Whispers of the Past
Sam is employed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) with his two mates helping out. Their task is to clear out as many feral pigs as they can in the Tongariro National Park, which is located on 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 of the paraphernalia of the 21st century, running around in the past, lost, confused and trying to stay out of harm's way, once they realise where they are.
Will they get home? Will they change history? Experience a former era of New Zealand in an exciting story of the past and the present.
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What a wonderful book Owen. Can’t wait for the next one. It would make a great movie. Loved the way you included the invasion of Auckland and the censorship. I have taken the trouble to promote it to a few groups and describe it as a bit of Barry Crump mixed with Diane Gabaldon. Will pass it on to the grandsons next week.
It's a book that you can't put down, but I had to go to bed. I could have read it all night. I haven't read a book like this for yonks. Thoroughly enjoyable, cannot wait until the next one comes out.
— Keith Potter
Most enjoyable read, recommend this book to all who enjoy a book with twists.
Mate, I always enjoyed your tram commentaries, so I was pretty sure your book would be a good one. How wrong I was...it is a great one! I absolutely loved it and was engrossed in the first chapter. You made Brill, Sam and Shane really come alive on every page, and your descriptions of the historical vents
were superb. The moment you've printed Shadows, send me a copy and payment will be immediately made to your account.
Well, Owen, I have just finished your book. I still cannot believe a Kiwi author wrote it. I have never enjoyed a book so much. You kept me so enthralled right throughout and I even cried at the end. It was such a compelling story. I can't wait until the second part of the trilogy.
— Judith Woods
I thought I would let you know that I finished Whispers of the Past a couple of weeks ago and saw the second book was up online Shadows of the Mind. I just finished that yesterday. I have to tell you that those two books were very enjoyable to read. I have never read anything about New Zealand before, and you left me wanting to find out more about your country. Whispers was intriguing and Shadows continued on from the first book and was easy to pick up the story. I loved the idea of Bob looking for his friends in a genealogy way as I'm keen on genealogy myself. It kept me flicking the pages as quickly as I could read the books.
Well done I will have my eye out for the final book in the trilogy Clearing of the Mist. Keep up the good work sir.
As I read closer to the end of this book, I couldn't put it down. Just had to know who made it home and who didn't. I was hoping they would all get home but it became obvious that wasn't going to happen. Parts made me giggle like the Maori gent speaking the Queen's English. I don't normally read NZ authors. This book is great and well worth the time to open it up, settle down with your favourite drink and enjoy the adventure.
I enjoyed this book immensely, parts of the story I could relate to as my grandfather was fighting at that time in the Waikato. I cannot wait for the next installment which I'm to believe will be out this year. Keep up the good work.
I could not put it down!
I cannot wait for the next instalment.
I bought another one for my son.
Dear Owen, I received your book from Fishpond Australia last month and have just finished it with a tear in my eye. I had to write and let you known that I enjoyed your story immensely and hope that you will keep in contact with me when the follow-up comes out. An exciting read.
I enjoyed this book immensely, and
found it hard to put down, and recommended it to everyone.
— Mary Drummond
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