about a British engineer who gets involved in nasty goings-on in the Burmese government and then saves the day.
"It's the person I would like to be if I wasn't married with kids," said Lorne.
The Andaman Express has just gone onto the Waterstones book ladder and is also available on www.amazon.co.uk