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Jan 28 2016

Kakadu Sunset by Annie Seaton

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Pan Macmillan, 2015. ISBN 9781743535011
(Age: Adult - 16+) Recommended. Romantic suspense. Ellie Porter loves her job as a helicopter pilot, especially as she is based in the beautiful Kakadu National Park. When she spots some strange excavation works where they shouldn't be, she decides to investigate, but new co-worker, Kane McClaren, proves to be a distraction and she plunges into danger.
Ellie is a determined and feisty character and when she decides to find out just what is going on with the extensive excavations she doesn't give up until the truth is revealed. Kane also has secrets in his past which he has to lay to rest and these provide an edge to his character. Secondary characters are well rounded, and the villain is sinister indeed.
Seaton has given the story a lift with the vivid descriptions of Kakadu from the air. People who have visited the area will be thrilled to read about what they have seen and others will be lured to put Kakadu on their must-visit list. The background information about the skills required for flying a helicopter and running search-and-rescue missions in the Park, the descriptions of crocodiles and everyday life of guides will also intrigue.
But what really makes this romantic suspense novel stand out is its topical theme of corruption around mining and the environment. The mix of big business and political power and the ways people can be exploited made a fascinating story. The suspense is built up very skilfully as politicians and Aboriginal leaders are manipulated to give their votes to a mining consortia.
Combined with the glorious setting of Kadadu National Park, a chilling theme of fear of crocodiles running through the book and a blossoming romance, this eco-thriller will be a hit with anyone who enjoys romantic suspense.
Pat Pledger

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