Rick Wayne first began writing while competing as an IFBB professional bodybuilder in the late 1960s. By the time he left Weider Publications in California to operate his own publishing company at home in his native Saint Lucia in 1987, he had not only won all the major bodybuilding titles but also acquired a reputation as Weider’s most controversial writer.
He had also authored four bodybuilding books: The Bodymen, Bodymen II, Arms and Shoulders Above The Rest and Muscle Wars, published by St Martin’s Press in New York. He co-authored with George Snyder the highly praised Three More Reps, a series of training manuals featuring, among other stars of bodybuilding, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferigno and Sergio Oliva.
Presently, Wayne is the host of a politically charged television show called TALK. He is known for his aggressive interviews and fiery comments about life in Saint Lucia and the region, which often places him at odds with Saint Lucia’s politicians and what he refers to as “their mindless hacks!”
He is the author of “It’ll be Alright in the Morning” and “Foolish Virgins”, both on local politics.
In 2007 he was awarded Her Majesty’s Officer of the British Empire medal for his contributions to journalism.
Lambert St. Rose says...an extraordinary epic of Helen’s love affair with her political leaders. It is the extraordinary odysseys and experiences of Helen with her proverbial suitors, and their Machiavellian intrigues to lure her into their clutches towards their own ends. It is a narrative spanning from the twentieth to the twenty-first century. Rick Wayne has woven his narratives into what reads like a beautiful novel, sensational, entertaining, controversial, sometimes adversarial, but yet informational. Among the genre of literature I will classify it as history. A document I would recommend highly for students pursuing the disciplines of history and sociology and to a great extent students in the field of political science. Read More
McDonald Dixon says...a rich lively rhetoric, reminiscent of Gore Vidal’s Washington D.C. and to a lesser extent Norman Mailer’s Some Honorable Men, particularly as Wayne paints his livid caricatures, brush stroke after brush stroke, to people the work. He invites the reader: “So now, in the all-revealing light of time’s torch, come with me as I revisit October 1994, shortly after Saint Lucia’s prime minister…rescued a failed politician…from more or less permanent residence at a village rum shop and relocated him to New York . . .” He recalls: “Barely had the commencement date been announced when … a programmed Labour Party robot who on the occasion described himself as a building contractor, filed a Notice of Motion for an order to prohibit the attorney general – cited as respondent – from holding the Commission of Inquiry . . . the day’s emcee was introducing the event’s first speaker following the opening prayer when all eyes turned from the podium to focus on the apparition standing in the convention hall’s only doorway. If he was to the majority of the congregation a mysterious stranger, still there could be no denying the apocalyptic tone of the scrawled message on his placard . . .” Sounds like a work of fiction? It is not. To the uninitiated, this book could well pass as a novel. But then again that would be a dangerous assumption, even as history is sometimes as incredulous as the truth. This book is contemporary political history of Saint Lucia after independence, covering the action of the first thirty years in the life of our small nation. It is extremely difficult beyond reportage to write contemporary history and to interpret the facts as they manifest. Biases and personal flavours will come to the fore. After all, we are human and our feelings will Read More
Rudy Gurley says...not your boring, old history book. Composed with great skill and dexterity, the book is a sprawling, historical-political saga that at times reads like a thriller rather than a dry documentary or a superficial journalistic stunt. Character-driven and dialogue-rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, the book engages all our emotions, all our senses. We view scenes in vivid detail, hear precise tones in the dialogue. Wayne deftly weaves his story, enticing readers to invest their time and attention. Drama and suspense keep the savviest reader breathlessly reading and often reminding himself that the story is anything but fiction. But the drama and suspense reside not in the outcomes of the episodes, for the events are fairly recent, well known and documented. The drama and suspense reside in the behind-the-scenes goings on, the wheeling and dealing, the manipulation and deception. The revelations are intriguing. We read about of the “circumstances” of the precipitous death of Sir John Compton, St. Lucia’s elderly prime minister. We read about a prime minister’s barely veiled death threat against Wayne poised to publish sordid details of the prime minister’s sexual relations with a minor. There are many more stunning disclosures—but encounter them at pleasure. Wayne interweaves into the storyline the biographies of St. Lucia’s leaders and would-be-leaders, past and present. And biography can often be the most unforgiving of historical genres. All sorts of feathers are ruffled. Feathers of the powerful and not-so- powerful. Raw ambition, manipulation, and deception are revealed in... Read More