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Whispers of the Past by Owen Clough

Whispers of the Past

by Owen Clough

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A pig hunt afoul of nasty weather becomes a great historical action story.

I truly enjoyed this book but never quite knew whether I was reading science fiction, historic fiction or a history textbook masquerading as a fiction thriller. I finally decided to forget the genre schizophrenia and focus on the story which was informative and drew me in for a variety of reasons.

The plot revolves around three friends on an extended hunting trip that run afoul of a naturally occurring time-warp and find themselves one hundred-fifty years in the past. By itself, that may not have been a terrible plight…but in their case it slam-dunked them into the middle of the Waikato War of 1863 including the burning of Auckland and the battle of Rangiriri. The author uses a wonderful technique to create interest since each of the three friends’ families are from New Zealand and had relatives with roots deeply imbedded in both sides of the Maori Wars. Much of the story involves the characters encountering and engaging their ancestors from a much earlier time in history.

The story is well written and the characters are well developed. Probably too well developed, since the story has a surplus of detail normally lacking in similar thrillers. I accepted this detail as the author painting a photograph of a time in history in which he was particularly interested, rather than the water color sketch most authors may have painted. I found it a little tedious to read, but because New Zealand’s conflict with England is a part of world history with which I was unfamiliar, I read it eagerly ignoring the more tedious descriptions. Besides the history lesson, the story itself is unusual enough and contains enough conflicts to interest the most avid adventure reader.

Those who love historical fiction, action/adventures, even Sci-Fi fans, will find this book an entertaining and educational tramp in the bush. ( )
  CPolk625 | Aug 15, 2017 |
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Sam is employed by the Department of Conservation (DoC). His two mates are helping out. Their task is to clear out as many feral pigs as they can in the Tongariro National Park, which is located in the North Island of New Zealand. There are three major volcanoes within this park, so the culling of the pigs has to be done with great care as there are an abundant amount of thermal pools, mud pools and, of course, volcanoes. In the high country of New Zealand, the weather can be very fickle, going from warm to cold within minutes. The three friends draw even closer as they get caught up in a weather pattern with a difference. Mist, sulphur and rain envelop them and propel them back to the start of the New Zealand Wars of 1863. Three modern blokes, with all the paraphernalia of the 21st century, running around in the past, confused, lost, and trying to stay out of harm's way, once they realise where they are. Will they get home? Will they change history? Experience the history of New Zealand in an exciting story of the past and the present.

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