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Eleven Demons
the book



Have you ever dreamed of loving and living in Paradise?

I did. I fell in love with an enchanting Balinese girl and moved to the Island of the Gods. Twenty years later my children and I fled Bali ahead of threats of murder.

I am a writer, but this is a story I would rather have not told. Still, I'm happy my readers agree that Eleven Demons rivals any novel in intricate plot, memorable characters, and ever-mounting suspense.

Eleven Demons is a thriller, a love story, a glimpse into a world of faith and dark magic, a journey through an exotic land, an essential primer of Indonesian law, a history of an astonishing case, an exploration of the limits of loyalty and greed.

It is not, however, a map of shortcuts to Paradise.


From a review of Eleven Demons in Tempo Magazine:

“A compulsively good read... I felt my breath quicken and my heart pound [at] yet another betrayal, another bribe paid, another promise broken. An indispensible gift for anyone who wants to know what Bali is really like behind the Paradise facade of five-star hotels, stunning temples, and extravagant pagentry.”

Bill Dalton, Tempo Magazine


You can read the complete review HERE.


Comments from readers who have requested their names withheld:

“Just finished your extraordinary book. Wow! Besides it being a book I couldn’t put down, it was a real eye opener for me, someone who spends a lot of time on Java (not Bali) but who also could easily find myself in a difficult situation... Great book... My head is spinning. ”


“It's an enthralling book! It's the type of book that you stay up late at night to read so you can finish one more chapter


“...a compelling story, wonderfully and sensitively written.”


“I’ve just finished Eleven Demons and thought it was a great read. You turned a potentially confusing legal battle into a fast-paced yarn.”




And from reviews of Eleven Demons on Amazon.com


This is a sexy, romantic account of a hypnotic love in a tropical paradise ending in a blood bath of deception. A mother's love for her children overshadowed by greed and lust so unbefitting an island culture & lifestyle. I couldn't wait to pick the book up all the way to the end! What a great film this would be! Maybe perfect roles for Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes to co-star in!


I couldnt put the book down, been to Bali several times so it took my interest straight away...

Mary Wolfe

This book is a great reader, taking no time to turn page after page of a well written account of one man's descent into a cultural web of deceit and disillusionment. A more than competent writer, Michael Donnelly guides us, not only from personal experience, but with the flair of a master raconteur...


This is an amazing story, told with honest and sometimes painful retrospection. I was captivated...

Steve Altfillisch

I have known about this story for a few years being a regular visitor to Bali.. The author presents a well written, compelling account of what happened to him over a period of 20 years. I know that I will be awaiting the sequel to see how the family has progressed since the end of the book. Highly recommend this book.


Fascinating story, I finished the book within a few days. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to learn something “real” about Bali and Indonesia, beyond the tourist image and pretty pictures... Although Michael went through quite an ordeal, he never disparages Indonesia or Bali, but points to backgrounds and reasons. Highly recommended.


I came across this book when searching for books on Bali....and wasn't I lucky to have downloaded the sample to this book. I starting reading it and couldn't put it down. I then downloaded the whole book and loved it!!... I thoroughly recommend Eleven Demons.

Jane Ducombe

See all Amazon.com reviews HERE...



Read the entire Prologue and Chapter One of Eleven Demons...



Eleven Demons is not always available in bookstores in Bali (because, they say, they are afraid to carry books featuring the kind of bad guys who issue death threats), but it is available at:

Kinokuniya Bookstore in Jakarta;

through EQUINOX PUBLISHING for post to Bali;

from AMAZON.COM and BARNES & NOBLE.COM worldwide;

at Select Books at Tanglin Mall, Singapore.

Eleven Demons is also available as an ebook from AMAZON.COM and BARNES & NOBLE.COM


the cases behind the story


But not everyone loves Eleven Demons.

"...he deserves only contempt and should never be made welcome again on this island by anyone."

—Nigel Mason, owner of Bali Adventure Tours

Despite the help and sympathy my children and I received from many Indonesians, I was stunned at first by the intense anger from a number of expatriates who immediately turned against us. They knew about the false documents, the collusions, the police, the threats—some had even taken part—but they wanted me and my children out of Bali.

Bali lives on tourism. The entire point of the false documents and threats was to seize control of our two tourist business, Uluwatu Boutiques and Kori Restaurant & Bar.

Visitors come to Bali to find Paradise, but my children and I and the conflicts surrounding us were bad for business. And a major law firm vital to the villa sales industry—Austrindo Law Office—was deeply involved in the case.

More than a dozen expatriates joined with Nigel Mason to form an organization they named “Made's Angels.”

A solid front of expatriates made sure that we would, as Nigel Mason put it, “never be made welcome on this island again.”

Eleven years on, the nightmare still has not ended, and legal cases including criminal investigations drag on in both Indonesia and California.


The Documents in the Case


I started this website to assemble documents and explain their significance for presentations to courts and police in Indonesia and California, and to protect my children and myself from some of the scurilous stories circulated by Made’s Angels.

Reading legal documents is, however,
extraordinarily boring.

Made’s Angels didn’t care to read them. Moreover, it was three years before I myself understood what had happened. By then the case was so vast and complex that it was difficult to convey in a simple report.

I eventually realized that the more complex the story, the more intriging the tale.

So this website now serves as verifiable references to the events related in Eleven Demons. Summary provides a quick overview. Step ahead using the Next buttons for a full view of the cases, or view Documents for the original background documentation.

But if you just want a ripping good story, read Eleven Demons.



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