Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Peco Incident by Des Hunt

Title: The Peco Incident

Author: Des Hunt

Published: HarperCollins, 2011

Pages: 256

First Line: "I watched the plane touch down on the tarmac with mixed feelings."

Summary: Danny is dreading the summer holiday visit by his hyper cousin, Nick. There is no predicting what Nick will get up to, especially when he′s off his Ritalin. However, Nick proves to be the least of Danny′s problems when bird flu hits the Otago Peninsula. 

At first it seems that only the local sparrows are affected. But then the boys trace the disease to Peco - The Peninsula Egg Farm - where chooks are dying by the thousands. A biosecurity alert is launched, with the owner of the farm suspected of importing diseased eggs. But Danny and Nick begin to think there might be a more sinister cause. A pair of hippy tourists always seem to be around when things are going wrong. Could they be eco-terrorists? 

As the end of the year approaches, it seems that the peninsula′s endangered penguins and albatrosses are under attack. The only hope to save these rare birds becomes a race against time through the gun tunnels and cliff-tops of Taiaroa Head. A race, that if lost could cause the extinction of a species.

Review: The Peco Incident is set around Dunedin, New Zealand a place that is quite close to where I call home but not quite there.  I’d actually visited the Albatross Colony and the underground fort on a school camp once so I was quite familiar with this part of the book which seemed a little odd at first but I got used to it and it added a touch of realism to the book.

The Peco Incident is really good in that it deals with birds and the outbreak of a bird flu epidemic among the protected birds around the Otago Peninsula.  One thing I really liked about The Peco Incident was that it introduced us to some of the bird life around the Otago Peninsula and it gave some background information into the birds.

The story moved along at a really good pace.  I could quite happily sit down and read through the entire book because I wanted to know what happened next.  As the story unfolded I was more surprised by the plotline as I had no idea how events were going to unfold.

The Peco Incident is original in its execution and is a highly entertaining novel.  I thought it had all the right elements to make it a really enjoyable novel and it was extremely well written.  Des Hunt is a really good author and I look forward to reading more books by him.

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This kiwi indicates that this book was written by a New Zealand author. It is also set in New Zealand.

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